Cebu is an island-province consisting of the main island and 167 surrounding islands and islets. The place is heralded as one of the go-to destinations in the Philippines since every nook and cranny have pleasurable things to offer foreign globe-trotters and wandering Pinoys.
A visitor will never run out of things to do in this part of the globe. Walk down memory lane by visiting historic landmarks, dazzle at the modern-day wonders, touch base with nature get an interactive experience with astonishing landscapes and seascapes. A foodie or a fitness junkie will have something special to fill their hungry tummy.
Your head spins with a lot of activities in store for the visit. Fret not, check out our bucket list of things to do in Cebu for a memorable experience in this lovely province.
Enjoy beautiful flora at Terrazas de Flores Botanical Garden
Location: Barangay Malubog
A welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city life get lost in the splendor of nature in its purest form. Rows of mesmerizing floral arrangements planted in the side of rolling hills with a cool breeze that balances the heat of the sun. Walk hand-in-hand with your loved ones or sit at the café and take pictures of the Instagrammable flower gardens.
Skywalk at Crown Regency Hotel
Location: Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City
This is not your ordinary hotel it is a thrill seeker’s heaven offering extreme sports that defy the senses and surmount fears. Strap yourself at the edge of the transparent glass floor and see Cebu City from a bird’s viewpoint. Take a ride in the Edge Coaster as it circles the border of the 38th floor with your body attached to a strap that keeps you from falling. Zipline 473 feet in the air.
Tabo-an Public Market for your Pasalubong
Location: Cebu City
One of the busiest and renowned market in Cebu. Tabo-an market offers a wide variety of salted dried seafood that includes dili, squid, tuyo, and danggit. A visitor can also find famous Cebu delicacies like otap, dried mangoes, and chicharon.
Party time at the Sinulog Festival
Location: streets of Cebu
Every 3rd week of January Cebuanos celebrate the Sinulog Festival in honor of Cebu’s patron – the Santo Niño. A 9-day festival filled with pomp, pageantry, stunning costumes, and dancing. There are pyrotechnics display and a galore of Cebu’s finest street foods. Try Cebu’s lechon, what differentiates it from the ordinary lechon is you don’t need a dipping sauce the meat is flavored ready for your bite. Wear light clothes, bring your refillable water containers, lots of energy, and medicine if any, you’ll need these.
A close encounter with whale sharks and dolphins
Location: Oslob – whale shark watching/Moalboal – dolphin watching
Don’t get satisfied with just seeing whale sharks and dolphins inside marine parks and dolphin appearances. Interact with these amazing creatures.
At Oslob, you will have the opportunity to swim alongside whale sharks. If you’re not a good swimmer, you don’t need to dive or snorkel since whale sharks come up to the surface and get near to the boat.
March to June is ideal months to see dolphins in their natural habitat at Moalboal. As a bonus, divers and snorkelers will wow at the underwater spectacle of immense sardines run.
Funtime at Westown Lagoon
Location: Mandaue City
Why go to the beach when you can do all your swimming here? Westown lagoon is a resort for people of all ages. The place is equipped with giant slides, water fountains, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and game facilities. For late sleepers visit their bar to enjoy some live music from local bands.
It will be worth your while to explore some of the 167 islands in Cebu. Each is distinct offering different amenities to visitors. Visit small villages, immerse with locals, and savor their food. Set your feet on powdery sand, dive into the crystal water and discover an underwater world abundant with marine life and fantastic coral formation.
Visit Basilica de Santo Niño
Location: Cebu City
The oldest Catholic church in the Philippines and was formerly called San Agustin church. Pope Paul VI elevated it to a Basilica in honor of the Santo Niño, Holy Child. The church is earthquake- proof the exterior is made of hard stone materials to preserve its integrity and beauty. The church halls project an electric mix of influences that will awe visitors. See ancient paintings, elegant arches, and lovely stained glass windows.