Cebu, the Queen City of the South, certainly has endless things to offer to local and foreign tourists alike. Whether you are a fan of the city, love frolicking by the beach or simply prefer the mountains, there is always an activity that’s just right for you.
Not sure where to start your tour around Cebu? Here are some of the things you should not miss when visiting the island!
Cebu City itself has a lot to explore and is a gem especially for history buffs. If you are pressed for time, a Cebu day tour package is often your best choice. Here, you get a glimpse of the city’s rich history and culture – from old ancestral houses and churches to modern temples and natural attractions. And, when you’re touring the city, don’t forget to dig in to the island’s local food scene!
For those who are hungry for a little adrenaline, a quick trip to Osmeña Peak in Cebu should be put in order. This may be the highest point in the entire island but it certainly is an easy walk, even for beginners.
Want more? Traversing to Kawasan Falls is usually a preferred itinerary but if you cannot withstand a 5-hour hike in rugged trails under the heat, you can always opt for a quick habal-habal ride. Some people also prefer doing it in a more exciting way: by going canyoneering in Kawasan Falls ! Regardless of how you try to reach your destination, you will surely be rewarded with a majestic view and a refreshing swim in the waters of this famous waterfall.
Aside from Kawasan, the southwestern side of Cebu also offers several other choices of waterfalls to visit. The town of Samboan, for example, showcases at least seven small and large waterfalls – Aguinid Falls , Dao Falls, Triple Drop Falls, Candayvic Falls, and more -- that will surely captivate you.
If you love the beach and want a little privacy, heading down south and visiting the Sumilon Island sandbar is definitely worth the ride. This privately-owned island, which is a 15-minute ride away on a motorized banca, offers slightly pricey accommodations but you don’t have to be a resort guest to enjoy this beautiful natural feature.
Now that you are in the southeastern side of the island, you might as well take the time to visit Oslob, Cebu. Why? To go whale shark watching, of course! Don’t worry, these gentle giants are safe to swim around with – just don’t forget to follow rules (don’t wear sunblock and don’t touch them, either) so you won’t get into any trouble.
The best beaches in Cebu are often located in the northern and southernmost tips of the island but if long overland trips aren’t your thing, you have the option to hop to nearby islands that offer the sand, sun and sea that you are looking for. What islands should you visit, you ask? A Pandanon Island tour paired with a Nalusuan Island snorkeling itinerary is a popular choice – but go ask your motor banca driver for other suggestions, too!
Pandanon is technically a part of Bohol and, if that made you curious, it simply makes sense to visit the rest of the neighboring province, right? Bohol is famous for the Chocolate Hills, the tarsier, kalamay, Loboc River cruises and many more – the list is endless!
Did all that just overwhelm you? Well, the next time you decide to take a grand tour around Cebu, make sure you allot enough time to visit all these places. There are several cheap Cebu tour packages available, too, so you don’t hurt your budget – just ask your trusted travel agency in Cebu for the best itineraries and rates. Happy travels!