Cebu’s Best Islands

Cebu: the most beautiful islands

Cebu is renowned for its vibrant festivals, warm and welcoming locals, and, of course, its breathtaking tropical islands and beaches. If you've ever fantasized about escaping to an exotic paradise, then look no further than the stunning islands of Cebu.

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Malapascua Island

Diving with Thresher Shark in Malapascua Island

The picturesque Malapascua Island is a world-renowned diving spot and one of the most sought-after destinations in Cebu. With its lovely beaches, crystal-clear waters, and laid-back vibe, visitors are immediately smitten upon arrival.

Scuba enthusiasts are in for a treat as they witness the impressive spectacle of thresher sharks, who gather at Monad Shoal. This is the only location in the world where these fascinating creatures congregate in shallower waters.

Getting there is easy. Simply fly into Cebu-Mactan International airport and make your way overland to Maya Port, a journey that takes approximately 4-5 hours. From there, take a boat to Malapascua.

The island offers a range of mid-range and budget-friendly accommodation options, ensuring there is something for everyone.

Highlights of Malapascua include diving with thresher sharks, lounging on the beautiful beaches, and soaking up the relaxed atmosphere.

Bantayan Island

Pristine waters and white sand in Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island is a breathtakingly beautiful island located in the northern tip of Cebu, boasting stunning white sand beaches. If you’re looking for a serene and relaxing vacation spot where you can simply lounge on the beach, Bantayan Island is the perfect destination.

It’s difficult to find any fault with Bantayan Island, other than the fact that you eventually have to leave.

To get there, fly into Cebu-Mactan International airport and travel overland to Hagnaya Port, which takes around 4-5 hours. From there, take a boat to Bantayan Island.

Bantayan Island offers a range of mid-range and budget-friendly accommodation options, ensuring that visitors can find a comfortable and affordable place to stay.

Highlights of Bantayan Island include exploring the stunning beaches, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, and taking in the breathtaking natural beauty of the island.

Sumilon Island

Tourists visiting Sumilon Island's Sand Bar

Sumilon Island is a world-famous diving destination situated at the southern tip of the Municipality of Oslob in the province of Cebu. The island boasts crystal-clear waters and pristine white sand beaches, making it an idyllic tropical paradise.

The marine sanctuary surrounding Sumilon Island provides a safe haven for a diverse range of marine life and spectacular reefs, making it a popular destination for diving enthusiasts.

Another must-see attraction on the island is the Sumilon Sandbar, which changes shape and location depending on the season, adding to the island’s natural charm.

To get to Sumilon Island, fly into Cebu-Mactan International airport and travel overland to Oslob, which takes around 3-4 hours. From there, take a short 10-15 minute boat ride to Sumilon Island.

Highlights of Sumilon Island include swimming in the stunning white sand beaches and diving in the protected marine sanctuary.

Visitors can choose to stay overnight at the Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort or visit the island on a day trip.

Camotes Islands

A panoramic view of Santiago Bay

Camotes is a group of islands situated to the east of Cebu, offering an authentic island experience that’s far from the typical tourist trails. The name Camotes comes from the sweet potatoes (camote) that are widely grown and harvested in the area by the locals.

To reach Camotes, fly into Cebu-Mactan International airport and head to Mactan port to board the fastcraft which takes around 1-1.5 hours.

The main attractions of Camotes Island are the stunning white-sand beaches that are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing. Visitors can also explore the island’s charming villages and sample the delicious local cuisine.

The majority of Camotes’ resorts are located around Santiago Bay on Pacijan Island, offering a range of accommodation options to suit every budget and preference.

Mactan Island

beautiful turquoise sea on the Philippine island

Mactan Island is connected to Cebu City by bridges and is home to an important airport hub in the central Philippines.

Known for its rich history, stunning beaches, and vibrant marine life, Mactan is a popular tourist destination.

The island boasts numerous high-end resorts and beautiful beaches, such as Shangri-La, Mövenpick, Dust Tahni, Crimson and Plantation Bay Resort. These resorts offer world-class amenities and activities like snorkeling, diving, and water sports.

Badian Island

Tourists Kayaking around the pristine waters of Badian Island

Badian Island is a small, idyllic paradise situated off the southwest coast of Cebu. The island is home to the Badian Island Wellness Resort, a luxurious and therapeutic retreat that offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and a chance to reconnect with nature. The resort features Thalasso or ionized seawater outdoor pools that provide ultimate healing and revitalization for the body.

To reach Badian Island, fly into Cebu-Mactan International airport and travel overland to Moalboal, which takes around 2.5-3 hours. From there, take a short boat ride to the island.

The main highlight of Badian Island is the chance to refresh yourself and experience the peaceful tropical island life. Guests can relax on the beach, indulge in spa treatments, or explore the island’s natural beauty.

Accommodation is available exclusively at the Badian Island Wellness Resort, where guests can enjoy luxurious rooms, world-class dining, and a range of wellness programs designed to restore balance and harmony to the mind, body, and soul.