Tourist Spots in Cebu, Philippines

A list of the Must-See Places in Cebu

There's an endless list of what and where to go in Cebu, so to narrow it down I have a few lists of the oh so famous spots in "The Queen City of the South." Let's go!

1. Sto. Niño Church
Also known as Basilica de Santo Niño Church. Located in the heart of Cebu, one hour away from Mactan Airport, depending on the traffic. When it comes to religion Cebuanos are a good example of faithful believers. It all started when a Spanish explorer named Magellan came to Philippines and planted Christianity in the hearts of the Filipino people. Ever since that day it became a strong foundation of faith and values among the people. 

Sr. Sto Nino is the oldest church in Cebu and a very popular tourist destination. The spanish architecture inspired church is famous for its grandeur design and the miraculous Sr. Sto Nino. A very extravagant events happens every second week of the month of January where believers of Sr. Sto Nino celebrates his greatness. The so-called event is the ever sought party in the Queen City of the South , the one and only "Sinulog Festival." People from all walks of life simply gather in this colorful event to dance and party all day long. Unlimited list of activities piles up to feast your appetite for fun. A series of street dance, boastful floats, beauty pageant, drinking contest  and endless party surely keeps everyone busy.

During this event the church is jam-packed with worshipers and tourist. If you want to see the church closely and be at peace while roaming around its corridors better avoid those dates. While your around the area don't forget to visit the Magellan's cross located at the side of the church. 

2. Magellan's Cross 
Located near Basilica del Santo Niño along the City Hall Lane, Cebu City. This cross is said to be the cross planted by Magellan when Christianity was established in the country. They said the original cross is enclosed inside the cross. 

3. Cathedral Church
A few steps away from Sto. Niño Church, from KFC go straight to the alley that sells all kinds of flowers, christian ornaments and food stalls. Check out the museum just beside the church too where they feature artifacts about the church during the old days. 

4. Fort San Pedro
The oldest and smallest fort in the Philippines, located at Pigafetta Street, Cebu City. A historical place if you want to get to know Cebu during the spanish colonization. A few metres away from Plaza Indepedencia. Its a garrison made museum, event halls that offers a packages for intimate celebrations like birthdays and wedding events. 

5. Fuente Circle
A playground for kids and chill-out spot for adults. This park lights up at night where people gather to sit around. It looks pretty nice during the holidays most especially in December where a giant christmas tree will be set-up in the center polished with colorful lights and huge christmas decorations. 

6. Casa Gorordo Museum
This ancestral house features a variety of information about a rich families lifestyle back then. Located in No 35 Lopez Jaena, Cebu. Check out the Colon Monument a few steps away from the museum. It symbolizes as a landmark for Cebu's oldest street. 

7. Colon street
The oldest street in Cebu. A busy place where people buy and sells goods at a cheaper price. Beware of pickpocket's around this area. Make sure to wear something ordinary to keep you away from deceiving and abusive people. 

8. Tops
One of the most popular tourist spots in Cebu. It is found in Barangay Malubog, Busay, Cebu City. An overlooking place to see the metro, better to be there late in the afternoon to avoid the blazing heat of the sun. See the lights glow as the sky turn black and the city comes alive with flying colors. From JY Square Mall in Lahug there are plenty of motorcycles that can take you up to the top, or for your convenience better take the taxi for safety purposes. 

9. Cebu Taoist Temple 
Located in Beverly Hills Subdivision a nice place to see another great view of the metro.

10. Mountain View Nature's Park 
Located in Sitio Garahe Busay. A great place for dinning and doing some exciting activities with family and friends.

11. Lapu-Lapu Shrine
A 20 metres bronze statue in Punta Engaño, Mactan Lapu-Lapu City. It was built to honor a native leader who defeated the spanish soldiers during the Battle of Mactan in 1521.

12. South Road Properties (SRP) Cebu
Check out the nearby Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod
Rising soon is SM Seaside City and is said to be the biggest mall in the Philippines.

13. Food 
Try the ever famous Barbeque Stalls at Larsian nearby Chong Hua Hospital. Never miss the Seafood Restaurants in Sutokil located in the farthest end of the island of Mactan. Check out Local foods too like bibingka in Mandaue, Siomai sa Tisa with hanging rice in Labangon and of course Cebu's pride Lechon in Carcar or Talisay, 

14. Osmeña Peak Climb 
There are numerous adventures,treks and diving sites that you can try. From swimming with the whale sharks or catching the sunset at Osmeña Peak. 

This is one of my favorite climb of all time, the climb that open up my love for mountaineering. A spectacular view of the sea and the island of Negros awaits you at the peak. Overnight camping is allowed. Please ensure you keep the place clean when you leave the site. 
 Osmena Peak Dalaguete Cebu, it is considered as the highest point of elevation in the island of Cebu.

15. Beaches

The best beaches are almost everywhere in the island. Enjoy the white pristine waters of the Queen City of the South. Check out: Sumilon Island, Camotes Island, Malapascua Island, Bantayan Island, Pandanon Island and Mactan Islands. Endless of  resorts to choose from with great variety of rates that will suit your budget. 

Cebu is the best place for beach outings. The Queen City of the South hold's so much beautiful, pristine white sand beaches.  Here's a list of the Best Beaches in Cebu.

From the South bus terminal: take the Ceres Bus 
Buses Operates from 1 AM – 9 PM 
Bus Fare: 150 PHP – 180 PHP 
Bus Route: Cebu to Alcoy
Drop-Off: Tingko Beach 1, Alcoy
Travel Time (bus/private car): 3-4 hours

Bantayan Island

From the North bus terminal: take the Ceres Bus
Bus Fareless 200 PHP
Bus Route: from Cebu to Hagnaya Port
Drop offHagnaya Port, San Remigio, Cebu
Travel time (bus/private car): 3-5 hours

From Hagnaya Port: Take Super Shuttle Ferry or Island Shipping

Boat Fare: less than 200 PHP
Terminal fee: less than 20 PHP
Boat Route: Hagnaya Port to Sante Fe Port

Camotes Island

How to get there
There are two ways to get there:
*1. The fastest way to the island is from the airport straight to Mactan Wharf

From the Mactan-Cebu International Airport:

Take a taxicab to Island Central Mactan Mall.  The wharf is right behind the mall.

Another option if you don't have much luggage is the yellow multicab (mini jeepneys) right outside the airport.  Alight (exit) at Marina Mall and across the street is the Island Central Mall, then make your way behind the mall to the wharf.

Airport to Island Central Mactan Mall (aka "Island Mall") by car/multicab: 5 – 10 minutes

Ticket Kiosk location: behind Island Central Mall, walk 5 minutes to Cebu Yacht Club’s port area
Boat Fare: 500 PHP – 550 PHP
Travel time to Consuelo Port (on Camotes Island): 1 hour and 30 minutes

Mactan Island

How you to get there:
From the Mactan-Cebu International Airport
You can take a cab going to your resort or hotel. Estimated fare is 150-250 PHP, depending on traffic. 

Alternatively, if you're familiar with Uber and/or Lyft, then you can download and use the mobile app, Grab, to book your transportation.

From Lapu-Lapu City: Both places has boat rentals for island hopping
1.Take a cab or jeepney from Mepz 1,Lapu-Lapu City to Hilton Hotel,Punta Engaño Lapu-Lapu City, port is right beside the hotel.
2.Take a cab or jeepney from Lapu-Lapu Mercado to Baybayon Datag ,Maribago Lapu-Lapu City

Malapascua Island

From the North bus terminal: take the Ceres Bus
Bus Fare: 150 PHP – 250 PHP
Bus Route: from Cebu to New Maya Port
Drop offNew Maya Port
Travel time (bus/private car): 3 – 4 hours

From New Maya Port: 
Boat fare: 100 PHP – 150 PHP
Travel time to the island: 45 minutes

Boat Schedules: 
From New Maya Port to Malapascua Island and vice versa: 6:30AM - 4:30PM, so make sure to plan ahead of time.  Always check the weather condition before your trip.


How to get there:
First option by bus
From the South bus terminal: take the Ceres Bus
Bus Fare: 120 PHP - 180 PHP 
Bus Route: Cebu to Moalboal Terminal

Second option by V-hire (van for hire)
From One Citilink Terminal, a few meters away from the South Bus Terminal 
V-hire fare: 120 PHP - 150 PHP

Travel time (bus/v-hire//private car): 3-4 hours


How to get there: Whale Shark Experience
From the South bus terminal: take the Ceres Bus 
Buses Operates from 1 AM – 9 PM 
Bus Fare: 150 PHP – 180 PHP 
Bus Route: Bato via Liloan to Oslob 
Drop-Off: Brgy. Tan-awan in Oslob 
Travel Time (bus/private car): 3-4 hours

How to get there: Cebu City to Pandanon
From the Mactan-Cebu International Airport:
You can take a cab going to Hilton Port, Punta Engano, Mactan. Estimated fare is 200-300 PHP, depending on traffic. 

Alternatively, if you're familiar with Uber and/or Lyft, then you can download and use the mobile app, Grab, to book your transportation. 

From Hilton Port:
Boat Rental: 2,000 PHP - 10,000 PHP, depends on boat size
Boat RouteHilton Port to Pandanon island
Travel time : 1 hour and 30 minutes

How to get there:
From the Cebu South bus terminal: take the Ceres Bus
Bus Fare: 140 PHP – 170 PHP (one-way, air-conditioned)
Bus Route: from Cebu to Oslob 
Drop off: Bancogon, Oslob at Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort’s Port
Travel time (bus/private car): 3-4 hours

Take note that advance booking is required.  It takes around 7-10 minutes to reach Sumilon Island.  Book your hotel stay with Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort

*Prices may have changed.  

Cebu is for everyone! A great place for good food, exciting adventures and lovely sceneries. There's the mountain to make you feel closer to the sky and the pristine white beaches to soothe your senses. My heart will always say yes to this great city. Everything that made me who I am today is because of all the travels I've had, without a doubt it's truly more fun in the Philippines. 

Have fun and be safe ^__^

Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).

Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go do something unique and fun like Wall climbing or a Zip-line adventure in Cebu.

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to check out the Hidden Waterfalls in the South side of Cebu. 


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