Cebu

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Visit Cebu

Visit Spanish cathedrals, colonial buildings and ancient temples, or just enjoy the stunning beaches of one of the prettiest islands in the Philippines.

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.

Top hotels in Cebu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
3 out of 5
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu, Cebu
RM242
per night
Jan 28 - Jan 29

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! (3,907 reviews)

"Short walk to Ayala mall. Nice pool. Suites with balconies are nice. Staff are super. Great value. Room service is nice and easy."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan,2020

Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Radisson Blu Cebu
Radisson Blu Cebu
5 out of 5
Serging Osmena Blvd; corner Juan Luna, Cebu, Cebu
RM609
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4

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! (1,512 reviews)

"Location is very much convienent . I feel, staff attitude towards guests should improve."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan,2020

Radisson Blu Cebu
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
4 out of 5
Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Apas, Cebu, Cebu
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
RM338
per night
Feb 14 - Feb 15

Located in Lahug, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cebu IT Park, Ayala Center and Mango Square. Fuente Osmena Circle and SM City Cebu are also within 3 mi ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,147 reviews)

"Nice place to stay. Tv is not user friendly. Remote not responding well."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan,2020

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Popular things to do in Cebu

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.

Cebu IT Park
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Cebu IT Park

4/5(13 reviews)

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

Magellan's Cross
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Magellan's Cross

4/5(14 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.

Heritage of Cebu Monument
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Heritage of Cebu Monument

4/5(7 reviews)

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

4/5(5 reviews)

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

4.5/5(4 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Cebu

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

RM401

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

RM333

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

RM682

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

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.

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

RM505

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.

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

RM123

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines Cebu is a very beautiful city with countless beaches and nature parks. Located in between two straits, and several surrounding islands, Cebu is about 225 kilometers long, a narrow island that is home to 2.

Reviews of Cebu

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 16, 2019

We live in Cebu. We are used to it. A first timer may find it a little taxing.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 4, 2019

It is a pleasant city but the traffic very congested. I now prefer to walk within the central area as at busy time with the help of Google maps it is quicker than taxis. On occasion I have had to use motorcycle pillion taxi (habal-habal).

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 23, 2019

After having been to Cebu resorts on previous occasions, this visit to Cebu City was not very nice.

5/5 - Excellent

marcel

Nov 4, 2019

Ive always liked cebu.its changed so much since my first trip in 1989 but has grown into a very busy and lively place to visit.always somewhere new to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 4, 2019

The local people are lovely and very friendly.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 24, 2019

Great holiday but so much traffic now a days in cebu.