Touted as the Philippines’ “Queen City of the South,” Cebu will take you on an adventure that you’ll always remember long before you leave the place. It has an interesting mix of relaxed provincial airs and urban feels that let you experience a modern, yet idyllic setting worth your every time, effort, and money.
Cebu stands as one of the country’s key commerce and tourist destinations. It is well-known for hosting several modern industries such as business processing services and furniture-making. The great thing about this progressive area is that it retained its cultural and historical background, which gives Cebu its distinct appeal. The province’s prime location in the Visayas also makes it an ideal place to start your journey to other tourist destinations in the region and even in Mindanao.
Languages: English, Cebuano
Currency: Philippine Peso
Flying is the fastest and easiest way to reach Cebu. From Manila, it will only take you less than an hour and a half by plane. There are daily flights from international and local airlines such as Cathay Pacific, and Philippine Airlines going to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
From the airport, you can take a taxi to go to your accommodation in Cebu. It is the most convenient and comfortable way if you are a group or have several luggage. There is a taxi stand right outside the airport.The yellow taxis are the newer ones while the white are the regular taxis.
The bus is an alternative if you’re not in a rush and on a budget. Travel time takes around an hour, depending on traffic. The drop off point is at SM City Cebu, one of the famous shopping malls in the province. From there, you can take a jeepney or a taxi to take you in your hotel.
Like most provinces and other small towns in the country, Cebu’s popular mode of transportation includes tricycles and jeepneys. If you’re going solo or are less than three in a group, the motorized tricycle can conveniently take you around.
But you can also ride in one of the jeepneys plying around the streets of Cebu since the fare is cheaper. A larger group will also be more comfortable riding a jeepney. For those who want to travel a bit more in style, you can hail a taxi cab. There are some drivers who offer whole day services if you want comfort and convenience in one when touring Cebu.
When in Cebu, there are many types of escapades and activities for all kinds of travellers. Whether it’s on land, sea, or air, you won’t be disappointed with the list of things you can do in this memorable destination.
Love thrilling adventures? The SkyWalk Extreme offered at the Crown Regency Hotel will let you walk on translucent glass flooring that’s situated 126.55 metres high above the busy streets. Does swimming with sharks get you pumped up? Diving in Malapascua Island gives you a chance to interact with thresher sharks.
Given Cebu’s rich past, historical landmarks are a popular attraction in the area. Magellan’s Cross is an important site in Cebu that symbolizes the mark of a new era in the province’s religion when its locals converted to Christianity. Most visitors go here to light a candle and offer a prayer. Other favorites for history buffs are the Basilica del Santo Niño, Museo Sugbo, and Yap-San Diego Ancestral House.
In addition, there are many sandy beaches, breathtaking islands, and great diving spots found in several parts of Cebu. As such, island hopping appeals to many visitors. From the white sand beach of Bantayan Island to the idyllic Olango Island to the gorgeous Lilo-an and Sumilon Island, beach lovers have a lot of amazing options to choose from.
Meanwhile, the Sinulog Festival draws thousands of tourists every year. This nine-day lively celebration commemorates the Child Jesus and features many activities including a dance parade.
Your Cebu trip will not be completed without pigging (pun intended) on lechon, which is a roast pig in Filipino. This savory delicacy is considered as one of the country’s yummiest and juiciest lechons.
There are numerous accommodations in Cebu that will any type of budget. Backpackers can opt to stay in one of Cebu’s many affordable guesthouses, lodging inns, resorts, and even budget hotels. If you have extra money for your hotel, choose to stay in something nicer such as the Crown Regency Residences. There are many types of rooms to choose from even if you're a group of six.
For those who can splurge on a room, you can check in at one of the luxury hotels in Cebu such as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, Crown Regency Hotel, or Radisson Blu Cebu.
If you feel like partying in Cebu, you’ll certainly warm up to Cebu City’s vibrant nightlife. This modern side of the town features lively bars and hipster restaurants where you can drink and party all night long with your group or newfound friends.
The party almost never stops whether you go to Cebu IT Park and Mango Square. Or you can head over to Crossroads or Blu Bar & Grill if you’re looking for a bit sophisticated nightlife. While the happenings usually start at nine or 10 in the evening, they can last until the wee hours of the morning or who knows when.