Visayan Region of the Philippines has a lot to offer and exploring Cebu alone could take all your vacation leaves if you wish to visit all the tourist spots in this wonderful place. Indeed Cebu is one of the most blessed places on Earth when it comes to history, culture and natural beauty. What makes Cebu unique as compared to other places in the Philippines is that, it’s a total package. It has plenty of beautiful white sand beaches, mysterious mountains, majestic water falls, and breath taking underwater scenery. It is also a place where you can find delicious foods/delicacies.
Based on my observation, Cebuanos are inherently religious people however not all are kind. There are few people who will take advantage of your unfamiliarity, for instance, you wanna buy an ice cream, banana q, or any other food street or items, and you ask for the price, they will most likely charge you twice. My advice is, “just hand them your money and never ever ask for its price” and let them give you your change. This strategy is for the vendors to think that you are very familiar with how things are being normally priced. You have to show gestures that you know everything and you do not tolerate opportunist people to take advantage of you. AVOID ASKING FOR THE PRICE, ALWAYS!!!
Places to visit.
Cebu Region is divided in to two parts, the southern part and the northern part. If you only have 3 or 4 days of vacation I suggest that you only choose one part of Cebu to explore and focus on it. South Cebu alone will eat your 3 day vacation. Below are the must visit tourist spots in Cebu City and in Southern Part of Cebu region.
Magellan’s Cross. Undoubtedly it is the most famous icon/trademark of Cebu City. Don’t forget to take a selfie on this site. However, lots of people go here, so you will surely have a hard time taking good pictures. Also, it is extremely hot in Cebu so expect to sweat a lot.
Temple of Leah. It is a Greek inspired musuleo contructed for the remain of Leah Villa Albino-Adarna, the wife of Mr. Teodorico Adarna (grandfather of sexy actress Ellen Adarna) who owns chain of motels in Cebu. It is a new attraction in Cebu that calls the attention of many tourists because of its appeal. Also you can see the entire city of Cebu from the site. For more detailed information about the temple you may visit this site (http://www.everythingcebu.com/attractions/places/temple-of-leah-a-tribute-of-love)
Tops in Busay. It is located on the top of the mountain and is situated next to Temple of Leah. you can dine here while enjoying the city lights during the night.
Oslob. It will take 3 to 4 hours of travel from Cebu City to Municipality of Oslob. It is a place where you can swim and experience a close encounter with the whale sharks. I suggest that you stay overnight in a hotel near the area because you have to be early to enjoy this attraction since they only allow swimming with the whale shark in the morning. Also be noted that lotion and other chemicals are not allowed on this site, you’ll be asked to wash it out because according to them it might affect the habitual visitation of whale sharks once the shore is contaminated of chemicals.
You’ll get briefed before you can proceed to the site.
Sumilon Island. Another tourist spot near the whale shark diving site is Sumilon Island. You will surely enjoy its snake like shape sandbar.
Just let your inner self enjoy the waves, the sun and the water. =)
Quartel Beach, Oslob. This place will bring you back to the past as you will have a glimpse of old spanish structures such as church, street lights and baywalk.
Osmena Peak. From Oslob, you can go straight to Osmena peak, which may take 2 to 3 hours of your time. Almost all the roads are good, what will make it difficult is that you’re going to pass by so many mountains. You will feel the pressure on your ears as you go higher. just like what you always feel when you are inside the airplane. They say this place is the Baguio of Cebu because of its cold temperature. This is where the supplies of fruits and vegetables of Cebu are coming from.
I rode habal habal to get there that’s why I was able to take picture in this road, which is still under construction. You have to try riding habal habal in Cebu. It is really fun and exciting. I enjoyed it very much.
It will only take you 20 minutes of hiking to get on top of the hill.
This is what you can witness when you get to Osmena peak. Locals say this is Cebu’s version of Bohol’s famous chocolate hills. You can eat your mirienda here while enjoying the cold wind and the fantastic view. (Please don’t leave your trash here.)
The little island there is Badian. Another paradise on the list. =)
Moalboal. A perfect place to get a close encounter with school of sardines, colorful fishes, live corals and even giant turtles. It’s a paradise for scuba divers because of its rich marine biodiversity. You can see different races here, if you are a Filipino you may find it like you are the foreigner here because almost all the restaurants here are owned and operated by the different races, if not American, it could be European or Korean. Rates here are also expensive. There are budget room for rent in the area but they are very hard to find. The place may be tricky if you are not good at directions.
Canyoneering + Kawasan Falls. If you want to experience an extreme adventure and get a dose of adrenaline rush, this activity is definitely for you. Jump, slide, dive and swim!!! Indeed an action packed adventure that you must try!