Cebu awaits: its cathedral, food, festivals, and more!

Enjoy authentic markets, beautiful beaches and delicious food on the Phillippine Island of Cebu.

Walk around the streets of Cebu City and take in the sights, smells, and atmosphere of the island’s economic and cultural center. You’ll find markets, old colonial buildings, and some great food.

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.

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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
¥5,296
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21
4.2/5Excellent! (3,604 reviews)

"Very close and very accessible to Ayala Mall Plus the property is clean and close to the port of Cebu"…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 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
¥10,885
per night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
4.1/5Very Good! (132 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2019

Seda Ayala Center Cebu
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Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino
4 out of 5
1 Salinas Drive Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Cebu
¥7,900
per night
Oct 19 - Oct 20
3.9/5Very Good! (2,045 reviews)

"happy that the taxi , can now come up to the top and line up, so when we come out of hotel , don't have to worry now very easy to catch taxi"…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2019

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino

Popular things to do in Cebu

Ayala Center
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Ayala Center

4.5/5 (398 Ratings)

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 (161 Ratings)

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

4/5 (73 Ratings)

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 (99 Ratings)

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 (67 Ratings)

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

4.5/5 (79 Ratings)

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

¥10,371

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.

Cebu Island Wi-Fi Router Rental from Airports in Japan
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Cebu Island Wi-Fi Router Rental from Airports in Japan

¥1,680

Stay connected to the Internet wherever you go during your stay in Cebu Island. This convenient Wi-Fi router allows up to 5 devices to connect at the same time, giving your entire party unlimited access to a 4G LTE network.

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

¥8,608

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

¥17,963

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

¥12,861

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

¥6,845

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.