When it comes to tourist spots in the Philippines, nothing is as diverse as Cebu, the Queen City of the Visayas Region. Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines and is one of the highly urbanized cities in the country next to Manila.
Cebu has been included in various travel publications’ lists as one of the best islands in Asia. Cebu has some of the best beaches and also nestles spectacular marine life perfect for diving. It is also home to a variety of historical, cultural and religious sites.
The warm and dry months of December, January, February, March, April, and May are the most ideal time to visit Cebu for exploring the beaches and islands, diving, canyoneering adventures, and city sightseeing.
Festival Season - January
For a unique experience of the local culture, visit in January and join the colourful celebration of the Sinulog Festival, held every 3rd Sunday of January. This is one of the most vibrant and must-visit festivals in the Philippines where you can parade and dance in the streets with the locals adorned in colourful costumes.
Traveling by air is the most convenient and hassle-free way to reach Cebu. Cebu is accessible via international and domestic flights through the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The airport is located on Mactan Island, about an hour away from Cebu City.
Trying a canyoneering tour to Kawasan Falls is an exhilarating water adventure that takes you through towering gorges and stalactite boulders. You get to swim and rappel through the river canyons, and even jump off 30-foot high cliffs into the blue pools of Kawasan Falls. The final leg is the third and most top tier of the Kawasan Falls - or Kabukalan Spring - from where the water comes. If you're not interested to try canyoneering, you can participate in a strictly Kawasan falls adventure instead.
A staple in tourist spots in the province’s south-western coast, Moalboal is best known for its Sardine Run. Imagine swimming amidst millions of sardines in crystal clear waters. If you’re lucky, you may even come across sea turtles while snorkeling. Travelers who experienced this underwater marvel have described it as a breathtaking and surreal experience. What makes this spectacle even more magical is the fact that the sardines don’t leave the shallows of Moalboal. You can experience them all year-round, even with just a pair of swimming goggles.
Cebu has a rich history. Luckily, structures that give us a glimpse of the past remain standing to this day. One such structure Fort San Pedro. This stone fort served as a military defense structure in Cebu during the Spanish occupation. Now, Fort San Pedro is a museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Spanish Government. You can find several artifacts, such as Spanish documents, sculptures, and paintings. Aside from perusing the exhibits, you can also have a picnic inside the fort or explore the walkways on the three bastions of Fort San Pedro.
The province of Cebu has a rich history, and it has witnessed several monumental events. One such event is the birth of Catholicism in the Philippines, marked by Magellan’s planting of a cross on the island. The Portuguese explorer, Magellan, is attributed to bringing Catholicism in the Philippine Archipelago. History books tell the story of how Magellan reached the Cebu in 1521, planted a crucifix, and successfully converted the natives to Christianity. The city of Cebu soon grew around that historical site.
Malapascua Island is a small island off the coast of Daanbantayan in the northern part of Cebu. It's well known for its plethora of spectacular diving spots in Cebu – all teeming with vibrant coral walls and large sea vertebrates. Malapascua Island is famous among locals and international tourists, especially among divers, because it is the only place in the whole world where you can dive with thresher sharks daily.