Sumilon Island, Cebu | Image credit: Psalm Ramos
In Cebu, tourists have the best of both worlds. Its bustling metropolis is a city center that’s comparable to modern Manila, the Philippines’ capital. On the other hand, a few hours away from Cebu City, countless mountains and beaches will enchant any nature lover.
Fun Flight Tip: We booked a flight with Cebu Pacific during a recent trip to Cebu and we weren’t disappointed. Even from securing our flights, we felt that our convenience was a top priority. Cebu Pacific has a mobile app that allowed us to do everything — from booking flights to online payment and mobile check-in — using just one application. With a single log-in, the ever-handy CEB Mobile App also let us avail of other add-ons easily. True story: We were checked-in in a matter of seconds! Plus, we didn’t have to wait in line at the airport anymore. After mobile app check-in, simply proceed to bag drop and present a clear screenshot of your boarding pass, which should have a scannable QR code. That already serves as your entry for boarding. Don’t forget your ID, of course.
Day 1-3: Bantayan Island
From the Mactan International Airport, make your way up north to see Cebu’s best-kept secret. What awaits at Bantayan Island? Azure seas and seemingly endless stretches of fine, white sand perfect for those fun jump shots.
Day 4-5: Downtown Cebu
It’s time to head back to the city and walk along the storied streets of downtown Cebu. There are many heritage structures you can tour in the area, such as Casa Gorordo, Jesuit House, Magellan’s Cross, and Fort San Pedro — the oldest and smallest bastion fort in the country. In the city’s cooler, more elevated areas, you can visit the Taoist Temple, Sirao Flower Farm, and Temple of Leah. Cebu City is also home to a venerated image of the Child Christ, which you can see at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu.
Tour Tip: For utmost comfort and convenience, book a stay at One Central Hotel, downtown Cebu’s newest deluxe getaway. It’s just a few minutes’ rides away from the major tourist spots and has everything you need for a staycation.
Day 6-7: Sumilon Island
Spend your last two days in Cebu farther down south in Sumilon Island, where you can enjoy clear waters and lush greenery. A day trip allows you to experience the wide grounds of Bluewater Sumilon and even snorkel in its coral reef.