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Looking for a Top Things To Do and See in Cebu?

Cebu is called the Queen City of the South, and once a Capital of the Philippines.

Here are the top things to do in the Island if you're looking for one on your visit,

Visit the Basilica Del Santo Niño

Church, Cathedral

The first church in the Philippines (founded in 1565) was badly damaged by the 2013 earthquake, but has been beautifully restored since. Inside the Basilica del Santo Niño is the revered Flemish statuette of the Child Jesus (Santo Niño), where even the non-religious might feel inspired to say a prayer. It was a gift from Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan to Rajah Humabon and his consort after their baptism in 1521.

See Magellan's Cross


Ferdinand Magellan was the first European to come to the Philippines, landing in 1521 during the first circumnavigation of the globe. Although the Portuguese explorer is largely considered a villain in Filipino history, Magellan’s Cross is a hugely important historical marker in Cebu City. It also serves as a reminder of the birth of Christianity in the Philippines.

Go to Lapu-Lapu's Shrine in Mactan

Shrine, Architectural Landmark, Historical Landmark

Rajah Lapu-Lapu is a hero within the Philippines. The 16th-century chieftain is said to have led his tribe in defeating Magellan and his troops in the 1521 Battle of Mactan – the first successful resistance to Spanish colonisation. The 20m (66ft) high bronze statue to honour him is found in Mactan Shrine Park. There’s also a huge mural depicting the battle.

See the Temple of Leah and the Taoist Temple


Climb the steps of Simala Church


A Roman-inspired shrine, the Temple of Leah is the resting place of Leah Albino-Adarna, who died of lung cancer in 2012. The brains – and money, to the tune of 80 million pesos – behind the Roman-inspired temple is her businessman husband, Teodorico Soriano Adarna. Located in the highland barangay (village) of Busay, it comes with an incredible view of the Cebu cityscape.

Go food tripping in Cebu

Architectural Landmark

It’s not been called a castle church for nothing: the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist (or monastery of Simala) sprawls across the Marian Hills in a series of towers and walkways. Don’t let the medieval appearance fool you though; it was built in 1998 after Marian Monks witnessed a series of miracles here, which they believed were triggered by their prayers during an endemic. Since then, devotees have continued to visit Simala to pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary shrine.

Go food tripping in Cebu

Architectural Landmark

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They say the best ways to immerse yourself in a new place is to try the local food. In Cebu, that means ordering lechon: roasted suckling pig stuffed with herbs such as lemongrass and chives. As you’d expect, you can’t go far wrong at the House of Lechon restaurant, which has stylish decor in an airy building with high ceilings and a terrace.

Catch the sunset at Tops Lookout

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Head up to Tops Lookout for a panorama of the Cery skyline, 600m (1,968ft) above the city. From here, you’ll have a great view of the Mactan Bridge and neighbouring islands. It’s a 20-minute drive from central JY Square, but worth every second of the trip.

Experience a thrilling sky adventure

Amusement Park

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Looking for an adrenaline rush during your trip to Cebu? The amusement complex at the Crown Regency Hotel is the place to go. The Skywalk experience, which takes 10 to 15 minutes, involves walking around glass floor panels for a view of the city right beneath your feet. After, ride on the Edge Coaster or zipline between buildings.

See the whale sharks of Oslob

It’s on many a traveller’s bucket list to have a close encounter with whale sharks. Despite the name, these gentle giants are actually slow-moving, filter-feeding fish. However, do your research, as marine scientists warn of too many boats having a negative impact on the animals. If you go for it, arrive early in Tan-awan and be among the first to register for a trip.

Swim with Sardines and Turtles in Moalboal

Cathy and Brea on the go

If you love snorkelling and exploring marine flora and fauna, you will love Moalboal in the Philippines. This small town is home to the famous sardine run, where you can swim with millions of sardines year round! It's also home to many sea turtles, which calmly swim along its shores, in close proximity to the sardines.


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