Cebu Travel Guide

Hey everyone! What’s up? How are you all doing? The past week has been very busy so it’s hard for me to find time to create my new blog post. Today I’ll be showing you my itineraries and travel guide on another famous tourist spot in our country, Cebu 🙂

We went to Cebu last November 2016 so the place was not crowded with tourist. So for me, that’s the perfect time to visit the place. I’ll be giving you a quick background about Cebu.

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 Sugbo, the ancient name for Cebu City. Alternate renditions of the name by traders between the 13th to 16th centuries include Sebu, Sibuy, Zubu, or Zebu, among others. Sugbo, in turn, was derived from the Old Cebuano term for “scorched earth” or “great fire.

How to get there?

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  • Take a flight from Manila going to Cebu in any local airlines. Be it Cebu Pacific, Air Asia or Philippine Airlines. Just watch out for their promos/seat sale/piso fare if you want a cheaper price.
  • Upon arriving, you can usually take a Cab/Taxi located on the arrival area or book through the app Grab to skip long lines.
  • From Mactan International Airport, you need to travel for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour to get to Cebu City proper.

Where to stay?

There’s a lot of hotels around the area. Here’s the list of Cebu Hotels for you to choose from.As for us, we choose Cebu R Hotel. The price was budget friendly but they really have a nice accommodation.

HIGH-END

Shangrila

Movenpick Hotel

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

MID RANGE

Quest Hotel Cebu

Bayfront Hotel Cebu

BUDGET

Cebu R Hotel

The Center Suites

Otherwise, you can check out Agoda or Booking.com for the best deals on other hotels, inns and resorts.

How to get around Cebu?

By arranged tours – If you want a hassle free trip or not a D-I-Y type of traveler, you can book an arranged tour beforehand. There’s ton of agencies which offers an affordable Cebu tour package . As for us, we choose Bohol Cebu Adventure Uysun Tours Their service was excellent and they make sure that you get to see  all the places they’ve given in their itineraries.

By motorcycle. You can hire a habal-habal (motorcycle) to take you to different attractions. There is no fixed price so you can negotiate and talk about the price first before riding because there are drivers who are reportedly taking advantage of tourist.

By car and cab. If you are in a group, it is best to hire a cab or a car for your D-I-Y Cebu City Tour. It will cost you around P2000 – 2500.00 good for 4 persons.

By public transportation. There are tricycles, jeepneys, and buses that are very cheap and they can be found easily in the main streets. But it’s quite complex for a first timer tourist so be sure you check first their routes.

Let’s start!

Day 1

7:30 pm – arrived at Cebu. We took our dinner first before we went to Crown Regency for Sky Adventure.(Unfortunately, we didn’t did this activity but instead go back to our accommodation to just rest.)

9:30 pm –  Drop off to our accommodation, Cebu R Hotel.

Day 2

3:00 am – Wake up time. Go to Oslob (3 hours travel time) Yes, that’s far from the town proper. But don’t worry, we did catch some sleep inside the van.

6:00 am – arrived at Oslob. Start Whale Watching (complimentary breakfast after the activity)

(Just a reminder, please don’t put a sun block when you dip into the water. It’s prohibited.)

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If you want an affordable meals after your whale watching activity, be sure to check this restaurant out.

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Hello there, Gentle Giant! 🙂 They’re sooooo huge in person. One thing I don’t like is that when I dive in to the water, it tasted so fishy so after our activity, I went straight to the bathroom to vomit. 🙂

7:30 am – 11:00 am – Went to Sumilon Sandbar

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You’ll love the water in here, it’s so clear. No filter needed.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Went to Kawasan Falls

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We didn’t try the extreme activity and cliff diving that time. We just wanted to see the whole place because its part of our itinerary. 

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The water was clean, cold and deep 🙂

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3:00 pm – Go back to Cebu City

8:30 pm – Arrived at our accommodation. Rest and relax.

DAY 3

CEBU CITY TOUR

PLACES TO VISIT

TEMPLE OF LEAH (Entrance Fee: P50.00 per person)

Trivia: This was constructed in the year 2012 as a symbol of undying love for and ceaseless devotion to Leah Villa Albino-Adarna, wife of Teodorico S. Adarna who passed away. It became a famous landmark in Cebu due to its beautiful structure and wondrous design.

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I was in awe when I saw the place 🙂 I love the Rome inspired type of design and the pillars and columns!

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The whole area was under renovation due to its expansion. As far as I remember, they plan to built a museum inside the temple.

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Thanks for taking us here, we really enjoyed it! 🙂

SIRAO PEAK (Entrance Fee: P30.00 per person) – Upon arriving at the place, we were welcomed by thousands of flowers in the farm. I like the vibrant color of each flowers around the place.It’s also a perfect place if you want to take some cool photos for your instagram accounts.

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TAOIST TEMPLE (Entrance Fee: FREE!)

Cebu Taoist Temple is a Taoist temple located in Beverly Hills Subdivision of Cebu City, Philippines. The temple is built by Cebu‘s substantial Chinese community in 1972. With an elevation of 300 meters (980 ft) above sea level, the temple is a towering, multi-tiered, multi-hued attraction accessible by three separate winding routes.

 

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Temple facade

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Behind me is the famous dragon statue.

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FORT SAN PEDRO (Entrance Fee: P30.00 – adults / P20.00 – students / P24.00 Senior Citizen)

Fuerte de San Pedro is a military defence structure in Cebu (Philippines), built by the Spanish under the command of Miguel López de Legazpi, first governor of the Captaincy General of the Philippines. It is located in the area now called Plaza Indepedencia, in the pier area of the city.

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Before entering the place, you can feel its resemblance to Fort Santiago here in Manila.

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MAGELLAND’S CROSS (Entrance Fee: FREE!)

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STO. NINO DE BASILICA

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YAP SANDIEGO ANCESTRAL HOUSE – (Entrance Fee: P60.00)

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Photo not mine (credits to owner)

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos here cause it’s already dark that time. And it’s kinda creepy if you visit it at night because of it’s old structures, furnitures, life size statues and some artworks. Just my opinion 🙂

SUGBU MUSEUM

SHAMROCK PASALUBONG CENTER

Shamrock Bakery and Restaurant Corporation takes pride in having been a part of this Cebuano distinction. For more than 50 years of excellent baking, the Shamrock brand has become one of Cebu’s living icons in homegrown goodness. And to this day, Shamrock continues to earn its place in the tastebuds of both local and foreign visitors especially returning Filipinos or balikbayans who all delight in Shamrock’s famous “Otap” and other baked specialties.

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To summarize my experience, I think I’d love to go back again in Cebu but I would stay in the beach rather than the city. Believe me, I felt like I was in Manila when we arrived at the town proper. The traffic is unbearable and annoying. I’ve enjoyed Sumilon and whale watching.

I hope you find this blog post helpful if you want to visit Cebu in the future. If you have questions, please comment below and I’ll be happy to answer it all 🙂 Till next time!

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