Top Things to See, Do & Explore in Cebu Island

Cebu is the second largest city in the Philippines. It is a beautiful island with a rich culture and history. The province has a lot of interesting sights, such as its natural attractions, heritage sites, and modern attractions.

The city has become a hub for business, shopping, education and tourism in recent years. It is home to many historic churches including Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebú (the oldest church built by Spanish colonizers) and Basílica del Santo Nino de Cebu (the largest Catholic Church in Asia).

Cebu is an island that has something for everyone. Depending on your interests, you can visit its serene beaches, explore its rich culture and history, or enjoy a romantic getaway. Cebu has many things to see and experience that make this island a great attraction for tourists worldwide.

How to get to Cebu?

Cebu is one of the few places in the Philippines boasting of international flights. You can fly into Cebu from several locations around the world, including the USA, Japan, South Korea, China, Qatar, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and many others. Airlines including Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airlines offer direct flights to Cebu.

Things to do in Cebu

You will find all sorts of attractions at Cebu Island.  With beautiful rainforests, majestic waterfalls, amazing snorkeling and diving opportunities, mountain treks and tropical panoramas, this world-famous place has some exciting adventures waiting for you.

Water adventure at Camotes

One of the most famous and visited sites in Camotes Island is Lake Danao, also known as Lover’s Lake. The lake has a picturesque view from the top of its surrounding hills. Other famous spots in the area include The Holy Crystal Cave, created by the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean during ancient times, and Buho Rock, an interesting rock formation that resembles a sleeping owl.

The island of Camotes is a perfect spot for water adventures. There are a lot of options for you to choose from, depending on the type of activity you want to do. One popular activity is kayaking around Lake Danao. This lake is surrounded by mountains and it’s a great place to see the sunrise or sunset. You can also go and explore the Holy Crystal Cave, where there are beautiful stalactites and stalagmites that have been growing for over 40,000 years. If you’re feeling adventurous, head up to Buho Rock and jump off the cliff to dive into the serene water below.

Swimming with sharks in Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island is one of the most popular diving destinations in the world. It is a small island, located off the southeast coast of Cebu, Philippines. The idyllic beaches and clear water make it a perfect destination for those who want to explore marine life. This island boasts a wide range of aquatic species, including hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and thresher sharks.

The main attraction here are thresher sharks which can be seen all year long. These sharks are not dangerous as they usually swim away when humans approach them. Many local companies also ensure to provide a safe experience with these sharks under the supervision of their well-trained staff.

Hike To Osmena Peak

If you’re looking for a place where you can enjoy nature’s beauty by doing nothing but just walking around, then Osmeña Mountain is surely the best choice. This peak offers visitors a panoramic view of the nearby municipalities, Cebu’s coastline as well as Negros Island. Featuring many steep climbs and descents, it is a popular destination among hikers who want to have some adventure while enjoying breathtaking views of nature.


Cebu Island hosts a number of waterfalls boasting scenic beauty. One of the most well-known waterfalls is the Inambakan Falls. Surrounded by palm trees and featuring crystal-clear water, this 100-feet waterfall is located in a lush green jungle. The limestone cliffs behind this waterfall add to the scenic beauty. If you are looking for something more adventurous, you can also explore the caves behind the Inambakan waterfall.

Kawasan Falls is well-known for its canyoning if you’re looking for a true, adrenaline-filled experience in the core of Cebu. After canyoning, savor a sumptuous lunch surrounded by crystal-blue waters and verdant trees. If you’re still feeling adventurous, plunge into the turquoise blue ocean from one of seven cliff-diving spots that extend up to 6 meters high.

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary is an art gallery and museum as well as a butterfly sanctuary. The garden comprises over 50 spectacular butterfly species, as well as diverse species of plants. Guests are given a tour as well as a presentation about the many phases of the butterfly’s entire lifespan. The sanctuary also has a variety of butterfly-inspired artwork. If you’re a nature-lover, Terrazas de Flores Botanical Garden is another great spot near Cebu City which hosts a wide variety of flowers and plants.

Ayala Center Cebu

Ayala Center Cebu is a contemporary and expansive shopping complex. It is the country’s finest shopping, eating, and leisure hub, featuring dozens of restaurants and commercial shops, cinemas, a rooftop garden, and plenty of open areas with landscaped gardens. It is easily accessible by public transit and is ideally positioned within walking distance of numerous nearby hotels. Plan the day hunting for presents and souvenirs at Ayala Center, and enjoy the gastronomic delicacies from the finest restaurants in the Philippines.

Snorkeling with sardines

Panagsama Beach is an excellent place where you would find turtles on the sandy beach, and sardine schools in the crystal blue water. Each school of sardines is formed by as much as one million fish. Moving in beautiful patterns, this can be a perfect opportunity if you are looking for an immersive experience with aquatic animals.

Scuba diving in Moalboal

Excellent views, lovely coastlines, and abundant marine life make Moalboal one of the Philippines’ most popular diving destinations. The corals that border the island’s shoreline are home to an abundant species of aquatic life, including schools of barracudas, sardines, as well as turtles and a wide variety of smaller fish. Plan a scuba diving adventure, and explore the mesmerizing aquatic life and diverse underwater ecosystem of Moalboal.

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