Ironically, the tiny island of Cebu has a lot to offer—from history to different kinds of adventure. If you’re planning to be in Cebu for vacation, here are the top ten things you must do, especially it’s your first time.
Take A Historical Tour
Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines, and this place holds a very significant spot in the Philippine history. It is where the first town that the Spanish explorers ever settled on. Go on a historical tour and visit the site where Ferdinand Magellan was killed. See the cross he brought to the island, and relax in the gardens of Fort San Pedro.
From simple food stalls along the streets to the fancy restaurants in malls, Cebu is also a place to try out interesting delicacies. You can try out the barbecues in Larsian, the famous dried mangoes of Cebu, or Cebu’s roasted pig called lechon, which was dubbed by Time Magazine as the “Best Pig of Asia.”
Swim The Sea
Hire a boat and go island hoping and explore the beautiful islands of Cebu! Swim with the whale sharks in Oslob or be amazed with the waterfall adventure of Kawasan Falls. If you want some danger, you can do cliff jumping in the Funtastic Island in Medellin. Explore the deep seas of Cebu, whether by scuba or free diving, in Malapascua, Bantayan, Mactan, Camotes, Moalboal, and Pescador.
Enjoy the City
If your itinerary doesn’t include oceans, you can enjoy the highly urbanized area of Cebu. Asiatown IT Park in Lahug is popular for being the city’s work place for IT and BPO employees and also party venue. A quick trip into the capital reveals the booming technology zones of Cebu. Read more about IT Part Cebu
Attend the Sinulog Festival
This is one of the country’s most colorful festivals with more than two million participants dancing on the streets. If you’re vacation dates are on that same week as the Sinulog, make sure you join in with the celebration. It will be a week you will never forget! Read more about everything you need to know about your first sinulog experience.
Extreme Adventure At Crown Regency
If you the guts for adventure, try the Sky Ride, one of the attractions of Crown Regency Hotel, which is the highest hotel tower in the Philippines. Guests are strapped on a coaster that goes around the edge of the building that tilts at 55 degrees. Read more about the Sky Adventure Cebu..
Reach the Peak
Named after the most famous Cebuano politician, Osmena Peak is a scenic mountain range that can be found at the southern part of Cebu. This is a relatively easy hike and can be done in about two hours. Aside from marveling at the place, you can also pitch your tent if you want to stay overnight. Read more about Osmena Peak.
Cebu is also rich with caves, tourists can explore. They can walk through the tunnels of Cave Busay, Barili Cave, and Lantoy Cave–three of the most popular caves in Cebu.
The Local Music Scene
Cebu has been recognized as the reggae capital of the country, recently hosting a yearly reggae festival. If you want to further know Cebu’s culture, you might want to visit their music scene. Their indie scene is growing as well, and you can check the city’s cool bands at The Outpost bar.
See upcoming gigs in cebu: www.cebuconcerts.com
and last but not least…
Shop Till You Drop
You can’t leave Cebu without shopping! If you’re a shoe-shopper, Carcar has lots of good and cheap footwear for you. However, if you like malls, Cebu has some of the largest malls in the Philippines where you can buy souvenirs and pasalubong’s from your Cebu trip!
Here is a list of some the major shopping spots in Cebu