Brush up on the island’s history at the Museo Sugbo. It’s an old prison that’s been converted into a museum. Head inside to see artifacts from pre-Spanish times right up to today. Stop by the charming Casa Gorordo Museum or the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House and head inside to see the antique furniture.

Another interesting place to visit is the Santo Nino Basilica and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Here you can see religious buildings from the Spanish era. Check out Fort San Pedro and the Jesuit House for more colonial relics. Wander up to Tops, a popular observation deck, to get a great view of the city and then make your way back down to cool off in the sea. There are beaches all around the province, with the most popular ones over on Mactan Island. Waters are crystal clear and the sand soft, white, and clean.

If you want to avoid flashy resorts and pricey restaurants, head to the smaller cities and beach communities in the south. Prices are lower and locals friendlier. Be sure to drop by religious sites like the Simala Shrine and make your way inland to the stunning Kawasan and Tumalog Falls. Get even farther away from the crowds and take a trip out to one of the province’s near-deserted islands.

Cebu is a stunning destination with something to offer history buffs and leisure seekers alike. Gaze at old buildings and explore museums or just sit back on a beach and stare out at the pristine waters. It features an intriguing mixture of architectural styles and some fascinating museums. It’s also home to a well-developed tourism industry that caters to both luxury seekers and those looking for something more authentic.

Known for

shopping, dining and dancing

Top hotels in Cebu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
3 out of 5
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu, Cebu
RM204/night
13 Oct-14 Oct
4.2/5Excellent! (3,596 reviews)

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! (3,596 reviews)

"Very friendly and accommodating staff. Hotel very clean and large variety of food on breakfast buffet."…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep,2019

Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
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Seda Ayala Center Cebu
4 out of 5
Cardinal Rosales Ave, Cebu Business Park, Cebu
RM421/night
20 Sep-21 Sep
4.1/5Very Good! (132 reviews)

Situated in Cebu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ayala Center and Cebu Business Park. SM City Cebu and Cebu IT Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).

4.1/5Very Good! (132 reviews)

"It’s nice and would recommend it to others in the future :)"…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep,2019

Seda Ayala Center Cebu
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Radisson Blu Cebu
5 out of 5
Serging Osmena Blvd; corner Juan Luna, Cebu, Cebu
RM545/night
15 Oct-16 Oct
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,433 reviews)

This family-friendly Cebu hotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Pier 4 and SM City Cebu. Ayala Center and Cebu IT Park are also within 2 miles (3 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,433 reviews)

"Property was clean - good was average - and wait staff was below average. hotel was pretty clean - downstairs lobby bathrooms were out of hand soap all three days we were there."…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug,2019

Radisson Blu Cebu

Popular things to do in Cebu

Ayala Center
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Ayala Center

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

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

Heritage of Cebu Monument
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Heritage of Cebu Monument

Pick out the portrayals of your favorite city sights and historical moments in this mesmerizing mixed-metal public artwork.

Mountain View Nature's Park
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Mountain View Nature's Park

Escape the bustle of the city center to enjoy the recreational activities and sweeping views of Cebu Island at this hilltop park. 

Tops Lookout
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Tops Lookout

Enjoy a sunrise or sunset and capture photos of the city from this fort-like viewpoint on a mountain with food stalls lining its access road.

Philippines Taoist Temple
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Philippines Taoist Temple

Marvel at the intricate dragons and oriental décor and learn about Taoist rituals in this Chinese temple with a panoramic vista.

Top activities in Cebu

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

RM402

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.

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

RM336

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

RM695

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.

Mactan-Cebu Island Hopping with Lunch
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Mactan-Cebu Island Hopping with Lunch

RM502

Devote an entire day to discovering the gorgeous islands off the coast of Cebu in the Philippines. Snorkel in the azure-blue waters of the Cebu Strait, sink into shimmering white-sand beaches, and indulge in an unforgettable barbecue picnic lunch during a full-day excursion from Cebu City.

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

RM265

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.

Oslob Whale Shark Encounter & Kawasan Falls
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Oslob Whale Shark Encounter & Kawasan Falls

RM502

Explore the wonderful nature that saturates Cebu during a whale shark encounter in Oslob and a canyoneering adventure at the Kawasan Falls (if option is selected). Get up-close and personal with gentle whale sharks; and if you're up for it, scramble and splash through mountainous rivers and cascades.