one of the three island groups of the Philippines

The Visayas or Visayan Islands (Cebuano and Wáray-Wáray: Kabisay-an, Tagalog: Kabisayaan, Spanich: Bisayas), is one of the three principal geographical divisions of the Philippines; the other two divisions are Mindanao, to the south, and Luzon, to the north.

Visayas (Kabisay-an, Kabisayaan)
Island group
Country Philippines
Island group Visayas
Location South East Asia
Main islands Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Masbate, Negros, Panay, Samar
Regions Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Western Visayas
Largest city Cebu City
Highest point Kanlaon Volcano
 - elevation 2,435 m (7,989 ft)
 - coordinates 10°24′42″N 123°07′54″E / 10.41167°N 123.13167°E / 10.41167; 123.13167
Lowest point Sea level
 - elevation m (0 ft)
Area 61,077 km² (23,582 sq mi)
Population 11,203,760 (2010) [1]
Density 183 /km² (474 /sq mi)
Timezone PST (UTC+8)
 - summer (DST) not observed (UTC+8)
Demonym Visayan, Bisayâ
Map of the Philippines Visayas is shown in red
Map of the Philippines
Visayas is shown in red
Wikimedia Commons: Visayas

People living in this islands are called Visayans.


The Visayas consists of several islands in central Philippines around the Visayan Sea, with the Philippine Sea to the east and the Sulu Sea to the west.

The main islands (and area) are:

  • Bohol, 3,269 km2 (1,262 sq mi)
  • Cebu, 4,468 km2 (1,725 sq mi)
  • Leyte, 7,367.6 km2 (2,844.6 sq mi)
  • Negros, 13,328.4 km2 (5,146.1 sq mi)
  • Panay, 12,011 km2 (4,637 sq mi)
  • Samar, 12,849 km2 (4,961 sq mi)

Regions and provincesEdit

A map of the Visayas.      Central Visayas      Eastern Visayas      Western Visayas The major islands, from west to east, are Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, and Samar.

Administratively, the Visayas is divided into 3 regions: Western Visayas, Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas. Each region is headed by a Regional Director.

The Visayas is composed of 16 provinces, each headed by a governor.

Western Visayas (Region VI)Edit

Western Visayas consists of the islands of Panay and the western half of Negros; it has a population, in 2010, of 7,102,438.[1] The regional center is Iloilo City. Its provinces are:

Central Visayas (Region VII)Edit

Central Visayas includes the islands of Cebu and Bohol and the eastern half of Negros; it has a population, in 2010, of 6,800,180.[1] The regional center is Cebu City. Its provinces are:

Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)Edit

Eastern Visayas consists of the islands of Leyte and Samar; it has a population, in 2010, of 4,101,322.[1] The regional center is Tacloban. Its provinces are:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "NSCB ActiveStats - List of Regions". National Statistical Coordination Board - NSCB. Retrieved 15 November 2013.

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Coordinates: 11°00′N 123°30′E / 11.000°N 123.500°E / 11.000; 123.500