Cebu is a popular tourist destination in the Visayas region and it boasts plenty of historical attractions, watersports, beaches, and others. Cebu is popular among both local and international tourists due to its natural beauty and relaxed vibe. The island caters to everyone, from solo travellers to couples and even families looking for an adventure outdoors.
Cebu is an exciting holiday destination, and here’s what you can do there.
Your Must-Do List For Cebu
1. Enjoy The Inambakan and Kawasan Falls
Breathtaking. That’s just the word to describe these secluded but gorgeous waterfall that has nothing but crystal clear blue waters. There are actually several of these waterfalls around Ginatilan area, and the most famous ones are the Kawasan and Inambakan falls. Apart from just swimming and taking selfies, these waterfalls are also surrounded by jungle trekking trails you can explore.
- Getting there: From South Cebu bus terminal, find a bus to Bato and tell the driver to drop you off at Ginatilan or Malabuyoc town. The trip will take about 4-5 hours. When you reach either one of these towns, take a habal-habal (motorcycle taxi) to any the waterfalls. There is an entrance fee of about P50 so make sure you have some cash on hand.
2. Learn History at Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro is the oldest Spanish fortresses in the Phillippines, and it was built in 1738 under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the first Spanish governor of the Phillippines. It has been used for various defense and administrative purposes. However it began to crumble in the 1960s, and a costly restoration had to be undertaken. It’s now under the care of Cebu City who has turned it into a historical landmark.
- Getting there: Fort San Pedro is located at the pier area of Cebu City. You can reach Fort San Pedro by taking a taxi from anywhere in the city. The best time to visit is at 4pm when the crowd is at its thinnest and the weather not so hot.
- Opening hours: Daily, 7am-7pm
3. Swim With Whale Sharks at Oslob
The south of Cebu is known as the home of gentle sea giants, called Whale Sharks. Despite having the word ‘shark’ in their name, these creatures are perfectly harmless and are even friendly with humans. They are usually seen around the beaches of Oslob, where you can rent a tour out to see and interact with them.
- Getting there: From the South Bus Terminal at Cebu City, get a bus to Oslob ( about P150). The journey will take 3 hours. At Oslob, there’s a company that organizes whale watching tours called the Oslob Whale Sharks Tour Company. Each trip costs P1000 per person and lasts for 30 minutes with snorkelling allowed.
- Best time to visit: Any time of the year is fine as the whale sharks are around all year long.
4. Shop At Colon Street
Bring your haggling skills out when you shop at one of Cebu City’s older streets. Colon street has a pretty retro atmosphere and is lined with old shops and stalls. Here you can find clothes, shoes, accessories, street food, electronics and so much more. Even if you end up not buying anything, you can still immerse yourself in Cebu’s eclectic atmosphere and appreciate the blending of old and new.
- Getting there: Colon Street is best reached by taxi from anywhere in Cebu City
- Best time to visit: Try to go during the daytime as this is when most street food stalls will be open
5. Kindle Romance At Leah’s Temple
Leah’s Temple is a Romanesque building located about 20 minutes away from Cebu City. You may be wondering why such a building exists and even more surprised to find out that this building is actually built by a husband to the memory of his wife. More specifically, this structure was built by motel tycoon Teodorico Soriano Adarna for his wife Leah Albino-Adarna. It has been open to the public since 2015 and houses Leah’s vast collection of books, paintings, and other artwork.
- Getting there: A shuttle bus service operates to bring you here and a round trip costs P150. Look for the Go to Tops shuttle bus at the pickup point next to Jollibee, JY Square
- Opening hours: Daily, 6am -11pm
- Entrance fee: P50
- Best time to visit: Go after sundown for a brilliant view of Cebu City below, and to capture the brilliant chandeliers of the main portico
6. Discover Art at Basilica del Santo Nino
The Basilica del Santo Nino is Phillippine’s oldest church in the Phillippines that still functions to this day. This Basilica was founded in 1535 and has been impressing visitors with different aspects of its architecture and art. Magellan’s Cross and a display of statues behind the main altar are the must-sees at this attraction.
- Getting there: The Basilica Minore del Santo Niño is located near the pier area just a stone’s throw away from Fort San Pedro so you can schedule a visit to both sites on the same day. Travelling to the pier area can be done by taxi.
- Opening hours: Sundays, 4.30am-5pm. Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays, 5am-7pm, Fridays 4am-10pm
- Best time to visit: Choose weekdays so that you can avoid the crowd that comes here for mass.
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