Cebu is undeniably a beautiful place. With countless lush outdoor locales and architectural wonders, you can expect a lot of eye candy around the island.
Throughout the years, many Instagrammable spots have gotten the attention of locals and foreigners on social media. These travel photos can enhance one’s wanderlust and get others excited to see it for themselves.
While many Cebu tourist spots are known for how pretty they look, some are underappreciated in the community. When there are so many things to do in Cebu, it’s no surprise some places get more attention than others.
Despite this, many locations can help you flex your photography game without the use of sophisticated camera equipment. Some of these places are found in far-flung areas all around Cebu, making every trip worthwhile, thanks to the lush scenery the island has to offer.
UNDERRATED INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN CEBU
THE BAMBOO FOREST IN MEDELLIN
Plenty of tourist attractions take advantage of Cebu’s mesmerizing outdoor aesthetics. Everyone is familiar with the island’s dazzling beaches, and many know how fun it is to go on road trips to the city’s mountainous provinces.
Forests are the perfect outdoor Instagrammable spot for bikers and motorists, and many of them take the time to stop by and take photos of the view. These locations have become important tourist attractions, like the Bamboo Forest in Medellin.
The Bamboo Forest is known for its rows of bamboo scattered all around the area, giving the place a Japan-like ambiance. The wide spacious area is perfect for photoshoots inspired by Japanese culture or Anime.
The forest is located in the northern Cebu town of Medellin, which is about a 3-hour drive away from Cebu City. You may have to ask the locals or ride a local tricycle to take you to the forest if you’re in Medellin.
You will have to pay an entrance fee to enter the forest, and make sure to follow the guidelines within the vicinity.
UKEHUB IN MARIBAGO, LAPU-LAPU CITY
Cafes are known for their chic design and architecture that make it ideal for customers to take photos. The unique aesthetics are based on a specific color scheme, theme, or concept to make them stand out from the rest.
One such Instagrammable cafe is nestled within the luthier capital of the Philippines, Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City. With the use of cute string instruments, Ukehub Cafe offers a one-of-a-kind design compared to many other Cebu cafes.
The cafe’s aesthetics are based on ukuleles manufactured in a factory nearby. You can witness how they are created, play them while waiting for your order, or even buy one if you like.
Outside, you’ll find that the cafe uses minimalist architecture, and an open space to hold recreational activities like jamming sessions, yoga classes, and special meetings. They also have a Japanese-style table in their al fresco dining area and a huge trampoline.
THE FLYING FISH HOSTEL IN BANILAD, CEBU CITY
There are so many choices for accommodation in Cebu, and many of them are pleasant destinations for a much needed staycation in the city. If you want to go to a more low-key location, consider booking a stay at the Flying Fish Hostel.
This popular staycation spot is nestled within a quaint subdivision in Barangay Banilad. It mainly serves as a quick pitstop for backpackers in the city, but its artistic features have made it one of the top Instagrammable spots in Cebu.
The interior of the hostel is just as stunning, with chic furniture and walls of paintings meticulously placed for a museum-like environment. Many of the rooms use minimalistic interior designs for a more pleasing view.
Post a few shots on your social media and expect a lot of followers asking and wondering where you can find this underrated accommodation in the city.
OBONG SPRING IN DALAGUETE
A trip to Cebu would be incomplete without a quick visit to its many summer getaway spots. Most of us can talk about the best beaches in Cebu, but we also want to highlight another must-visit location. Hot and cold springs!
These are popular go-to spots for a one-of-a-kind relaxing experience and of course the picturesque scenery. These are absolutely valuable alternatives to beaches for cooling down and unwinding.
Unfortunately, springs in Cebu are located in more rural areas, where travel time can take a few hours. But every trip will be worth it once you sink your toes into the relaxing waters.
If you’re looking to experience one that is accessible near the main road, drop by Obong Spring in Dalaguete. Its crystal-clear waters come from a Dalakit tree inside the spring, which is also where the name of the town originated.
The spring has clean translucent water that will make the simplest of tourist photos look stunning on an Instagram feed. If you want a more interesting background, you can also pose by the mangroves near the ocean.
Any place can look stunning with the proper photo, but some are just genuinely good-looking places that don’t need extra effort. They can create great backgrounds to entice fellow locals and tourists who are looking to explore the best places that Cebu has to offer.
Some of these places have been around for a while but remain underrated spots for travelers to visit. Posting on social media will definitely help in spreading the word and garnering the attention of more potential visitors.
Take note of these Instagrammable spots and feel free to share some of your own. Not only will this help with Cebu tourism and the business establishments themselves, but it will also add more to the list of stunning places to visit in Cebu.