CEBU is a tropical paradise consisting of the main island and 167 surrounding islets just one hour flight from Manila. A unique blend of natural beauty, historic sites and urban living, one doesn’t have to venture too far to experience Cebu’s cultural contrasts, or the serene white sand beaches of the island’s coastline.
Cebu City is a modern and bustling port with shops, casinos and golf courses. It is also renowned for its handicrafts: browse the boutiques and markets of Mandaue for local treasures such as classic furniture designs, and take time to strum a guitar, ukulele or mandolin, handmade by craftsmen in Mactan. Acquaint yourself with local history and discover Cebu’s stunning churches and shrines, and marvel at the popular Magellan Cross, planted in 1521 by the famous explorer. Take a breather and choose from a plethora of pristine beaches and luxury resorts, which you’ll find from the northern tip of the island to the idyllic offshore islands of Bantayan and Malapascua. For the whitest sand and most spectacular diving in the southwest coast, head to Moalboal’s Panagsama Beach. Adventure-seekers can scuba dive in the coral islands of Mactan or swim with the whale sharks in Oslob. There are endless possibilities for you on the island of Cebu, where you will be welcomed by people with perpetual smiles.
THINGS TO DO IN CEBU
- Visit the country’s oldest church, the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, where the miraculous Santo Nino image is enshrined.
- Get your adrenaline pumping and canyon down Cebu’s spectacular limestone mountains into crystal-clear rivers.
- Check out Cave Busay with the family: a 200m-long tunnel where you will see stalagmites and spectacular drip formations.
- See exhibits showcasing local artefacts, including Ming porcelain pieces of all sizes and designs, coins, lockets, sword fragments, cannons and helmets at the Fort San Pedro Museum.
Go jungle trekking at the Kawasan Waterfalls and enjoy a swim in shallow natural pools of the river as you go.
The fastest way to reach Cebu is by plane. Cebu Arrival is at at the Mactan International Airport almost daily. From Manila, Cebu is just an hour away by plane. It is an ideal jump-off point for other tourist attractions in Visayas and Mindanao.