Top 10 Things to do in Cebu

Things to do in Cebu, Philippines

Some tourist attractions in Cebu Province are within Cebu City and some are in the far south and far north. Depending on your interest and your length of stay, please find below my list of TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN CEBU to make your stay worthwhile: (Find Cheaper Cebu Accommodations Here or find places to stay in Cebu here)

If I have to put Sinulog, it would be number 1 on my list but since it is a festivity, I had it excluded. To those of you who wants to witness Sinulog, it happens every 3rd Sunday of January. 

one of the float entries in Sinulog Festival in Cebu Philippines
One of the Floats paraded during Sinulog Festival


1. Visit Basilica del Santo Niño, Magellan's Cross, Plaza IndependenciaFort San Pedro, Malacañan Sa Sugbo, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral in Cebu City. Check out my post on Top Tourist Attractions in Cebu City or play the video below.

2. Visit the 10,000 Roses in Cordova, Cebu. Probably one of the most popular destinations among local tourists.

3. Visit the beach resorts in Mactan Island in Lapulapu City. If you love the beach and you just have a short stay here, try the beaches in Mactan Island. You can find various hotels and resorts in Mactan from 5-star to budget accommodations.

Movenpick in Mactan Island Lapulapu City Cebu Philippines
Movenpick Hotel Mactan

Blue Reef Resort in Mactan Island Lapulapu City Cebu Philippines
Blue Reef Resort
4. Visit Bantayan Island, Malapascua Island, Gibitngil Island in the north. As I previously mentioned in my previous posts, the beautiful beaches in Cebu are located in the far north and far south.

Santa Fe Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines
Santa Fe, Bantayan Island

5. Visit Camotes Islands in the eastern side of Cebu. Camotes Islands also have beautiful beaches and are famous for tourists as well. Check out my post, Danao City - Gateway to Camotes Islands.

6. Visit Argao, Alcoy, Moalboal, Badian in the south. These towns also have beautiful beaches. 

Tingko Beach Alcoy Cebu Philippines
Tingko Beach, Alcoy

7. Go Whale Shark Watching or dip in the blue waters of Sumilon Island in Oslob (the last town in the south). Find places to stay in Oslob here (Supplemental readings: Tips for your trips: Oslob, Cebu; Whale Watching Butanding)

8. Go Canyoneering in the south, check out Kawasan Falls in Badian or the Aguinid Falls in Samboan and some other falls in this town. There are also falls and caves in the towns of Alegria and Malabuyoc.

9. Go trekking in Mount Manunggal (the site of the plane crash where the past President Ramon Magsaysay died) in Balamban, Cebu or trek your way up to Osmeña Peak in Mantalungon, Dalaguete, Cebu (then traverse to Kawasan Falls in Badian).

10. Have a barbecue feast at Larsian near Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City. It's popular among tourists. If you love bbq or grilled foods and would like to experience eating how locals do (eating with their bare hands or "kinamot"), you should check this place out. If you are looking for a cup of rice, you will get "puso" (hanging rice) instead so I suggest to give it a try, even if a cup of rice is available, go with the "puso". Cebu is home to the best tasting lechon according to those who ate it, I don't but, Cebu's Lechon is must try available in most food courts. 

The famous rice in Cebu Philippines puso or hanging rice
This is how "puso" (hanging rice) looks like 
Cebu's famous lechon or lechon cebu in cebu philippines
The ever famous Lechon. It is almost always available on big occasions.

There are just so many things to do in Cebu. All you need is to decide what you want to do and what you want to see, then take it from there. For example if you want to go to Malapascua Island or in Camotes Islands - these are places far from the city of Cebu, so it would be worthwhile if you stay there for 2 to 3 nights. Do consider travel time.

Other things to do and places to go:
  • Visit Tops Lookout 
  • Visit Temple of Leah
  • Visit Museo Sugbo
  • Ride the Edge Coaster/Zipline atop Crown Regency Hotel
  • Go Skydiving
  • Go Island hopping to Nalusuan Marine Sanctuary and Pandanon Island or visit Olango Island. 
  • Visit Danasan Eco Adventure Park in Danao City Cebu
  • Visit the beaches in Catmon, Sogod and San Remigio in the north 
  • Visit Papa Kit's Marina and Fishing Lagoon in Liloan, Cebu 
  • Visit Co Jordan Talaba and Bangus Eatery in Consolacion, Cebu 
Catmon Beach resort in Catmon Cebu Philippines
Catmon Beach

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