Looking for the best tourist spots to see when visiting Cebu, Philippines?

Look no further! We have found the best activities, places, and food to put on your travel list.

Top Things To Do In Cebu

1. Go Scuba Diving / Snorkeling

Cebu is home to some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world. While you are here, find a way to spend some time underwater.

Learn More: Top 5 Dive Spots in Cebu, Philippines – Cebu City Tours

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2. Ride Public Transportation (Tricycle & Jeepney)

For most visitors taking a ride on a jeepney or a tricycle is a unique adventure that everyone needs to do. Also is a great way to get around like the locals.

Learn More: How to Ride the Jeepney like a Pro – Plan Your Trip Now

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3. Eat Great Food

Filipinos pride themselves on making delicious food. Keep reading to see some of the amazing dishes you need to try.

Jump to the food section of this article.

Learn More:  10 Things to eat in Cebu Philippines – Lady Iron Chef

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4. Go Shopping

The SM Cebu (Shopping Mall) is one of the biggest attractions in Cebu. Not only for the great shopping, but also for the iconic SM Cube statue.

Learn More: Top 10 Shopping Destinations in Cebu – Benz Next

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Places To See In Cebu

1. Magellan’s Cross

One of the most iconic attractions to see in Cebu is the cross of Magellan. Ferdinand Magellan was the first European to come to the Philippines in 1521.

The explorer Magellan planted a cross to signify this important event about the propagation of the Roman Catholic faith in what is now Cebu, in central Philippines. The original cross is reputedly encased in another wooden cross for protection, as people started chipping it away in the belief that it had miraculous healing powers.

Learn More: Visiting Magellan’s Cross in Cebu, after heritage sites restored – Backpacking With A Book

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2. Basilica del Santo Nino

Cebu’s holiest church houses a revered statuette of the Christ child (Santo Niño) that dates all the way back to Magellan’s time. This church is one of the top sites to see on every travelers list.

Learn More: The Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino Uncovered – Cush Travel

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3. Tumalog Falls

Southern Cebu is a paradise loaded with beautiful waterfalls. One of the most popular is the Tumalog Falls in Oslob. Words can’t describe the beauty so it is best of you find a way to see it for yourself.

Learn More: The Raw Beauty of Tumalog Falls in Oslob, Cebu – Our Awesome Planet

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4. Kawasan Falls

Speaking of amazing falls to see, another one to put on your list is Kawasan Falls. Found in Badian Cebu these falls are a peaceful natural place where you can enjoy many waterfalls.

Learn More: Kawasan Falls in Cebu, Philippines

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5. Pescador Island

Pescador Island is a located in the Tañon Strait, a few kilometres from the western coast of the island of Cebu.  It is most popular for its diving and snorkeling expeditions.

Learn More: Pescador Island – A Small Island Full of Surprises – Dive Advisor

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6. Tops Lookout

Want an amazing view of all of Cebu? Look no further than Tops Lookout. It comes with an amazing view of Cebu that is sure to take your breath away.

Learn More: Why a Trip to the TOPS is Worth It – Island Trotters

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7. Taoist Temple

The Taoist Temple in Cebu is a famous tourist attraction. The temple was built in 1972 by the Chinese community and has been a must-see attraction ever since.

Learn More: Must-Visit Attraction in Cebu: Taoist Temple – Wandering Ella

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8. Yap San Diego Ancestral House

Considered to be one of the oldest residential houses in the Philippines, the Yap-San Diego Ancestral House was built sometime between 1675 and 1700. You can take tours to see exactly what it would have been like to live in the Philippines in the past.

Learn More: Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House in Cebu, Philippines – PH Tour Guide

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9. Aguinid Falls

We’ve mentioned a few falls already on the list, but be sure not to miss Aguinid Falls! A favorite of adventure & nature seekers alike in Cebu. Expect to get wet as you travel through the several streams and falls.

Learn More: 6 Levels of Adventure at Aguinid Falls in Samboan Cebu – Out Of Town Blog

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10. Lapu Lapu Statue

One of the most popular photo opportunities in all the Philippines is the statue of Lapu Lapu. erected in honor of Lapu-Lapu, a native leader who defeated Spanish soldiers led by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the 1521 Battle of Mactan.

Learn More: Visiting the Lapu Lapu Mactan Shrine – The Happy Trip

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Cebuano Foods To Try

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Main Meals

  • Lechon – One of the most famous national dishes of the Philippine’s is a whole spit-roasted pig.
  • Adobo – Another famous national dish of soy sauce and vinegar marinade that can be applied to any meat, seafood, or even vegetables.
  • Dried Danggit -This is dried out fish and a local favorite. Careful it can be kind of smelly.

Snacks

  • Balut – A very popular street food that is a developing duck embryo that is boiled and eaten from the shell.
  • Chicharon – Known in the west as “pork rinds” these are a very popular snack that are made fresh everyday in the city.
  • Otap – is an oval-shaped puff pastry that originated in Cebu. It usually consists of a combination of flour, shortening, coconut, and sugar.

Fruits

  • Mangoes – One of the most delicious and famous exports of the Philippines.
  • Bananas – You’ll find several varieties of bananas. Take sometime to try each of them.
  • Rambutan – We called these porcupine eggs because that is what they look like, but they are surprisingly delicious.

Cebu Facts

Language: Cebuano (Cebuano for travelers)

Currency: Peso

Population: 2,938,982 (2015 numbers)

Main Airport: Mactan–Cebu International Airport

Unit of Measure: Metric System

Electricity Voltage Rating: 220VAC (110VAC is available in Major Establishments/Hotels)