Cebu is a melting pot for food, arts, culture, religion and island life in the Philippines. The province does not disappoint its visitors with its amazingly beautiful Cebu tourist spots and fun activities to try.
Dubbed as the Queen City of the South, Cebu offers a unique travel experience as it is a place where city and paradise meet.
If you’re planning to visit Cebu, we’re here to help you with your itinerary. We’ve listed the best places to visit in Cebu!
One of the best places to visit in Cebu is Oslob. Perhaps you’ve already heard about it because of what it offers to its visitors. People can watch the gentle giants also known as whale sharks or if you’re adventurous enough, you can also swim with them to get a closer encounter.
2. Bantayan Island
One of the most beautiful North Cebu tourist spots is Bantayan Island. It is a place where you can find calmness and serenity in spite of the numerous tourists who travel there every day. Once you step out of your boat and walk to Bantayan’s fine white sand, you’ll be welcomed by fresh air and crashing waves of its clear blue waters that become a perfect harmony letting you hear the sound of nature. Because of these, Bantayan is considered as one of the most beautiful places in Cebu.
3. Malapascua Island
While the island’s name means “Bad Easter,” this place is far from giving you a bad experience. Malapascua is a great destination for both divers and non-divers. You won’t get disappointed upon seeing its unspoiled white sand beaches, beautiful coral gardens, and rich marine life. That’s why it has caught the attention of travelers across the world and eventually gained the title of being one of the Philippines’ best diving spots.
4. Kawasan Falls
Kawasan Falls is one of the top Cebu South tourist spots. It is a three-stage cascade of clear turquoise water from mountain springs of Mantalongon mountain range. Aside from its natural beauty, Kawasan Falls has also become famous because one of the most popular activities in Cebu is done here— Canyoneering.
The canyoneering adventure starts at Canlaob river downstream going to Kawasan Falls. There are local accredited guides who accompany all tourists and facilitate activities such as walking, jumping, swimming, climbing and abseiling through the streams.
5. Simala Shrine
Simala Church is a prestigious castle-like structure that tourists flock to. Home to the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, people from all over the world visit this pristine church to witness traditions and religious gatherings.
6. Pescador Island
Pescador Island is in Tañon Strait in the southern part of the province. It is one of the best diving spots in Cebu. Its island reef is a sandy slope covered with soft coral from 5-10 meters. There is a wall covered with hard corals dropping down to about 130 ft. On that wall are tons of different species of colorful sea creatures including sharks.
Another main tourist attraction here is the Sardine Run. You can swim with millions of sardines and get amazed at how magnificent the experience is. Make sure to include Pescador Island to your list of Cebu tourist spots to visit.
7. Sirao Flower Garden
Sirao Flower Garden is one of the top Cebu attractions. You can find different kinds of flowers on the farm like Celosia— the most famous of them all. There’s an entrance fee of PHP20. Although the flowers are worth checking out, be prepared as the place can get crowded due to flocking tourists who wish to have a good photo at the farm, too.
8. Taboan Public Market
If you’re looking for a fish, you’ll find the ocean at Taboan Public Market in Bantayan Island. The market is famous to locals and tourists alike because there you’ll find the cheapest dried seafood like danggit (dried fish) and dried squid— some of the best-sellers. You can buy one kilo of dried fish around PHP100 but in Manila, it’s priced at PHP700-PHP1,000 per kilo. So if you want to score good pasalubong at a cheaper price, don’t miss the Taboan Public Market.
9. Temple of Leah
Dubbed as Cebu’s version of India’s Taj Mahal, the Temple of Leah has been attracting foreign and local tourists for its Greek-inspired architectural shrine. Unlike India’s Taj Mahal, the Temple of Leah is not a mausoleum but serves as home to the treasures and memorabilia of the late Leah Albino-Adarna, the grandmother of Filipina actress Ellen Adarna. Her husband, Teodorico Soriano Adarna, reportedly spent 80 million pesos to put up this temple as a symbol of his undying love for her. While there, you can also enjoy a scenic view of Cebu from the top as it is located on top of a hill in Busay in Cebu City.
10. Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro is one of the most visited Cebu City tourist spots. Similar to Manila’s Fort Santiago, Fort San Pedro served as a military defense structure during the 17th century. Spanish conqueror Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, who founded the earliest settlement in Cebu, had the initiative to put up this. At Fort San Pedro, you’ll discover the history of Cebu, the Spanish government, and well-preserved Spanish artifacts. About 14 cannons can still be found in what has become a leisure park today.
11. Magellan’s Cross
Within walking distance from the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, you can find the famous Magellan’s Cross. While Filipinos consider Ferdinand Magellan a villain in Philippine history, this landmark is considered as one of the most important historical markers in Cebu City. That’s because it was established upon Magellan’s order to mark his arrival in the country. This also serves as a reminder of the birth of Christianity in the Philippines.
12. Cebu Taoist Temple
To complete your Cebu tourist spots itinerary, you should include the Cebu Taoist Temple especially if you’re looking for another religious site to visit. The temple was built to preserve the teachings of a Chinese philosopher, Lao-Tse. While it wasn’t built for tourism purposes, it became one of the most famous Cebu tourist spots because of its beautiful architecture. Visitors will get an overlooking view of the city from a balcony. The temple’s entrance even looks like the Great Wall of China.
13. Neri’s Ville Selfie Corner
Located in Barangay Lusaran, Cebu City, Neri’s Ville Selfie Corner has become one of the top places to visit in Cebu because of its Instagrammable spots that are picture-perfect haven for everyone and will take your ultimate feed goals to the next level. It is dubbed by many as the “Little Bali (Indonesia) because of its lush greenery and Bali-feels spots and “Little New Zealand” because of its mini cottages inspired by the Hobbit House.
14. The Pyramid
If mountains and hills are not your style, perhaps the Pyramid in IT Park in the city proper will fascinate you with its modern architecture. It resembles Paris’ Louvre Museum, only The Pyramid is a Wine Bar and Restaurant. Every corner of The Pyramid is instagrammable that’s why it’s one of the most popular Cebu tourist spots, especially to millennials. The best time to go there is in the evening when the restaurant is fully illuminated so you can have a glamorous dinner.
15. Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu
Don’t be too surprised when you see a lot of picturesque churches in Cebu as it is home to beautiful religious sites because of its history with Christianity. One of these is the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño where you can see the revered flemish statuette of the Santo Niño. The image of the Santo Niño has remarkable value, especially to Catholics, as it was a baptismal gift by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan to Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana, who were the first locals to be baptized on the island.
What makes Cebu City beautiful are its creative people who find ways to make it livable, alive, and living. It is, without a doubt, a place that every traveler must visit.
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