Cebu Island

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Kawasan Falls which includes a river or creek and a cascade

Discover Spanish-era monuments, relax on pristine beaches, explore scuba-diving sites and hike to mountain peaks when vacationing on this magical Filipino island.

Visit Cebu Island, a stunning island destination that has a wide range of adventure, natural and historical attractions. Explore a city filled with colonial landmarks, soak up the sun at glorious beach resorts, spot multicolored aquatic creatures and travel around picture-perfect islands. Cebu Island sits at the heart of the Philippines’ Visayas region. It consists of the main island plus over 150 islands and islets.

Energetic Cebu City is the island capital, its major transport hub and the oldest Spanish settlement in the Philippines. Spend time visiting historic sites such as Magellan’s Cross, the 16th-century Minor Basilica of the Holy Child (Basilica Minore del Santo Niño) and Fort San Pedro. Learn about island history at the Museo Sugbo and enjoy thrilling pursuits, including a 38-story high roller coaster, at the Sky Experience Adventure. Shop for everything from fresh fish to handicrafts at the Carbon Market.

Sit beneath a palm tree, soak up the sun and try various watersports at the beaches that pepper the island’s coastline. Badian, Moalboal and Oslob, the gateway for whale shark swimming tours, are all worth visiting. Just a short drive from Cebu City is Mactan Island. Find upscale all-inclusive resorts and boundless opportunities for diving, jet-skiing, parasailing and windsurfing activities.

Join an island-hopping trip, visit more blissful beach resorts and uncover unbeatable dive spots. Off the island’s northern tip are the unspoiled yet tourist-friendly Bantayan Island and Malapascua Island. Hop between the four islands of the Camotes Islands, often called the Lost Horizon due to their unblemished natural beauty. Visit indigenous homes and sample coconut wine on Olango Island.

For further adventure, hike to the summit of Osmeña Peak and be rewarded with panoramic views. Go canyoneering in the Matutinao Valley and cliff-jumping in Medellin. Marvel at stalagmites, stalactites and curious rock formations at Binuthan Cave and Igotan Cave, among other caves.

Reach Cebu Island by flying to Mactan-Cebu International Airport from major Asian cities. Get around via buses, taxis and ferries, which depart regularly from Cebu City. Stay overnight at all-inclusive resorts, guesthouses and luxury hotels suitable for all budgets.

Where to stay in Cebu Island

Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu
Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu
5 out of 5
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $126 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Located in Lapu-Lapu, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Magellan Shrine, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cebu Yacht Club ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (998 reviews)
"Wide open spaces, the pool and very few people."

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu
Diamond Suites And Residences
Diamond Suites And Residences
3 out of 5
No. 8 Apitong, Corner of Escario Street, Cebu, Cebu
Located in the heart of Cebu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cebu International Convention Center, Ayala Center, and Cebu Business Park. Waterfront ...
3.6/5 Good! (425 reviews)
"This place is terrible. Dirty and nothing like pictured. Dont get ripped off."

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

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Harolds Hotel
Harolds Hotel
3.5 out of 5
146 Gorordo Ave Cor, Rosal St, Cebu, Cebu
Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cebu International Convention Center, St Patrick’s Square, and Cebu Business Park. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (774 reviews)
"This a gift for my parents and im happy with the outcome they enjoyed the view from the rooftop and all the accommodations, easy access., i hopefully recommend this for a 5 star"

Reviewed on May 29, 2021

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Harolds Hotel
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El Paradiso Resort
El Paradiso Resort
3 out of 5
Tingko White Beach, Alcoy, Cebu
The price is $13 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 6
This Alcoy aparthotel is on the beach, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Tingko Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Eli Rock and San Patrocinio de Maria Church. San Roque Chapel ...
2.9/5 (13 reviews)
"The room is nice and big, but the ameneties is dirty and lack of helpers to clean. The pool is dirty and I think they didn't clean it always. The staff is accomodating but during my arrival and departure I wait and search for staff to assist me because no one is there. I think El Paradiso is almost ..."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2020

El Paradiso Resort
Cebu Safari and Adventure Park
Cebu Safari and Adventure Park
2.5 out of 5
Barangay Corte, Toril, Carmen, 6005 Cebu, Carmen, cebu
Situated in a national park, this cabin is within 32 mi (52 km) of SM City Cebu, Ayala Center, and Waterfront Cebu City Casino. Mango Square and Heritage of ...
Cebu Safari and Adventure Park
Citadines Cebu City
Citadines Cebu City
4 out of 5
Baseline Center Juana Osmena Street, Cebu
The price is $79 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in Cebu, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of St Patrick’s Square and Mango Square. Jose Rizal Memorial Library and Cebu Doctor's University ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (50 reviews)
"I had an awesome stay in this hotel,I book 3 units for 6 nights 2 studio type & 1 bedroom apartment,from the time I arrived in the hotel it’s very welcoming,ground crew help my laguage thank you Mr. Mark for your assistance from check in til my check out.I just want to thank you to Ms. Glacey who ..."

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

Citadines Cebu City
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