Cebu

Rediscover the province of Cebu

Oslob, Cebu

Cebu (Cebuano: Sugbo) is a province in Central Visayas, the southern part of the Philippines. It is mostly known for its white-sand beaches and beautiful waterfalls. One of its cities, Cebu City, used to be the capital of the Philippines. Metro Cebu is also known as the second-largest Metropolitan in the Philippines, next to Metro Manila.

Cebu Itinerary

Traveling to Cebu can be planned in three parts; South Cebu, City Tour, and North Cebu.

Basdako, South Cebu

If you’re looking for adventures, down south is the best place to go. If you’re looking to relax; or dive with some thresher sharks, you can go up north.

Cebu City tour, on the other hand, can be done as a side-trip before going back home. Yes, there are a lot of things to see in the city, but do yourself a favor and get away from the city traffic on your first day if you can.

For me, it is best to go straight to the bus station after you landed at the airport.

Getting Around Cebu City

As a backpacker, getting around Cebu City through public commuting may be a little challenging. I’ve been to Cebu three times already, but I still have not been used to it. The best option I discovered was to rent a motorcycle or a scooter and let Google Maps take care of you.

WHAT’S THE BEST TIME TO VISIT CEBU

You can visit Cebu all-year-round. Go to the beach during summer, and experience canyoneering during the rainy season.

PLACES TO VISIT

South Cebu

  • Kawasan Falls
  • Moalboal
  • Oslob
  • Osmeña Peak
  • Binalayan Falls
  • Sumilon Island
  • Aguinid Falls
  • Inambakan Falls

City Tour

  • Magellan’s Cross
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Temple of Leah
  • Sirao Flower Farm
  • Cebu Taoist Temple
  • 10,000 Roses

North Cebu

  • Malapascua Island
  • Bantayan Island

PLACES TO VISIT IN CEBU

I have been to Cebu three times, but there is still a lot more to discover. Hopefully, when this pandemic is over, I can go back and finally visit Bantayan Island and then explore the rest of the waterfalls down south.

Osmeña peak (Patung, Badian) – It stands at 1,013 MASL, the 2nd highest peak on the island of Cebu, next to Mount Manunggal (1,097 MASL). But don’t let its height discourage you from hiking this mountain. Your hike is going to start at a high elevation, so it will only require a 20 to 30-minute walk to reach the summit. 

Osmeña Peak. Photo Credit: Walter Pepito

Basdako (Moalboal, Cebu) – Basdako comes from two Cebuano words; Bas and Dako. Bas means sand, and Dako means big. It’s a two-kilometer white sand beach, mostly known for recreational diving.

The shore of Basdako. Photo Credit: Walter Pepito

Kawasan Falls (Badian, Cebu) – Kawasan is probably the most popular tourist destination in Cebu. Canyoning and cliff diving are the things you can do here. But for the old souls and less-active people, just seeing the magnificent blue turquoise-colored waterfalls is so much worth it.

Kawasan Falls

Cuartel (Oslob, Cebu) – Oslob is known for whale sharks watching, but it also has few historical sites such as the Cuartel ruins and the Baluarte.

Cuartel ruins. Photo Credit: Walter Pepito

Malapascua Island (Daanbantayan, Cebu) – Malapascua is a diver’s haven. Most tourists that visit this island have one goal; to dive with thresher sharks! If you’re not into diving, the island also has white-sand beaches, snorkeling sites, and a cliff diving spot.

Langob beach

Bantayan Island (North) – Bantayan Island is one of the few tourist destinations up north. It can be reached through a 4-hour bus ride and a ferry going to the island.

Bantayan Island

Temple of Leah (Cebu City) – The grandest symbol of love of a man, Teodorico S. Adarna, who spent millions to build a Roman-inspired temple for his late wife, Leah Villa Albino-Adarna. Wow, just wow!

Temple of Leah

Krus ni Magellan (Cebu City) – Magellan’s Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers upon arriving in Cebu in 1521. 

Krus ni Magellan. Photo Credit: Ellaine Rabino

Fort San Pedro (Cebu City) – Fort San Pedro is a military defense structure in Cebu, built by the Spaniards in 1565. It’s just a few blocks away from Magellan’s cross. 

Fort San Pedro

10,000 Roses (Cordova, LapuLapu City) – 10,000 Roses is a cafe designed with thousands of artificial white roses. It’s best to visit this cafe at night.

10,000 Roses Cafe

WHERE TO STAY IN CEBU

If it’s your first time in Cebu, I highly recommend you go down south because there are more things you can do compared to the northern part. Book your accommodation in Oslob or Moalboal, depending on your chosen itinerary. Moalboal is just a few minutes away from Kawasan Falls. Oslob is more than an hour away from that falls, but it’s more accessible to other tourist attractions.

Blue Water Sumilon
Rates: P7,000.00 - P 10,300 ($144.00 USD - $211.00 USD)
Address: Sumilon Island, Oslob, Cebu
Contact Numbers: (+63)32 353-5578, (+63) 998-964-1879
Seascape Beach Resort
Rates: P3,000 ($62.00)
Address: Natalio B.Bacalso S National Hwy, Oslob, Cebu
Contact Numbers: (+63) 917-328-7015, (+63) 917-142-1917
Anglers Hub and Resort
Rates: P450.00 - P2,000 ($9.29 - $41.00)
Address: Barangay Calumpang, Oslob, Cebu 6025 
Contact Numbers: (+63) 977-210-3540
Teobas Homestay
Rates: P1,400.00 - P2,400 ($29.00 USD - $50.00 USD)
Address: Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu
Contact Numbers: (+63)942-371-0742
Titanic's Nipa Hut
Rates: P400.00 - P1,000 ($9.00 USD - $20.00 USD)
Address: Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu
Contact Numbers: (+63)923-806-9670
HK Beach Resort
Rates: P1,500.00 - P 4,000 ($31.00 USD - $83.00 USD)
Address: Basdako, Moalboal, Cebu
Contact Numbers: (+63)919-895-3016
Blue Corals Beach Resort
Rates: P1,700.00 - P 4,000 ($35.00 USD - $83.00 USD)
Address: Malapascua Island, Cebu
Contact Numbers: (+63)917-627-2941
Malapascua Budget Inn
Rates: P500.00 - P 2,500 ($10.00 USD - $50.00 USD)
Address: Malapascua Island, Cebu
Contact Numbers: (+63) 917-326-6756

WHERE TO EAT IN CEBU

Cebu is famous for Lechón. Lechon is a roasted pork recipe, usually marinated in several herbs and spices. But because Cebu is an island, seafood should not be missed out also.

Larsian
Type: Larsian has few Barbecue stalls that offers
      chicken, pork, seafood and etc
Address: Fuente Osmena Circle, Cebu City, Cebu
Rico's Lechon
Type: A Lechon restaurant right outside the airport.
      Must try: spicy flavored lechon.
Address: Lapu-Lapu Airport Rd, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Contact #: (+63) 995-618-9363
Ven'z Kitchen
Type: Serves Filipino dishes. Must-try: Kare-kare
Address: Panagsama-Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu
Contact #: (+63) 997-648-5412
Brice Barbecue and Grill
Type: Pork barbecue, Chicken Inasal and more
Address: Oslob, Cebu
Contact: They are active and responsive in Facebook.
Ging-ging's Garden Restaurant
Type: They offer the best breakfast in Malapascua!
Address: Malapascua Island, Cebu
Contact #: (+63) 905-777-8672
Ocean Vida Restaurant
Type: A cafe and Restaurant right at the beach front.
Address: Malapascua Island, Cebu
Contact #: (+63) 918-666-0240

THINGS TO NOTE

I don’t like sharing a step-by-step itinerary because it’s never followed anyway. I’ll share some tips instead.

There are a few things you need to consider in traveling to the island of Cebu.

  1. Weather. The weather should be your biggest concern. Last year, our travel plans to Bantayan Island failed due to a tropical storm. We didn’t have a choice but to travel back to the city. It was one full day wasted on the road.
  2. Time of Flight. The best time to arrive in Cebu is in the morning. It will allow you to catch a morning trip to your destination and be there on time for your check-in.
  3. Itinerary. Consider your itinerary carefully based on how much energy you think you or your travel buddies can spend on Day 1. Do you want adventure right off-the-bat, or just relax on your first day.
  4. Dry Bag. Cebu is an island of adventures. You will need a durable, high-quality dry bag if you don’t want to leave your wallet and cellphones during canyoning or island-hopping.
  5. Action Camera. If there’s one line you need to remember when planning a Cebu trip, it’s “Capture every moment!” GoPro is your travel best friend.

Happy travels!

Please stay safe. À bientôt!

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