Whether you want to use your paid leaves, or find a new environment to work in, we’ve got the ideal place for you – and it’s none other than the beautiful city of Cebu! You can find lots of things to do in this popular tourist destination, including beach bumming, restaurant/bar hopping, or even just shopping. 

Read our blog below to find out the best and most cheap hotels that are worth your money in Cebu city. 

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Affordable Hotels in Cebu city 

  1. Cityscape Hotel Tower 1 
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Ideally situated between Mandaue city and Cebu city is an accessible and cheap hotel where you can enjoy amenities such as a swimming pool, a restaurant, and even a place for functions and events. And since it is located in the heart of Cebu city, you are surrounded by many establishments, including shopping malls, restaurants, and a water park. 

This cheap hotel in Cebu is 20-30 minutes away from Mactan Airport. 

  1. Avida Towers Riala T-2 by Henry 
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Avida Towers Riala is a condo-type cheap hotel in Cebu city that is available for long-term rental. It is close to Cebu’s central business district, making it the perfect place for remote workers looking for a different environment or those who are in Cebu for a business trip. If you like to stay out late on the weekends, you have a wide array of choices as the area has an incredible bustling nightlife. 

The property features spacious studio units good for two, and is also less than an hour away from the airport. 

You may also check out our other Avida Tower property here.

  1. One Oasis Cebu by Henry 
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Another cheap hotel in Cebu city is One Oasis Cebu by Henry. Their rooms are spacious, warm, and cozy perfect for staying in. Taking a nice, refreshing walk is also something that you can do here as the property provides a common area full of lush greenery. Amenities include a swimming pool, a spa, and a kiddie playground. 

This is also located at the heart of Cebu city so you’ll never run out of things to do while you’re there. 

  1. Bella’s Guest House 
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If you want to spend your time away from the city, Bella’s Guest House is a cheap hotel which you can find in Bantayan Island, Cebu. Unlike the previously mentioned hotels above, staying in this property enables you to enjoy the sun, sand, and the beach 24/7.

The best part about this house is that the beach is only a few metres away, which means you can just walk up to it anytime you want to. Now drinking coffee (or beer if you’re a night drinker!) isn’t such a bad idea when you book this property. 

Bella Guest House is only 4 minutes away from Santa Fe Port. 

Must read: Bantayan Island: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling the Paradise of North Cebu

Tourist Spots in Cebu 

  1. Oslob – The tourist spot in Cebu South where you can swim with whale sharks
  2. Bantayan Island – This North Cebu tourist spot is what a paradise is made of
  3. Malapascua Island – Another North Cebu tourist spot brimming with pristine beaches
  4. Kawasan Falls – One of the most popular tourist spots in Cebu South
  5. Simala Shrine – A prestigious castle-like church

Related blog: Cebu Tourist Spots: 15 Amazingly Beautiful Places to Include in Your Itinerary (Updated 2022)

Frequently Asked Questions About Cebu city Hotels 

What are the best hotels in Cebu city? 

The best hotels in Cebu city are: 

  • Raddison Blu Cebu
  • Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino 
  • Bai Hotel Cebu 
  • Bayfront Hotel 
  • Marco Polo Plaza Hotel 

Where can I book cheap hotels in Cebu? 

You can book cheap hotels in Cebu city at www.zenrooms.com. Some cheap hotels you can find are: 

Why is Cebu the best tourist destination in the Philippines? 

Cebu is one of the best tourist destinations in the Philippines as it has many white sandy beaches. However, if you prefer the city, Cebu can offer you just that too. 

Is Cebu open for tourists? 

Yes, Cebu is open for tourists. All you need to bring is your valid ID and vaccination certificate. 

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In far north of Cebu lies an island that most travelers call a paradise. Fine white sand beaches, clear waters, freshest seafood—these things spell Bantayan Island. This place guarantees the ultimate island life, minus the crowd you often see in Boracay or Palawan.

So if ever you’re planning to travel there (we hope you do ‘cause you’ll miss a lot when you don’t!), we’ve created this Bantayan Island travel guide to help you discover the island’s wonders that will definitely make your jaw drop. 

About Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island is popular for its pristine beaches located in Cebu. But aside from being a beach destination, it also takes pride in its rich marine life and the fresh seafood they offer: danggit (dried fish.)

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From the best spots to awesome things to do in Bantayan, we got you covered! Here’s everything you need to know before you visit the paradise of north Cebu. Read this Bantayan Island blog to guide you through your tropical adventure!


How to go to Bantayan Island

To reach Bantayan, book a flight to Cebu and take a bus from the North Bus Terminal heading to Hagnaya Port Cebu. upon arrival at Hagnaya Port, ride a ferry going to Bantayan Island. The travel time from Cebu to Bantayan Island is approximately 4 hours.

If you have budget, you can try the Air Juan that will drop you off directly to Bantayan. 

Bantayan truly is a paradise that any traveler can’t resist. Its wonders leave its visitors in awe and does not disappoint. Just a warning, though, when the time comes that you’d have to leave, it’ll be too hard to say goodbye to this place as it will already hold a special place in your heart.


COVID-19 Travel Update

As of writing, Cebu is now open to tourists from other areas in the country. Prior to your travel, you must book ahead in the province’s online tourism portal, and present their pre-booked reservations if they’re staying in hotels and resorts. You can check out Cebu Tourism Office’s Facebook Page for more updates and the travel requirements.

Whether you’re traveling to relax or to release the adrenaline rush, Bantayan Island description has everything for every traveler. From Virgin Island to Ogtong Cave and more, here are the best places to visit in this beautiful island in Cebu.


Best Places to Visit in Bantayan Island

1. Virgin Island

virgin island

Virgin Island is one of the top attractions in in this tourist destination in the Cebu. The sand is fine and white as powder, and the water is so clear that you don’t need to free dive to see corals and fishes! Virgin Island is perfect for travelers who want to chill and relax. The island also has huts that you can rent for a price while the hammocks scattered all over the island are free. In case you get thirsty or hungry, there is a local restaurant bar in the area.

2. Paradise Beach

paradise beach

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If you want to escape the crowd and enjoy a calm beach day, consider visiting Paradise Beach. It is a secluded stretch in Santa Fe where you can enjoy the beach all to yourself if you’re lucky. There’s a fee of PHP 50 per person to enter Paradise Beach Bantayan. 

If you want to explore more beaches in Sta Fe Bantayan, you might want to check out Alice Beach, Maricaban Beach, and Sugar Beach Bantayan.

3. Ogtong Cave

ogtong cave cebu

Located at the Santa Fe Beach Club Resort, you’ll find a small and striking cave. The water is crystal clear, cold, and so blue perfect for a quick dip, so make sure to include Ogtong Cave in your itinerary!

4. Kota Beach

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Photo credits to Kota Beach

Are you single? Brokenhearted? Then this beach in Santa Fe might just be the place to mend your broken heart. Kota Beach Bantayan is popular not just because it was the setting of the movie Camp Sawi (Camp for the Brokenhearted), but also because of its undoubtedly captivating features like its fine white sand beach, turquoise waters, and the amazing sandbar!

5. Obo-ob Mangrove Eco Park

mangrove forest

If you want a break from the beach, head to Obo-ob Mangrove Eco Park where you’ll see hundreds (or even thousands) of mangroves everywhere you look. You can explore this tourist spot through kayaking, boating or just by walking at the bamboo paths built all over the place. Aside from boating, you can also feed the fishes in the area.


Fun Things to Do in Bantayan Island

1. Island-hopping

island hopping in cebu islands

What’s a getaway without island-hopping? The beaches are what make Bantayan a must-visit. This is where you’ll find some of the most pristine beaches in the Philippines! Make sure to visit Virgin Island, Kota Beach, Paradise Beach, and Sugar Beach.

2. Snorkeling

snorkeling in cebu waters

Cebu is known for its rich marine life and Bantayan is one of the best places to see it! If you’re not into freediving, snorkeling is enough to appreciate Bantayan Island’s majestic underwater world. 

3. Skydiving 

skydiving in cebu

If you’re craving for some adrenaline rush and so done with the beach bumming, then go skydiving at Skydive Cebu in Bantayan Island. They offer tandem skydiving, which is great if you want to experience the thrill for the first time. The whole activity takes about 2 hours and costs around PHP 15,000 to PHP 18,000. 

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4. Food tripping

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While Cebu is known for its famous crispy lechon (roasted pig), it also takes pride in their seafood offering! Can you believe that you can enjoy an eat-all-you-can seafood for as low as PHP 200? You can indulge yourself in the fresh catch from scallops to oysters. At Bantayan, you’ll surely have a gastronomic delight. 


Where to Eat in Bantayan

1. Big Jel’s 

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 at a very affordable price. You can also buy a 100-kilo of scallops for just PHP75 to PHP100! 

2. MJ Square

If you and your travel buddies can’t decide what to eat, head to MJ Square where food stalls are lined up. The place offers different cuisines from American and Italian to Filipino. Plus, everything is so affordable! 

3. HR Music Bar & Native Restaurant

HR Native Restaurant is just a few meters away from MJ Square. This restaurant has a wide array of offerings on their menu— from seafood, pork, beef, vegetables, pizzas, sandwiches, cold drinks and cocktails.


Bantayan Island Resorts

Since Bantayan Island Cebu is already booming because of its pristine beaches and stunning islands, there are lots of beautiful Bantayan Island Resorts you can stay at. From luxury to affordable hotels, here are some of the resorts you can check out.

  1. Kota Beach
    Address: F. Duarte St, Santa Fe, Cebu
    Price from PHP 2300/night
  2. Anika Island Resort
    Address: F. Roska Street, Bayan ng Santa Fe
    Price from PHP 2000/night
  3. Ogtong Cave Resort
    Address:
    F. Duarte St., Brgy. Poblacion, Santa Fe, Bantayan Island
    Price from PHP 2600/night
  4. Marlin Beach Resort
    Address: F. Roska Street, Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu
    Price from PHP 1700/night
  5. Yooneek Beach Resort
    Address: Saagundo Street, Santa Fe, Bantayan Island Cebu
    Price from PHP 1500/night
  6. Beach Placid
    Address: F. Roska Street, Santa Fe Bantayan Island, Cebu
    Price from PHP 1700/night
  7. Santa Fe Beach Club
    Address: F. Roska Street, Sta Fe Bantayan Island, Cebu
    Price from PHP 1800/night
  8. Jelly’s Haven Bantayan
    Address: C. Batiancila Street, Sta Fe Bantayan Island, Cebu
    Price from PHP 5200/night
  9. Maia’s Beach Resort
    Address: Basawon, Sulangan, Bantayan Cebu
    Price from PHP 1900/night
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Tips When Traveling to Bantayan

Here are some of the travel tips that might come in handy for when you visit Bantayan in Cebu.

  1. Always wear sunscreen.
  2. Wear clothes that dry easily because you’ll get wet in most of the places you’ll visit in Bantayan.
  3. Book in advance especially when you’re traveling during peak season.
  4. While the travel expenses in Bantayan Island are already cheap, you can still haggle to save more.
  5. Always ask locals the right fare for transportation before renting a motorcycle or tricycle for tours.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bantayan Island

Q: What are the best places to visit in Bantayan Island?

A: From Santa Fe to Virgin Island , there are so many beautiful places to visit in Bantayan Island. These are:

  1. Virgin Island
  2. Paradise Beach
  3. Ogtong Cave
  4. Kota Beach
  5. Obo-ob Mangrove Eco Park
  6. Sugar Beach
  7. Maricaban Beach

Q: What to do in Bantayan Island?

A: Bantayan is more than just the beaches. You can do a lot of things on the island like: 

  1. Island hopping
  2. Snorkeling
  3. Skydiving 
  4. Food tripping

Q: How many days do you need in Bantayan?
A: Bantayan Island is a bit big to explore in one day. For you to make the most of your trip, three to four days are enough to enjoy the island at its finest. 

Q: Where to eat in Bantayan Island?
A: If you’re looking for the best places to eat in Bantayan Island, we’ve listed our top picks below:

  1. Big Jel’s
  2. MJ Square
  3. HR Music Bar & Native Restaurant
  4. Coucou Bar Hotel & Restaurant
  5. TapaMaster
  6. Bantayan Burrito Company
  7. Cupcake Island Cakery
  8. Hellas Taverna

Q: How many hours travel from Cebu to Bantayan Island?

A: Travel from Cebu to Bantayan Island takes around 4 hours. From Cebu, you just have to ride a bus to Hagnaya Port. Upon arrival, ride a ferry bound for Bantayan. 

Q: Which is better, Bantayan or Malapascua?
A: Bantayan is perfect for travelers who want an ultimate relaxation experience because of its quiet and uncrowded beaches while Malapascua is perfect for adventure-seekers. Malapascua is a great diving spot, too.

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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. Cebu offers a unique travel experience as it is a place where the 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!

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Top 15 Places in Cebu to Visit

From north to south, there are lots of stunning destinations that are worthy to be visited. Here are the most beautiful Cebu places you must visit.

  1. Oslob – The tourist spot in Cebu South where you can swim with whale sharks
  2. Bantayan Island – This North Cebu tourist spot is what a paradise is made of
  3. Malapascua Island – Another North Cebu tourist spot brimming with pristine beaches
  4. Kawasan Falls – One of the most popular tourist spots in Cebu South
  5. Simala Shrine – A prestigious castle-like church
  6. Pescador Island – Where you can swim with millions of sardines
  7. Sirao Flower Garden – The little Amsterdam of Cebu
  8. Taboan Public Market – The best place to find affordable danggit for pasalubong!
  9. Temple of Leah – Taj Mahal of Cebu
  10. Fort San Pedro – The oldest fort in the Philippines
  11. Magellan’s Cross – One of the most important historical markers in Cebu City
  12. Cebu Taoist Temple – This tourist spot in Cebu is a religious site where you can reflect
  13. Neri’s Ville Selfie Corner – A colorful tourist spot Cebu surrounded by flowers
  14. The Pyramid – A restaurant inspired by the Louvre Museum
  15. Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu – Where you can see the revered flemish statuette of the Santo Niño
  16. Casa Gorordo Museum – A house museum showcasing Cebuano lifestyle in 19th and early 20th centuries
  17. Sumilon Island – Home to pristine white sand beach and sandbar
  18. Camotes Island – A group of islands in Cebu known for cliff diving, caving, and its beaches
  19. Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House – One of the country’s oldest residential homes built around 1680 from wood and coral stone
  20. 10,000 Roses of Cebu – An insta-worthy cafe in Cordova, Cebu

Tourism of Cebu Guidelines 2022 | COVID-19 Updates

As of writing, tourist spots in Cebu are now open to travelers from other areas in the country. Prior to your trip, you must book ahead in the province’s online tourism portal, and present their pre-booked reservations if you’re staying in hotels and resorts. You can check out Cebu Tourism Office’s Facebook Page for more updates and travel requirements.


1. Oslob

Oslob whale shark watching tourist spot 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

Bantayan Island, a Cebu tourist spot

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 this, Bantayan is considered one of the most beautiful places in Cebu.

3. Malapascua Island

malapascua island diving

While the island’s name means “Bad Easter,” this tourist spot in Cebu 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 Cebu tourist spot

Kawasan Falls is one of the top Cebu South tourist spots. It is a three-stage cascade of clear turquoise water from the 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 at this tourist attraction in Cebu such as walking, jumping, swimming, climbing, and abseiling through the streams.

5. Simala Shrine

front view of Simala Shrine, a tourist spot in Cebu

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. Many Catholic devotees include Simala Church to their list of must-visit tourist spots in Cebu.

6. Pescador Island

Pescador Island, a Cebu tourist spot

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 Cebu 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

Sira Flower Garden in Cebu

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

Taboan Public Market in Cebu

If you’re looking for a fish, you’ll find the ocean at Taboan Public Market in Bantayan Island that has become a famous tourist spot in Cebu. 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

Temple of Leah in Cebu

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. This Cebu City tourist spot is one of the famous and must-visit.

10. Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro in Cebu

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. This is another Cebu City tourist spot you shouldn’t miss.

11. Magellan’s Cross

Magellan's Cross, a tourist spot in Cebu

Within walking distance from the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, you can find the famous Magellan’s Cross, one of the main Cebu attractions. 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

Taoist Temple in Cebu

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 entrance of this tourist spot in Cebu even looks like the Great Wall of China. 

13. Neri’s Ville Selfie Corner

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 a 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

The Pyramid in Cebu city

If mountains and hills are not your styles, perhaps the Pyramid in IT Park in the city proper will fascinate you with its modern architecture. This destination in Cebu 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

Basilica Minore del Santo Nino 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. This Cebu tourist destination is definitely a must-see.

16. Casa Gorordo Museum

Casa Gorordo Museum in Cebu

The Gorordo House was built in the 1850’s. Eventually, it was bought by Isidro Gorordo, a merchant from the Basque province of Vizcaya in Spain. Four generations of his family lived in this house, including Juan Gorordo, the first Filipino bishop of Cebu.

Inside the house, you’ll see elaborate antique furniture, period costumes, paintings and religious images, wood carvings, decorative art and household items, and tools for farming, kitchen and baking. When you visit this tourist spot in Cebu, it’ll surely make you travel back in time.

17. Sumilon Island

Sumilon Island in Cebu

Sumilon Island is a small sandbar island located on the Southeastern tip of Cebu, just a short boat ride around from Oslob. Once you arrive at the tourist spot, you can explore water activities like snorkelling and diving. If you’d like to spend a night or two, you can check-in at Bluewater Island Resort — the one and only resort located on the tiny island.

18. Camotes Island

Camotes Island in Cebu

Camotes Island has become an increasingly popular summer tourist spot in Cebu due to its budget-friendly accommodations, great beaches, and natural wonders. The island consists of three smaller islands, so you know that you’ll never run out of beaches to go to and activities to do. Several resorts have also been established here, making looking for accommodation convenient.

On this island, you can get lost in their falls, caves and be in awe of their rock formations.

19. Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

The Yap Sandiego Ancestral House was a wooden house built between 1675 and 1700 from wood and coral stone, with its design combining Spanish and Chinese architectural influences. Today, it’s a museum that sheds light on the Chinese settlements of the city.

It is said to be among the first Chinese houses built outside of the country. Inside, there’s a mass of antiquities, fine furniture, religious art and curios to browse. Play pretend and imagine what it’s like to live in the 1600s in this Cebu tourist spot.

20. 10,000 Roses of Cebu

10,000 Roses of Cebu

If you want to spark curiosity on your Instagram page, this is the spot. This tourist spot in Cebu is an instagrammable cafe that features thousands of LED-powered roses, the first of its kind in the Philippines. The cafe/restaurant serves coffee, juices, pizzas, pasta, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and more. They have a viewing deck to spot the magical view of the flowers from above. It’s best to go here from late afternoon to sunset when the white roses are lit up.


Frequently Asked Questions About Cebu Tourist Spot

Q: What are the beautiful tourist spots in Cebu?


A: From pristine beaches to historical sites, Cebu has something for everyone. Here’s a list of the most beautiful tourist spots in Cebu.

  • Oslob
  • Bantayan Island
  • Malapascua Island
  • Kawasan Falls
  • Simala Shrine
  • Pescador Island
  • Sirao Flower Garden
  • Taboan Public Market
  • Temple of Leah
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Magellan’s Cross
  • Cebu Taoist Temple
  • Neri’s Ville Selfie Corner
  • The Pyramid
  • Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu

Q: Why is Cebu the best tourist spot?


A: Cebu is brimming with wonders of nature such as the pristine white sand beaches, whale sharks and sardine run that you can swim with, breathtaking hills and mountains, historic sites, and of course, delicious food!

Q: Is Cebu safe for tourists?


A: Definitely! Cebu is a safe place in the Philippines to travel to. But like other areas in the world, it pays to always be mindful of your belongings.

Q: What is the famous food in Cebu?
A: Oh there is a lot! Foodies love visiting Cebu because of its delicious food. Some of those are:

  1. Carcar lechon
  2. Danggit
  3. Cheesy baked scallops
  4. Puso Rice
  5. Sutukil – “Sugba” (grill), “Tula” (stew), and “Kilawin”
  6. Pochero
  7. Lansiao 

Q: Is Cebu open for tourists?


A: Yes! Tourism in Cebu is now back. As of writing, tourist spots in Cebu are now open to travelers from other areas in the country. Prior to your trip, you must book ahead in the province’s online tourism portal, and present their pre-booked reservations if they’re staying in hotels and resorts. You can check out Cebu Tourism Office’s Facebook Page for more updates and the travel requirements.

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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Visayas, home to some of the world’s best destinations (as recognized by international travel magazines), never fails to attract both local and foreign tourists. While it’s true that it’s popular for the attractions like Boracay and Cebu, there are so many beautiful Visayas tourist spots that are still waiting to be discovered.

18 Must-Visit Visayas Tourist Spots

From the fine white sand of Boracay to the mystic province of Siquijor, Visayas region will surely satisfy your wanderlust. Here are some of the must-visit Visayas tourist attractions.

  1. Boracay – One of the world’s best islands
  2. Bantayan Island – A place of calm and peace with a view.
  3. Chocolate Hills – Jaw-dropping cone-shaped hills in Bohol.
  4. Panglao Island – One of the best Visayas tourist destinations when it comes to beaches.
  5. Cambugahay Falls – A majestic waterfall in Siquijor.
  6. Malapascua Island – Home of the unspoiled white sand beaches, beautiful coral gardens, and rich marine life.
  7. Oslob – A famous place in Visayas for diving because of the whale sharks there.
  8. Kalanggaman Island – The smaller version of Boracay.
  9. Lakawon Island – One of the most beautiful places in Visayas for beach-lovers.
  10. Gigantes Island – A set of islands that make up a paradise of pristine beaches, clear water, and huge rock formations.
  11. The Ruins – One of the historical places in Visayas. Taj Mahal of the Philippines.
  12. Salagdoong Beach – A perfect place to visit in Visayas for picture-taking, chilling, and cliff jumping.
  13. Moalboal – The place where you can dive with millions of sardines.
  14. Sirao Flower Garden – A garden full of colorful flowers.
  15. Kawasan Falls – A famous waterfall in Cebu where you can go canyoneering.
  16. Hinagdanan Cave – It features a pool of clear water where you can swim under the stunning stalactites and stalagmites. 
  17. Biri Island – A famous tourist spot in Visayas featuring rock formations.
  18. Loboc River – Buffet lunch on the river.

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Read this travel guide to discover the best tourist spot in Visayas that will not just make its way to your Instagram feed but also to your heart. 

Best Visayas Tourist Spots

1. Boracay – Aklan

boracay visayas tourist spots

Oh, Boracay. Does this island even need an introduction? Boracay is not just a famous Western Visayas tourist spot but it’s popular all over the world. What makes travelers visit this island paradise is, well…a lot! From the finest white sand, cerulean waters, fun water activities, and amazing nightlife, Boracay will surely captivate you.

Must-read: Boracay Tips: Everything You Need to Know Before Traveling to Boracay

2. Bantayan Island – Cebu

bantayan island cebu magagandantang tanawin sa pilipinas

If you’re looking for peace and quiet with a view, Bantayan Island is what paradise dreams are made of. 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 Cebu tourist spots.

3. Chocolate Hills – Bohol

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Another tourist destination in Visayas that will make your jaw drop is the Chocolate Hills in Bohol. Undoubtedly the most famous Bohol tourist destination and the province’s face, Chocolate Hills is composed of more than 1,000 symmetrical mounds, conical and dome-shaped that most people liken them to Hershey’s Kisses. It is called the Chocolate Hills not because it’s made of chocolate but because of its color.

In the rainy season, the grass blanketing the hills gives them a soft and lush appearance. While in the summer, the vegetation dies off and turns to a chocolatey brown hue, giving them their name. For a more detailed guide to Chocolate Hills, read this.

Suggested read: Unfolding the Majestic Beauty of Chocolate Hills in Bohol

4. Panglao Island – Bohol

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Bohol tourist spots fit every traveler’s taste and if you’re the type of traveler who loves the beach, you’ll definitely enjoy Panglao Island. Known for its white-sand beaches and diving sites, Panglao Island never disappoints its visitors. Aside from the stunning beaches, its marine life makes it a great snorkeling and diving spot as well.

5. Cambugahay Falls – Siquijor

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Located in the town of Lazi in Siquijor, Cambugahay Falls is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Philippines. Cambugahay Falls is a catch for tourists because of its turquoise clean and warm water originating from natural springs. Its water will invite you to plunge in, the moment you see it. If you want a more thrilling experience, jump on the cliff there or dive into the waters using the swing. 

Related article: 10 Siquijor Tourist Spots That’ll Make You Walk Straight Into A Beautiful Trap

6. Malapascua Island – Cebu

malapascua island cebu visayas tourist spots

While the island’s name means “Bad Easter,” this place is far from giving you a bad experience. Malapascua Island 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.

7. Oslob – Cebu

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If you’re looking for the best tourist spot in Visayas that offers a great diving experience, don’t miss Oslob in Cebu. There you 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. 

8. Kalanggaman Island – Leyte

kalanggaman island visayas tourist spots

Kalanggaman Island in Leyte is said to be a smaller version of Boracay. What sets it apart from other beaches are its charming sandbars and the lack of crowds. The island is an ideal place to lounge around or take a dip in the water. You can also rent kayaks and paddleboards. 

9. Lakawon Island – Bacolod

Lakawon Island visayas tourist spots

Lakawon Island is one of the most famous Western Visayas tourist spots. This place is perfect for those who are looking for a short trip away from the city. Lakawon is a 13-hectare banana-shaped island where Asia’s biggest floating bar is situated. The island is famous for its pristine white beach and clear blue water.

10. Gigantes Island – Iloilo

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After visiting other famous Western Visayas tourist spots, make sure to include Gigantes Island, also known as Islas de Gigantes, in your itinerary. It is a set of islands that make up a paradise of pristine beaches, clear water, and huge rock formations. But what truly sets it apart are its stunning, secluded beaches. From the city proper, Gigantes Islands is a five-hour trip. It’s untouched beauty is one of Iloilo’s best kept secrets.

11. The Ruins – Bacolod

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The most famous Bacolod tourist destination is The Ruins. Find out the love story of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson and Maria Braga through The Ruins, a mansion that was burned during the war and now turned into a famous historical place in Bacolod City. It is the Philippines’ version of Taj Mahal. Don Mariano built the mansion in honor of his beloved wife. And as proof of his unwavering love for Maria, he had their initials molded on every post of the mansion. You’ll see the two Ms, facing each other, that stands for Mariano and Maria. Because of its story, The Ruins is considered one of the historical places in Visayas.

Related article: Top 8 Bacolod Tourist Spots Every Traveler Must Not Miss

12. Salagdoong Beach – Siquijor

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Even with man-made structures at Salagdoong Beach in Siquijor, it maintained its natural charm thanks to the rock formations surrounding it. This tourist destination in Visayas is perfect for picture-taking, chilling, and cliff jumping.

13. Moalboal – Cebu

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Just around 2-3 hours south of Cebu City, Moalboal is a favorite destination of water lovers, specifically scuba and free divers. This Visayas tourist spot with description is best known for its amazing sardine run, wherein millions of sardines form bait balls. What makes this spectacle magical is that the sardines don’t leave the shallows of Panagsama Beach.

You can see them year-round, whether you’re diving deep or just snorkeling. A lot of sea turtles can also be spotted in the area. Because of its beauty, this place is now one of the most popular Visayas tourist spots.

Must-read: 7 Best Places for Cebu Island Hopping

14. Sirao Flower Garden – Cebu

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Sirao Flower Garden is one of the top Cebu attractions. You can find different kinds of flowers in the farm like Celosia. There’s an entrance fee of PHP 20. 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. Nevertheless, this Visayas tourist attraction is a must-visit.

15. Kawasan Falls – Cebu

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Kawasan Falls  is a three-stage cascade of clear turquoise water from the mountain springs of Mantalongon mountain range and one of the top Cebu tourist spots. Aside from its natural beauty, Kawasan Falls has also become famous because one of the most popular activities in Cebu is done there— 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.

Suggested read: Kawasan Falls: A Spectacle of Nature’s Grandeur and Charm

16. Hinagdanan Cave – Bohol

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Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful Bohol tourist attractions is Hinagdanan Cave. It features a pool of clear water where you can swim under the stunning stalactites and stalagmites. 

Located in Dauis, it is said to have been accidentally discovered by a farmer who built a ladder to access the cave, thus the name. The light filters through the cave entrance, filling the whole area with a soothing and otherworldly glow. Don’t miss Hinagdanan Cave as it’s one of the most beautiful Visayas tourist attractions.

17. Biri Island – Samar

biri rock formations

Biri Island in Northern Samar is another beautiful place in Visayas you shouldn’t miss. It’s famous for its rock formations such as the six major rock formations on the island: Magasang, Magsapad, Macadlaw, Puhunan, Bel-at, and Caranas. Make your trip even more fun by swimming at the natural pools of Bel-at. If you want a more thrilling activity, you can also dive into the Garon Wall, a popular dive site on the island.

18. Loboc River – Bohol

loboc river cruise bohol visayas tourist spots

A Bohol tour wouldn’t be complete without hopping on the famous Loboc River Cruise. Tour guides usually bring their guests here for lunch while exploring the Loboc River. In the middle of the tour, your cruise will stop by at a place where the locals will play musical instruments and perform traditional dances. Make sure to add Loboc River to your itinerary as this is one of Visayas beautiful places.

Must-read: 15 Best Bohol Tourist Spots Every First-Timer Should Visit


Best Time to Visit Visayas

Since the Philippines is a tropical country, and the Visayas region has so many pristine beaches and islands to see, we suggest you schedule your trip during the summer or dry season. It’s from March to May.


Must-Try Food in Visayas

When you’re done exploring the historical places in Visayas or other insta-worthy Visayas tourist destinations, it’s so much more rewarding when you’re munching on the best dishes! Here are the must-try foods in Visayas.

Cebu Lechon

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This is a famous Filipino food not just to Pinoys but also to foreigners. Lechon is a whole roasted pig usually served on special occasions. It’s kind of expensive, that’s why when you see lechon on an occasion, it must be grand. 

What people love about lechon is its crispy skin and juicy meat which is best paired with liver sauce. Anthony Bourdain claimed that this is the best pig ever! He wouldn’t say this for nothing right?

Humba

humba visayas tourist spots

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Another delicacy from Visayas is Humba. It is the popular braised pork dish whose name directly translates to tender pork.

It’s quite similar to adobo because Humba also uses ingredients like soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, onions, peppercorns, and laurel, Humba differentiates itself with the addition of pineapple juice and or sugar.

Piaya

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When people think of what pasalubong to bring home from Negros, piaya is on top of mind. This delicacy is a flaky unleavened bread filled with sweet muscovado sugar. There are also other variants like ube (purple yam) and chocolate piaya.

Kansi

kansi pagkaing pilipino

If you love sinigang and bulalo, you’ll definitely love Kansi, too! Kansi is an Ilonggo dish that is a combination of sinigang and bulalo. But the sour taste overpowers the soup. The meat is the same as bulalo using beef shank and bone marrow. Kansi is one of the must-try Filipino dishes in the Philippines!

Chicken Inasal

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chicken inasal visayas tourist spots

This dish is basically a grilled chicken but this is not the ordinary grilled chicken you’ll see everywhere. If you want to taste the authentic chicken inasal, you should go to Bacolod. It’s where the dish originated. They marinate the chicken soy sauce, vinegar, and different spices that make Bacolod chicken inasal unique. They also use chicken oil to pair with rice. 

Must-read: A Taste of Filipino Food: 10 Pinoy Dishes That Will Have You Drooling

Travel Tips When Visiting Visayas Tourist Spots

  • Wear sunblock
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes depending on your destination
  • Always bring cash for emergency as there are some places that don’t have ATMs nearby
  • Always bring extra clothes especially when trying a water activity
  • The weather can be so unpredictable so bring a hat or a folding umbrella

Where to Stay in Visayas

Isn’t it so much better when you’re staying at a comfortable hotel after visiting famous places in Visayas? Here’s a list of budget hotels in Visayas you can check out.

Boracay budget hotels

Matt Guesthouse
Price from PHP 1,800/night
Address: 0158 Cagban, Manoc-Manoc, Malay, Aklan
Amenities: Baggage Storage, 24h Security, No Parking, Air Conditioning, Free WiFi, Hot Shower

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One Hagdan Villas
Price from PHP 29,000/night
Address: 299 Sitio Hagdan, Hagdan Hills View, Yapak, Malay, Aklan
Amenities: Swimming Pool, Wheelchair Access, Airport Shuttle (Extra Cost), Ironing Facilities (Extra Cost), Baggage Storage, Shared Lounge / TV Area, Designated Smoking Area, 24h Security, SPA (Massage), No Parking, Air Conditioning, Hot Shower, Free WiFi

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Cebu budget hotels

ZEN Premium Banilad
Price from PHP 1,500/night
Address: Gov. M. Cuenco, Banilad, Cebu City
Amenities: 24h Front Desk, 24h Room Service, Parking, Hotel Spa, Fitness Center, Hotel Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Ironing Facilities, Airport Shuttle (Extra Cost), Elevator, Concierge, Tour Desk, Baggage Storage, Shared Lounge / TV Area, 24h Security, Designated Smoking Area, Laundry, Swimming Pool

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Alicia Tower
Price from PHP 850/night
Address: Gov. M. Cuenco, Banilad, Cebu City
Amenities: 24h Front Desk, Parking, Fitness Center, Hotel Restaurant, Baggage Storage, Shared Lounge / TV Area, Laundry (Extra Cost), Dry Cleaning (Extra Cost), Designated Smoking Area, 24h Security, Bottled Water, Swimming Pool, Elevator

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Frequently Asked Questions About Visayas Tourist Spots

Q: Where should I go in Visayas Philippines?
A: Here’s a list of tourist spots in Visayas every traveler must visit.

  • Boracay
  • Bantayan Island 
  • Chocolate Hills 
  • Panglao Island 
  • Cambugahay Falls 
  • Malapascua Island 
  • Oslob
  • Kalanggaman Island 
  • Lakawon Island
  • Gigantes Island 
  • The Ruins
  • Salagdoong Beach
  • Moalboal
  • Sirao Flower Garden
  • Kawasan Falls
  • Hinagdanan Cave
  • Biri Island
  • Loboc River

Q: What can tourists do within Visayas?
A: Visayas has a lot to offer to its visitors. Here are some of the most fun activities to try in Visayas:

  1. Swimming
  2. Island-hopping
  3. Diving
  4. Snorkelling
  5. Caving
  6. Hiking
  7. Food-tripping
  8. Canyoneering 

Q: What is Visayas known for?
A: While Visayas seems small compared to its neighboring island groups—namely Luzon and Mindanao—this island group should not be underestimated. One of its small, scattered islands witnessed an important historical event, and the Visayas Region is also home to a number of pristine, white sand beaches.

Q: Where are the best Western Visayas tourist spots? 
A: Here’s a list of the beautiful Region 6 Western Visayas tourist spots you shouldn’t miss:

  1. Boracay
  2. The Ruins
  3. Lakawon Island
  4. Negros Museum
  5. Antique
  6. Capiz
  7. Gigantes Islands
  8. Museo Iloilo
  9. Balay Negrense
  10. San Sebastian Cathedral

Q: Is Bohol open for tourists?
A: Yes, Bohol is open for travelers but local tourists planning to visit Bohol Province will only be allowed to explore the COVID-free island Panglao according to Governor Arthur Yap. 

More travel updates here: Latest Philippines Tourism News

Q: What are the Central Visayas points of interest?
A: If you’re planning to visit the most popular Visayan region which is the Central Visayas, you will not regret it. The Central Visayas points of interest are the following:

  1. Cebu City
  2. Bantayan Island
  3. Malapascua Island
  4. Oslob
  5. Kawasan Falls
  6. Panglao Island
  7. Man-made forest in Bohol
  8. Hinagdanan Cave
  9. Loboc River
  10. Balicasag Island 

Q: What are the Western Visayas points of interest?
A: Visayan region is something that travelers must visit at least once as it offers lots of beautiful places in Visayas. The Western Visayas points of interest are the following:

  1. Boracay
  2. Iloilo City
  3. Gigantes Island
  4. Bacolod
  5. Capiz

Q: What are the best region 6 tourist spots?
A: There are many places to visit in Visayas and among the most popular part is the Region 6. Here are the most beautiful region 6 tourist spots:

  1. The Ruins
  2. Lakawon Island
  3. Negros Museum
  4. Balay Negrense
  5. Mambukal Mountain Resort
  6. Pulang Tubig Falls
  7. San Sebastian Cathedral
  8. Bernardino Jalandoni Museum
  9. Gigantes Island
  10. Miag-ao Church
  11. Garin Farm
  12. Calle Real
  13. Molo Church
  14. Iloilo River Esplanade
  15. Concepcion Islands

Q: What are the best region 8 tourist spots?
A: Here are the most beautiful best region 8 tourist spots:

  1. Kalanggaman Island
  2. Mount Pangasugan Ecopark
  3. Napantao Fish Sanctuary
  4. Canigao Island
  5. Tongonan Hot Spring
  6. Lake Danao National Park
  7. San Juanico Bridge

Q: What are the best Bohol region 6 tourist spots?
A: Bohol is part of the stunning Visayas island and is one of the most visited places in the Philippines. Here are the most beautiful Bohol region 6 tourist spots:

  1. Panglao Island
  2. Chocolate Hills
  3. Hinagdanan Cave
  4. Loboc River
  5. Bamboo Hanging Bridge
  6. Man-Made Forest
  7. Anda Beach
  8. Blood Compact Shrine 
  9. Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary
  10. Danao Adventure Park 
  11. Balicasag Island 
  12. Baclayon Church
  13. Dimiao Twin Waterfalls
  14. Alona Beach
  15. The Mirror of the World

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With the remarkable beauty and undeniably friendly locals, the Philippines isn’t difficult to love. Most tourists think that the Philippines is just about beaches but actually, it’s much more. And just as a trip here will certainly make you fall for everything you see, it will also make you fall for the values of everyone you meet and the palatable cuisines they serve.

10 Things That Will Make You Fall In-Love With the Philippines

The Philippine tourism slogan goes “It’s more fun in the Philippines,” and it’s not hard to see why. Here’s a list of what is Philippines known for, that will absolutely make you choose Philippines as your next travel destination.

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Here are the 10 reasons why it is more fun in the Philippines and why you’ll love the Philippines even more!

1. Breathtaking Views

banaue rice terraces tourist spot in the philippines

Unlike other places, an adventure in the Philippines takes you to a wonderland where it seems as though you’ve walked straight into a postcard. Cue in, Batanes and Banaue Rice Terraces. Its vast greenery, hills, stunning sunset views everywhere, and crashing waves from the ocean surely take one’s breath away. And just like that, you’ll be in a state of bliss. 

The Philippines is mysterious, grand, and inviting at the same time. Through the eyes of a first-timer, this country is unbelievable. So if you’re to describe Philippines in one word, it’s breathtaking. Enough to convince you that it’s more fun in the Philippines.

2. 7,641 Islands to Choose From

palawan christmas in the philippines

The Philippine beaches and islands are certainly among the most convincing reasons why you should visit the Philippines. If you’re asking what is Philippines famous for, it could take all day to list everything down. But its pristine beaches are among the main reasons why travelers across the world and the top 10 countries that love Philippines list the country among the world’s best islands.

Boracay is a sure-fire hit for travelers and beach-lovers. Many people all over the world drool to go on a trip to this island. Boracay is famous for its fine white sand and now, clear blue waters, party scene, and amazing water activities.

Must-read: 12 Most Spectacular White Sand Beaches in Philippines You Must Visit

Then there goes Palawan that will make you scream “I love Philippines” upon setting your foot on its ground. You can either go to Coron where great diving spots and lagoons are or El Nido where you can just enjoy the chill ambiance of the place.

Bantayan Island in Cebu also amazes tourists in so many ways. This Philippine island offers fresh air, calming sound of the waves, and cerulean waters.

3. Great Diving and Surfing Spots

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One thing that will make you realize its more fun in the Philippines is visiting its beaches with towering waves and rich marine life. Diving enthusiasts around the world just can’t get enough of the fantastic Philippine diving spots. Some tourists make their way to the Philippines to train or get their diving licenses because of its tropical nature and reputation as a great vacation destination. Some popular spots are found in Coron, Palawan; Apo Reef in Occidental Mindoro; and Monad Shoal in Cebu.

Another thing that will convince you its more fun in the Philippines is that it boasts amazing surfing spots! Some people from across the world travel here just to feel the adrenaline rush from surfing the Philippine waters. Surfing spots in the Philippines that are worth the visit include Siargao, the country’s surfing capital, Baler in Aurora Province, and La Union. If these aren’t enough to convince you it’s more fun in the Philippines, we don’t know what else will.

4. Exquisite Pinoy Cuisine

filipino food it's more fun in the philippines

With more than 7,000 islands and rich history, the Philippines has many delicious dishes of its own. And there’s more to Filipino food than the mind-boggling balut (duck embryo).

What Philippines is known for in terms of food is its popular adobo and sinigang. When in the Philippines, one should not miss its famous adobo. The pork or chicken meat is marinated in vinegar and soy sauce. It’s easy to prepare so it’s very common in the country.

Lechon is also something worth trying! The entire pig is roasted over coals, with the crisp, golden-brown skin served with liver sauce, the most coveted part. Everyone loves this, even the late world-famous chef Anthony Bourdain. He won’t say it’s the best pig ever for nothing!

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Another must-try dish in the Philippines is the sinigang. There are many varieties of it though: from pork to seafood. Everyone loves it because of its sour and slightly spicy taste.

Some may not like how balut tastes like, why people would line up for isaw (pork and chicken intestines) or why Filipinos eat with their hands. But perhaps the best way to understand Filipino food is by trying.

5. Ridiculously Good People

why it's more fun in the philippines

May it be to locals or foreigners, Filipinos are warm-hearted people. They are caring, respectful, hard-working, and full of possibilities even in hard times.

Filipinos are naturally empathetic— a loved one’s problem becomes everyone’s problem. They hold each other’s hands, they hardly leave their loved ones alone and they constantly check in with each other, whether through texts, calls, Skype, or other social media platforms. 

Filipinos respect their relatives and they treat the elderly with great fondness. They grab their hand and put it against their forehead. This gesture of pagmamano is so deeply ingrained in their culture that it has become the greatest symbol of affection in the family. 

Filipinos don’t discriminate and that is why they are highly ranked for service, hospitality, and care-related jobs. So if you’re asking how to introduce Philippines to foreign travelers, just say it’s home to one of the nicest people in the world. If this doesn’t convince you that it’s more fun in the Philippines, we don’t know what else will.

6. Grand Festivals

street dancers at masskara festival

When it comes to parties and festivities, Filipinos take it seriously! In fact, each province has its own festival. They are vibrant, colorful, lively, and grand.

These Philippine festivals showcase the country’s culture and the locals’ creativity. Many feature colorful costumes, painted bodies, and crazy beautiful street dance performances.

Tourists from all over the world visit the Philippines not just to see its beautiful beaches and breathtaking sights, but also to experience the country’s grand festivals that, without a doubt, will make you say its more fun in the Philippines/

7. Dynamic Nightlife

Contrary to what others think when someone asks to describe Philippines, Filipinos are not dull and boring. They know how to party, too! In fact, there are many great bars in the country that take the party scene to the next level!

Enjoy a pub crawl at Poblacion in Makati or go to Bonifacio Global City or Ortigas to get the best city views, breezy outdoor escapes, and chic spots that are sure to have you sipping and toasting all night long.

8. Interesting Mix of Different Cultures

Because of the country’s history of colonialism and encounters with different cultures — Chinese, Malay, Spanish, American, and Japanese — what has resulted, is the most curious melting pot of varying traits and practices. 

Travelers familiar with any of these cultures will be surprised and amused at the parallels Filipinos carry in their ways of life.

9. Filipinos Welcome Everybody With Open Arms

Many tourists find Filipinos very hospitable and this impression is clearly an edge. That’s how hospitable they are! Filipinos don’t discriminate but welcome everyone with open arms even if they’re not related. They will offer anything they can to foreigners and even teach them Filipino words even without asking. This is definitely what Philippines is known for. So if you’d ask how can you describe the Pinoy being in a foreign country, we tell you, Filipinos respect other people and are kind to others.

10. It’s More Fun in the Philippines

With all these being said, the country’s tourism slogan is true. It’s more fun in the Philippines because you’ll never run out of things to do. You will fall in love with the people and every spot in the country. You can come to the Philippines for the beaches, but what you’ll get is so much more.

The Philippines may not be the richest country in the world or may not have the highest standard of living yet. Still, the Filipino people are very rich to have good qualities and breathtaking places that spell genuine happiness. And at the end of your trip, you will say “I love Philippines” because it’s not really difficult to fall in love with this country.


Frequently Asked Questions About Reasons to Love the Philippines

Q: Why foreigners love the Philippines?
A: Foreigners love the Philippines because of its climate. Since the Philippines is a tropical country, it’s a great destination for beach vacations. Aside from this, foreigners love the traits of the Filipinos and of course, the food!

Q: What do you think are the reasons why the Philippines is considered as a tropical country?
A: Tropical countries such as the Philippines are nations that are found in the tropics, a region that is located along or near the Earth’s Equator. Here’s the answer to your question: what do you think are the reasons why the Philippines is considered as a tropical country.

Q: Why should you travel to the Philippines?
A: The Philippines is more than just its pristine islands. Here are the reasons why you should travel the Philippines:

  1. Breathtaking Views
  2. 7,641 Islands to Choose From
  3. Great Diving and Surfing Spots
  4. Exquisite Pinoy Cuisine
  5. Ridiculously Good People
  6. Grand Festivals
  7. Dynamic Nightlife
  8. Interesting Mix of Different Cultures
  9. Filipinos Welcome Everybody With Open Arms
  10. It’s More Fun in the Philippines

Q: What are the best places to visit in the Philippines?
A: With over 7,000 islands to choose from, there are so many beautiful places to visit in the Philippines. These are:

  • Sugba Lagoon in Siargao
  • Intramuros in Manila
  • Vigan in Ilocos Sur
  • Boracay in Aklan
  • Chocolate Hills in Bohol
  • Hinatuan Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur
  • Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao
  • Big and Small Lagoons in El Nido, Palawan
  • Bantayan Island in Cebu
  • Racuh A Payaman in Batanes

Q: What are the best things to do in the Philippines?
A: Philippines is such a versatile country that caters to all types of traveler. here are some of the most fun things to do in the Philippines:

  1. Swimming
  2. Island-hopping
  3. Food tripping
  4. Shopping
  5. Partying
  6. Diving
  7. Hiking
  8. Attending festivals

Q: How will you show that you love your country Philippines?
A: There are many ways to show love for the country. From being patriotic and learning the history to promoting and supporting local products, showing love for the country is something everyone should learn and do.

Q: Where are the Philippines’ most beautiful islands?
A: The Philippines is home to more than 7,000 islands and among the most popular and beautiful ones are located across the country. You can find them in Boracay, Palawan, Batangas, Pangasinan, Zambales, Siargao, Bohol, and more. The islands here will make you describe Philippines as jaw-dropping, that’s why its more fun in the Philippines.

Q: What is Philippines known for?
A: Philippines is known for so many things: pristine beaches, breathtaking mountains, jaw-dropping lagoons, historic sites, and hospitable people.

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Cebu is known for so many things—pristine beaches, a breathtaking waterfall, jaw-dropping underwater world, electrifying festivals, and so much more. But what travelers usually miss when going to Cebu is seeing its picturesque mountains like the Osmena Peak.

Situated in Mantalongon, Dalaguete, Osmena Peak is Cebu’s highest peak standing at 1,013 meters above sea level. It is also known as the “Vegetable Basket” of Cebu or “Little Baguio” because of the vast vegetable farms in the area. 

About Osmena Peak

Osmeña Peak is considered the highest peak in Cebu standing at 1,013 meters above sea level. It’s a popular destination for hikers because of the breathtaking views it offers and the picturesque rugged hills almost similar to Bohol’s Chocolate Hills.

What’s inside this blog?

In this Osmeña Peak guide, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about exploring this beautiful mountain including how to get there, how much to prepare for Osmena Peak budget, what to bring, and more.

Hiking Osmena Peak

Osmena Peak cebu

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Hiking Osmena Peak Cebu is not as hard as you think. Whether you’re an advanced hiker or just a beginner, an Osmena Peak hike won’t tire you out. Usually, it takes only about 20 to 25 minutes to hike so you can dedicate half of your day here. The trail is marked very well so it’s very easy to remember. You can even go here without a guide, but of course, it’s better to have one for your safety and for interesting information the guide will share with you.

In fact, you can make a trip to two destinations in one day. You can travel from Osmena Peak to Kawasan Falls in two hours by habal-habal. The fare is around PHP1,000 per way.

Best Time to Visit Osmena Peak

Osmena Peak cebu

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If you want to see the best of what Osmena Peak Cebu has to offer, make sure to plan your visit well. The best time to visit Osmena Peak Cebu is during the dry season, around March to May so you can enjoy a 360 degree fog-less view of Cebu from Osmena Peak height. 

What to Bring to Cebu Osmena Peak

While it’s an easy hike to Osmena Peak address, it’s not a good reason to bring a heavy bag. Trust us, you’ll enjoy it more when you travel light. So, here are the things you must bring when hiking Osmena Peak Cebu:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Folding umbrella
  3. Hat
  4. Plenty of water
  5. Snacks 
  6. Swimsuit (if you’re planning to travel from Osmena Peak to Kawasan Falls)
  7. Tent (if you’re planning to have an Osmena Peak camping)

Osmeña Peak Location

Osmeña Peak is located in Barangay Mantalongon, in the Municipality of Dalaguete, Cebu. check out this Osmena Peak map to be guided.

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How to Get There

From Cebu City to Osmena Peak, take a bus bound for Oslob or Santander/Li-loan at South Bus Terminal. The travel time is approximately 3 hours. Just tell the conductor or driver that you will get off at Dalaguete junction for Osmeña Peak.

Once you reach the Dalaguete junction, you can reach Osmeña Peak in three ways by: renting a scooter, renting private cars, or riding a habal-habal (motorbike with a driver).

The most usual and most affordable way to go there is through habal-habal. The fare is around PHP200 per way. The motorbike can accommodate up to two passengers so if you’re alone, you still have to pay for the whole trip.

Rates and Other Information in Visiting

Osmena Peak entrance fee: PHP30/person

Tour guide fee: It depends on you.

Difficulty level: 3/9

Tourist Spots Nearby

  • Kawasan Falls
  • Lambug Beach
  • Kabukalan Spring
  • Badian Bay
  • Magic Beach Resort

Frequently Asked Questions About Osmena Peak

Q: How long does it take to hike Osmeña Peak?

A: The Osmeña Peak hike takes only 20 to 25 minutes. The trail is marked well and easy to follow. While there will be some instances when you would need to climb over some rocks, there is nothing too intense. It’s an easy hike that any people at any fitness level can do.

Q: How do I get to Osmeña Peak?

A: From Cebu City to Osmena Peak address, take a bus bound for Oslob or Santander/Li-loan at South Bus Terminal. The travel time is approximately 3 hours. Just tell the conductor or driver that you will get off at Dalaguete junction for Osmeña Peak.

Q: Is Osmeña Peak open?

A: Yes, Osmeña Peak Dalaguete Cebu has been open for travelers since August 16, 2020.

Source: Cebu Daily News Inquirer

Q: How high is Osmeña Peak?

A: Osmeña Peak location is at Dalaguete, Cebu. It stands at 1,013 meters above sea level making it the highest point in Cebu.

Q: Is Cebu open for tourists?

A: Yes, Cebu is already open for tourists but those who want to visit the tourist destinations in the province should register through the centralized online portal being created by the Cebu Provincial Tourism Task Force.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Cebu boasts many beautiful things—pristine beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, fresh and yummy seafood, and some of the most historical places in the Philippines. One of these is Fort San Pedro. 

Established in 1565, Fort San Pedro Cebu is the oldest fort in the Philippines and one of the most visited tourist spots in Cebu City. Here you’ll discover the history of the province, the Spanish government, and well-preserved Spanish artifacts. About 14 cannons can still be found in what has become a leisure park today. 

About Fort San Pedro Cebu

fort san pedro cebu

It is one of the most visited tourist spots in Cebu City. Similar to Manila’s Fort Santiago, it 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 build this fort. 

What’s inside this blog?

Fort San Pedro History

Fort San Pedro cebu

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Fort San Pedro Cebu was built by the Spaniards under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the first Governor-General of the Philippines. The original Cebu fort built right after the arrival of Legazpi was made of wood. It was then replaced in the 17th century with a stone fort to drive Muslim raiders away.

At the end of the 19th century during the Philippine Revolution, the fort was attacked and taken by the Filipino Revolutionaries who used it as a stronghold.

Another interesting fact about the fort is that its shape is triangular: two sides facing the sea and the third side facing the land. The two sides facing the sea were protected with cannons and the front with a strong fence made of wood. 

Fort San Pedro Address

The fort is located in A. Pigafetta Street, Cebu City. Check the map below to be guided.

How to Get There

Ride any jeep bound for Plaza Independencia, or MyBus from SM City Cebu going to Talisay. Alight at the nearest point from the SRP’s opening road. Walk towards Plaza Independencia, just adjacent to Malacanang sa Sugbo.

If you want a faster and hassle-free commute to the fort, book a Grab or ride a taxi instead.

Rates and Other Information in Visiting

Fort San Pedro Cebu entrance fee: PHP 30/person (20% discount for Students/Senior Citizens/PWDs)

Fort San Pedro opening hours: 8am to 7pm

Tourist Spots Nearby

  • Magellan’s Cross & Basilica del Santo Niño
  • 8 Ancestral and Museum Houses in Cebu City
  • SM City Cebu
  • SM Seaside City Cebu
  • Fuente Osmeña Circle & Crown Regency Sky Adventure 

Must-read: Cebu Itinerary Guide: Best Places to Go & Must-Try Activities

Where to Eat Near Fort San Pedro

Azotea Sports Bar & Restaurant

Azotea Sports Bar and Restaurant fort san pedro cebu

Photo credits to Azotea Sports Bar and Restaurant

Azotea Sports Bar & Restaurant is a perfect place to have a chill drink with a view. It’s near the fort so in case your tour ends a little late, go straight here.

Address: JSU – PSU Mariners Court – Cebu, Legaspi Ext., Cebu City

Operation hours: 4pm to 12am

Budget: PHP 200

KKD STK + BBQ

KKD STK + BBQ cebu

Photo credits to KKD STK + BBQ

Another good place to eat near the fort is KKD STK + BBQ. they serve grilled meat and seafood to delight you after a tiring trip.

Address: M. J. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City

Operation hours: 11am to 10pm

Budget: PHP 200

Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly

Cebu's Original Lechon Belly

Photo credits to CEBU’S ORIGINAL LECHON BELLY (the Boneless Lechon)

Oh your trip to Cebu isn’t complete without trying the boneless lechon at Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly. It’s a popular restaurant near the fort and has been visited by several Filipino personalities.

Address: P Burgos St, P. Burgos Street, Cebu City

Operation hours: 8am to 8pm

Budget: PHP 1,900 good for 15 persons

Where to stay

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Frequently Asked Questions About The Fort

Q: When is Fort San Pedro open?

A: It is open from 8am to 7pm.

Q: Do you need to book in advance to visit Fort San Pedro?

A: While you can walk-in at the fort, we recommend booking your tours ahead of time to secure your spot.

Q: How much is Fort San Pedro entrance fee 2021

A: As of writing, the entrance fee is PHP 30/person (20% discount for Students/Senior Citizens/PWDs)

Q: What is the oldest fort in the Philippines?

A: Fort San Pedro is considered the oldest fort in the Philippines. It was established in 1565 under the Spanish conqueror and the Philippines’ first Governor-General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

Q: Is Fort San Pedro open for weddings?

A: Yes, you can book a Fort San Pedro Cebu wedding. It’s a great venue for a garden wedding.  

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Up in the mountains of Busay in Cebu, there’s a love story that people can’t stop talking about. A love story, that although ended in 2012, continues to live on in the form of a temple. In case you don’t know it yet, it’s the Temple of Leah. 

About Temple of Leah

temple of leah cebu

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Dubbed as the Taj Mahal of Cebu, the Temple of Leah has been attracting foreign and local tourists for its Roman-inspired architectural shrine. Unlike India’s Taj Mahal, it 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. 

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Read this blog to know more about the Temple of Leah history for a fun experience.

Temple of Leah History

temple of leah cebu

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More than its appealing structure, what draws people to visit Temple of Leah Cebu is the love story of a couple that has been melting hearts of so many travelers. 

Businessman Teodorico Adarna dedicated the temple to his wife, Leah, of 54 years. She died of lung cancer in 2012 at 69. They started their family at a young age. Leah was 16 and Teodorico was 19 when they got married. They had four children—Allan, Arlene, Arthur (deceased) and Alex; and 16 grandchildren, including actress Ellen Adarna.

The construction of Leah Temple started in 2012 and is yet to be finished. Teodorico reportedly spent 80 million pesos to put up this temple as a symbol of his undying love for Leah. The temple is meant to be a place for Leah’s items and collections gathered from her travels, as Teodorico promised her before she died. He promised that he will store all her things in one roof. 

Before, the Adarna family were not collecting fees to enter the temple but later on, they decided to collect PHP 100 per person as some people started to loiter and vandalize the place.

Now, it’s one of the most popular and most visited tourist spots in Cebu.

Temple of Leah Location

The Temple of Leah is located on top of a hill in the town of Busay in Cebu.

Rates and Other Information in Visiting Temple of Leah Cebu

temple of leah cebu

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Visiting hours: 7am to 6om daily

Entrance fee: PHP 100 per person (10 years old and below are free)

Parking fee: PHP 100 if inside the premises; free if outside but limited slots only

Other fees: PHP 2,500 for professional photography for events

Tourist Spots Near The Temple

Make the most of your trip with these tourist attractions near Temple of Lea.

Sirao Flower Farm

sirao flower farm cebu

One of the most popular attractions in Cebu is Sirao Flower Farm. You can find different kinds of flowers here like Celosia. 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. 

Suggested article: 15 Amazingly Beautiful Cebu Tourist Spots to Include in Your Itinerary

Simala Shrine

simala shrine cebu

Simala Church is a prestigious castle-like structure that is frequented by tourists. Home to the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, people from all over the world visit this pristine church to witness traditions and religious gatherings.

Taoist Temple

taoist temple cebu

Another addition to your Cebu itinerary is the Taoist Temple. 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. 

Magellan’s Cross

magellan's cross cebu

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. 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.

Must-read: Cebu Itinerary Guide: Best Places to Go & Must-Try Activities

Where to stay

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Perhaps some believe that a man is not capable of loving a woman endlessly. While we can’t blame them, one thing’s for sure—true and endless love exists. In this case, it was shown to us in the form of a temple. A temple that’s built out of love.

Frequently Asked Questions About Temple of Leah

Q: What is the history of Temple of Leah?

A: It was built to symbolize the undying love of a husband to his deceased wife. That’s why it’s called Cebu’s Taj Mahal. 

Q: How much is the Temple of Leah entrance fee?

A: As of writing, the Temple of Leah entrance fee is PHP 100 per person.

Q: Who owns Leah temple in Cebu?

A: The owner of the Temple of Leah is the businessman Teodorico Soriano Adarna, grandfather of actress Ellen Adarna.

Q: How far is Temple of Leah to Sirao Garden?

A: It is around 20 minutes away from the Sirao Flower Garden.

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The water of the bluest of blues is a common sight in Cebu. From its stunning beaches in Bantayan to Kawasan Falls in Badian—Cebu is never a disappointment and always catching its visitors’ hearts.

What draws local and foreign tourists alike to this beautiful destination is this majestic falls’ turquoise water in Southern Cebu. Perhaps, thanks to social media that contributed a lot to keeping the flame of interest alive for Kawasan Falls. 

It is located at the foot of Mantalongon Mountain Range, approximately one kilometer from the national road of Badian and at least four hours of trekking from Osmeña Peak of Dalaguete. 

Aside from its stunning view and turquoise water, Kawasan canyoneering has also brought an influx of adventurous travelers in town. 

Things to do in Kawasan Falls

man canyoneering kawasan falls cebu

In Cebu, there are many activities that you can try depending on your interests. If you’re more of a laid back person who wants a chill trip, you can book a City tour and go island hopping in Northern Cebu. But if you want thrilling adventures, Southern Cebu is the place to be!

1. Canyoneering – Kawasan Falls tour is not complete without Kawasan canyoneering! It is, after all, the main and most famous activity in the area. People come here just for canyoneering! This is perfect for those adrenaline junkies who love thrilling adventures. In canyoneering, you’ll be doing rappelling, water rafting, and of course, waterfall jumping!

2. Rent a bamboo raft – Want a picture for the ‘gram like no other? Or just want to sail around the Kawasan Falls? You can do all these by renting a bamboo raft. It costs about P300 that can accommodate up to 20 persons.

3. Swimming – If you’re not up for Kawasan canyoneering, you can still enjoy the famous turquoise water of this waterfall and take your time swimming! You can do stroke tricks or just float around the area. To make this more fun, call your travel buddies and ask them to join you form a star while floating and ask your local guide to take a group photo.

4. Picnic – Since food is allowed in Kawasan, it’s the best time to have a picnic with your family or friends. But please be mindful of the trash and waste. Store them or throw them properly and not just leave in the area.

5. Shower massage – Go near where the water drops and get your massage fix by the falls! Its flow is strong enough to massage your back and get the relaxation you need.

Kawasan Falls Entrance Fee

tourists and cottages in kawasan falls

Kawasan Falls entrance fee is P40 per person. Cottages and picnic tables are available for rent while those planning to stay overnight may opt to get a room for as low as P1,000 if your Kawasan Falls hotel is far. Food is also not a problem when you go here because you can bring your own or order in the restaurants in the area. 

How to get to Kawasan

man standing on a bamboo raft

From Cebu South Bus Terminal, take the bus going to the town of Badian. The trip will take around two hours depending on the traffic. Bus fare is P130, one way.

Tell the bus conductor that you’re headed to Kawasan so that they can drop you off at the national highway. From the highway, you will walk around 15 minutes to get to the Kawasan Falls. 

Kawasan Falls Map

Booking a Kawasan Falls tour will make the trip easier because your guide will handle all the logistics. But if you’re doing it yourself, here’s a map to guide you to go to Kawasan.

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When we talk about the most beautiful places in the Philippines, it’s really hard to pick just one destination to visit because with 7,641 jaw-dropping islands, how can you decide? 

From the breathtaking islands, majestic lagoons, and pristine beaches, the Pearl of the Orient Seas never disappoints its visitors. We can’t guarantee you that you will have the best time of your life but one thing is for sure, you will have a hard time leaving the Philippines because you’ll be wanting for more days to spend here.

Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in the Philippines

These beautiful places in the Philippines are perfect for all types of travelers, from solo and couple to family and friends. You will be mesmerized by the magnificent wonders of nature and man-made cultural heritage sites that the country has to offer. 

To help you plan your trip, here are the top 10 beautiful places in the Philippines that will definitely blow your mind!

10. Sugba Lagoon in Siargao

sugba lagoon

Siargao is a beautiful island in the Philippines so expect a lot of stunning destinations that will definitely captivate you. One of its pride is the Sugba Lagoon. The place is surrounded by turquoise blue waters—perhaps the bluest you would ever see—where you can dive, paddleboard, kayak, and swim. While this is a famous tourist spot in Siargao, it doesn’t get too crowded as the other lagoons in the country. You won’t have the lagoon to yourselves by any means but it’s big enough to find your own piece of paradise to chill, take photos, and hang out. 

Related article: Siargao Travel Guide: What Every First-Timer Should Know Before Going to Siargao

9. Intramuros in Manila

baluarte de sandiego intramuros

A trip to the Philippines will never be complete without visiting the Walled City a.k.a. Intramuros. Travelers who have a thing for old places and ruins will definitely love this place. Intramuros is filled with old Hispanic architecture that was preserved from hundred years ago. It’s a favorite hangout place and shooting locations because of its old world charm. You can stroll the area by riding a bambike (bamboo bike) that you can rent from P500, book a walking tour, or just explore the Walled City on your own. Trust us, Intramuros never disappoints as it is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.

Suggest read: A Guide to Intramuros Tour: 10 Places That Will Let You Travel Back in Time

8. Vigan in Ilocos Sur

vigan

Just like Intramuros, Vigan is a place where time stands still. It is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Established in the 16th century, Vigan’s architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia that’s why it is the most beautiful tourist spot in the Philippines. No wonder Vigan has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Related article: Vigan City Guide: Traveling to The World’s Best-Preserved Spanish Colonial Town

7. Hinatuan Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur

clear blue water of the enchanted river

Arguably Mindanao’s most magnificent attraction and one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines, Hinatuan Enchanted River is a magically clear blue saltwater river hidden in the jungle, and flawlessly flowing into the Pacific Ocean. 

6. Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Majestic view of chocolate hills

Among the top 10 beautiful places in the Philippines is the Chocolate Hills in Bohol. Its majestic views continue to draw attention across the world. There are more than 1,000 symmetrical mounds, conical and dome-shaped that most people liken them to Hershey’s Kisses. It is called the Chocolate Hills not because it’s made of chocolate but because of its color. Aside from the Chocolate Hills, you can also go to Pangalao, Bohol because it has one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines.

Must-read: 15 Best Bohol Tourist Spots Every First-Timer Should Visit

5. Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao

majestic view of banaue rice terraces

Rice paddies? There are lots of them in the Philippines and they are not ordinary! Ifugao Province presents you the Banaue Rice Terraces that everyone’s keep buzzing about! It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s why Banaue Rice Terraces is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. Your journey won’t be easy though. Before you see its breathtaking beauty, you will have to go through a lot of hiking and trekking. But it will be so worth it!

4. Boracay in Aklan

clean beach of boracay island

What more can we say about this beautiful island in the Philippines? The world has already spoken about how stunning Boracay is. In fact, it has been a regular on the list of world’s best islands by some international travel magazines. With its pristine beaches that has fine white sand that never turns hot and the fun activities, travelers will surely enjoy Boracay. It will not be considered by many as the most beautiful island in the Philippines for nothing.

3. Big and Small Lagoons in El Nido, Palawan

girl kayaking in small lagoon in el nido

With a place as beautiful as El Nido, it’s difficult not to recognize it as the most beautiful island in the Philippines. With its gorgeous rock formations and clear aquamarine waters, El Nido is a sure-hit for every traveler! Don’t miss the Big and Small Lagoons as these are the best tourist spots in El Nido. You can go kayaking, paddle boarding, or swimming in these lagoons while digesting its majestic views. Aside from these lagoons, make sure to also visit Nacpan Beach as it is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines.

Related article: The Paradise on Earth: Glorious Palawan Tourist Spot That Will Make You Fall In-Love With Nature

2. Bantayan Island in Cebu

the beautiful beach of bantayan island

Cebu is a great place to travel to, and among the top tourist spots, there is the Bantayan Island. You can find some of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines here. From the Virgin Island to Kota Beach, you will be amazed at how pristine these beaches are! And if you’re into seafood, this place is perfect because you can indulge yourself in an eat-all-you-can seafood for as low as P250 per person! 

Must- read: Bantayan Island: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling the Paradise of North Cebu

1. Racuh A Payaman in Batanes

 
stunning view of racuh a payaman batanes

It’s not so hard to see why Racuh A Payaman in Batanes, or Marlboro Country as what many refer it to, is the most beautiful tourist spot in the Philippines. Once you’re there, there’s an unexplainable pleasure you’ll get that only nature can give. You will get the best view of Mt. Iraya, Diura Beach, Tayid Lighthouse and the Pacific Ocean. 

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The Philippines, without a doubt, is a sight not to be missed. Its grandeur never disappoints its visitors and the locals are the friendliest and most hospitable people you could ever meet.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Most Beautiful Places in the Philippines

Q: What is the most beautiful spot in the Philippines?

A: With so many stunning places in the Philippines, it’s hard to pick the most beautiful spot. But you’ll never go wrong with El Nido and Coron in Palawan, Boracay, Siargao, Batanes, and Cebu. 

Q: Where’s the best place to go in the Philippines?

A: It depends on your preference. If you want a beach vacation, go to Boracay, Palawan, or Siargao. If you fancy culture and nature, visit Banaue Rice Terraces, Batanes, or Vigan. And if you want an electrifying nightlife, go to Makati, BGC, Cebu, or Boracay.

Q: What is the Philippines most famous for?

A: The Philippines is famous for so many things but its main identifier is its pristine beaches! So beautiful that Philippine beaches have caught the world’s attention and landed on top spots in the list of best islands in the world by prestigious international travel magazines.

Q: Which Philippines island is best?

A: There are many beautiful islands in the Philippines but the highly recognized islands are Palawan and Boracay. In fact, these two islands have been named as World’s Best Islands several times already by international travel magazines.

Q: What is the cheapest month to fly to the Philippines?

A: The cheapest time to visit the Philippines is during the lean season which is between August to October. 

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