Cebu is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines because it is rich in beautiful beaches, majestic waterfalls, cool diving sites and with their delicious food especially lechon (roasted pork) which they are popularly known to have the best one in the whole Philippines.
The name “Cebu” came from the old Cebuano word sibu or sibo (“trade”), a shortened form of sinibuayng hingpit (“the place for trading”). It was originally applied to the harbors of the town of Sugbu, the ancient name for Cebu City. Sugbu, in turn, was derived from the Old Cebuano term for “scorched earth” or “great fire”
Travel the world without getting out of Cebu
Cebu is huge and I know the pain of not having enough money and even time to travel other countries especially the ones in Europe. Guess what? I have good news for you! You can now have a little taste of how it is like in some countries by visiting these places in Cebu in an affordable price:
Sirao flower garden (Denmark)
Temple of Leah (Greece)
Taoist temple (Taiwan/China)
The Pyramid resto (Louvre, France)
Capilla Santa Ana, Toledo City (Labyrinth, UK)
Terraza de flores (Botanical Garden, Belgium)
10,000 roses cafe, Cordova (Bayside, Hongkong)
La Vie Parisienne (France)
Sugbo Mercado (if you wanna travel the world by food, different food stalls with international cuisine)
*All is in Cebu city except for Capilla Santa Ana and 10,000 roses cafe.
Old structures/Ancestral houses:
Circa 1900 (also a restaurant with Pool)
Cebu museum (garrison turned prison turned museum)
Fort San Pedro (smallest fort in the country)
A lot of centuries old churches
Fun things to do:
Go kart racing
Horseback riding via the mountains courtesy of Big Q farm.
Upside down museum
Diving with Thresher sharks in Malapascua (only place in the world where you can swim with this wild sharks)
Must Eat Cebu delicacies:
Puso (hanging rice)
Tuslob buwa (dip in bubbles)
Larang (fish sour soup)
Pungko-pungko (assorted fried foods that you eat on a bench, kinda like honesty eating, you first get to eat and afterwards you pay by honestly saying what you ate)
Places to Visit and Things to Do in the South of Cebu
Chicharon/Crispy pork rind at Carcar city (famous for their chicharon and also their lechon)
Oslob whale watching and Sumilon island
Moalboal – sardine run and dive spot
Osmeña peak (the highest overlooking Negros islands)
Aloguinsan Bojo River Cruise
A lot of beach resorts
TIP: You can travel going to Dumaguete via Sibulan at Santander right after Oslob for less than 100 pesos.
Places to Visit and Things to Do in the North of Cebu
Cebu Safari at Carmen the biggest zoo/Safari
Papa kits (catch your own fish, zipline)
Fantastic Medellin (adventure island)
Durano eco spring
Bantayan island (white sand beaches, cave pools, cliff jumping)
TIP:You can travel to Iloilo via bantayan for around 590 pesos via ferry (big ship).The ferry leaves around 6pm and you get there the next morning around 7am.
If you are visiting Philippines and want to experience pristine tropical islands, Palawan is the PERFECT place for you. To get here, you can join or book one of our private custom Palawan boat tours between El Nido and Coron, or a local Coron tour. Tons of paradise beach islands to see along the way, excellent snorkeling in crystal clear waters, caves to explore, Spanish fortress and much more. Completely off the beaten path!