Home to bustling cities, pristine stretches of coast, azure waters, tropical jungle and hundreds of paradise islands, it’s little wonder Cebu is one of the Philippines’ most popular destinations. Here are some unmissable moments during a trip to the province that has it all.
Refresh at Waterfalls
Refresh in the clear pools of turquoise water Inambakan Waterfalls plunge into. The stunning five-levelled falls cascade through lush jungle, with short treks to each tier. Each level boasts its own highlight, with the main waterfall sitting at 100 feet and the third level featuring a pool deep enough to get the adrenaline pumping during a cliff jumping adventure.
Rejuvenate at Hot Springs
Get off the beaten track and head into the jungle to rejuvenate at Mainit Hot Spring. The steaming springs hit temperatures of 42C and are nestled among lush tropical flora and fauna, meaning an intrepid jungle trek is involved in a trip. They also sit close to five waterfalls, which are perfect to cool off in.
Cebu province boasts a chain of 168 idyllic islands, so board a boat and spend the day exploring some of its most majestic. Kick back on Kalanggaman’s stunning ribbon of powder white sand, swim in the inviting waters that lap picturesque Pescador and go cliff diving at Bantayan.
Explore the Underwater World
There are plenty of hot diving spots smattered throughout the province, making scuba diving and snorkelling two popular activities. Great places to discover Cebu’s marine life that includes manta rays, rare thresher sharks and whale sharks, are Monad Shoal near Malapascua and the waters surrounding Pescador.
Take A Walk on the Wild Side
Cebu island’s interior comprises gently rolling hills and sharp mountains, meaning it is home to trails that snake through forest and jungle to many vantage points. Enjoy panoramic views of Cebu city from Tops Lookout and Mountain View Nature’s Park on Busay Hill or mount the island’s largest peak, Osmena.
Visit the Philippines Oldest Church
Basilica Minore del Santo Nino de Cebu is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, dating back to 1569. It also houses the country’s most ancient relic, the 16th century Santa Nino carving of a young Jesus. Since being founded by an Augustine priest, the church has been blazed three times and was rebuilt in 1737.
Get on A High in A Helicopter
The ultimate way to explore Cebu is from above and there are plenty of options to charter a helicopter or jump aboard an aerial tour. Discover the breath-taking smattering of islands from the sky, soak up stunning bird’s eye vistas of the islands rolling mountains and spot iconic landmarks from the comfort of your own helicopter.