Region VII is geographically located in the central part of the Visayas island group located in between the two main islands of Luzon and Mindanao — and thus, designated as the Central Visayas. It is bordered by the Visayan Sea on the North, Bohol Sea on the South, Leyte on the East and Negros Occidental on the West. The islands of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor constitute the whole region as its provinces. Its political domain comprises as well the islets of Camotes, Bantayan and Panglao.
Metro Cebu is the region’s premier urban, business, industrial and services hub. With Cebu City as the centre, the metropolitan includes the cities of Carcar, Danao, Lapu-lapu, Mandaue, Naga, and Talisay. Other urban centers in the region are Bais, Canlaon, Dumaguete, Tagbilaran and Toledo.
Central Visayas is the sixth smallest region in the country. It has 3 highly urbanized cities, 13 component cities and 116 municipalities with a total land area of 1.49 million hectares (14,951 square kilometers). Among the provinces, Negros Oriental accounts for the largest share of the regional land (36 percent), followed by Cebu (34 percent), Bohol (27.5 percent) and Siquijor (2 percent).