The Complete Cebu Adventure
Travel Guide

The Complete Cebu Adventure Travel Guide

Welcome to Cebu “The Queen City of the South”

(population: 982 500+ as of 2020) 

Local Language: Cebuano

Welcome to Cebu

“The Queen City of the South”

(population: 982 500+ as of 2020) 

Local Language: Cebuano

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Cebu is composed of 187 islands surrounding the main big island. This is the top place that comes to mind if you are a first-timer and you don’t know yet where to start on your Philippine adventure. It is easy to go around and the options of activities are enormous. Here’s my lists of adventures to do in cebu: skydive, skywalks, sky bike, ziplines, rappelling or abseiling, mountain climbing or treks, camping, biking or bike tricking, wakeboarding, waterfalls hunting, spelunking or caving, snorkeling, freediving, scuba diving, swimming with the whale sharks and turtles, cliff diving or cliff jumping, canyoneering, spring treks or just beach bumming with the locals and foreigners alike. Your options are endless. You can never go wrong starting off with Cebu upon arriving in the beautiful Philippines.

Local Language and Culture

Cebu is a province of the Philippines, in the central part of the country.  It is the oldest and once the Philippines capital city. Cebu is now the second largest metro in the Philippines next to Manila.  You can find international flights to Mactan-Cebu International Airport, skipping the busy Manila. Its airport is located in Mactan Island connected by 2 bridges, Mactan-Mandaue Bridge (Osmena Bridge) and Marcelo Fernan Bridge. Cebu attracts around 2 million foreign travellers every year and the tourism numbers are still booming. 

The people here tend to be more hospitable and laid back than in Manila.  

Best Time to Go to Cebu

Safety

Through the media, it is said that the whole Philippines is commonly known as an unsafe country to travel. That is not the truth. The southern part (Mindanao area) of the Philippines is the only area that is not safe to both foreign and local travellers due to possible terrorism. The rest of the Philippines including Cebu is safe. 

Weather

From December to February, the weather is at its most delightful. May is the hottest month, so watch out for humid hot temperatures, that even last into the night. The local tourist comes between March and May since this school break for summer holiday.

5-day Weather Forecast in Cebu CIty

Cebu City
79°
Partly Cloudy
6:01am5:54pm PST
Feels like: 79°F
Wind: 2mph ENE
Humidity: 90%
Pressure: 29.8"Hg
UV index: 0
WedThuFriSatSun
86/75°F
86/75°F
86/77°F
86/77°F
86/77°F

Local Festivals

Beautiful festivities begin with thankfulness and prosperity. Celebrations among different cities, municipalities, and provinces occurring everywhere in the Philippines. One city has its own festival to celebrate their town’s patron saints, bountifulness, and other reasons which gives their town its own spark.

Sinulog (Cebu City) 

Every 3rd Sunday of January, the people gather to celebrate Sinulog. The grand parade and festival dance competition is the main event where locals show off their colorful costumes and fun side. Street parties live bands and merry-making while indulging yourself in the local delicacies and tons of beers. But mind you, this is a religious festivity to honor Sr Sto Nino.

This is Cebu City’s most popular and grandest festival celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January in honor of the Señor Sto. Niño. Foreigners and local tourists flock to Cebu City for this celebration and join in the procession and the grand mardi gras. The highlight of this festivity is the street dancing.

 

Bodbod Festival (Catmon)

Catmon town is known for its tasty “bodbod”, and they’re celebrating the festival every 10th of February. There is street dancing competition joined by the different barangays that have its dance movements, the movement of making the bodbod, and the costumes are inspired by anything about bodbod.

 

Camotes Cassava Festival (Camotes Island) 

Camotes Cassava Festival is an annual celebration in Camotes Island for a bountiful harvest. It is every 2nd week of June, where farmers display their various cassava-based products, share knowledge on the varied technical experiences in producing and processing cassava products.

 

Inasal (Halad) Festival (Talisay City)

The Inasal Festival is held every 14th to 15th of October. It is Talisay City’s historical heritage and identity in promoting the city. It is celebrated through street dancing as a thanksgiving to the city’s patroness, Sta. Teresa de Avila.

 

Kadaugan sa Mactan (Mactan Island)

“The Kadaugan sa Mactan” is a week-long commemoration of the historic battle of Mactan between the Spanish Conquistador (Fernando Magallanes) and Mactan Chieftain (Lapu-Lapu). Held every 22nd to 27th of April. The festival is highlighted by the series of musical productions re-enacting the famous Mactan battle, then the food street and live band entertainment.

 

Semana Santa sa Bantayan (Bantayan Island)

Also known as “Pasko sa Kasakit”, this festivity is celebrated during Holy Thursday and Good Friday in the observance of the Holy Week with the procession of the saints and then merrymaking. 

How To Get To Cebu

By Flight

Flights are daily. Top airlines that operate in the Philippines are Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and AirAsia. There are international flights that go directly to Cebu Mactan Airport. If you plan on skipping Manila, which I suggest you do, Cebu is the next best choice.

Check flight availabilities:

By Ferry

To and from Cebu schedules for ferries are available. There are also ferries to Cebu City from other places like Bohol (Tagbilaran, Alona Beach), Manila, Negros (Bacolod, Dumaguete, Siquijor), Ilo-ilo, Leyte, and other major and capital cities. Also, there is a ferry from Leyte to Malapascua Island, or to Cebu City and vice versa.

Shipping Companies Contact Information

Shipping Company

Address

Phone

Email / Website

Aleson Shipping, Inc.

117-R Palma Street, Cebu City 6000
(032) 255-5673

(032) 255-7157

(032) 253-1934

WeeSam Express,Cebu Ticket Office

Pier 4, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City

(032) 412-9562 

(023) 231-7737

09228660347

09177104967

https://www.weesamexpress.net/

E. B. Aznar Shipping Corporation

2/F Manoling 2 Building, V. Gullas Street, M. J. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City

+63 (32) 2380042

+63 (32) 2326481

https://ebaznar.powersites.ph/

[email protected]

Ocean Fast Ferries, Inc.
CPA Building, Pier #1, Cebu City

C Arellano Blvd, Caretta, Pier 4, NRA, Cebu City
(032) 255-7560

+63 32 255 7560
http://www.oceanjet.net    

[email protected] 

[email protected]
SuperCat
Pier #4, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City

3 rd Level, 2GO Express, JY Square Mall, Lahug, Cebu City
(032) 234-9630

(032) 234-9631

(032) 234-9632

(032) 234-9633

+63 32 234 0477
http://www.supercat.com.ph    

[email protected]

[email protected]
SUPER FERRY (2GO TRAVEL)
(+63 2) 8528.7000

(+63 2) 8528.7000
https://travel.2go.com.ph/

[email protected]

NEGROS NAVIGATION COMPANY, INC.

Gen Maxilom Ext Av, Cebu City 6000 Cebu
+63 (32) 233 1028

(632) 554-8777
www.negrosnavigation.ph/
COKALIONG SHIPPING
AIKEN , Ground Floor Vision Building, Colon St
+63 32 412 7691

(032) 232-7211
http://www.cokaliongshipping.com/csl/

TRANS-ASIA SHIPPING LINE

Osmeña Blvd · Near Krus ni Magellan, Cebu
+63 32 254 6491 loc. 236, 239, 244
http://www.transasiashipping.com/
Montenegro Lines
Quest Homes, Larrazabal St, Tipolo, Mandaue City

(032) 238-5820
Roble Shipping Inc

T. Padilla, Ext, Lungsod ng Cebu, 6000 Lalawigan ng Cebu

+63 32 419 1191
http://www.robleshipping.com/

[email protected]

Getting Around Cebu

Bus

Taking long bus rides from Cebu City to anypoint in Cebu is common. This is the cheapest mode of transfer if you are travelling solo or as a couple. They have regular daily schedules which is convenient. The timings and the fare can be easily googled. Advance reservations are not common. Normally you just turn up to the terminals and get tickets from there. There are 2 main terminals in Cebu, the South Bus Terminal and the Cebu North Bus Terminal.

Car

There are tons of car rental companies in Cebu and the prices depend on where you are heading to. If you are travelling with a group, it is best to check the car rental prices as an alternative to bus rides. It is more convenient, you can get privacy and you have freedom on when and where to go. Price ranges from 2000~7000 pesos.

Tricycle

To cover short distances, a tricycle is very convenient. The vehicle is a 3-wheeled like tuk-tuk in Thailand. You can bargain with this kind of transport.

Motorcycle

In the main tourist areas like Moalboal (not in the main Cebu City), we recommend renting a motorbike and driving around by yourself. The price for tourists is about 300 ~ 600php (±9 USD) per day depending on the season.

Pedicab

It is a pedal-operated tricycle, available for hire, with an attached seat for one or two passengers. It is slower than the ones with motor and it can get you in short distances only within the barangays. It is a unique fun way to travel around the area.

Adventures You Can Do in Cebu

From amazing landscapes, to waterfalls and canyons, to world-class diving and seaside adventures, it’s no wonder that travelers and backpackers from all over the world are drawn by Cebu! It can be a challenge to choose how to spend your days in such an adventure-filled place. My advice, read through these activities and get inspiration on what excites you the most. Be inspired and be spontaneous!

Skydive and Tandem Skydive

This is jumping off the plane alone (considering you are a pro) or with a certified professional and freefall before using a parachute. The most thrilling outdoor adventure of a lifetime. The most amazing top view one can get. It is costly but worth it.

Cebu is one of the 5 top spots for skydiving in the Philippines. Others are located in Pampanga, Vigan, Davao Oriental and Zambales. I remembered my first jump with Skydive Dubai. It cost me almost double than what Skydive Greater Cebu Adventures is offering. It's affordable and with a world class standard and safety. If this is one on your bucket list, why look elsewhere?

Requirements:
Age: 18 years old and above
Weight: 250lbs (Below 230-250lbs must pay an additional $25 charge)
Altitude: 10,000 feet
Duration: 20-25 minutes air flight; 45 seconds free fall; and 4-5 minutes in parachute

Important:
Tandem Skydive Price: PHP19,000.00
Additional P1,000 for beach landing
Inclusions: Photos, video (raw & edited), certificate
Availability: Pre-registration is open all year round. Jumps take place from November to January Location: Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island

Sky Walking

You can now experience walking around the clear glass floor at the top of Crown Regency Hotel, one of the tallest buildings in Cebu City located at Osmeña Blvd. (near Fuente Circle).

Experience being trembled and at the same time amazed while gazing at the heart of Cebu City. Just a tip, don’t look down and focus your attention on the fantastic view.

Sky Biking

If there is skydiving and sky walking, there’s also sky biking. It offers a different nerve-wracking experience. The great thing about this activity is, you can take your time biking while enjoying the panoramic view from above the ground.

Zip Lines

When you want to fly for a few minutes, you can do it in Cebu. Zip lining has never been so exciting when you do it above the wilderness of Cebu. You will distinguish each uniqueness from other locations. After you are soaked in the beaches and waterfalls of Cebu, zip lining could be added to complete your activity for the day, and it will not be boring.

Rappelling

The Cebu Republic Rappelling will not leave you "hanging" (wink). Rappelling is perfectly exciting and will boost your adrenaline until the sun comes down. One of the places best offered by the island in rappelling is by the bridge in the town of Talisay which lies within the Metro Cebu area so you do not have to go farther. The place is Campo 4 (literally means the "fourth camp") but this is not a military camp.

By rappelling, we mean descending ( with a harness) a high or steep inclined structure by using two ropes secured above and placed around the body, the movement though, must be gradual so as not to hurt any part of your body. But the bridge is not inclined as you may wonder. Yes, it is not, and that is where the excitement is! You have nothing to grip but the rope and its buckles. Isn't that exciting? Just like the training of marines and soldiers we see on television. This activity will certainly develop your quick thinking skill and you will sweat a lot and burn that cellulite! And if you think you are healthy enough, then this activity will maintain your figure and good health, and that is by rappelling basic strokes.

You can do acrobatic moves while you are rappelling when you think that you are an expert enough to execute semi-stunt maneuvers, like a lizard (in an upside-down position and the butterfly stroke- not the swimming style though, but rappelling by descending using the breast).

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is one of the toughest outdoor adventures - it is a skill. It requires stamina, agility and prime preparation to do the activity. It is also a great exercise and perfect for gaining muscle build.

If you're looking for the “rock solid” climbing experience (pun intended), you might be surprised that the rock climber's mecca is in Cebu. Try out this exhilarating experience of a lifetime at the rock climbing site in Cantabaco, in Toledo City, Cebu.

Mountain Climbing or Trekking

  • Osmena Peak
    The highest point of Cebu Island. Osmeña Peak is located in Barangay Mantalongon, in the Municipality of Dalaguete, Cebu, Philippines. Dalaguete is about 85 kilometers from Cebu City (2.5 – 3 hours away). The South Bus terminal is about 30 mins to 1 hour away (depending on traffic) from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

  • Casino Peak Trek
  • Kandungaw Peak

Camping

Sleeping outside the house using only a tent is cool but it is more stimulating when you sleep over a mountain or a camping site with your family and friends (you can also bring your pet if you want to). Apart from your usual stuff you bring for overnights, you can also bring a telescope for a distant sight-seeing or an overview to the stars.

Biking / Bike tricking

Do you still remember the first time you learned to ride a bike? Or your favorite place to bike around? And did you try to perform different tricks for the sake of making little twists of its use? Have you broken a bone from bike accidents?

If you feel the strong spirit of being a rider, then this spot is a perfect place for you and your friends to enjoy an extreme ride with the cool fresh air that hits into your senses. From its curve and zigzag landscape you will experience a unique scenery adventure.

Wakeboarding

One of the coolest outdoor adventures you should try in Cebu. Feel the intense excitement when riding a wakeboard over the surface of the water. If you love skateboarding then you will love this more! This requires your balance and concentration, and if you’re not a pro, then still no need to worry when you swamp off because you’ll just end up in the water. Just wear your life jacket and use a spotter for sure security.

Chasing Waterfalls

Waterfalls are from a steep height of a river or stream. Cebu has a lot of them, and they really are cool and clear. Cliff jumping is one of the favourite activities many travellers preferred to do when exploring the waterfalls. One of the main attractions in the island province of Cebu is their waterfalls located strategically in the deep forest or near the city or wherever they are, you will find them easily within the province.

    • Tumalog Falls in Oslob
    • Kawasan Falls in Badian
    • Dao Falls in Samboan
    • Batad-batad Falls, Moalboal
    • Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan
    • Busay Falls in Camotes Islands
    • Kan Amno Falls, Boljoon
    • Gaas Falls in Balamban
    • Mangitngit Falls, Carmen
    • Budlaan Falls (near Cebu City)
    • Himbabawud Falls, Busay (Drive to Lava Mountain River Farm and then trek for 45-minutes through the river to reach the Himbabawud Falls)
    • Ka-Tinggo Falls, Catmon (Optional cliff jump and finding all of the little caves and coves throughout the pool)
    • Lusno Falls – it isn’t located next to the main road, no entrance fee, no cottages, no cement path. It’s just a tranquil waterfall amidst the palms halfway between Argao and Ronda in the middle of Cebu
    • Tinubdan Falls, Catmon 1.5 hours’ drive north from Cebu City
    • Binalayan Waterfall “Hidden Falls”
    • Cancalanog Falls, Alegria Cebu (Location is before Cambais Falls and only 1 hour from Moalboal
    • Cambais Falls, Alegria)
    • Montpellier Falls,  Alegria (It is a great little watering hole without much of a hike and a great way to cool off after exploring Osmena Peak)
    • Aguinid Falls, Samboan
    • Mantayupan Falls, Barili
    • Kabutungan Waterfall

Spelunking / Caving

Caving, like scuba diving or rock climbing, is as adventurous as you want it to be. There are family-friendly caves you can stroll through on a paved path. And there are others that require hundreds of feet of face-in-the-dirt crawling and rappelling down bottomless shafts.

For enthusiasts, caving carries the lure of the unknown and the thrill of discovery. In a small group -- and usually with a trained guide -- you'll enter a labyrinthine world of narrow pathways and tight crevices, lit only by the yellow glow of your headlamp. Depending on the cave, you may have to wade through waist-high water or scale up rocky walls. If you're lucky, you'll emerge in a large underground chamber filled with dangling stalactites and adorned with colorful, intricate calcite deposits. Half the fun is getting back out.

Cave in Cebu

  • Igotan Cave

Snorkeling

Your outdoor adventure will never be complete without snorkeling. For expert and non-expert swimmers, this is a good exercise for endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. You just don’t enjoy swimming but you also get physically fit. You can do this on almost any beach you visit in Cebu.

The recommended snorkeling spots are also very common in island hopping activities:

  • Moalboal
  • Badian
  • Mactan
  • Malapascua

Freediving

It is very popular to learn to free dive in Moalboal because of the drop-off and has become a bit of a hub for free-divers. The prices for courses and dives here are pretty cheap in relation to Asia and very cheap compared to western countries. If you are looking to do a basic course, it usually runs across 2-3 days and costs you around $200. By the end of the course, you know all the safety techniques and have the skills to dive down to 10-meters in order to pass your basic exam.

Scuba Diving

Get a close-up experience with the aquatic creatures in the Pacific ocean. Explore the wonders of marine life as you deep dive and witness God’s perfect creation. Scuba diving is one of the most astounding outdoor adventures you can do in Cebu. There are a lot of spots in Cebu where you can try and enroll for scuba diving.

  • Mactan Island
  • Lilo-an Island
  • Sumilon Island
  • Moalboal Beach
  • Nalusuan Island
  • Hilutungan Island
  • Malapascua Island
  • Punta Engaño Lapu-Lapu

Swimming with the Whale Sharks

It’s ironic - whale shark watching is very popular among tourists and yet only very few locals have actually experienced it. As the popularity of the tours increases, so does the lack of compliance with local regulations and guidelines. It’s a unique kind of experience but this one in Cebu should be regulated properly by the Philippine government. This should lead towards developing a strategy to ensure the safety and health of the whale sharks going into the future, as well as the education to tourists and locals alike. We are against whale shark swimming in Cebu since they are feeding the sharks and making them dependent on food and to keep them coming all year round. We recommend the one in Donsol instead.

Island Hopping

The Philippines is an archipelago, meaning it is a cluster of islands widely scattered along and near its coastlines. Some of the best islands though could be found in the waters of Cebu. Exploring and hopping within these islands could mean an enormous experience to witness and discover nature's ideal gifts. The best islands and destinations perhaps are on our random lists.

These are our top picks:

  • Pandanon Island
  • Nalusuan Island
  • Talima Island
  • Hilutungan Island
  • Olango Island
  • Pescador Island
  • Sulpa Island
  • Caohagan Island
  • Sumilon Island

Cliff Diving or Cliff Jumping

This is not for the faint of heart. The rush and experience you’ll surely enjoy. You can do this in many places with a measure of your chosen heights of the cliff. make sure to follow safety measures and the jump is tested by locals and experts before jumping in.

Jumping spots we know:

  • Funtastic Island in Medellin
  • Malapascua Island

Canyoneering

Will you dare to jump from the tip of canyon falls, cliff diving pools, or waterfalls? Are you brave enough to land off the water without 100% assurance of your safety? Well if you do, I have three words to say, “I salute you!” Canyoneering is one of the most exciting and thrilling outdoor adventures you can do especially with your barkada when you travel. It’s a must try.

Where to go canyoneering in Cebu:

  • Kawasan Falls in Matutinao, Badian
  • Montaneza Falls in Malabuyoc 

Springs

There are only two in Cebu.

  • Mainit Hot Spring, Malabuyoc Cebu

A 15-minute bus ride away from D’Allegre (costs less than $1) you will head to Mainit Hot Springs. A short walk through the jungle and you will arrive at some amazing hot springs, surrounded by lush greenery and a waterfall. Awesome isn’t it?

The Hot Springs were steaming which ranged from 38-42 degrees Celsius. Set in a rainforest just beyond a local village.

  • Esoy Hot Spring

This is one of only two thermal springs on Cebu and is an incredibly relaxing activity in the jungle of Catmon.

 

Adventure Rates and Addresses

Adventure Activity

Costs

Company  / Address

Skydive 

PHP 19,000

Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island

Sky Walking

PHP 400 (Student)
PHP 550 (Adult)

Crown Regency Hotel, Osmeña Blvd. Cebu City

Sky Biking

  • PHP 100

  • PHP 400

  • Brgy. Caputatan Norte, Medellin

  • Danasan Eco Adventure Park in Danao City

Zip Lines
  • PHP 100

  • PHP 200 ~ PHP 400

  • PHP 500

  • PHP 150

  • PHP 150

  • Doce Pares (Twelve Pairs) Mountain Training Park 

  • Papa Kit's Marina and Fishing Lagoon

  • Danasan Adventure Park

  • K33 A Green Adventure

  • Adventure Café - Ga-as Eco Adventure Park

Rappelling
starts at around ~PHP 3000
  • Cebu Republic Rappelling

  • Cyan Adventures

Rock Climbing
0 ~ small amt of entrance fees
Cantabaco in Toledo City

Mountain Climbing
Trekking
Camping 

  • PHP 30 (entrance fee)

  • PHP 50 ~ PHP 80 (entrance)

  • PHP30 (entrance fee)

  • Osmena Peak 

  • Casino Peak Trek

  • Kandungaw Peak 

Biking 
Bike Tricking
PHP 50 (entrance fee)


PHP 200 (biking fee)

Canso X Mountain Adventure Park in Gaas, Balamban

Wakeboarding

PHP 150 per ride

PHP 500 per hour
  • Danasan Eco Adventure Park in Danao 

  • Papa Kit’s Marina 

  • Fishing Lagoon (Cebu Wake Park) in Liloan

Chasing Waterfalls
  • PHP 50

  • PHP 20

  • PHP 20

  • ~

  • PHP 40

  • PHP 10 ~ PHP 20

  • PHP 50

  • PHP 10

  • PHP 20

  • ~

  • PHP 30 ~ PHP 50

  • free

  • ~

  • PHP 350

  • free

  • PHP 50

  • PHP 60

  • PHP 30 

  • PHP 30 

  • PHP 50 

  • PHP 10 

  • Tumalog Falls in Oslob

  • Kawasan Falls in Badia

  • Dao Falls in Samboan 

  • Batad-batad Falls, Moalboal

  • Aguinid Falls, Samboan

  • Mantayupan Falls, Barili

  • Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan

  • Busay Falls in Camotes Islands

  • Kan Amno Falls, Boljoon

  • Gaas Falls in Balamban 

  • Mangitngit Falls, Carmen

  • Budlaan Falls - near Cebu City 

  • Himbabawud Falls, Busay 

  • Ka-Tinggo Falls, Catmon

  • Lusno Falls 

  • Tinubdan Falls, Catmon 

  • Binalayan Waterfall “Hidden Falls”

  • Cancalanog Falls, Alegria

  • Cambais Falls, Alegria

  • Montpellier Falls, Alegria 

  • Kabutongan Waterfall 

Spelunking / Caving
PHP 25 (entrance fee)
Igotan Cave
Snorkeling

(Any beaches in Cebu but best beaches to snorkle are)
PHP 100 ~ PHP 200 (to rent gears)
  • Moalboal 

  • Badian 

  • Mactan

  • Malapascua

Freediving
starts at ~ PHP 10,000
  • Moalboal

  • Malapascua

Scuba Diving
PHP 900- PHP 1,000 (dive) 

PHP 300-PHP 500 (gears)
  • Mactan Island

  • Lilo-an Island

  • Sumilon Island

  • Moalboal Beach

  • Nalusuan Island

  • Hilutungan Island

  • Malapascua Island

  • Punta Engaño Lapu-Lapu

Swimming with Whale Sharks
PHP 300-500 (locals) 
PHP 1,000 (foreigners)
Oslob, Cebu
Island Hopping
  • PHP 150 (entance fee)

  • PHP 200/pax (landing fee)

  • PHP 100 (entrance fee)

  • PHP 100 (entrance fee)

  • ~

  • PHP 5 (entrance fee)

  • PHP 100 (entrance fee)

  • PHP 200 (entrance fee)

  • PHP 50 (entrance fee)

  • Pandanon Island  

  • Nalusuan Island

  • Talima Island

  • Hilutungan Island

  • Olango Island 

  • Pescador Island

  • Sulpa Island

  • Caohagan Island

  • Sumilon Island

Cliff Diving or Cliff Jumping
PHP 0 ~ small amt of entrance fee
  • Funtastic Island in Medellin

  • Malapascua Island

Canyoneering
starts at ~ PHP1,000
  • Kawasan Falls in Matutinao, Badian 

  • Montaneza Falls in Malabuyoc

Hot Springs
  • PHP 20 (entrance fee)

  • PHP 100 (for locals)
          PHP 300 (for foreigners)

  • Mainit Hot Spring in Malabuyoc

  • Esoy Hot Spring

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Eat Your Way Around Cebu

Local Foods and Delicacies

These are the foods Cebu is known for. So if you feel you want to have a taste of Cebu, eat it your way through it. Mangaon ta bay!

  • Puso Rice “Hanging Rice”

    It is a Filipino rice cake that is boiled inside a makeshift coconut leaf woven pouch. It is commonly found in diamond and rectangular shape. It’s tastier and more filling than regular steamed rice. This is very popular especially in Cebu City and is good eaten with barbecues.

  • Budbud (bud-bud)

    Bud-bud kabog or “Budbud” is the sister of puto maya. They were cooked on a similar process, the only difference is, Budbud is sweeter than the puto maya and it is fully wrapped with a banana leaf. This is best served with hot chocolate during merienda or breakfast.

  • Lechon de Cebu

    The famous dish Cebu is known for. It is a whole roasted pig and the locals say the best in the country is found in Carcar Cebu.

  • Carcar Chicharon

    Next best if not the same as best to Carcars lechon. It is a fried pork belly or fried pork rinds. Definitely not for vegetarians or people with high risk of high blood pressure.

  • Sutukil

    Local wordplay on “Sugba” (grill), “Tula” (stew), and “Kilawin” (to cook in vinegar). It is commonly a choice of seafood and you decide how you want it to be prepared.

  • Colon or Larsian Street Food

    Colon and Larsian areas in Cebu City are known for its barbeque “inasal” street foods. Pork, chicken and seafood.

  • Tuslob Buwa

    It is an original Cebuano street food. It is a mixture of pig brain, soy sauce and some oil.

  • Pintos sa “Bogo”

    Pintos is Bogo City’s special delicacy which is made of ground corn, cheese and coconut strips, and wrapped with corn husk. Every 26th of May, Bogo city celebrates Pintos festival as a thanks giving for their major source of income which is their corn plantations.

  • Masi (Peanut Rice Ball)

    Bite-size sweet and chewy peanut ball called Masi found in Lilo-an. It is made of glutinous rice with a sweet peanut paste filling.

  • Dried Mango

    It is a dried mango! This is the most common “pasalubong” locals get for their friends and families once they go back to their own provinces.

  • Puto Maya & Sikwate

    “Puto maya” is a steamed glutinous rice cake flavoured with milk and ginger paired with “sikwate” (hot chocolate made from pure cocoa) and ripe mango. It is like sticky rice in Thailand.

Top Tourist Spots: What Not to Miss in Cebu

Cebu has an unending array of scenic, tropical, and heart-stopping beautiful adventures just waiting for you to be explored. 

  • Cebu North

    Bantayan Island
    Malapascua Island

  • Cebu South

    Kawasan Falls
    Badian Canyoneering
    Osmena Peak
    Aguinid Falls

Best Neighborhood to Stay When in Cebu

Day Trips from Cebu Island

Books to Read and Music

Final Thoughts

So many possibilities are in store for you when you visit the province of Cebu. Nature, beach, and adventure lovers are sure to fall in love with Cebu and its many destinations and attractions.

We highly recommend exploring other destinations in Cebu aside from the city area. Visit the North and South areas of Cebu to find out for yourself why travelers keep coming back and rave about this province.

Backpacking Cebu on a budget is an unforgettable ride. Cebu is a destination that can be enjoyed by tourists from all walks of life and all over the world! Our Complete Cebu Travel Guide will make each and every day of your Cebu trip an eye-opening and exciting journey. 

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Hazel Apuhin

If you can't find me in front of my laptop, I am out chasing for sunsets or having a little trek to the viewpoints. It is just nice to disconnect from online and reconnect to the nature. Nature never ceases to awe me. I started to work online (since 2015) to be able to travel farther and longer. And so I did.

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