Exterior of Cebu's Cathedral

    Cebu City and Mactan Island Sightseeing

    Cebu Tours

    Cebu City and Mactan Island Sightseeing is the most popular tour in Cebu for first times. This tour showcases the best attractions and covers different aspects of the history, culture and food of Cebu City and Mactan Island.

    from  2,088.00

    Cebu Travel Guide

    All the info you need to know about Cebu.

    Cebu lies in the heart of the Philippine archipelago and serves as the ideal gateway for tourists to more than 7,100 fascinating islands of the country.

    A visit to Cebu presents a pleasant discovery of its rich history, multifaceted culture and captivating people. It provides a glimpse of the country’s glorious past, with a number of preserved historic relics standing until today.

    Apart from its popular heritage sites, Cebu is endowed with a wealth of inviting, natural attractions that engage visitors in various activities. It boasts of white sand beaches, pristine waters and rich marine life fit for diving and snorkeling, as well as verdant mountains, mysterious caves and challenging trails for mountain trekking, spelunking and other outdoor sports activities.

    Quick Facts

    Cebu is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region and consists of a main island and 167 surrounding islands. Its capital is Cebu City.


    Cebuanos, known for their hospitality are gracious and friendly hosts.


    Cebu City is a significant cultural centre in the Philippines. The imprint of Spanish and Roman Catholic culture is evident.


    November to February – cool and mostly dry; March to June – warm and mostly dry; July to October – warm and mostly wet.


    The Major Airport Gateway is Mactan-Cebu International Airport.


    The Cebu International Port is the biggest and main seaport of entry in the province and the Central Visayas Region.


    Most of the hotels can be found throughout Cebu City and Mactan Island, ranging from luxury beach resort to meager apartelles and pension houses.


    Top tourists attractions in Cebu are: Mactan Island, Oslob, Moalboal, Malapascua Island and Bantayan Island


    The average length-of-stay in Cebu is 4-5 days.

    What to see:

    If you want to spend your vacation in Cebu, here are some of our favourite places, not to be missed during your stay:

     

    • Bantayan Island – widely considered as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the country. Bantayan is famed for its fine white sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters.

     

    • Malapascua Island –   one of the best diving locations in the Philippines and it’s the only known place in the world where divers can experience close encounters with the thresher-sharks.

     

    • Moalboal – small but lively coastal town where you can freedive with the swirling vortex of sardines

     

    • Oslob –  popularly known area where Whale Sharks regularly congregate

     

    • Sumilon Island – Dubbed as the country’s first marine reserve, the island is a treasure trove of hundreds of marine flora and fauna species guaranteed to give a truly unique diving experience.

     

    • Camotes Islands – group of four islands with many natural attractions beautiful beaches, natural pools, waterfalls and a lake.

    When to go:

    Cebu is a year-round destination that draws almost two million foreign travelers a year. The island’s prime attractions are its white-sand beaches and spectacular diving.

    Cebu has a tropical climate with a wet season and a dry season. The best time to visit Cebu is during the dry season from November until May. In this season, tourists can enjoy sunny days and cool nights.

    The wet season which typically occurs from June through October brings heavy downpours and occasionally typhoons.

    In January travelers have the opportunity to witness the annual Sinulog Festival. The Sinulog Festival is the grandest and most spectacular festival in the Philippines. The festival features several activities including the procession of the miraculous image of Santo Niño, colorful street parades, beauty pageants, fireworks display and singing and dancing contests.

    Getting there:

    By Plane

    -Travelers may fly directly into the Mactan-Cebu International Airport from Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, Busan, Palau, Tokyo, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai and Doha, Qatar.

    A wide range of domestic flights from Manila and other parts of the country are also available.  Being centrally located, most domestic flights to and from Cebu last about an hour.


    By Ferry

    -The Cebu International Port is the biggest and main seaport of entry in the province and the Central Visayas Region. Various shipping lines sail to Cebu regularly from key cities all over the Philippines.

    Recommended Tours

    Classic Tour Cebu & Bohol is perhaps the best combination. With this 6-day Tour you can swim with the whale sharks in Oslob, and visit the beautiful islands surrounding Cebu and Mactan. After Cebu, head to Bohol for exploring the Chocolate Hills, Panglao Island and the Tarsier Sanctuary.

    Want to see more attractions in Cebu, which are not included in our ready-made tours? The answer is simple: Request a Tailor Made Tour

    Click here to see all our Cebu Tours

    Where to stay

    Different types of accommodation ranging from luxury to budget can be found in Cebu.

     

    The 10 Best Cebu Island Hotels:

    • Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Mactan Island
    • Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort, Mactan Island
    • Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan Island
    • Plantation Bay Resort And Spa, Mactan Island
    • Movenpick Hotel, Mactan Island
    • Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu City
    • Harolds Hotel, Cebu City
    • The Blue Orchid Resort Moalboal
    • Tepanee Beach Resort Malapascua Island
    • Amihan Beach Cabanas, Bantayan Island
    Exterior of Cebu's Cathedral

      Cebu City and Mactan Island Sightseeing

      Cebu Tours

      Cebu City and Mactan Island Sightseeing is the most popular tour in Cebu for first times. This tour showcases the best attractions and covers different aspects of the history, culture and food of Cebu City and Mactan Island.

      from  2,088.00
      A large group of sardines in Cebu

        Pescador Island and Kawasan Falls

        Cebu Tours

        An exciting full day that combines the scenic Kawasan Falls and the marine sanctuary of Pescador Island and  Panagsama beach that is renowned for the incredible "Sardine Run" that delights snorkellers just metres offshore.

        from  4,068.00