15 BEST Cebu Tourist Spots – The Ultimate Guide

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Cebu Island is one of my favorite destinations in the Philippines and a popular spot for travelers visiting the Central Visayas Region.

Cebu Island is so diverse, offering a mecca of adventurous things to do including epic waterfalls, panoramic viewpoints, swimming with whale sharks, island hopping, and much more.

I have put together this Ultimate Guide of the 15 Best Tourist Spots In Cebu to help you craft your itinerary together.

Also in this guide, you will find other useful information on how to get to Cebu, where to stay, how to get around, and the best time to visit.

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HOW TO GET TO CEBU

Cebu Island is located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. Cebu is very close to the neighboring islands of Bohol and Negros Oriental which can be easily reached by plane or ferry.

BY PLANE:

There are daily flights to Cebu Mactan International Airport connecting domestic travelers from many destinations within the Philippines and also welcoming international arrivals from around the world.

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BY FERRY:

There are many ferries operating in and out of Cebu Island that can be booked online in advance.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT CEBU

The best time to visit Cebu, weather-wise, is between April and July when temperatures are hot and there is barely any rainfall. This is also high season in Cebu, so expect to see many tourists during these months.

I recommend visiting Cebu during the shoulder months of the high season between November and March which sees a bit of rainfall but usually only lasts for a couple of hours and the rest of the day is sunny.

Try to avoid the typhoon season in Cebu which is between August and October.

WHERE TO STAY IN CEBU 

There are two main tourist areas to stay in when visiting Cebu Island, one is in Cebu City in Central Cebu and the second is in Moalboal in South Cebu.

Cebu City is located on the Central East Coast of the island and it’s a great base for a day or two upon arriving and to explore some of the Cebu tourist attractions in the city.

However, the majority of places to visit in Cebu are in South Cebu and the best place to stay is in Moalboal which is located on the South East Coast of the island.

Cebu has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Cebu City and in Moalboal to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers.

See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

 

ACCOMMODATIONS IN CEBU CITY

 

Luxury: Radisson Blu Cebu City

Radisson Blu Cebu is the best 5-star accommodation in Cebu City! The hotel is centrally and located features direct access to SM Mall, a large outdoor swimming pool, 3 dining options, and close to the airport. The rooms offer panoramic views of the city and are fitted with a flat-screen tv, large memory foam bed, 24-hour room service, air conditioning, spacious living, and private bathroom. Breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect for couples, families, and friends.

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Mid Range: Cebu Parklane International Hotel

Parklane International Hotel is a very affordable 3-star accommodation in the heart of Cebu City. It is within walking distance of Ayala Center and other nearby attractions. This property features an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center with sauna, 3 dining options, and free wifi. The rooms are spacious and fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, work desk, sofa seating, and a private bathroom. In-room massage services may be arranged at an additional cost. Breakfast is also included for all guests! Recommended place to stay for couples, friends, and families.

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Budget: Murals Hostel & Cafe

I personally stayed at Murals Hostel on several occasions and can’t recommend this place enough! Murals actually have 3 properties in awesome locations, one is in Mactan near the airport and the other two are in the city center. There are dorm rooms, private rooms, and capsule-style rooms available perfect for solo travelers, friends, and couples. There is also a really great co-working space at Murals Hostel & Cafe with high-speed wifi! Mika, the owner, is the most genuine lady that I hope you will get the chance to meet and her staff is just as lovely who will make you feel right at home.

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ACCOMMODATIONS IN MOALBOAL

 

Luxury: Dolphin House Resort Moalboal

Dolphin House is the best luxury accommodation in Moalboal. A stone’s throw away from the ocean, this accommodation offers a swimming pool, restaurant and bar, free wifi, and ocean views. There are double rooms, triple rooms, family rooms, and bungalows available at Dolphin House Resort. Snorkeling, diving, activities, and bike rental can also be organized at reception. Best place to stay for families, friends, and couples.

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Mid Range: Pescadores Seaview Suites

One of the most recommended places to stay in Moalboal. For less than $40 a night, Pescadores Suites offers double rooms, twin rooms, and a garden villa. There are an outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace, restaurant, mini-market, table tennis, billiards, board games, karaoke room, and wellness spa. Great place to stay for friends and couples.

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Budget: Chief Mau Hostel

The best budget accommodation in Moalboal! Centrally located just minutes from the beach, Chief Mau hostel offers dorm rooms and private rooms for as little as $8. The owner Trish is super lovely and goes out of her way to make all of her guests feel welcome and comfortable. There is a shared lounge with hammocks, a billiards table, and an in-house restaurant and bar serving up the best western food in Moalboal. There is free wifi throughout the property. Perfect for solo travelers and friends.

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GETTING AROUND CEBU

There are a couple of options on how to get around Cebu Island Philippines and they are by public bus, taxi, grab taxi, scooter, habal habal (motorbike taxi), tricycle, and Jeepney.

You can rent a scooter in Cebu City and Moalboal for as little as 300 pesos per day and make your own way around these two tourist destinations in Cebu.

If you are not confident driving a scooter, the other option is to ride in a taxi, grab taxi, public bus, Jeepney, tricycle, or habal habal in the main city areas.

For longer distance journeys, for example from Cebu City to Moalboal, Cebu City to Oslob, or Cebu City to the north, it is best to take the public buses as opposed to riding a scooter or taking a taxi.

From Cebu City to South Cebu the journey time is around 3 hours on the bus and the cost is between 150-200 pesos.

If you are traveling to North Cebu to visit Malapascua Island, Kalanggaman Island, and Bantayan Island, the bus journey is around 4 hours and the cost is between 200-250 pesos.

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15 BEST CEBU TOURIST SPOTS

Now that you’ve got all the information on how to get to Cebu, where to stay, the best time to visit, and all the logistics, let’s get to the fun stuff!

I have divided this Cebu travel guide into two parts, Tourist Spots In Cebu South and Tourist Spots In Cebu North to help you craft together your own itinerary!

So without further ado, here is a complete list of the 15 Best Things To Do In Cebu!

SOUTH CEBU TOURIST SPOTS

KAWASAN FALLS CANYONEERING

Kawasan Falls Canyoneering in Badian is without a doubt the most popular attraction on the entire island! A visit to Kawasan Falls is the most adrenaline-pumping adventure to be had in the Philippines.

Whether it’s your first time canyoneering or not, the Kawasan Falls experience is not to be missed on your itinerary!

Kawasan Falls is located just 45 minutes drive from Moalboal in South Cebu.

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Upon arriving at the Kawasan Canyoneering Headquarters, we met our guide Raul who got us fitted into the required safety equipment such as water shoes, life jackets, and helmets.

We took a ride on the back of a motorbike to the top of the mountain and before we knew it we were completely submerged in the first rock pool.

Soon after, Raul made us sit down at the edge of a one-meter cliff before he gently pushed us backwards over a small set of falls into another rock pool below. At this point, I knew we were in for an epic adventure!

We then continued navigating our way through knee-deep water that was as clear as crystal. The water trail took us through some amazing caves and natural rock slides. There were also numerous cliff jumps ranging anywhere from three meters up to fourteen meters.

Do note that if you are afraid of heights, you’ve always got the option to walk around the cliffs instead of jumping.

When you reach the end of the canyon, it will bring you to the famous Kawasan Falls. You can spend as much time as you like at Kawasan Falls, as there are about five different levels of waterfalls and several big cliffs jumps to keep you entertained.

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OSMENA PEAK 

Osmeña Peak is most famous for being the highest point on Cebu island and it’s one of the best adventures to be had in the South Cebu region.

Due to Osmeña Peak being one of the most popular Cebu tourist spots, the best time to visit is early in the morning for sunrise, and this way you will beat the crowds.

If you would like to book a tour to Osmena Peak there is one that I can highly recommend which also includes the famous Kawasan Falls.

It’s a full-day tour that starts in Cebu City with a hotel pick-up, a guided tour to Osmena Peak plus Kawasan Falls, and then returning back to Cebu City.

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If you visit Osmena Peak without a tour the entrance fee is 30 pesos. From the jump-off point, the hike to Osmena Peak is a short fifteen to twenty minutes along a narrow, rocky path passing by thinly forested areas and farmer’s crops.

What can you expect at Osmena Peak? One of the most beautiful places in Cebu… that’s what!!

At 1,013 meters above sea level, Osmena Peak boasts panoramic views of the coastlines on both sides of South Cebu and of course, the most fascinating hill formations that you will have likely never seen before.

Some say these rolling hills are reminiscent of the Chocolate Hills in Bohol as the landscape is quite similar. Though each of these spots is unique to its location.

In the deep valleys below Osmena Peak in Cebu, you can see vividly green fields of farmer’s crops and on a clear day, you can spot the neighboring islands of Negros Oriental and Bohol.

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CASINO PEAK

The Casino Peak hike, often referred to as Lugsangan Peak, is an underrated tourist spot in Cebu. If you are planning to visit Osmena Peak, I highly recommend taking the time to check out Casino Peak as well.

Chances are you might even like this viewpoint better and I guarantee there will be fewer people at Lugsangan Peak, with a view that is equally as amazing!

After you pay the 30 pesos entrance fee, It’s a short ten-minute hike to the summit of Casino Peak to where you’ll be welcomed with panoramic views of nearby rolling hills and pristine coastline below.

Along the trail, you’ll likely see some goats grazing in the long grass and when you reach the plateau at the top, there is a crop field with many rows of cabbages.

You may think you have arrived at the top when you reach this point of the trek and I also thought the same because the trail isn’t clearly marked.

However, continue navigating your way around the rocky outcrop on the right-hand side and you’ll find the path to the Casino Peak summit.

The last section of the hike is a bit of a scramble up the rocks where we had to get our hands dirty but it was all worth it when we reached the summit of Casino Peak! I must admit, I have never seen a viewpoint quite like the one from Casino Peak.

There is a narrow ridge along the top of Casino Peak that you can walk across but do so at your own risk. It’s quite a big drop if you were to accidentally slip up.

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AGUINID FALLS

Aguinid Falls Cebu is one of the most unique and exciting waterfalls in the Philippines. The multi-tiered Aguinid Falls is one heck of an adventure and I highly recommend adding it to your list of things to do in Cebu!

Aguinid Falls is not quite as popular as Kawasan Falls just up the road, but the word is spreading quickly about this awesome tourist destination in Cebu that supports eco-tourism.

Aguinid Falls is located in the small village of Samboan in South Cebu. From Oslob, it’s a 30-minute drive and from Moalboal it’s approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes drive to reach Aguinid Falls.

The entrance fee to Aguinid Falls is 300 pesos which includes compulsory safety equipment (wet shoes, helmet, and life jacket), two guides, and also the tip for the guides.

It’s definitely not the cheapest Cebu waterfall I’ve been to but the money spent was well worth the adventure!

As I mentioned earlier, Aguinid Falls in Cebu is a multi-tiered waterfall with eight levels of falls to be exact. Eight freakin’ waterfalls, can you believe it?!

Although the locals say there are eight levels of falls, only six levels are currently accessible as they are still working to improve the trail to the higher levels.

This is not your typical waterfall where you take a short trek in, go for a dip and take photos, but rather an epic and very physical adventure that involves jumping, climbing ropes, and navigating your way through the cascading falls.

It took us around two hours to complete the Aguinid Falls tour but that included many stops to take photos. For the average person, it would take around one hour from start to finish.

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BINALAYAN HIDDEN FALLS

Binalayan Falls, also referred to as Binalayan Hidden Falls, is one of the best waterfalls in the Philippines!

Binalayan Falls is located in Samboan in South Cebu. From Oslob, it’s a 30-minute drive and from Moalboal it’s approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes drive to reach these falls.

The entrance fee is 60 pesos which includes a guide and there is also a 10 pesos parking fee. Tipping your guide is completely up to you, but somewhere between 50–100 pesos would do.

The first tier at Binalayan Falls features a shallow crystalline rock pool, a rest area with some make-shift benches and a tire swing hung from a tree.

It’s definitely worth taking a short break here in this tranquil little section of the trek.

The main falls at Binalayan Waterfall boast a 5oft tall rock face and the flow of water is divided into three separate streams that fill the basin beneath.

There is also a range of cliff jumping spots on the left-hand side of the falls, but even this is a bit sketchy due to the pool below being quite shallow.

Only jump from a height you feel comfortable with, even if the guide encourages you to jump from a higher level just say no.

Apart from cliff jumping, you can hang out in the crystalline waters at the base of Binalayan Falls and explore the natural caves behind the falls.

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On the way to the main falls

DAO FALLS

My visit to Dao Falls in Samboan was low-key one of the best adventures I had in South Cebu and I highly recommend adding this epic waterfall to your list of places to see..

So what is so unique about Dao Waterfall? Well, to start with, it is recognized as the tallest set of falls in the Samboan region and secondly, the jungle trail trek to get to the main set of falls is an epic adventure in itself. Convinced?!

The entrance fee to Dao Falls is 60 pesos which includes a guide and the parking fee is an additional 10 pesos.

Trekking to Dau Falls from the parking lot takes around twenty to thirty minutes including stops for photos. It isn’t a difficult trek by any means though do note that your feet will get wet along this jungle trail.

In most parts, it requires walking through knee-deep water and I recommend bringing a pair of slip-on waterproof shoes for these sections.

An impressive bamboo suspension bridge surrounded by coconut palms stretches across the river and on the other side is the beginning of the jungle trail to Dau Waterfall.

Vines cover the canyon walls and blue Gatorade-colored waters cascade seamlessly past as we navigated our way toward Dao Waterfall.

The adventurous hike to Dao Falls, in my opinion, is what makes this location so unique. There are many turquoise rock pools along the way that are well worth stopping at for a quick dip and this is where you’ll likely get your best photos.

When you reach the top you’ll be graced with the epic sight of Dao Falls which towers 50-meters tall above the large catch basin. The pools at the base of the falls aren’t quite as blue as the ones on the way up but it is still a worthy spot for a swim to cool off after the hike.

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INAMBAKAN FALLS

Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan is at the top of my best Cebu waterfalls list for a couple of good reasons!

One being the blue Gatorade-colored springs and jungle surrounds at this location, and two is because there are multiple levels at Inambakan Falls which makes this one of the most epic Cebu tourist spots to explore.

Inambakan Falls is located in the small village of Ginatilan in South Cebu. Inambakan Falls Ginatilan is best visited from the nearby beach town of Oslob, which is approximately a 45-minute drive. You can also visit Inambakan Falls from Moalboal and this drive takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes.

The entrance fee at Inambakan Falls is 50 pesos, and an additional 10 pesos for parking.

The hike down to the main falls takes no more than 5 minutes from the jump-off point, and the trail winds upstream until it emerges at the base of the 100-foot-tall Inambakan Falls.

My favorite feature of Inambakan falls is the milky blue pool of water in the catch basin which gets its color from the limestone cliffs that surround the falls. It seriously looks inviting enough to drink!

Once you’ve taken a dip in the milky blue waters at the main set of falls, continue hiking along the trail and up the stairs to the next few levels of these Ginatilan Falls.

You can stop in at the second level of Inambakan, which features a shallow rock pool right at the top of the main set of falls. Watch your step on the rocks at this spot as they are very slippery, and it’s a long way down if you fall.

The level-up from here was my favorite because there are several cliff-jumping spots into a number of refreshing rock pools.

Continuing on, I followed the trail up a little higher to the top level of Inambakan Falls, which features a large swimming hole and more cliff-jumping spots.

The lush jungle that surrounds the area contrasts beautifully with the water and adds to the tranquillity at one of the best tourist spots in Cebu.

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SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS

Swimming with whale sharks is one of the main tourist spots in Cebu. Even though it’s a controversial activity, it’s also a very unique experience.

The Oslob Whale Shark experience is rated as one of the best places to swim with whale sharks in the Philippines.

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The Oslob whale shark watching area is no further than 50 meters from the beach. Before you know it you will arrive at the designated spot and the boatman will tell you to jump into the water.

As soon as you dive off the boat you will encounter these beautiful gentle giants face to face just beneath the surface.

Make sure to be mindful of your surroundings when swimming with the whale sharks so that you don’t accidentally touch them or kick them by accident as they are not shy and will swim right up next to the boat.

A common question that gets asked is if it’s safe to go swimming with whale sharks in Cebu and the answer is Yes, 100%. Even though whale sharks are the biggest fish in the ocean that can grow up to 32ft and weigh 200 tonnes, they are very humble creatures and there’s nothing to be afraid of.

The Cebu whale sharks activity has been controversial since it started. However, the community in Oslob seems to be working hard to control and educate the crowds, and limit impacts on the whale sharks.

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SUMILON ISLAND

Sumilon Island is one of the best tourist spots in Cebu just 20 minutes by boat from Oslob. It’s the best day trip or overnight stay you can do when exploring South Cebu in the Philippines.

The only access to Sumilon Island is by boat which departs daily from Mainland Bancogon in Oslob to Sumilon Island at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 11:00 am. The return boat from Sumilon Island to Mainland Bancogo departs at 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5:00 pm.

I recommend purchasing the Bluewater Sumilon Day Pass online in advance with Klook which gives you access to all of the facilities at Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort such as the infinity pool, private beach area, freshwater lagoon, and restaurant.

The Bluewater Sumilon Day Pass also includes other activities on Sumilon Island such as snorkeling, Sumilon sandbar, hiking trails, and return boat transfers from Oslob.

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If you wish to spend a night on Sumilon Island, there is only one accommodation on the island and that is the Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort.

This 4-star resort features its very own private beach, a freshwater lagoon, outdoor infinity pool, 2 restaurants, glamping tents, beachside cottages, and private villas!

The Sumilon Island sandbar is the most iconic attraction on the island and the best spot to watch the sunset! There was only one other couple on the Sumilon sandbar when I arrived, and that was it!

Sumilon Island really proves itself as one of the best-kept Cebu tourist spots!

Sumilon Island sandbar is best visited on low tide when there is more exposed sand, though it is also just as good on high tide in my opinion. Fine white sand and crystalline waters are what make the Sumilon sandbar so pristine!

Definitely stick around on the sandbar for sunset because as I said earlier, it’s the best location on the island to watch the last rays of the sun as it sets over the horizon.

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TUMALOG FALLS

Tumalog Falls in Oslob is another one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cebu! A visit to Tumalog Falls is typically combined with the Oslob Whale Shark Tour.

There is one tour that I can recommend which is a full-day trip from Cebu City and it includes swimming with whale sharks in Oslob and a visit to Tumalog Falls.

This particular tour is the most top-rated Whale Shark + Tumalog Falls Tour with hundreds of great reviews and thousands of bookings.

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The Tumalog Falls entrance fee is 20 pesos if you plan to visit without a tour and the opening times are Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 5 pm.

Tumalog Falls is quite unique, featuring a mellow curtain of water falling down the face of a monolithic limestone cliff. There is a large swimming area at the base of the falls where you can take a dip to cool off.

The color of the water in the basin is that classic milky blue tinge that the Philippines is most famous for!

There are change rooms and toilet facilities for guests to use and also a small sari sari store if you wish to buy some water and light snacks.

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Marveling at Tumalog Falls

SWIM WITH SARDINES IN MOALBOAL

The Sardine Run in Moalboal is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and not to be missed on your list of things to do in Cebu! Imagine swimming with millions of flashing silver sardines as they circulate around you in an almost hypnotic spectacle.

The Sardine Run is located in Moalboal in South Cebu and the schools of fish can be found just a stone’s throw from the shoreline on the edge of the reef.

A common spot where the sardines gather is just offshore from Panagsama Beach, the main beach in Moalboal.

To go swimming with the sardines all you need to do is rent a mask and snorkel from your accommodation or from a store in town and swim out just 30-50 meters to where you will find the masses of sardines swimming around.

The sardines move around in spherical shapes known as bait balls to trick their predators and they tend to stick close to the surface where the water temperature is warmer.

They might be intimidating and scary at first but all you need to do is relax and marvel at the sardines as they move around in large schools.

Swimming with the sardines in Moalboal is one of the best Cebu tourist attractions not to be missed!

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Sardine Run in Moalboal

NORTH CEBU TOURIST SPOTS

MALAPASCUA ISLAND

Malapascua Island is one of my favorite islands in the Philippines which is world-renowned for its incredible scuba diving sites such as Monad Shoal where you can swim with thresher sharks.

I am not a diver myself but I can tell you now that there are many more fantastic things to do in Malapascua other than diving!

Malapascua Island is located in the Visayan Sea approximately 7km off the northernmost tip of Cebu Island in the Philippines.

The most common route is from Cebu City to Malapascua with the use of the public bus which takes around 4 hours, followed by a short 30-minute boat ride over to Malapascua Island.

I have put together the Ultimate Guide of 11 Things To Do In Malapascua which includes the best beaches on the island, cliff jumping spots, best places to eat and drink, where to party, and of course diving with thresher sharks!

Also in my Malapascua Travel Guide, I have included detailed information on how to get to Malapascua, things to do in Malapascua, where to stay in Malapascua, and the best time to visit!

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Bounty Beach on Malapascua
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Thresher sharks – Photo: Save Philippines Seas
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Gugma Beach on Malapascua

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KALANGGAMAN ISLAND

Kalanggaman Island is a slice of paradise located off the northeast coast of Cebu.

Kalanggaman Island is most famous for its trademark sandbar that is surrounded by crystalline waters and a lush palm tree forest on one end.

Exploring the sugary white sands and roaming around the island’s natural wonders is an unforgettable experience to be had in Cebu!

You can book a Kalanggaman Island Tour from Cebu City online in advance with Klook and it includes the following:

  • 3:00 am-4:00 am hotel pick up
  • 7:00 am arrive at Maya Port
  • 8:30 am arrive at Kalanggaman Island
  • 11:00 am lunch
  • 1:30 pm depart from Kalanggaman Island
  • 3:00 pm back at Maya Port
  • 7:00 pm hotel drop-off in Cebu

A day trip or overnight stay at Kalanggaman Island is one of the best things to do in Cebu!

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Kalanggaman Island Sandbar
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Idyllic palm trees on Kalanggaman

BANTAYAN ISLAND

Bantayan Island is an off-the-beaten-path tourist destination in Cebu and I highly recommend finding the time to visit this epic island paradise on your next visit to the Philippines…you won’t regret it!

Bantayan Island is located off the northwestern tip of Cebu Island and can be easily reached by boat from Malapascua Island and also by ferry from Hagnaya Port on mainland Cebu.

What once was a sleepy island back in the day, primarily home to fishermen and their families in small villages, is quickly becoming one of the most popular North Cebu tourist spots!

White sand beaches, saltwater lagoons, mangrove boardwalks, cave pools, old ruins, skydiving, and island hopping are just some of the awesome things you can expect to find on Bantayan Island.

I recommend spending 2 to 3 days on Bantayan to explore all four corners of the island and get a real taste of the slow-paced island life here in North Cebu.

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Paradise Beach Bantayan
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Kota Beach Bantayan
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Saltwater Lagoon on Bantayan Island

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VIRGIN ISLAND

Last but not least on this Cebu itinerary is Virgin Island in North Cebu. Boasting crystal clear waters, cliff jumping, beach bars, and coastal boardwalks, this is one of the most beautiful places in Cebu not to be missed!

Virgin Island is best visited as a day trip from Bantayan Island and can be easily organized through the reception of your accommodation or at one of the tour desks dotted around Santa Fe.

The cost for the boat trip is around 200 pesos per person which includes Virgin Island and also the saltwater lagoon on Bantayan Island.

There are many things to do on Virgin Island to keep you entertained for an entire day such as cliff jumping, snorkeling the reef, beach bumming in a hammock, swimming in the shallow turquoise waters, and coastal strolls along the wooden boardwalk.

A trip to Virgin Island in North Cebu will leave you feeling revitalized and ending on a good note to finish up your adventures around Cebu Island.

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Virgin Island Beach
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Virgin Island Bantayan
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Virgin Island from the air
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Cliff jumping on Virgin Island

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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