Cebu doesn’t disappoint as a travel destination for your well-deserved breaks. With its city-meets-nature vibes, the Queen City of the South is a clear standout as it has something for every traveler. The things to do in Cebu surely offer nothing but fun and one of a kind experience for its visitors whether they want to relax, party, or appreciate and become one with nature.
And with the beautiful Cebu attractions—from stunning waterfalls to historical landmarks, and from religious sites to pristine beaches—it should come as no surprise that this city is a prime holiday destination.
So if you’re already planning to see it for yourself, we’ve listed some of the best Cebu City attractions and fun things to do in Cebu.
Whether you stay in the city proper, North Cebu, South Cebu, or any other Cebu island nearby, there’s always an island-hopping day trip at hand from where you are! Because in a province that has over 160 islands, a day of island hopping is one of the most popular things to do in Cebu City.
Our top recommendation is to tour Bantayan Island, Pescador Island, and Malapascua Island. These islands are some of the best in the Philippines giving you a wonderful beach trip with their clear cerulean blue waters, fine white sand beach, fresh air, and serene ambiance.
Canyoneering is one of the most thrilling and exciting things to do in Cebu. It has become very popular because of Kawasan Falls’ beauty! In fact, some tourists would rather go south than tour the city just to experience canyoneering. The prime spot for canyoneering in Cebu is Kawasan Falls in Badian town. Professional tour guides are available to help you with this thrilling activity.
3. Scuba diving/snorkeling
If you’re in for another wild adventure, go snorkeling or scuba diving! Moalboal is the best tourist spot in Cebu when it comes to scuba diving and also one of the best diving spots in the Philippines. The best thing about scuba diving in Moalboal is that you’ll get to swim with millions of sardines.
Another great diving spot in Cebu is Pescador and Malapascua Islands.
4. Food tripping
If there’s one place in the Philippines that serves the freshest seafood, it’s Cebu! Feast on and fill your tummies with Cheesy Baked Scallops that are freshly caught from the sea. Here’s a tip, you can eat delicious cheesy baked scallops all you can at Big Jel’s Restuarant in Bantayan Island at a very affordable price. You can also buy a 100-kilo of scallops for just PHP75 to PHP100!
And of course, your food trip in Cebu won’t be complete without trying Cebu’s best carcar lechon! It’s a whole roasted pig with crunchy skin and juicy meat paired with liver sauce.
5. Swimming with whale sharks
Oslob is one of the most famous Cebu attractions because of the butanding or whale sharks. There you can swim and get up close with the whale sharks! Just make sure you listen to the orientation prior to the activity and follow all the rules to protect the endangered species.
6. Sky Experience Adventure
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If you’re looking for another thrilling adventure that doesn’t involve water, then try the Sky Experience Adventure! Here you can get a Skywalk experience and take a ride on their Edge Coaster that goes around the building 126 meters above the ground. In about 10 to 15 minutes, you’ll experience walking around the glass floor panels and get a view of the city right beneath your feet. This is definitely one of the must-try things to do in Cebu City.
7. Visit religious sites
While Ferdinand Magellan is considered as a kontrabida (villain) in Philippine history, he is considered as one of the most important historical markers in Cebu City because he introduced Christianity in the Philippines. The famous Magellan’s Cross was established upon Magellan’s order to mark his arrival on the island.
You can also visit other religious Cebu City attractions like the Basilica del Santo Niño on Osmena Boulevard, the Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills, and the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist in Simala to the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod in Cebu South Road.
If you still can’t get enough of the itch to have a thrilling adventure, go hiking! Osmeña Peak is one of the best Cebu attractions. It is the highest point on the entire island, standing at 1,013 meters above sea level. What makes up these hills are limestones that have sharp protruding peaks which are perfect for picture-taking. The Peak is known for having amazing panoramic views across jagged cliff lines and the ocean.
9. City tour
If you only have limited time to spare in Cebu, perhaps the city tour is your best bet. You can book a whole day of tour that will let you explore the attractions of your choice. Temple of Leah is the best tourist spot in Cebu. You can also visit Sirao Flower Farm, The Pyramid, and 10,000 roses.
After all the island tours you’ve done, why not go shopping? The best shopping malls in Cebu are SM Seaside City Cebu and Ayala Center Cebu. You can find a lot of brands there from local to international. There are also restaurants there where you can eat with your family and friends.
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