20 Best Cebu Tourist Spots Guide 2018

Planning to go to Cebu, and wondering what Cebu tourist spots you should visit? Surely, Cebu has many beautiful sites.

And, you would want to go to all, or choose from the BEST Cebu tourist attractions guide.

Find out what and where these places are. Then, you may know how to get there as you read on.

What are the famous tourist spots in Cebu?

  1. Cebu Taoist Temple
  2. Temple of Leah
  3. Sirao Flower Garden
  4. 10,000 Roses of Cebu
  5. Osmeña Peak
  6. Kawasan Falls
  7. Pescador Island
  8. Oslob Whale Sharks
  9. Tumalog Fall
  10. Sumilon Island’s Sandbar
  11. Simala Church
  12. Magellan’s Cross
  13. Basilica del Sto. Niño
  14. Colon Street
  15. The Heritage of Cebu Monument
  16. Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
  17. Jesuit House of 1730 or Museo de Parian
  18. Casa Gorordo Museum
  19. Fort San Pedro
  20. Museo Sugbo

Check out the following places when you travel Cebu:

1. Cebu Taoist Temple

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Let’s start within the city area. First off, we have Cebu Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills Subdivision, Cebu City. The Chinese Taoism community built this Chinese style architecture temple in 1972.

This temple had become popular because of its artistic structures. Even non-believers of the Taoism religion pay visit to the place. 

From there, you can see the striking view of the city and even the Mactan Island. And of course, for Taoists, this is the ideal place to pray or meditate.

Hence, we put it on top of Cebu tourist spots guide.

2. Temple of Leah

cebu tourist spots temple of leah

The next tourist attraction is the Temple of Leah which is along Cebu Transcentral highway. Teodorico Soriano Adarna built this temple in 2012.

The temple is a symbol of his undying love for his wife of 53 years, Leah Villa Albino-Adarna. The temple has 24 chambers including a museum, an art gallery and a library.

Moreover, this place has Leah’s favorite and personal belongings.

In addition, Greek and Roman architectures are the inspiration of the temple. Statues of gigantic lions as well as a grand staircase with brass angels are decors of this Taj Mahal of Cebu.

3. Sirao Flower Garden

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Heading to the more elevated spot is in the Busay area which is the Sirao Flower Garden.

Going there is like experiencing the Netherlands, thus this tourist attraction is commonly called, “The Little Amsterdam”. The array of celosia (or ‘Burlas’ by locals) flowers in flaring red, purple, yellow, orange makes it Amsterdam-ish.

The put-up windmill and the cool wind complement the scenic view. Hence, this gives the guests the unique, touristy feel.

4. 10,000 Roses of Cebu

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Moving to the nearby island of Mactan, you can visit the 10,000 Roses of Cebu. This magnificent spot, which is in Day-as Barangay Rd, Cordova, Cebu, has gone viral on social media.

10,000 artificial LED-powered roses surround this certain Roses Café & More. Most guests prefer to go there during dusk to see the beautiful sunset while the roses lit up at night.

Moreover, the owner of the café, who is also an interior designer, intends to create a romantic ambiance for couples.

The café offers sumptuous food which you can savor while enjoying the wonderful mood with your lover.

5. Osmeña Peak

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Going south, you could climb the Osmeña Peak of Cebu in Mantalongon, Dalaguete (pronounced “Dalaget”).

Standing at 1,013 meters above sea level, Osmeña Peak is the highest point in the entire island.  Lime stones that have sharp protruding peaks which are perfect for taking pictures make up these hills.

The peak is part of the Mantalongon mountain range that stretches as far as the municipality of Badian. It is considered a twin to Bohol’s Chocolate Hills.

Further, the main activities here are hiking and camping. Most hikers prefer two hiking trails. The first one begins in Badian, passing by Kawasan Falls. 

On the other hand, the other one is in the town of Dumanjug, which culminates in Brgy Liong.

In addition, when you trek going to the top of the mountain, don’t forget to bring your water, it will help you re-hydrate.

6. Kawasan Falls

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Still in the south of Cebu is the breathtaking Kawasan Falls in Badian municipality. Some hikers from Osmena Peak traverse to Kawasan Falls after camping, but you can just go directly to Kawasan via Barili. 

Kawasan Falls is a three-stage cascade of clear turquoise water from mountain springs of Mantalongon mountain range.

The waterfalls is a pearl of the Philippines. One of the most popular tourist spots in Cebu south is Kawasan Canyoneering. 

The canyoneering adventure starts at Canlaob river downstream going to Kawasan falls. Local accredited guides accompany all tourists and facilitate the activities such as walking, jumping, swimming, climbing and abseiling through the streams. 

Most of all, when you do canyoneering, be prepared to be thrilled.

7. Pescador Island

Cebu Tourist Spots pescador

Pescador Island is in Tañon Strait – few kilometers off the coast of Moalboal in the south of Cebu Island.

It is one of the best diving spots in Cebu. Its island reef is a sandy slope covered with soft coral from 5–10 meters (15–35 ft).

Further, there is a wall covered with hard corals dropping down to about 40 meters (130 ft).  In that wall are tons of different species of colorful sea creatures, including sharks . Better to prepare your underwater camera to capture its beautiful corals and different marine species.

Another main tourist attraction that is getting popular in this location is the Sardine Run. You can swim with millions of Sardines (also known as Herring), which is totally amazing. 

Therefore, brace yourself to experience the magnificent beauty of the underwater.

8. Oslob Whale Sharks

Cebu Tourist Spots whale shark

On the other side of the island is where you can experience swimming with the Oslob Whale Sharks, locally known as the “Tuki”.

Oslob Municipality is known for old churches and beautiful beaches but became more popular because of the gentle giants – the Whale Sharks.

Local fishermen would interact with the whale sharks by feeding them…until large number of tourists began to arrive in Oslob to see the whale sharks being fed. As a result, these tourists snorkel or dive with the whale sharks.

Oslob Whale Shark watching is one of the top in the bucket lists of tourists who visit Cebu because of the rare experience. Most note worthy, when ever you have a close encounter with the Whale Sharks, it is not allowed to touch them.

9. Tumalog Falls

Cebu Tourist Spots tumalog

Few kilometers away from the whale shark attraction is the Tumalog Falls. It is also situated in the municipality of Oslob. Locals call this body of water, the “Toslob Falls” or “Mag-ambak Falls”.

Tumalog Falls is a curtain like waterfalls that covers the entire cliff with cool and clear water. Moss embraces the rocks of the cliff which filters the water and gives a curtain effect. It is one-of-a-kind and definitely stunning.

Hence, this has become one of many’s favorite Cebu tourist spots.

10. Sumilon Island Sandbar

Cebu Tourist Spots sumilon

Still in Oslob is the small but picturesque Island of Sumilon where you can appreciate the sandbar.

With its clear azure waters and pristine white sands, Sumilon Island’s sandbar is very popular.. It mimics a photogenic and mesmerizing tropical paradise that lures all types of travelers.

Bluewater Resorts owns the island; hence, spending the night in the island is not allowed unless you are checked-in at Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort. 

But not to worry, they provide day trip tours which include lunch and activities such as snorkeling, hiking, fishing, paddling and many more.

11. Simala Church

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In Sibonga, southern town of Cebu, lies the prestigious Simala Church. Simala church stretches its grandiose arm as if to welcome religious people all over the globe.

The design is inspired from European cathedrals. Not only is the place magnificent in structure, but this also reveals a culture that is deeply seated among Cebuanos – the essence of Roman Catholicism.

Monks who are devoted to the Virgin Mary reside in this church. Believers frequent the huge statue of the Virgin Mary since many consider it miraculous.

Also, the multitude of Marys  dressed in various cultural themes interests visitors.

12. Magellan’s Cross
Cebu Tourist Spots Magellan's cross

King of Spain Charles 1 chose navigator Ferdinand Magellan to look for the “Spice Islands”. In doing so, Magellan was able to cross the globe and eventually landed in the Philippines in 1521. 

Specifically, he made his step in Cebu on March 15, 1521. Magellan presented Christianity to Cebuanos, and most of them embraced the religion. 

In this site is where Magellan planted the Cross (which symbolizes Christianity) on April 21, 1521. An encasement protects the original Magellan’s cross.

13. Basilica del Sto. Niño
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Just right beside the Magellan’s Cross is the oldest Christian church of the Philippines. Fray Andrés de Urdaneta, O.S.A. and Fray Diego de Herrera, O.S.A. founded Basilica del Sto Niño in 1565. Ferdinand Magellan’s “Sto Niño” which is the Holy Child Jesus statue is in this church. 

He had this Sto Niño when he converted Cebu’s chieftain Humabon and his wife to Christianity on April 14, 1521. The See of Rome labels this church as the “”Mother and Head of all Churches in the Philippines”.

14. Colon Street
Cebu Tourist Spots Colon Street

Basilica del Sto. Niño situates in Colon Street, the oldest street in the country.  Spanish colonizer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi established the street in 1565. He named the street after Cristopher Columbus who was actually Cristobal Colon. 

This place is near Cebu ports and is the hub for early commerce. As a result, first establishments of Cebu are in this street. 

At present, it is still the hotspot for businesses, theaters, pubs, shopping malls, etcetera. If you wish to buy your “pasalubong”or souvenir, it is in these street where you find stores that sell cheap souvenir items. People commonly celebrate the popular Sinulog Festival in Colon Street.

15. The Heritage of Cebu Monument
Cebu Tourist Spots Heritage

Lies in Colon Street is the monument portraying Cebu’s major historic events. The Heritage of Cebu Monument is in Parian Plaza. Cebuano artist Eduardo Castrillo structured the monument using brass, concrete, steel and bronze. 

The sculpting began in July 1997 and completed in December 2000. The features of the monument include Christian conversions, Spanish occupation, battle against foreign colonizer, a prominent Christian figure, and a certain Philippine president. 

To know the specifics, it is best you visit this site which stands stall and strong at the heart of the city.

16. Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
Cebu Tourist Spots Yap

No need to go further, right across The Heritage of Cebu Monument is the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House. This ancestral house is one of the oldest houses in the Philippines. 

Built during Spanish era (between 1675-1700), coral stones and egg whites make the walls. Molave, balayong and terracotta glue the roof together. 

Although this is built during Spanish occupation, the owner of the house, Don Juan Yap is a Chinese trader. Therefore, the design of the house is a mix of Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino inspirations. 

Cebu’s native materials make up the furniture of the house. Moreover, religious images are over the house which reflect the religiosity of the residents.

17. Jesuit House of 1730 or Museo de Parian
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Still in the same area, a walking distance from YapSandiego Ancestral House is the Jesuit House of 1730. It is also the “Museo de Parian”. The second highest ranking Jesuit priest in the Philippines used to reside in here. 

Moreover, this house welcomed transient Jesuit missioners from various regions. Like Yap Sandiego, the coral stones and terracotta hold the house. 

However, the place is real grand – the ceilings are high, the walls are high. 

This has become the meeting place of the early Cebuano elites. To add, the house preserves some ceramics spotted during the Ming Dynasty.

18. Casa Gorordo Museum
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From the Jesuit House, you just have to walk, and in about five minutes, you get to Casa Gorordo Museum. This house-turned-museum is where the first Cebuano bishop, Juan Gorordo, resided. 

Originally built during the 1800s, a Spanish businessman Juan Isidro de Gorordo purchased the house. 

Due to Ramon Aboitiz Foundation’s Cultural Heritage Program, Casa Gorordo became a museum in 1980. The museum depicts Philippine culture between 1800s to 1900s.

19. Fort San Pedro
Cebu Tourist Spots Fort San Pedro

About ten-minute walk from Casa Gorordo is the oldest fort in the Philippines- Fort San Pedro. Spanish leader, General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi commanded the building of this fort. De Legazpi thought to use it against Muslim warriors. 

However, as time passed by, other colonizers had used it for other reasons. When Americans occupied Cebu, their soldiers used this as their residence. Also, Americans educated Cebuanos in this fort. 

Further, during the Japanese colonization,  Japanese also used the fort as a barrack, a prisoner and a hospital. The historicity of this smallest-oldest fort in the country is undeniable.

20. Museo Sugbo

Cebu Tourist Spots Museo Sugbo

Four blocks from Fort San Pedro is Sugbu Museo. This is a large museum because it used to be Cebu’s provincial jail. The lone architect in Cebu at that time, Domingo de Escondrillas designed it in 1869. 

During Spanish occupation, this served as prison for Filipino captives. However, during American period, Americans placed their horses here as stables for horse racing. Also, during Japanese time, Japanese imprisoned Filipino opponents in this place. 

This becomes Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) but CPDRC has relocated. Thus, on August 5, 2008,  the place became a museum since it has rich role in Cebu’s history.

Finally…

Cebu tourist spots are mixture of historic sites, gorgeous beaches, and fun activities.

This Cebu tourist spots guide is arranged by geographical location so you can go to several places in one trip.

There are still many places to visit in Cebu. So start packing your bags…and Travel Cebu!

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58 thoughts on “20 Best Cebu Tourist Spots Guide 2018”

    1. Hi, will be there in Cebu by jan 18 to 23. Attending sinulog from 19-20. Then 21-23 have no plans yet. Can we have a tour package to include the 20 tourist spots mentioned with Cebu Safari.

      Thank you

  1. HI, WE PLAN TO VISIT CEBU THIS MONTH 5 ADULT, 1 2YR OLD AND 1 WITH DISABILITY (WHEEL CHAIR BOUND 12YO BOY). WE OP FOR A LAND BASE AND SUITABLE TOURIST SPOTS ONLY. OUR TENTATIVE SCHEDULE IS SEPTEMBER 20-22. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST US? SLOW AND EASY TYPE LANG HA.. BECAUSE MY SON EASILY GET TIRED… THANKS

    1. Hi Barby,

      Thanks for your comment.

      We sent you an email for your inquiry.

      Looking forward to serve you in Cebu.

      God bless,

      Travel Cebu

  2. Hi,
    We are planning to go to Cebu in mid-December, can we choose the places we want to go as a package for 4D3N or 7D6N for 2 people.

    1. Hi Ana,

      Thanks for your comment.

      We will contact you as soon as possible through email.

      Or you may also send your details to this email – info@travelcebu.ph

      Looking forward to guiding you to Cebu.

      God bless,

      Travel Cebu

    1. Hi Mark,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Here’s the entrance fee for south tour adventure –

      1. Oslob Whale Shark Watching – 500 for local, and 1,000 for foreigners.
      2. Tumalog falls – 20-30 pesos each and for motorcycle, I think 120 pesos each.
      3. Sumilon Island – 50 pesos each for the island, for boat to go there, will depend on the number of persons
      4. Moal Boal Pescador Island – 100 pesos each, for boat to go there, will depend on the number of persons
      5. Canyoneering – 1,500 each, including gears and meal (kawasan falls is free is you do the canyoneering activity)
      6. Kawasan – For kawasan falls only, it’s 45 pesos each.
      7. Osmena Peak – 30 pesos each

      If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment or send us a message at book@travelcebu.ph, and we will assist you.

      Best regards,

      Travel Cebu

    1. Hi Porter,

      Our tour package will depend on the tour you will avail.

      We will send you an email for more details.

      Looking forward to usher you to Cebu.

      Best regards,

      Travel Cebu

  3. Hi we are a family of 4 (daughters age 15 and 17)..planning to visit cebu from nov. 1-4….ETA on nov.1 via mactan cebu intl airport is 10:40 a.m. and ETD on nov. 4 is 2pm… can u pls. Send me a sample itinerary of your cebu tour package…thank u!!!

    1. Hi Oliver,

      We are happy that you find this article helpful.

      I am sure you will enjoy your tour in Cebu.

      Best wishes,

      Travel Cebu

  4. Hello there,

    I wan to experience Canyoneering Adventure.

    How much does it cost for 4 people?

    Where are planning to do it on November 28,2018.

    1. Hi Daniel,

      Glad to hear that.

      Yes, canyoneering is an extreme and fun adventure, so you need to prepare for that 🙂

      We will send you the quotation for your tour through your email.

      Looking forward to usher you to Cebu’s best adventure.

      Best Wishes,

      Travel Cebu Team

  5. Hi,

    Nice blog. We are planning to spend our vacation in Cebu this coming December 20-24,2018.

    How much is your tour package?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Vlademer,

      Thanks for reading our blog.

      I am sure you will enjoy your vacation in Cebu.

      We will send you an email for your tour package.

      Best Wishes,

      Travel Cebu Team

  6. Hello there,

    Enjoyed reading your article!

    How much does it cost for 8 people on Whale Shark Watching?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    1. Hi Helen,

      Glad that you enjoyed reading our blog.

      Regarding the price for Whale Shark Watching, we will send you an email for all the details.

      Best Regards,

      Travel Cebu Team

  7. Hi there,

    Your blog is pretty helpful.

    We will be spending our Christmas vacation there in Cebu.

    Keep up the good works!

    1. Hi David,

      Happy to hear that.

      I am sure you will enjoy your Cebu trip.

      If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let us know, and we will assist you right away.

      Best Regards,

      Travel Cebu Team

    1. Hi Charles,

      It will take around 3-4 hours by bus.

      Just make sure you go to South Bus terminal, and ride a bus that will go to Badian, Matutinao.

      Ask the bus driver to drop you off at the Church of Matutinao, going to Kawasan Falls.

      If you want to have a hassle-free tour going to Kawasan, we offer the best package the fits your needs.

      Just let us know through email, or you may contact us through our phone number indicated in this website.

      Or If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will help you right away.

      Best Regards,

      Travel Cebu Team

    1. Hi Piercy,

      Our pleasure to provide you helpful article.

      For your tour packages, we will send you an email.

      I am sure you will enjoy your tour in Cebu.

      Thanks for reading our blog.

      Best Wishes,

      Travel Cebu Team

  8. Awesome blog!

    Thanks for sharing this. This is really timely because we are going to Cebu this coming November 30.

    Canyoneering and Pescador island are our top destinations to go.

    By the way, how long will canyoneering adventure will take and also pescador island (swimming with turtles and sardines?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi David.

      That’s Cool! Happy to hear that you find our blog useful and timely.

      Our pleasure to provide you helpful content. Thanks for reading though.

      Canyoneeing activity will take around 3-4 hours, depending on how fast you jump each for cliff. hehe.

      For pescador island, it will take 3-4 hours, I think.

      I am sure you will enjoy these activities.

      Just one tip, bring your own dry bag.

      If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we will assist you right away.

      Best Regards,

      Travel Cebu Team

    1. Hi Chai,

      Thanks for your comment.

      We will email you the details of your tour package.

      Looking forward to guiding you to Cebu’s best tourist destinations.

      Best Regards,

      Travel Cebu Team

    1. Hi Barry,

      Thanks for your comment and reading our blog.

      Here’s the sample quotation for our 3D2N tour package –

      3 Days and 2 Nights Tour Packages

      ✔Inclusions:

      – All Entrance Fees
      – Breakfast on Day 2 & Day 3
      – Lunch on Day 2
      – Hotel Transfer
      – Private Tour
      – Boat
      – Life Vest
      – Snorkel
      – 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation

      🚩PACKAGE A

      📍ITINERARY:

      ✅Day 1

      – Pick up
      – Museo Sugbo
      – The Heritage of Cebu Monument
      – Yap San Diego Ancestral House
      – Magellan’s Cross
      – Basilica Del Sto. Nino
      – Sirao Flower Farm
      – Temple of Leah
      – Taoist Temple
      – Overnight at Cebu City

      ✅Day 2: SOUTH TOUR

      – Oslob Whale Shark Watching
      – Tumalog Falls
      – Travel back to Cebu City
      – Overnight at Cebu City

      ✅Day 3: FREE TIME/AIRPORT TRANSFER

      – Free Time
      – Pasalubong Center
      – Airport Drop off

      📌Price –

      5 persons – P 6,490 per person

      Note: Additional 500 pesos each for Foreigners

      We will send you the details through email.

      Best Regards,

      Travel Cebu Team

    1. Hi Dariuster,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      Here’s the quotation for that package –

      👉👉 Oslob Whale Shark Encounter

      ✔Inclusions:

      – Entrance Fees
      – Breakfast
      – Lunch
      – Hotel Transfer
      – Private Tour
      – Boat
      – Life Vest
      – Snorkel

      Itinerary:

      4:00 AM – Pick up at Cebu City/Travel to Oslob
      7:00 AM – Whale Shark Watching
      8:00 AM – Breakfast
      9:00 AM – Travel to Tumalog falls(optional)
      9:30 AM – Tumalog falls(optional)
      12:00 PM – Lunch
      1:00 PM – Travel back to Cebu City
      4:00 PM – Drop off

      📌Price –

      1 person – P 6,590 per person
      2 persons – P 4,190 per person
      3 persons – P 3,790 per person
      4 persons – P 3,190 per person
      5 persons – P 2,990 per person
      6 persons – P 2,890 per person
      7 persons – P 2,790 per person
      8 persons – P 2,690 per person
      9 persons – P 2,590 per person
      10 persons – P 2,490 per person
      11 persons – P 2,390 per person
      12 persons – P 2,290 per person

      If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we will assist you right away.

      Best Regards,

      Travel Cebu Team

    1. Hi Dannylene,

      Thanks for your comment.

      We will send you the details of your tour through your email.

      Looking forward to guiding you to the beautiful places in Cebu.

      Best Wishes,

      Travel Cebu Team

  9. Hey!

    Nice article.

    By the way, my team and I would like to try the canyoneering, do you have any idea how much would it cost for this package?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Donahee,

      Glad that you find our blog helpful.

      Our pleasure to share it to you.

      I am sure you will enjoy your Cebu vacation.

      Best Wishes,

      Travel Cebu Team

  10. Hi!

    Great content.

    This is so timely because we are going to visit Cebu On January 29, 2019.

    May I know the details of your tour?

    Thanks,

    1. Hello Oscar,

      Thanks for reading our content.

      We are happy that you share with you the best of Cebu.

      We will send you an email for your tour package.

      Looking forward to guiding you to the best tourist spots in Cebu.

      I am sure you will enjoy it.

      Best Wishes,

      Travel Cebu Team

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