Cebu Island

Discover Spanish-era monuments, relax on pristine beaches, explore scuba-diving sites and hike to mountain peaks when vacationing on this magical Filipino island.

Visit Cebu Island, a stunning island destination that has a wide range of adventure, natural and historical attractions. Explore a city filled with colonial landmarks, soak up the sun at glorious beach resorts, spot multicolored aquatic creatures and travel around picture-perfect islands. Cebu Island sits at the heart of the Philippines’ Visayas region. It consists of the main island plus over 150 islands and islets.

Energetic Cebu City is the island capital, its major transport hub and the oldest Spanish settlement in the Philippines. Spend time visiting historic sites such as Magellan’s Cross, the 16th-century Minor Basilica of the Holy Child (Basilica Minore del Santo Niño) and Fort San Pedro. Learn about island history at the Museo Sugbo and enjoy thrilling pursuits, including a 38-story high roller coaster, at the Sky Experience Adventure. Shop for everything from fresh fish to handicrafts at the Carbon Market.

Sit beneath a palm tree, soak up the sun and try various watersports at the beaches that pepper the island’s coastline. Badian, Moalboal and Oslob, the gateway for whale shark swimming tours, are all worth visiting. Just a short drive from Cebu City is Mactan Island. Find upscale all-inclusive resorts and boundless opportunities for diving, jet-skiing, parasailing and windsurfing activities.

Join an island-hopping trip, visit more blissful beach resorts and uncover unbeatable dive spots. Off the island’s northern tip are the unspoiled yet tourist-friendly Bantayan Island and Malapascua Island. Hop between the four islands of the Camotes Islands, often called the Lost Horizon due to their unblemished natural beauty. Visit indigenous homes and sample coconut wine on Olango Island.

For further adventure, hike to the summit of Osmeña Peak and be rewarded with panoramic views. Go canyoneering in the Matutinao Valley and cliff-jumping in Medellin. Marvel at stalagmites, stalactites and curious rock formations at Binuthan Cave and Igotan Cave, among other caves.

Reach Cebu Island by flying to Mactan-Cebu International Airport from major Asian cities. Get around via buses, taxis and ferries, which depart regularly from Cebu City. Stay overnight at all-inclusive resorts, guesthouses and luxury hotels suitable for all budgets.

Top hotels in Cebu Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino
Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino
3.5 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM390 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Mactan Marina Mall, Cebu Yacht Club and Lapu-Lapu City Hall. Marcelo Fernan Bridge and Gaisano ...

4.2/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"Very Relaxing and nice view! Good and friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2020

Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino
Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
5 out of 5
The price is RM560 per night

This Lapu-Lapu resort is on the beach, 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Magellan Shrine, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cebu Yacht Club and Mactan Marina Mall. Gaisano Grand ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,142 reviews)
Same as the last 4 days - great! Sad to leave.

"This review should just be a continuation of the review for a few nights already submitted. (We added a day). Nice hotel but wish that it had fully joined the Accor group as my Accor member ship would probably have been enhanced by this stay! While walking from the hotel along the highway I was tripped ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
The price is RM776 per night

Located in Lapu-Lapu, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Magellan Shrine, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cebu Yacht Club ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,188 reviews)

"The property location was really impeccable. The staff was very hospitable and food was good to the palate. The unavailability of other facilities and also some technical issues."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa

Popular places to visit in Cebu Island

Ayala Center
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Ayala Center

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Go to the cinema, peruse upmarket boutiques and wander along the paths of the landscaped gardens in this modern shopping compound.

Oslob Beach
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Oslob Beach

3/5(9 reviews)

Visit this striking beach on Cebu Island’s southeast coast for the chance to swim with the world’s largest fish and catch a boat to an exotic sandbar island.

Magellan's Cross
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Magellan's Cross

4/5(15 reviews)

The first Catholic Filipinos were baptized on the site of this historic chapel, believed to contain the original cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.

Top things to do in Cebu Island

Private Half-Day Cebu City Tour
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Private Half-Day Cebu City Tour

RM402
Per adult
Oslob Whale Shark Encounter with Tumalog Falls - Shared Tour
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Oslob Whale Shark Encounter with Tumalog Falls - Shared Tour

RM280
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Oslob Whale Shark & Canyoneering Adventure
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Oslob Whale Shark & Canyoneering Adventure

RM459
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Full-Day Island Hopping Tour
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Private Full-Day Island Hopping Tour

RM1,755
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Panoramic Cebu City Tour with Dinner
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Private Panoramic Cebu City Tour with Dinner

RM768
Per adult
Bluewater Sumilon Day Pass
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Bluewater Sumilon Day Pass

RM285
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend