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Cebu Travel Guide Itinerary Budget

The province of Cebu is said to be the Gateway to a Thousand Journeys. And right in the center of this so-called gateway is the Queen City of the South, Cebu City. And the title is not without weight; Cebu City is the oldest city in the Philippines and the first capital of the country. This is where the Spaniards first settled after landing at the nearby Mactan Island, making it the fount of Christianity in the Far East.

The whole of Cebu—its mainland and 167 islands—is divided into nine cities and forty four municipalities; thirteen of these, including Cebu City, are consolidated as Metro Cebu. With a combined population of almost three million people, it is the second most populous area in the country.

Cebu City and the whole of Cebu is one of the most visited tourist regions in the country. The city and the countryside is teeming with historic colonial architecture, its coastlines are replete with fine white sand beaches, and its interior can surprise the curious traveler with waterfalls, canyons, and mountains to discover. And besides that, they pride themselves for having the best roasted pig or lechon in the whole archipelago.

A trip to Cebu can be overwhelming for the first time visitor. The city itself already presents a lot of places to see, but extend your horizon further, and you’d find a lot more areas to explore on far-off towns and islands. A travel guide can definitely help in planning the perfect Cebu trip for you.

 

 

► HOW TO GET TO CEBU


Cebu City is the second busiest airport in the Philippines. It is about one hour away by plane from Manila and its airport, located at Lapu-Lapu City on the nearby Mactan Island, is about an hour away from the city center. There are a lot of daily flights, both local and international, coming in at Cebu and the fare is generally very affordable.

There are also ferries servicing the port of Cebu City to other parts of the Philippines; from Manila, Visayas, up to Mindanao.

 

PHILIPPINE LOCAL FLIGHTS TO CEBU

FLIGHTS FROM

AIRLINES

DIRECT FLIGHTS
PER DAY

ESTIMATED
TRAVEL TIME

AVERAGE
FARE FROM

METRO MANILA

AIRASIA, CEBPAC, PAL

24+ DAILY

1.3 HOURS

PHP 1,200.00

ANGELES ~ CLARK

CEBPAC, PAL

2+ DAILY

1.3 HOURS

PHP 1,400.00

BACOLOD

CEBPAC, PAL

3+ DAILY

45 MINS

PHP 1,100.00

BUSUANGA

CEBPAC, PAL

1+ DAILY

1.5 HOURS

PHP 3,300.00

BUTUAN

CEBPAC, PAL

3+ DAILY

45 MINS

PHP 2,200.00

CAGAYAN DE ORO

CEBPAC, PAL

5 DAILY

45 MINS

PHP 500.00

CALBAYOG

CEBPAC

1 SU/TU/WE/FR/SA

1.1 HOURS

PHP 500.00

CAMIGUIN

CEBPAC

1 DAILY

40 MINS

PHP 500.00

COTABATO

CEBPAC

1 SU/TU/TH/SA

1.3 HOURS

PHP 2,900.00

DAVAO

AIRASIA, CEBPAC, PAL

6+ DAILY

1.1 HOURS

PHP 1,800.00

DUMAGUETE

CEBPAC

1+ DAILY

40 MINS

PHP 500.00

EL NIDO

AIRSWIFT

1 DAILY

1.6 HOURS

PHP 6,300.00

GENERAL SANTOS

CEBPAC, PAL

1+ DAILY

1.1 HOURS

PHP 1,900.00

ILOILO

CEBPAC, PAL

2+ DAILY

45 MINS

PHP 1,600.00

KALIBO

AIRASIA, CEBPAC, PAL

4+ DAILY

55 MINS

PHP 500.00

LEGAZPI

CEBPAC

1 DAILY

1.1 HOURS

PHP 2,000.00

ORMOC

CEBPAC

1 DAILY

45 MINS

PHP 500.00

OZAMIZ

CEBPAC

1+ DAILY

55 MINS

PHP 1,400.00

PAGADIAN

CEBPAC

1 SU/MO/TU/TH/FR/SA

1 HOUR

PHP 2,000.00

PUERTO PRINCESA

AIRASIA, CEBPAC, PAL

2+ DAILY

1.2 HOURS

PHP 1,200.00

ROXAS CITY

CEBPAC

1 SU/TU/TH/FR

50 MINS

PHP 900.00

SIARGAO

CEBPAC

2+ DAILY

55 MINS

PHP 1,200.00

TACLOBAN

CEBPAC, PAL

2+ DAILY

45 MINS

PHP 1,200.00

TAGBILARAN

AIRJUAN, PAL

3 DAILY

20 MINS

PHP 1,200.00


AIRLINE CONTACT INFORMATION

AIRASIA – Manila +63 (2) 722-2742
AIRJUAN – Manila +63 (2) 718-8111 | Email: reservations@airjuan.com
AIR-SWIFT – Manila +63 (2) 318-5942 | Email: info@air-swift.com
CEBU PACIFIC – Manila +63 (2) 7020-888 | Cebu +63 (32) 230-8888
PHILIPPINE AIRLINES – Manila +63 (2) 777-5932

 

LOCAL FERRIES TO CEBU

FERRY FROM

SHIPPING LINE

DEPARTURE
PER DAY

ESTIMATED
TRAVEL TIME

AVERAGE
FARE FROM

METRO MANILA

2GO

1 SUN/TUE/WED/FRI/SAT

23 HOURS

PHP 1,200.00

TAGBILARAN

OCEANJET, LITEFERRIES

17+ DAILY

2 HOURS

PHP 800.00

BUTUAN

2GO

1 SAT

9 HOURS

PHP 1,000.00

CAGAYAN DE ORO

2GO, LITEFERRIES

2 MON/WED/FRI

8 HOURS

PHP 1,100.00

CAMOTES ISLAND

OCEANJET

2 DAILY

1.5 HOURS

PHP 500.00

ILIGAN

2GO

1 SAT

9 HOURS

PHP 1,000.00

MAASIN, LEYTE

WEESAM

1 DAILY

2 HOURS

PHP 500.00

ORMOC

OCEANJET, WEESAM, LITEFERRIES

9 DAILY

2.5 HOURS

PHP 550.00

OZAMIZ

2GO

1 SAT

16 HOURS

PHP 1,000.00

LARENA, SIQUIJOR

LITEFERRIES

1 SUN/TUE/THU

16 HOURS

PHP 400.00

PLARIDEL, MIS.OCC.

LITEFERRIES

1 SUN/TUE/THU

 

PHP 700.00

TUBIGON, BOHOL

LITEFERRIES

4 DAILY

 

PHP 200.00

 

FERRY CONTACT INFORMATION

2GO TRAVEL – Manila +63 (2) 528-7000
LITEFERRIES – Cebu +63 (32) 255-1721 to 26 | +63 (32) 414-9001 to 03
OCEANJET – Cebu +63 (32) 255-7560 | Tagbilaran +63 (932) 873-4885 | Ormoc +63 (53) 834-5066
WEESAM – Cebu: +63 (32) 231-7737 | Ormoc: +63 (53) 561-0080

 

 

► HOW TO GET TO CEBU CITY CENTER FROM MACTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT


REGULAR WHITE TAXI ● AIRPORT YELLOW TAXI ● UBER ● GRAB

The easiest way to get to the city center from the airport is by taxi. There is a dedicated taxi lane just outside the airport, with passengers having the option of having a regular taxi or a yellow airport taxi. Uber and Grab services are also available in Cebu City, which you can connect to via Mactan Airport’s free wi-fi service. Prepare to pay at least PHP200.00 to PHP300.00 upwards for these services.

MYBUS
For cheaper options, one can take the MyBus shuttle to SM Cebu City. The fare is only PHP25.00, but they don’t accept cash, you’d have to purchase a MyBus card at the terminal for PHP200.00 (with initial load of PHP100.00). You may use your remaining balance to pay for your ride back to the airport.

MULTICAB ● JEEPNEY
Should you want to get to Cebu City from the airport by commuting, you can ride a multicab to Marina Mall from the airport. From Marina Mall, cross the road and take a Park Mall jeep. Once at Park Mall, take another multicab heading to downtown Cebu City. There are a lot of jeepneys at the terminal so tell the dispatcher where you’re heading and ask for the right jeepney to board.

Another option once on the opposite road of Marina Mall is to hail a Mandaue Highway jeepney. Ask to be dropped off at the corner of A.S. Fortuna near Jollibee. Then take an Ayala Mall bound jeep. From there, take the jeepney bound downtown. Fare for jeepney is at PHP8.00 per person.

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► GETTING AROUND CEBU CITY


How to Get Around Cebu

The main modes of transportation in Cebu City are the jeepneys and multicabs; the latter are like jeepneys, but smaller. Minimum fare is at PHP8.00. Signboards in Cebu are a bit complicated, using codes instead of destination names. The best way to go about commuting in the city is by asking before boarding. Google Maps can also be helpful, the routes are surprisingly updated.

If you’re going to the far-away towns in Cebu, they have two central bus terminals just for that. Go to the North Bus Terminal if you’re bound for Bantayan and Malapascua Island. Head over to the South Bus Terminal if you’re traveling to Oslob, Dalaguete, and Moalboal.

Take note that traffic in Cebu City is somewhat like those in Manila; avoid the rush hour, and you should be fine.
PHOTO BY WHOLOGWHY

 

 

► TOURS IN CEBU CITY


Cebu Tours

There are a lot of tour agencies offering city tours and daytours of the nearby towns around Metro Cebu, but all of these can actually be done DIY-style. If you prefer sitting in the comfort of an air-conditioned car without having to research and plan your route, then this is definitely the perfect way to tour Cebu. And speaking of convenience, the easiest and the most hassle-free way to do this is by booking your tours online.

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► SPEAK CEBUANO


Most people in the province of Cebu use Cebuano to communicate. It’s the second most popular language in the Philippines and is commonly used in Central Visayas, parts of Eastern Visayas, and Mindanao. Here are a few phrases worth remembering when visiting Cebu.

Speak CebuanoThank you – Salamat
Good morning – Maayong buntag
Good afternoon - Maayong hapon
Good evening - Maayong gabii
How much is… – Tagpila…
Where is… – Asa ang…

 

 

► WHERE TO STAY IN CEBU CITY


Cebu City has a lot to offer when it comes to traveler accommodations, they have the gamut from backpacker hostels to five-star luxury hotels. For those wanting the sea right outside their doors, Mactan Island, which is about an hour away from the city center, has a lot of resorts offering beachside lodgings. Book in advance, especially during Sinulog season (like, a year in advance, no joke), since most accommodations run out faster than you can exclaim Pit Senyor! The best area to stay in Cebu City is around the downtown area.

Cebu Budget Accommodation
Fuente Oro Business Suites Cebu

FUENTE ORO BUSINESS SUITES
Room Rates: Check Here
Address: Gov. M. Roa St, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 268-7912
GPS Coordinates: 10.312632, 123.892651
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Hotel Sogo Cebu

HOTEL SOGO CEBU
Room Rates: Check Here
Address: Sanciangko St, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 254-1042
GPS Coordinates: 10.297891, 123.898064
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Cebu Midrange Accommodation
Premiere Citi Suites Cebu

PREMIERE CITI SUITES HOTEL
Room Rates: Check Here
Address: 62 Ma. Cristina St., Capitol Site, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (933) 852-8098
GPS Coordinates: 10.313887, 123.894127
Cebu Luxury Accommodation
Marriott Hotel Cebu

MARRIOT HOTEL
Room Rates: Check Here
Address: Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 411-5800
GPS Coordinates: 10.318072, 123.906847
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Waterfront Hotel Cebu

WATERFRONT CEBU CITY HOTEL & CASINO
Room Rates: Check Here
Address: Salinas Drive, Lahug Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 232-6888
GPS Coordinates: 10.324678, 123.904323
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Mactan Luxury Accommodation
Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort Cebu

BLUEWATER MARIBAGO BEACH RESORT
Room Rates: Check Here
Address: Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 817-5751
GPS Coordinates: 10.286369, 124.001156
Cebu White Sands Resort And Spa

CEBU WHITE SANDS RESORT AND SPA
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: Maribago Beach, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 268-9000
GPS Coordinates: 10.285847, 123.999267
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Movenpick Hotel Cebu

MOVENPICK HOTEL
Room Rates: Check Here
Address: Cebu Watersports Complex, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 492-7777
GPS Coordinates: 10.310345, 124.023586
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Shangri-La Mactan Cebu

SHANGRI-LA MACTAN
Room Rates: Click Here
Address: Punta Engaño Rd, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 231-0288
GPS Coordinates: 10.307448, 124.019959
PHOTO FROM PINOYBOYJOURNALS.COM

 

 

 

► WHERE TO EAT & DRINK IN CEBU CITY


People go to Cebu not only for tourist spots but also for food. Cebuanos boast of having the best lechon in the Philippines, and rightly so. So far, the best one I’ve had was in Cebu, not in Cebu City per se—although they also serve mean ones—but at the City of Carcar. But enough about roasted pigs. The city also has numerous interesting places to dine in; they have everything you can think of, plus a few more. Some restaurants offer not only good food, but excellent and unique views as well.

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Where to Eat in Cebu City
Cebu's Original Lechon Belly Cebu

CEBU'S ORIGINAL LECHON BELLY
Type: Restaurant, Lechonan, Rice Meals
Address: 2nd Floor, SM City Cebu, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 232-1155
Opening Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM, Daily
GPS Coordinates: 10.311721, 123.917478
CNT Lechon Cebu

CNT LECHON
Type: Restaurant, Lechonan
Address: Jose L. Briones St. cor. Juan Luna Avenue Ext., Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 254-4249
Opening Hours: 7:00AM to 9:00PM, Daily
GPS Coordinates: 10.309594,123.917557
House of Lechon Cebu

HOUSE OF LECHON
Type: Restaurant, Lechonan, Rice Meals, Filipino Food
Address: Acacia St., Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 231-0958 | +63 (915) 317-6357
Opening Hours: 10:00AM to 10:00PM
GPS Coordinates: 10.317750, 123.901695
Hukad Golden Cowrie Cebu

HUKAD GOLDEN COWRIE
Type: Restaurant, Rice Meals, Filipino Food
Address: Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City,
Contact Number: +63 (32) 233-4243 | Opening Hours: 11:00AM to 10:00PM Daily
GPS Coordinates: 10.328809, 123.902595
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Lantaw SRP Cebu

LANTAW SRP AT IL CORSO
Type: Restaurant, Filipino Food, Seafood
Address: Cebu South Coastal Road, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (912) 744-4269
Opening Hours: 11:00AM to 11:00PM | GPS Coordinates: 10.267723, 123.879707
PHOTO FROM THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
Larsian Cebu

LARSIAN CEBU
Type: Barbecue Food Park, Rice Meals, Snacks
Address: Don Mariano Cui St, Cebu City, Cebu
Opening Hours: 2:00PM to 3:00AM Daily
GPS Coordinates: 10.309519, 123.891934
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Planet Grapes Cebu

PLANET GRAPES
Type: Restaurant, Wine, Street Food
Address: Level 4 New Wing, Ayala Center,Archbishop Reyes Ave., Cebu City
Contact Number: +63 (32) 266-0526 | Opening Hours: 10:00AM to 11:00PM
GPS Coordinates: 10.318421, 123.906110
PHOTO FROM LAKWATSERONGTSINELAS.COM
Rico's Lechon Cebu

RICO'S LECHON
Type: Restaurant, Lechonan, Filipino Food
Address: 1, Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Road, Cebu City
Contact Number: +63 (32) 344-0119
Opening Hours: 10:00AM to 10:00PM | GPS Coordinates: 10.343220, 123.911019
PHOTO FROM THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
Sugbo Mercado Cebu

SUGBO MERCADO
Type: Food Park
Address: Inez Villa, IT Park, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (917) 772-7077
Opening Hours: 5:00AM to 1:00AM | GPS Coordinates: 10.332216, 123.905416
PHOTO FROM THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
The Pyramid Cebu

THE PYRAMID
Type: Restaurant, Wine, Meals
Address: West Geonzon Road, Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 516-0254
Opening Hours: 10:00AM to 4:00AM | GPS Coordinates: 10.331503, 123.905060
PHOTO FROM THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
Where to Eat in Mactan Cebu
10000 Roses Cafe Mactan Cebu

10000 ROSES CAFE
Type: Cafe, Korean
Address: Brgy. Day-as, Cordova, Mactan Island, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 496-7023
Opening Hours: 10:00AM to 10:00PM | GPS Coordinates: 10.256577, 123.932524
PHOTO FROM THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
Harbour City Dimsum Mactan Cebu

HARBOUR CITY DIMSUM
Type: Restaurant, Chinese, Rice Meals
Address: M.L.Quezon Highway, Mactan Marina Mall, Lapu Lapu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 341-3454
Opening Hours: 6:00AM to 9:30PM
GPS Coordinates: 10.325815,123.976815
Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant

LANTAW FLOATING NATIVE RESTAURANT
Type: Floating Restaurant, Filipino Food, Seafood
Address: Brgy. Day-as, Cordova, Mactan Island, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 514 2959
Opening Hours: 11:00AM to 11:00PM | GPS Coordinates: 10.255509, 123.932766
PHOTO FROM THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
Zubuchon Mactan Cebu

ZUBUCHON MACTAN
Type: Restaurant, Lechonan, Rice Meals
Address: Island Stays Hotel, M.L. Quezon National Hwy., Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City
Contact Number: (032) 505-0130
Opening Hours: 6:00AM to 10:00PM
GPS Coordinates: 10.325564,123.975541

 

 

► WHAT TO SEE & DO IN CEBU


Cebu City and the towns along the province provide a variety of tourist spots travelers can visit. From the historical circuit in the city, the beaches off its coastlines, its cool mountainous retreats, and nerve-wracking canyons. It’s like an all-in-one package; everything for every type of travelers.

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Cebu City Tourist Spots 
Casa Gorordo Cebu

CASA GORORDO
Address: 35 Lopez Jaena (Eduardo Aboitiz) St., Cebu City
Contact Number: +63 (32) 411-1767
Opening Hours: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Entrance Fee: PHP40.00 | GPS Coordinates: 10.299810, 123.904981
PHOTO FROM BLISSFULGURO.COM
Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

CEBU METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL
Address: Legaspi St. cor. P. Burgos St., Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 253-6422
Museum Entrance Fee: PHP55.00
GPS Coordinates: 10.295785, 123.902992
Fort San Pedro Cebu

FORT SAN PEDRO
Address: A. Pigafetta Street, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 256-2284
Opening Hours: 8:00AM to 7:00PM
Entrance Fee: PHP30.00 | GPS Coordinates: 10.293289, 123.905450
Guadalupe Cave Langub Shrine Cebu

GUADALUPE CAVE LANGUB SHRINE
Address: Langub, Kalunasan, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (942) 090-5302
Opening Hours:
Entrance Fee: PHP20.00 | GPS Coordinates: 10.333292, 123.883273
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Heritage of Cebu Monument Cebu

HERITAGE OF CEBU MONUMENT
Address: Sikatuna St., Cebu City, Cebu
Opening Hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Entrance Fee: By Donation
GPS Coordinates: 10.298829, 123.903624
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Jose Rizal Memorial Library Museum Cebu

JOSE RIZAL MEMORIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM
Address: Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 416-4579
Opening Hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Entrance Fee: Free  | GPS Coordinates: 10.312022, 123.891971
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Magellan's Cross Cebu

MAGELLAN'S CROSS
Address: Plaza Sugbo, Magallanes St., Brgy. Sto. Nino, Cebu City
Contact Number: +63 (32) 416-4579
Opening Hours: 8:00PM to 6:00PM
Entrance Fee: Free
GPS Coordinates: 10.293475,123.901984
Malacanang Sa Sugbo Cebu

MALACANANG SA SUGBO
Address: A. Pigafetta Street, Cebu City, Cebu
Opening Hours: N/A 
Entrance Fee: N/A
GPS Coordinates: 10.291745, 123.904414
PHOTO FROM BLISSFULGURO.COM
Mountain View Nature Park Cebu

MOUNTAIN VIEW NATURE’S PARK
Address: Barangay Malubog, Busay, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (917) 632-1253
Opening Hours: Always Open
Entrance Fee: PHP50.00 | GPS Coordinates: 10.371069, 123.874256
PHOTO FROM THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
Museo Sugbo Cebu

MUSEO SUGBO
Address: 731 M. J. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 239-5626
Opening Hours: 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Entrance Fee: PHP30.00 | GPS Coordinates: 10.303844, 123.906699
PHOTO FROM THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
Plaza Humabon Cebu

PLAZA HUMABON / HAMABAR
Address: Mabini St., cor. Urdaneta St., Cebu City, Cebu
Opening Hours: Always Open
Entrance Fee: Free
GPS Coordinates: 10.296113, 123.903786
PHOTO BY CB_AGULTO
Sirao Flower Farm Cebu

SIRAO FLOWER FARM
Address: Barangay Sirao, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (946) 937-7891
Opening Hours: 6:00AM to 6:30PM
Entrance Fee: PHP25.00 | GPS Coordinates: 10.406790, 123.866598
PHOTO FROM THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
Sky Experience Adventure Cebu

SKY EXPERIENCE ADVENTURE
Address: Crown Regency Hotel & Towers, Osmeña Blvd, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 418-7777
Opening Hours: 2:00PM to 12:00MN
Entrance Fee: From PHP250.00 | GPS Coordinates: 10.307903, 123.894090
PHOTO FROM THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
Sto. Nino Church Cebu

STO. NINO CHURCH CEBU
Address: Brgy. Sto. Nino, Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 253-6422
Entrance Fee: Free
GPS Coordinates: 10.294283,123.901865
Taboan Market Cebu

TABOAN MARKET
Address: T. Abella St. cor. B. Aranas St., Brgy. San Nicolas Proper, Cebu City
Opening Hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM
GPS Coordinates: 10.295412,123.891089
Taoist Temple Cebu

TAOIST TEMPLE
Address: Beverly Hills, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (948) 574-2549
Opening Hours: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Entrance Fee: Free | GPS Coordinates: 10.334371, 123.887810
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Temple of Leah Cebu

TEMPLE OF LEAH
Address: Roosevelt St., Brgy. Busay, Cebu City
Contact Number: +63 (32) 233-5032
Opening Hours: 6:00AM to 11:00PM
Entrance Fee: PHP50.00 | GPS Coordinates: 10.368822, 123.873330
Terrazas De Flores Botanical Garden Cebu

TERRAZAS DE FLORES BOTANICAL GARDEN
Address: Budlaan-Busay Road, Brgy. Malubog, Cebu City, Cebu
Opening Hours: 7:00AM to 8:00PM
Entrance Fee: PHP100.00
GPS Coordinates: 10.378890, 123.873440
PHOTO FROM THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
UP Cebu

UP CEBU
Address: UP Campus, Cebu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 232-2642
Opening Hours: School Hours
Entrance Fee: Free | GPS Coordinates: 10.322396, 123.898536
PHOTO FROM BLISSFULGURO.COM
Yap San Diego Ancestral House Cebu

YAP-SAN DIEGO ANCESTRAL HOUSE
Address: 731 M. J. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (32) 515-9000
Opening Hours: 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Entrance Fee: PHP30.00 | GPS Coordinates: 10.299272, 123.903914
Mactan Tourist Spots
Mactan Shrine Cebu

MACTAN SHRINE
Address: Punta Engaño Rd., Brgy. Punta Engaño, Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Opening Hours: 4:00AM to 10:00PM
Entrance Fee: Free
GPS Coordinates: 10.310855,124.015221
Mactan Island Hopping Cebu

MACTAN ISLAND HOPPING
Address: Mactan Island, Cebu
Island Hopping Fee: Starts at PHP2,500.00 (10pax)
BOOK A TOUR ONLINE
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Mactan Water Activities Cebu

MACTAN WATER ACTIVITIES
Address: Mactan Island, Cebu
Rates: Starts at PHP3,500.00 (3 Activities)
Inclusion: Parasailing, Jetski, Banana Boat
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Olango Island Tourist Spots
Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary Cebu

OLANGO ISLAND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Address: Brgy. San Vicente, Olango Island, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Contact Number: +63 (915) 386-2314
Opening Hours: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Entrance Fee: PHP20.00
GPS Coordinates: 10.244338,124.024431
Tourist Spots Outside Metro Cebu


Cebu Canyoneering

BADIAN CANYONEERING
Location: Badian, Cebu | Hours Away From Cebu City: 3 Hours
Estimated Fare: PHP120.00 One Way
Recommended Days of Stay: Daytour | GPS Coordinates: 9.797189, 123.400570
BOOK A TOUR ONLINE
PHOTO FROM CELINEISM.COM
Bantayan Island Cebu

BANTAYAN ISLAND
Location: Bantayan, Cebu | Hours Away From Cebu City: 5 Hours
Estimated Fare: PHP200.00
Recommended Days of Stay: 3 to 4+ Days
GPS Coordinates: 11.213949, 123.737889
Carcar City Cebu

CARCAR CITY
Location: Carcar, Cebu | Hours Away From Cebu City: 1.5 Hours
Estimated Fare: PHP50.00 One Way
Recommended Days of Stay: 1+ Days
GPS Coordinates: 10.103509, 123.640368
Camotes Island Cebu

CAMOTES ISLAND
Location: Camotes Island, Cebu | Hours Away From Cebu City: 6 Hours
Estimated Fare: PHP600.00 One Way
Recommended Days of Stay: 3+ Days
GPS Coordinates: 10.663458, 124.440899
Kawasan Falls Cebu

KAWASAN FALLS
Location: Badian, Cebu | Hours Away From Cebu City: 3 Hours
Estimated Fare: PHP120.00 One Way
Recommended Days of Stay: Daytour | GPS Coordinates: 9.797189, 123.400570
BOOK A TOUR ONLINE | PHOTO FROM KLOOK.COM
Malapascua Island Cebu

MALAPASCUA ISLAND
Location: Daanbantayan, Cebu | Hours Away From Cebu City: 5 Hours
Estimated Fare: PHP230.00 One Way
Recommended Days of Stay: 3+ Days
GPS Coordinates: 11.336980, 124.115449
Moalboal Pescador Island Cebu

MOALBOAL PESCADOR ISLAND
Location: Moalboal, Cebu | Hours Away From Cebu City: 3 Hours
Estimated Fare: PHP150.00 One Way
Recommended Days of Stay: 2+ Days | GPS: 9.923756, 123.343510
►► BOOK ONLINE | PHOTO FROM KLOOK.COM
Oslob Whaleshark Cebu

OSLOB WHALESHARK WATCHING
Location: Oslob, Cebu | Hours Away From Cebu City: 3 Hours
Estimated Fare: PHP150.00 One Way
Recommended Days of Stay: 1 to 2 Days | GPS: 9.465095, 123.379997
►► BOOK A TOUR ONLINE | PHOTO FROM KLOOK.COM
Osmena Peak Cebu

OSMENA PEAK
Location: Badian/Dalaguete, Cebu | Hours Away From Cebu City: 3 Hours
Estimated Fare: PHP100.00 One Way
Recommended Days of Stay: 1 to 2 Days | GPS: 9.818082, 123.445441
►► BOOK A TOUR ONLINE | PHOTO FROM KLOOK.COM
Sumilon Island Cebu

SUMILON ISLAND
Location: Oslob, Cebu | Hours Away From Cebu City: 4 Hours
Recommended Days of Stay: 1 to 2+ Days
Estimated Fare: PHP200.00 One Way | GPS: 9.444218, 123.333123
►► BOOK A TOUR ONLINE | PHOTO FROM KLOOK.COM
Santander Cebu

SANTANDER
Location: Santander, Cebu | Hours Away From Cebu City: 4 Hours
Recommended Days of Stay: 1 to 2 Days
Estimated Fare: PHP200.00 One Way | GPS: 9.444218, 123.333123
PHOTO FROM NOMADICEXPERIENCES.COM

 

 

► FESTIVALS IN CEBU


Cebu Festivals

SINULOG FESTIVAL
Festival Date: Every third Sunday of January

BODBOD FESTIVAL ~ CATMON
Festival Date: Every February 10

CAMOTES ISLAND CASSAVA FESTIVAL 
Festival Date: Every second week of June

INASAL FESTIVAL ~ TALISAY 
Festival Date: Every October 14 to 15

KADAUGAN SA MACTAN 
Festival Date: Every April 22 to 27

SEMANA SANTA SA BANTAYAN 
Festival Date: Every Holy Thursday & Good Friday

PHOTO FROM NOMADICEXPERIENCES.COM

 

 

► WHERE TO SHOP & WHAT TO BUY IN CEBU CITY


When in Cebu, you can actually have your lechon and take it home too! Yes, the best things to bring home after visiting Cebu aren’t cheeky souvenir shirts and ref magnes, but lechon. If you have space to spare, check in packs of Carcar chicharon and packets of dried fishes—just make sure it’s sealed tight, it stinks like heck. And if ever you have more than the usual baggage allowance, why not bring a guitar too! The city has a tradition of producing quality guitars since Spanish colonial times.

Carcar Chicharon Cebu

CARCAR CHICHARON
Where to Buy: Carcar City, Cebu Public Market
Opening Hours: 7:00AM to 6:00PM
GPS Coordinates: 10.102468, 123.640293
Cebu Guitars

CEBU GUITAR
Where to Buy: Pajac-Maribago Road, Abuno, Pajac, Lapu-Lapu Citym Cebu
Opening Hours: 8:00AM to 6:00PM
GPS Coordinates: 10.293851, 123.987981
PHOTO BY DON DEXTER ANTONIO
Cebu Souvenirs

CEBU SOUVENIRS
Where to Buy: Any Market in Cebu
Dried Fishes Dangit Cebu

DANGIT & DRIED FISHES
Where to Buy: Taboan Market,
Address: T. Abella St. cor. B. Aranas St., Brgy. San Nicolas Proper, Cebu City
Opening Hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM
GPS Coordinates: 10.295412,123.891089
Lechon Take Out Cebu

LECHON TAKE-OUT
Where to Buy: Any lechon house in Cebu, Cebu Airport
Starbucks Cebu Icon City Mug

STARBUCKS CEBU CITY MUGS
Address: Any Starbucks Coffee in Cebu, Cebu Airport

 

 

► CEBU CITY TOURIST SPOT MAP


Cebu Tourist Spot Map
CEBU PROVINCE MAP OVERVIEW

Cebu City Tourist Spot Map
CEBU CITY DETAILED TOURIST SPOT MAP

 

 

► CEBU SAMPLE  ITINERARY & TRAVEL BUDGET


Cebu City’s historical places can actually be toured in a single day. But if you’re planning to visit the mountainous area of Busay or do an island hopping adventure in Mactan Island, you’d have to extend your tour to at least two days; perfect for weekend travelers. But be aware that your Cebu itinerary would be a really hectic one. It would be a lot better if you can spread your vacation to at least three days. You have to have time to eat lechon too!

The best way to explore Cebu though is by allotting at least five days. That way, not only would you be able to see the city sights, but would also be able to go farther to its far-off towns. If you’re into beach get-aways and canyoneering adventures, definitely file those leaves before heading to Cebu. 

 


► DAY ONE ~ HISTORICAL TOUR | PHP1,295.00 PER PERSON BASED ON A GROUP OF TWO 
Travel from airport to Cebu City downtown
    PHP 25.00 – CEBU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO SM CITY CEBU VIA MYBUS
    PHP 8.00 – SM CITY CEBU YOUR HOTEL
Check in at hotel (leave your bags at the lobby if early check in is not possible)
    PHP 400.00 - CHEAPEST ACCOMMODATION IN CEBU FOR 2 NIGHTS VIA AGODA, GOOD FOR 2PAX
Breakfast
    PHP100.00 - AVERAGE CHEAP MEAL IN CEBU
Start DIY Cebu City tour at Fort San Pedro
   PHP16.00 – ESTIMATED FARE FROM HOTEL TO FORT SAN PEDRO USING A JEEP
    PHP30.00 – FORT SAN PEDRO ENTRANCE FEE 
Pass through Malacanang sa Sugbo
Pass through Carbon Market
Visit Magellan’s Cross
Visit Sto. Nino Basilica
Visit the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Visit Cathedral Museum
    PHP55.00 – CATHEDRAL MUSEUM ENTRANCE FEE 
Visit Rajah Humabon Monument
Pass through Colon Street
Visit Heritage of Cebu Museum
Visit Yap-San Diego Ancestral House
    PHP30.00 – YAP-SAN DIEGO ENTRANCE FEE 
Visit Casa Gorordo Museum
    PHP40.00 – CASA GORORDO ENTRANCE FEE 
Visit Museo Sugbo
    PHP30.00 – MUSEO SUGBO ENTRANCE FEE 
Lunch at House of Lechon
    PHP8.00 – JEEP (62B) TO HOUSE OF LECHON
    PHP250.00 – AVERAGE MEAL AT HOUSE OF LECHON
Ride to Lapu-Lapu City (Mactan Island) & visit Mactan Shrine *CAN BE PART OF 3-DAY ITINERARY
    PHP10.00 – ESTIMATED FARE JEEP (20A) FROM AYALA TERMINAL TO MANDAUE PUBLIC MARKET
    PHP10.00 – ESTIMATED FARE JEEP (23) FROM UNIVERSITY OF VISAYAS TO MACTAN SHRINE
Sunset at 10000 Roses Cafe
    PHP200.00 – ESTIMATED TAXI FARE (UBER, GRAB) TO 10000 ROSES CAFE
Early dinner at Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant
    PHP250.00 – AVERAGE MEAL PRICE
    PHP200.00 – ESTIMATED TAXI FARE (UBER, GRAB) TO MACTAN AIRPORT
    PHP25.00 – MYBUS FARE TO SM CITY CEBU
    PHP8.00 – JEEPNEY FARE TO HOTEL
Rest at Hotel *END OF 1-DAY ITINERARY

 


► DAY TWO ~ BUSAY TOUR | PHP1,793.00 PER PERSON BASED ON A GROUP OF TWO
Breakfast at hotel
    PHP400.00 - ACCOMMODATION, GOOD FOR 2PAX
    PHP2,000.00 – WHOLE DAY TAXI RENTAL, GOOD FOR FOUR PERSONS
Visit Taoist Temple
Visit Temple of Leah
    PHP50.00 – TEMPLE OF LEAH ENTRANCE FEE 
Visit Terrazas De Flores Busay
    PHP100.00 – TERRAZAS DE FLORES ENTRANCE FEE 
Visit Sirao Garden
    PHP25.00 – YAP-SAN DIEGO ENTRANCE FEE 
Visit Tops Cebu & have lunch
    PHP100.00 – TOPS LOOKOUT ENTRANCE FEE 
    PHP150.00 – AVERAGE MEAL AT TOPS
Go back to Cebu City
Shop at Taboan Market (optional)
Visit Sky Experience Adventure in time for sunset (optional)
Early dinner at Larsian *END OF 2-DAY ITINERARY
    PHP150.00 – AVERAGE MEAL AT LARSIAN
    PHP8.00 – JEEPNEY FARE TO HOTEL


► DAY THREE ~ MACTAN ISLAND TOUR | PHP2,740.00 OPTION 1 | PHP528.00 OPTION 2
PER PERSON BASED ON A GROUP OF TWO | TOTAL DOESN’T INCLUDE GOING TO 10000 ROSES CAFE SINCE IT’S ALREADY COVERED ON DAY1

Breakfast at hotel
    PHP400.00 - ACCOMMODATION, GOOD FOR 2PAX
Ride to Lapu-Lapu City (Mactan Island) & visit Mactan Shrine
    PHP10.00 – ESTIMATED FARE JEEP (20A) FROM AYALA TERMINAL TO MANDAUE PUBLIC MARKET
    PHP10.00 – ESTIMATED FARE JEEP (23) FROM UNIVERSITY OF VISAYAS TO MACTAN SHRINE
Do the Mactan Island Hopping adventure OPTION 1 BOOK ONLINE
    PHP2,500.00 – BOAT FEE, GOOD UP TO TEN PERSONS
Visit the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary OPTION 2
    PHP8.00 – JEEP TO MOVENPICK PORT
    PHP30.00 – FERRY TO OLANGO ISLAND, ROUNDTRIP
    PHP50.00 – HABAL HABAL TO WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, ROUNDTRIP
    PHP20.00 – ENTRANCE FEE
Sunset at 10000 Roses Cafe *SEE LATTER HALF OF DAY ONE 
    PHP200.00 – ESTIMATED TAXI FARE (UBER, GRAB) TO 10000 ROSES CAFE
Dinner at Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant *END OF 3-DAY ITINERARY
    PHP250.00 – AVERAGE MEAL PRICE
    PHP200.00 – ESTIMATED TAXI FARE (UBER, GRAB) TO MACTAN AIRPORT
    PHP25.00 – MYBUS FARE TO SM CITY CEBU
    PHP8.00 – JEEPNEY FARE TO HOTEL


► DAY FOUR ~ BEYOND METRO CEBU DAYTOUR
DAYTOUR OPTIONS
● Visit Carcar City and the southern historical churches of Cebu
● Visit Dalaguete and climb Osmena Peak BOOK ONLINE
● Visit Badian, do canyoneering and visit Kawasan Falls BOOK ONLINE
● Visit Sumilon Island BOOK ONLINE
● Visit Oslob, do the whaleshark tour BOOK ONLINE
● Visit Moalboal’s Pescador Island BOOK ONLINE
● Do a Bohol Daytour BOOK ONLINE


► DAY FIVE ~ EXTEND YOUR TRIP

EXTENDED OPTIONS
● Extend your trip and visit Camotes Island
● Extend your trip and visit Bantayan Island
● Extend your trip and visit Malapascua Island
● Extend your trip and visit Moalboal

 


►► TOTAL BUDGET | PHP5,828 for option1 or PHP3,616.00 for option 2 per person
* TOTAL BUDGET BASED ON TWO PERSONS TRAVELING TOGETHER FOR THREE DAYS & TWO NIGHTS IN CEBU CITY

 

 

► EXTEND YOUR CEBU TRIP


Cebu to Bacolod

BACOLOD
Bacolod Travel Blog
Travel Time: 45 minutes away by plane
Departure Point: Cebu-Mactan International Airport
Suggested Number of Days: 2 to 3 days
Cebu to Boracay

BORACAY
Boracay Travel Blog
Travel Time: 55 minutes away by plane
Departure Point: Cebu-Mactan International Airport
Suggested Number of Days: 2 to 4 days
Cebu to Coron

CORON
Coron Travel Blog
Travel Time: 1 hour 30 minutes away by plane
Departure Point: Cebu-Mactan International Airport
Suggested Number of Days: 3 to 5 days
Cebu to Dumaguete

DUMAGUETE
Dumaguete Travel Blog
Travel Time: 40 minutes away by plane
Departure Point: Cebu-Mactan International Airport
Suggested Number of Days: 1 to 3 days
Cebu to Siquijor

SIQUIJOR
Siquijor Travel Blog
Travel Time: 2 hours away by plane & ferry | 16 hours by ferry
Departure Point: Cebu-Mactan International Airport | Cebu Port
Suggested Number of Days: 2 to 3 days


Cebu Travel Guide, Itinerary & Budget

CEBU CITY TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY & BUDGET 
UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 2017





Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

8 comments:

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    1. Thanks Mujee! Will keep this Cebu guide updated every once in a while :)

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  2. Wow! Very detailed Cebu Travel Guide ftw :)

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    1. Thanks, ma'am! Hopefully it can help travelers planning a trip to Cebu!

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  3. Wow ang intense ng travel guide na to! Keep up the good work po

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  4. I love reading your very informative blog about your trip in Cebu. If you ever visit the City again, I highly recommend checking these places out for a different kind of peaceful experience in the Queen City of the South. http://zeelifestylecebu.com/perfect-places-to-see-meteor-shower-in-cebu/

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    1. Hi Hazel, thanks for the info! Were you able to see the meteor showers from Cebu?

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