Cebu Island

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Visit 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
Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
5 out of 5
Punta Engano, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
RM602
per night
6 Jan-7 Jan

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. Mactan Doctors' ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,547 reviews)

"The beach and the bar out on the island. The sharp white decor"…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec,2019

Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
3 out of 5
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu, Cebu
RM250
per night
12 Dec-13 Dec

Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cebu International Convention Center, Ayala Center and Cebu Business Park. Cebu IT ...

4.2/5Excellent! (3,824 reviews)

"Awesome facilities and good staff. Overall awesome"…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec,2019

Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
RM981
per night
9 Jan-10 Jan

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! (1,653 reviews)

"Classy hotel. Best beach on Mactan Island. Abundance of marine life by the shore. Great for kids. Well manicured and maintained property."…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov,2019

Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa

Popular things to do in Cebu Island

Magellan's Cross
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Magellan's Cross

3.5/5(10 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.

Ayala Center
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Ayala Center

4.5/5(26 reviews)

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

Cebu IT Park
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Cebu IT Park

4/5(12 reviews)

Sip coffee among the green patches of this business hub, learn about the technology bubble and visit a leisure center.

Top activities in Cebu Island

Oslob Whale Shark & Aguinid Falls with Lunch
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Oslob Whale Shark & Aguinid Falls with Lunch

RM410

Encounter majestic whale sharks and see stunning waterfalls on this trip out of Cebu City. A guide takes you out into the waters by Oslob to see and even swim alongside the amazing animals. Back on shore, visit the 5-tiered Aguinid Falls as a spectacular and scenic end to your journey.

Plaza Premium Lounge at Mactan-Cebu International Airport
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Plaza Premium Lounge at Mactan-Cebu International Airport

RM113

Conveniently located in the restricted area on the Arrival Level in Terminal 2. In addition to comfortable seating, wide selection of food and beverage, complimentary Wi-Fi and recharging stations, this lounge is also equipped with shower facilities for travellers to refresh before their flights.

Mactan-Cebu Twin City Tour
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Mactan-Cebu Twin City Tour

RM340

This eye-opening tour exposes you to the allure of sibling cities Cebu and Mactan. Accompanied by a professional guide, visit both cities' iconic landmarks, including Magellan's Cross, the Santo Niño Basilica, and the Mactan Liberty Shrine, all while learning the history of each place.

Guided Full-Day Bohol Island Tour
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Guided Full-Day Bohol Island Tour

RM694

This day trip around Bohol Island exposes you to breathtaking natural scenery, centuries-old architecture, delicious food, and adorable native primates. Venture to the beautiful island for a relaxing day of gorgeous sights and experiences out of the bustle of the city.

Oslob Whale Shark Encounter with Tumalog Falls - Shared Tour
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Oslob Whale Shark Encounter with Tumalog Falls - Shared Tour

RM230

The tour will take you on the south countryside of Cebu for an ultimate adventure with the whale sharks. The town of Oslob is a 3 hr drive from the city, upon arrival native snacks of sticky rice, sweet mangoes and hot chocolate will be served while waiting for your turn to board the banca - local paddle boat.

Afternoon Cebu City Sightseeing Half-Day Tour
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Afternoon Cebu City Sightseeing Half-Day Tour

RM125

• Visit Taoist temple for ritual among devotees to pray to the gods to grant one’s wish. • Illustration of scenes during the local revolution against the Spanish rule in the heritage of Cebu monument.