Cebu Insights | What Are the Best Things to Do in Cebu?

If you’re up for almost everything, there are endless things to do in Cebu.

It doesn’t matter if you only have one day itinerary in Cebu, for a month, or more. Despite being known as Sugbo, a derivation from an old Cebuano word Sibu or Sibo which means trade, you got nothing to trade off while scouring the beauties around Cebu. In fact, you spend most of your time and energy on the finest which the city has to offer. If you’re up for just about anything, Cebu has it.

The key to getting the best out of your travel is to identify your goal in the very beginning. Perhaps your travel objective is to purely soak yourself in nature and relax, maybe experience different kinds of extreme adventures, go on a food trip, or simply immerse in Cebuano culture reflecting the Philippines as a whole. There are many things to do in Cebu that await you.

You can start with what is Cebu famous for such as its religious heritage, temples, beaches, mountains, cuisines, beverages, or Cebu night spots. Here are some of the things to do in Cebu at the places that deserve a spot in your travel itinerary:

FUN THINGS TO DO IN CEBU

Cebu is known for having wonderful mountains, beaches and resorts.

Island Hopping

Cebu beach resorts will never fail you for the best resorts are in the city. With over seven thousand islands in the Philippines, it’s sure to give you a taste of island life and feel-good vibes. Head to Mactan beach for a start. Your boat and guide will bring you to Pandanon island, a trip for almost an hour. Do not forget enjoying the view while on the way which is as paradisiac as arriving at the island. If you’re into snorkeling, Nalusuan island has the most-preserved marine sanctuary as well as Pescador Island in Moalboal. Especially if you’re having your vacation in Moalboal, don’t miss the scuba diving and experience of turtle and dolphin watching in the waters of Pescador. For a relaxing ocean tour, soak in the magnificent view of the white sand bar as you take around 15-30 minutes boat ride to reach the Pescador Island.

Climbing Mountains

If you have an insatiable craving for scenic views, then satiate your inner wanderlust by the breathtaking views of the mountains. Even if you’re not a bonafide mountaineer, you might want to check out the picturesque mountains Cebu has to offer. If you’re looking for the mountain with the highest peak in Cebu, Osmeña Peak should be on the top of your top list as it proudly stands 1, 013 meters above sea level. The landscape and relaxing cold mountain temperatures are surely exhilarating. On the other hand, Mount Kalbasaan gives off the vibe like you’re walking on one of the dramatic mountains in Newzealand postcards. Overviewing the summit, you’ll get an enticing view of Minglanilla and some parts of Cebu. And if you’re looking for more extreme adventures going up, Puting Bato has the best rocky and vertical monoliths with complicated slippery trails that call out your inner rock climber and adventurist. To those yet deciding what to do in Cebu in one day, you can do a further search and hike the mountain of your choice.

Visiting Cultural Heritages

Within the heart of Cebu, several cultural heritage abound. With a rich history to look at, there were a handful of infrastructures established for a purpose within a time period. For instance, Museo de Sugbo was once a Provincial Jail of Cebu but which has now turned as a museum widely visited by both the locals and foreigners. To get a real-time glimpse of the Philippines’ national hero and of the times gone by, visit Rizal Memorial Library and Museum which also houses various archeological discoveries, rare books, and a theatre. Its library section offers a lot to culture-hungry locals as books can be borrowed by the public. If you want to visit these heritages and others, you can rent a car in Cebu or commute through jeepneys. You can ask from the locals which jeepney has the number bound to a certain route you want to go.

Going on a Food Trip

Cebuanos definitely love to eat. If you go to Colon or Carbon, you can see vendors on most sides of the street selling delicacies you might or might not want to try. However, if you make it a goal to completely immerse yourself in Cebu and get to know what it feels like being one of its locals, you definitely need to try them out. There are various fast-food chains, restaurants, and eateries anywhere you gaze your eyes at especially in the core of Cebu. If you’re up for the next level of adventure, you might even try taking a bite of cuisines that will taste exotic to your eyes and tongue but do not even hurt your wallet. You can try eating tuslob buwa which means “dip” and “froth” where you dip rice wrapped in palm leaves called “puso” to a froth made up of pork brain, liver, garlic, soy sauce, and other spices. Larsian BBQ, on the other hand, is the go-to eatery for tourists who feel a little bit of daring. If you’re craving for a barbecue, Larsian has around 30 stalls to serve you 24 hours a day. These foods may not be prepared in the cleanest place but they’re some worth trying if you have not much of a sensitive stomach. However, if you want to taste Cebu to the fullest but need to take it easy, you can always head on to some of the best restaurants in the city that offer local food.

Exploring Night Spots

If you’re fond of nightlife, there are many fun places to go and things to do in Cebu. If you’ve made it a goal to get to know some of the locals, Metro Cebu’s bars and clubs should make it to your list. Especially if you’re into drinking, dancing, and partying till dawn, Mango Square is the best place to be. There are also G-Spot Bar & Gaming, Trademark Bar and Lounge, and more. Just don’t get flat-out drunk for your safety.

There are a lot more other exciting things you can do in Cebu but may not be mentioned on this page. You can do your own research, ask for your friends’ or other travelers’ recommendations, and over all, just make the best out of your trip.

Share this:

Other posts

Charlie's Cup, the Newest Balamban Tourist Spot

Charlie’s Cup, the Newest Balamban Tourist Spot to Visit!

Charlie’s Cup is a cafe in Cebu that offers a cool and refreshing vibe thanks to its cliffside location. The Cebu Transcentral Highway (TCH) has become one of the island’s best spots to check out the newest and most interesting cafes and restaurants with breathtaking views. The long, winding road makes it an ideal expedition

Read More
SM Seaside shopping mall’s famous cube

Where to Go for the Ultimate Shopping Experience in Cebu

Enjoy shopping in Cebu on your next visit. Shopping in Cebu is at another level. Anywhere you are in the metropolis, make no mistake that a shopping mall is just around the corner. Whether you are looking to buy souvenirs, shirts, accessories, or food, shopping malls in Cebu have it all. Cebu is a prime

Read More
The Cebu City Hall, the venue for the celebration of the Cebu City Charter Day

Cebu City Charter Day

Cebu City Charter Day commemorates another year of Cebu being considered a city. While the world recognizes February for Valentine’s Day and different concepts of love, Cebu City, the Visayan region’s Queen City of the South, embraces its cityhood, heritage, people, and economic growth within the same month. The 24th of February calls for a

Read More
Sinigang, a popular Filipino comfort food

Discovering Filipino Comfort Food

Try any of these Filipino comfort food when you’re feeling under the weather. When you’re feeling down in the dumps or a little under the weather, there is always that one dish that your mother makes that would always perk you up. There are also those types of meals and delicacies in Philippine food culture.

Read More
Bisaya phrases

Bisaya Phrases You Should Learn and Know

There are many Bisaya phrases you can use when traveling to Cebu. You may have plans to go to Cebu for a trip. A local comes up to you and asks for help. You barely know any Cebuano, what do you do? You may speak to them in English since most Cebuanos understand the English

Read More
Places to visit in Cebu for jogging enthusiasts

Places to Visit in Cebu for Health Junkies on a Budget

These are the best places in Cebu to jog in a budget! Gym memberships can be expensive. The equipment, the trainer, and maybe the diet plan you invested in can all leave a big dent in your wallet. However, you don’t really need a treadmill or thousands of pounds in weights to get ripped. Just

Read More

Best of Cebu Videos

Seeking to learn more about Cebuano culture, or wanting to know what to do once you arrive, Cebu Insights is the travel guide for you in Cebu!

Contact Us

See other Articles

Mactan Cheers for the Garbo sa Lapu-Lapu Festival 2022

Contingents from Lapu-Lapu City celebrated their pride and culture at the Mactan Newtown. For two years, the Garbo sa Lapu-Lapu festival was canceled. The 2020 event was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, while the 2021 celebration broadcasted a pre-recorded show online. However, in 2022, the Historic Resort City finally

Sophisticated ESL Schools in Cebu | CIA Mactan

Most ESL schools in Cebu are not as high-end as the Cebu International Academy. Want to learn English as a second language (ESL)? There are many ESL schools in Cebu because of the proficiency in English among Cebuanos. While most ESL teachers hold lessons online, a few allow face-to-face classes

Enjoy the Soothing Garden and Outdoor Setup at Nimo Brew

This coffee shop in Cebu has an impressive outdoor setup. Welcome to Nimo Brew, a coffee shop that entices customers with its relaxing outdoor atmosphere. This cabin-style cafe radiates a peaceful aura through its cleverly hidden location and spacious outdoor garden. Nimo Brew is more than just a place for

How to Get a Philippine Passport in Cebu

Take note of the requirements for a passport application and book a schedule ahead of time. A passport is a document issued by a government to its citizens for the purpose of international travel and identification. It’s the most reliable document accepted by airlines, immigration officials, and airport authorities. If

Museums in Cebu Light up the Night | Gabii sa Kabilin

Cebuanos flocked to the museums of Cebu for the yearly heritage walk known as Gabii sa Kabilin. Gabii sa Kabilin is the perfect way to learn more about the history of Cebu. Every year, this heritage walk promotes some of the top landmarks and museums in Cebu by giving participants

Ride-Hailing Apps in Cebu You Should Have On Your Phone

Travel around Cebu with ease by using these helpful ride-hailing apps. If you don’t know it already, ride-hailing apps are a must-have on your smartphone. When regular transportation disappoints, these software programs will come to the rescue, allowing you to book a ride to your desired destination. For years these

Scroll to Top