Welcome to Cebu
Simply being from Cebu carries a certain cultural heft, and it’s not hard to see why. Cebu is the hub around which the Visayas revolve. It is the most densely populated island in the Philippines and is second only to Luzon in its strategic and economic importance to the country. The main attractions are its white-sand beaches and spectacular diving, namely off the northern tip of Cebu at Bantayan and Malapascua... Read More
Top experiences in Cebu
Day Trip to Bohol from Cebu with Chocolate Hills and Loboc River Cruise
Your Bohol day trip begins with pickup from your Cebu hotel and a short trip to the port to catch the ferry over to Bohol Island. You’ll land in the island capital, Tagbilaran, and board an air-conditioned coach to tour Bohol’s scenic countryside.Your Bohol sightseeing tour takes in many sights, including the bronze statue known as the Blood Compact Monument, commemorating the first treaty of friendship between the Spanish and Filipinos. You’ll see the lush foliage of a forest of mahogany trees, prized for their timber, and pass villages surrounded by local nipa palms. Visit Baclayon Church and admire its traditional Spanish colonial architecture. Explore its neighboring museum with your guide to see historical relics dating back to the 16th century!Then head to the water to board a cruise on the Loboc River, and enjoy an authentic lunch of Filipino specialties served on board the boat, buffet-style. You’ll be serenaded by guitarists playing local folk songs as you dine and glide along the river. If you dare, step on stage and take part in one of this country's favorite pastimes - karaoke! Your guide will also help you spot tiny tarsiers playing on the riverbank – they’re not easy to find, as they’re the world’s smallest primate.After lunch, take a scenic tour through the island’s interior to Carmen, where you’ll visit the thousand or so rounded hills known as the Chocolate Hills. You’ll have fabulous views over Bohol Island from the Chocolate Hills viewpoint, with free time to browse the stalls clustered here. To remember this magnificent view, get creative and take an off-the-wall snapshot of yourself with the hills.Your Bohol tour ends with the return ferry ride from Tagbilaran to Cebu and return to your city hotel.
Bohol Highlights Countryside Tour
Your Bohol Island day trip begins with pickup from your hotel by air-conditioned coach. With your knowledgeable guide, tour Bohol’s scenic countryside, starting from the island’s capital city of Tagbilaran.This tour takes in many sights, including the bronze statue known as the Blood Compact Monument, a landmark commemorating the first treaty of friendship between the Spanish and Filipinos. Visit the Baclayon Church, built in 1595, and admire its traditional Spanish colonial architecture. Explore its neighboring museum with your guide to see relics dating back to the 16th century. Next, drive under the lush foliage of mahogany trees in a man-made forest prized for its timber, and pass green farmland and villages surrounded by local nipa palms. When you reach Bilar, your guide accompanies you to a butterfly conservation center that showcases a variety of Philippine butterflies, including about half of the 300 species found on Bohol. Marvel at these colorful creatures as they roam freely over 7 acres (3 hectares) of butterfly habitat and feast on nectar-rich flowers. From a viewing deck above, take note of the cone-shaped Chocolate Hills in the distance.You’ll get up close to the thousand or so limestone mounds after a scenic driving tour through the island’s interior to Carmen. Then enjoy more fabulous views over Bohol from the Chocolate Hills viewpoint. To remember this magnificent panorama, get creative and take an off-the-wall snapshot of yourself with the hills as a backdrop. Continue by coach to Loboc and board a catamaran for a 50-minute cruise on the Loboc River, and enjoy an authentic lunch of Filipino specialties served on board the boat, buffet-style. Relax as you view nature’s splendor, including graceful rolling hills, coconut trees and green nipa palms lining the riverbanks. Your guide can help you spot tiny Philippine tarsiers playing on the riverbank — with a gentle demeanor and large, bulbous eyes, the world’s second-smallest primate isn’t easy to find.Afterward, make a brief stop in the coastal town of Loay to observe several backyard industries of the former fishing village. See the making of bolo hatchets, used for farming and woodcutting, and learn about the manual construction of nipa palm roofing materials.Your Bohol tour ends with the return drive to Tagbilaran and drop-off at your selected Bohol hotel.
Kawasan and Mantayupan Falls Day Tour from Cebu
A 2 hour drive from the city will bring you to Mantayupan Falls passing thru old Spanish houses, rice fields and the green countryside. Breathe in fresh air and enjoy a brief walk to the falls. Mantayupan has two water levels (14 and 98 meters) where a mini-hydro electric system has been installed to service the needs of the small town.The water is bluish green with the sun hitting the walls of the falls. Further down south is the majestic Kawasan Falls with 3 water levels for your maximum enjoyment. A 30-minute easy and enjoyable trek traversing through the wooden huts and across abandoned bridges, saying hello to the locals going about chores such as doing laundry, seeing children splashing and experiencing the coolness and freshness of this secret paradise makes this area a very popular getaway by the locals on weekends and holidays. A picnic lunch in a native hut by the falls will be served. Don on a life vest, hop on a wooden raft and go under the falls for a hydro massage and enjoy a refreshing dip in aquamarine waters.
Private Arrival Transfer: Mactan-Cebu International Airport to Hotel
Enjoy convenient and hassle-free private transportation from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport to your Cebu or Mactan Resorts hotel. Once you land, you will be welcomed by your experienced and friendly driver and driven directly to your hotel. Depending on the size of your party, you will be picked up by a comfortable, air-conditioned sedan or minivan.When making a booking, you will need to advise your flight details and your accommodation details. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. Approximately 24 - 48 hours prior to your arrival in Cebu, you will be required to reconfirm exact pickup time and place (the contact number will be provided on your travel voucher).Price is per person, based on 6 to 8 adults per car/vehicle.
Mactan Island-Hopping Adventure from Cebu with Snorkeling and BBQ Lunch
Your island-hopping adventure begins with pickup from your hotel and a short trip to the Mactan Island docks, just over the causeway from Cebu.Boarding an outrigger motorized canoe called a banca, take in views of the Philippine Sea and its many islands on the 45-minute ride to Hilutungan Island. The marine sanctuary surrounding Hilutungan is home to colorful coral reefs and hundreds of varieties of fish, including damsel fish, anemone fish, parrot fish and batfish, among others.You’ll soon see why Hilutungan is considered the Philippines’ best island for diving and snorkeling, and with the help of your guide and boat crew, you’ll have the varied marine life practically eating from your hands! Deeper reef waters surround the island if you feel like trying some snorkeling or swimming.Leaving Hilutungan, continue cruising to Nalusuan Island or Pandanon Island for a scrumptious picnic lunch served on the beach, with grilled seafood, chicken or pork, and fresh fruits for dessert. The choice of island depends on the day, and both idyllic isles have white sandy beaches and cute beach huts.After lunch, have free time to soak up the sun, go for a swim in the aquamarine sea, or get to know the local fishermen and boat handlers.In the mid-afternoon, cruise back to Cebu and be returned to your hotel.
Cebu Historical Tour Including Magellan's Cross and Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
After being picked up from your Cebu hotel, your heritage tour of Old Cebu begins with a visit to historic Fort San Pedro in Independence Park, where your knowledgeable guide will share facts about the Spanish conquest and Spain’s ongoing military presence.Then step into a traditional horse-drawn carriage known as a calesa for a relaxing ride to Plaza Sugbo at City Hall. Continuing on foot, you’ll take a guided walking tour of Old Cebu’s historic sites, including the famous Magellan’s Cross, planted by the explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. You’ll also enjoy a short walk to Cebu’s two landmark churches, the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño and the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral (the seat of the Archdiocese of Cebu).After a look around the Museum of Sacred Treasures, take another calesa ride to Plaza Parian, surrounded by the elegant ancestral homes of Spanish and Chinese Filipinos. You’ll also see different eras from Cebu’s history depicted on the bronze Heritage Monument by Filipino artist Eduardo Castillo, and experience the life of 19th-century aristocrats on a visit to the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, home of the Casa Gorordo.Your heritage tour of Old Cebu ends with a scenic coach journey down Colon Street, the country's oldest avenue, before being returned to your hotel.