About the Area
Cebu is known as the “Queen City of the South”,because like Metro Manila, it’s a bustling urbanized area, where you can see high-rise buildings, cool bars, huge malls, and trendy restaurants. Aside from this, Cebu is also a major gateway; through its the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, it welcomes flights from all over the world, attracting all kinds of travelers. Cebu is not only a modern social hub situated in Visayas, but it’s also an island paradise offering natural attractions such as whale sharks, turquoise-colored falls, and several mountain peaks, to name a few.
Cebu City, the center of the province of Cebu, is an hour away from Mactan-Cebu International Airport. It’s advisable to book transfers ahead of time for more convenience.
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Cebu City was also declared as the very first capital of the Philippines because it was where Christianity first started in the country; Ferdinand Magellan, the famous Portuguese explorer, first introduced Christianity to Cebu during the 1500s. Up to this date, a huge portion of the Filipino population are Catholics. Experience more of the city’s history by taking a 2-kilometer heritage walk and see colonial houses, streets, forts, and churches.
Experiences in Cebu
Swim with whale sharks.
Oslob is a two to three-hour drive from Cebu City wherein you can see a couple of attractions, some are maintained while some are still being developed. The most popular activity in Oslob is swimming with whale sharks.
Recommended schedule for jumping into the water for your much-awaited whale shark interaction is usually around 6am until 10am. One top rule to be followed is strictly no touching of the whale sharks. Environmentalists around the area remain vigilant to protect the whale sharks and avoid any disturbances to its natural behavior. Seeing these gentle giants in real life is surely a fun and unique experience!
Take a sunset hike to Osmena Peak.
Osmena Peak is the highest mountain in Cebu; it’s located in Dalaguete wherein you can enjoy the view of breathtaking green jagged hills. The hike to Osmena Peak is quick which only takes about 20-25 minutes to reach the top. Osmena Peak can be foggy in the morning, which is why the best time to go up is during the afternoon when you can catch the sunset.
Taste the best Lechon in the Philippines.
Lechon is one of the most popular Filipino dishes; it’s a stuffed whole pig skewered on a bamboo pole and roasted over hot coals. This mouthwatering dish was dubbed by the late American chef Anthony Bourdain as “the best pig ever”. Prep time for Lechon is tedious which takes about at least 1.5 to 2 hours, considering it as a dish best served on special occasions such as fiestas, parties, and holidays.
Cebu is known for serving the best Lechon in the country; depending on your preference, there are lot of places you can go to to satisfy your lechon cravings.
Explore the vibrant marine life in Pescador Island.
Pescador means “fisherman” in Spanish; the main reason behind the island’s name is because of the abundance of fishing opportunities provided by the its rich marine biodiversity. Pescador Island also attracts divers from different parts of the world; in addition, you don’t have to go to the deepest parts of the sea because you’ll see various kinds of fish and reefs by going only 10 to 15 feet down the water!
Another interesting experience from the island is the Sardine Run, where thousands up to millions of sardines freely swim – leaving tourists with awe as they swim along with them!
Do canyoneering at Kawasan Falls.
Canyoneering involves climbing, jumping, and swimming through waterfalls and there’s no better place to do this activity at than the multistage turquoise blue- colored waters of Kawasan Falls. This activity is considered to be a great and thrilling way to explore the waterfalls and be exhilarated with its natural beauty. You need to go through the ins and outs of the falls to truly appreciate its overall majesty. You’ll definitely fall in love with Kawasan Falls after doing the activity.
Go island-hopping at Mactan.
The Mactan island-hopping tour will show you crystal clear waters and lovely corals underneath. Some of the islands you’ll get to visit during this tour are Pandanon, Nalusuan, Caohagan, Sulpa, Hilutungan, and Olango. Each island is uniquely beautiful, offering stunning white sands and fish sanctuaries.
Brace yourselves for metropolitan as you make your way to the beachside part of Cebu.
Make sure you’re well-rested and loaded with food before canyoneering.
We recommend that you already wear your swimsuits before arriving at the destination for a less hassle experience and not worry about changing.
Listen carefully and pay full attention to the overview and reminders that the travel guides give before doing any activity such as canyoneering or swimming with the whale sharks.
There are a lot of stuff Cebu is known for so don’t forget to buy pasalubong or souvenirs!
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