[custom_breadcrumbs]

Why the Island of Cebu Is One of the World’s Best

Share this: 

Some of the best summer getaway spots can be found in the Philippine islands.

US-based travel magazine Travel+Leisure recently ranked the 25 best islands in the world. Only three Philippine islands made it to the list – Boracay, Palawan, and Cebu. 

Boracay ranked 9th, Palawan 11th, and Cebu 16th. 

Despite ranking the lowest among the three, the island of Cebu has a lot to celebrate, as many tourists agree that it is at par with the other two islands. 

Cebu’s popularity has brought in all kinds of travelers from around the world, eager to experience the island’s many stunning attractions. Most first time travelers even come back to relive the excitement of their first visit. 

The tropical weather and friendly locals make traveling to the island very rewarding. But why do tourists consider Cebu one of the best islands in the world?

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THE ISLAND OF CEBU

The island of Cebu is famous for its stunning beaches.

  • White Sand Beaches 

Locals may have different takes on what makes Cebu the best travel destination, but many will agree that it’s the stunning beaches.

You will fall in love with the soft sandy shorelines and fresh breeze, making each trip to the beach a worthwhile experience.

You will find families and barkadas in almost every beach on the island. Whether it’s for a weekend getaway or a barkada outing, residents in Cebu know that going to the beach is never not fun.

Vacation spots – like some of the ones on Mactan Island – offer top of the line services and excellent accommodation, while places like Bantayan and Moalboal offer a vibrant nightlife atmosphere where you can immerse yourself in the island life.  

Even budget-friendly beaches have pristine shorelines and tranquil waters so you can enjoy your time under the sun. 

 

  • Canyoneering  

Aside from soothing swims and beach parties, the island is also home to fascinating waterfalls. These beautiful land formations spawned one of the more unique things to do in Cebu – canyoneering. 

The Kawasan Falls is essential to tourism in Cebu because of its canyoneering tours.

The towns of Alegria and Badian in the South offer canyoneering tours to those interested in climbing the intricate rock formations of the waterfalls, like Kawasan Falls and Kanlaob River. 

These tourist attractions are perfect for a leisurely swim. And if you aren’t much of an adrenaline junkie, you can always take in the soothing sensation by lounging in the waters.

There are a lot of incredible diving spots in the Philippine islands.

  • Diving and Snorkeling

Cebu is also abundant in fish and marine life. The oceans are a joy to dive into, as you can witness many underwater critters in their natural habitat. 

Pescador Island, which is off the coast of Moalboal, is considered the best beach in Cebu by Guide to the Philippines. The island is a habitat for rich marine ecosystems, as schools of fish swim around the oceans and vast horizons of coral reefs bring some color underneath.  

Moalboal is also famous for the Sardine Run, where hundreds and thousands of sardines swim around and create mesmerizing formations and patterns.  

The town of Oslob is famous for its abundance of whale sharks. These quiet, gentle giants will surely interest diving and animal enthusiasts, as they are endemic to this town in Cebu. 

Other areas famous for their breathtaking marine life and snorkeling culture include the island of Mactan, which also has a popular island-hopping industry that you can enjoy with friends and family.

The activities and places mentioned above are a few obvious reasons why the island of Cebu is one of the best in the world. If you include the food culture, Cebuanos arguably make the best seafood in the Philippines, and their roasted suckling pig known as Lechon is also world-famous. 

Many travel bloggers have pointed out how nice and friendly Cebuanos are. Their hospitality when it comes to chatting or hanging out with you is infectious, and it will make you want to go back and experience it again.  

You should definitely consider adding the island of Cebu to your bucket list because of its reputation for being a popular summer vacation spot. There are so many things to do in the different towns and cities where you can create lasting memories.

Share this: 

Other posts

wide shot of the entrance of Mactan Newtown

Mactan Newtown: An Oasis for Business and Pleasure

Explore the many business and leisure opportunities that await at Mactan Newtown! If Cebu City has IT Park, Lapu-Lapu City has Mactan Newtown. The township program is the perfect blend of business and pleasure, with world-class establishments and residential areas close to the soothing waters of the Mactan Channel.  The accommodation works well for a

Read More
wide shot of the payags at the No Problem STK

No Problem STK: Sutukil Dining in Payag Style Huts

No Problem STK seves sutukil dishes in unique payag-style huts. Sutukil is a must-try dining experience whenever you’re in Cebu. This cooking method has been practiced by Cebuanos way before the Spanish colonization.  Dozens of restaurants around the island (especially in Lapu-Lapu City) preserve the concept by cooking various seafood dishes in three different methods:

Read More
The country's top Korean convenience store is now in Cebu!

Funhan Mart Cebu: Your New Go-To Korean Convenience Store

The country’s top Korean convenience store is now in Cebu! Other than being a one-stop-shop for food and household items, a Korean convenience store is known for offering specific services that you won’t find at any other mini mart. Food and drinks are served and prepared in efficient ways, which make dining or taking food

Read More
Entrance of the newly renovated Tops

The New and Improved Tops Finally Opens in 2024

Enjoy the new modern look of the famous Tops! TOPS is famous for offering a stunning view of Cebu City, frequented by couples, families, and friend groups since its inception in 1985.  The 360-degree view of Cebu and its neighboring islands made it one of the biggest tourist attractions in Busay, welcoming an average of

Read More
A bowl of Larang

Larang: A Must-Try Exotic Seafood Dish in Cebu

Larang is a fish stew that is made with a coconut-milk based broth. (Photo courtesy of No Problem STK Facebook page) Cebu is, without a doubt, a seafood haven.  Sutukil dishes have inspired countless restaurants around the island, giving customers three different ways to enjoy their favorite seafood meals. However, this popular concept is notable

Read More
Collage of dishes from the best seafood restaurants

Top 5 Must-Try Seafood Restaurants in Cebu

The following seafood restaurants in Cebu are sure to satisfy your sutukil cravings. Cebu has 167 neighboring islands with an abundance of marine resources. Therefore it’s no surprise that seafood restaurants are popular among locals and tourists alike. These restaurants come in many forms, from streetside eateries to large-scale establishments. Most traditional Filipino restaurants even

Read More

Best of Cebu Videos

Scroll to Top