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Discovering Cebu: Your Ultimate Travel Guide to the Queen City of the South

Cebu, the Queen City of the South, is a unique blend of urban energy and rustic charm. As the oldest city in the Philippines, it's a treasure trove of historical sites, natural wonders, and vibrant modern life. Here's a curated list of the best things to do when you're in Cebu.

1. Cebu Magellan's Cross

Cebu Magellans Cross
Cebu Magellans Cross

Before setting out to explore, pay a visit to Magellan's Cross. Planted by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, it's a testament to Cebu's rich history and its pivotal role in the spread of Christianity in the Philippines.

2. Basilica del Santo Niño Cebu

Basilica del Santo Niño Cebu
Basilica del Santo Niño Cebu

Right next to Magellan's Cross is the Basilica del Santo Niño, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the country. Marvel at its antique architecture and experience a piece of Philippine heritage.

3. Cebu Sinulog Festival

Cebu Sinulog Festival
Cebu Sinulog Festival

If you're visiting in January, you're in for a treat! The Sinulog Festival is a spectacular celebration in honor of the Santo Niño. Witness colorful parades, street dancing, and the Cebuano spirit at its finest.

4. Dive with Whale Sharks in Oslob

Dive with whaleshark in oslob cebu
Whale Shark in Oslob

For the adventurous at heart, a trip to the south of Cebu offers an opportunity to swim with the gentle giants of the sea: whale sharks. Remember always to be respectful and follow guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of these creatures.

5. Explore Bantayan and Malapascua Islands

Bantayan Island Cebu
Bantayan Island Cebu

Gorgeous beaches, clear blue waters, and a relaxed island vibe – these northern islands of Cebu are perfect for those looking to escape and unwind.

6. Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls

Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls
Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls

An adrenaline-pumping adventure awaits in Badian, where you can jump, swim, and climb through a canyon leading to the stunning three-layered Kawasan Falls.

7. Sample Local Delicacies

Larsian Cebu
Larsian Cebu

Cebu is famous for its lechon (roasted pig), but that's just the tip of the culinary iceberg. Don't miss out on delicacies like dried mangoes, otap, and puso (hanging rice).

8. Experience Tops Lookout

Tops Cebu Lookout
Tops Cebu Lookout

For a panoramic view of Cebu City and its neighboring islands, head to Tops Lookout during sunset. The view is breathtaking, especially with the city lights illuminating the evening.

9. Shop at Carbon Market

Carbon Market
Carbon Market

For a taste of local life, Carbon Market offers everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts. It's the oldest and largest farmer's market in Cebu.

10. Relax in 5-Star Resorts

Mactan Island, connected to Cebu City by two bridges, boasts luxury resorts like Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa and the Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu. These are perfect for those looking to pamper themselves with world-class amenities.

Final Thoughts

Cebu is a destination that caters to every traveler, whether you're a history buff, an adrenaline junkie, or someone looking for luxury and relaxation. With its rich cultural heritage and breathtaking natural wonders, a trip to Cebu is bound to be an unforgettable experience. 🌴🌞🌊

Remember, wherever you go, travel responsibly. Respect local customs, protect the environment, and immerse yourself in the vibrant Cebuano culture. Safe travels!


For Cebu Tours and Activities, check out Lagum Adventure Philippines


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