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Visit Spanish cathedrals, colonial buildings and ancient temples, or just enjoy the stunning beaches of one of the prettiest islands in the Philippines.

Brush up on the island’s history at the Museo Sugbo. It’s an old prison that’s been converted into a museum. Head inside to see artifacts from pre-Spanish times right up to today. Stop by the charming Casa Gorordo Museum or the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House and head inside to see the antique furniture.

Another interesting place to visit is the Santo Nino Basilica and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Here you can see religious buildings from the Spanish era. Check out Fort San Pedro and the Jesuit House for more colonial relics. Wander up to Tops, a popular observation deck, to get a great view of the city and then make your way back down to cool off in the sea. There are beaches all around the province, with the most popular ones over on Mactan Island. Waters are crystal clear and the sand soft, white, and clean.

If you want to avoid flashy resorts and pricey restaurants, head to the smaller cities and beach communities in the south. Prices are lower and locals friendlier. Be sure to drop by religious sites like the Simala Shrine and make your way inland to the stunning Kawasan and Tumalog Falls. Get even farther away from the crowds and take a trip out to one of the province’s near-deserted islands.

Cebu is a stunning destination with something to offer history buffs and leisure seekers alike. Gaze at old buildings and explore museums or just sit back on a beach and stare out at the pristine waters. It features an intriguing mixture of architectural styles and some fascinating museums. It’s also home to a well-developed tourism industry that caters to both luxury seekers and those looking for something more authentic.

Top hotels in Cebu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
3 out of 5
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu, Cebu
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$102
per night
29 Apr. - 30 Apr.

Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cebu International Convention Center, Ayala Center and Cebu Business Park. Cebu IT ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,056 reviews)

"Central location with everything you want! (Restaurant can get crowded for breakfast)"…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2020

Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu
Bayfront Hotel Cebu
Bayfront Hotel Cebu
3.5 out of 5
Kaohsiung Street, North Reclamation Area, Cebu, Cebu
Free Cancellation
AU$95
per night
29 Apr. - 30 Apr.

Located in North Reclamation Area, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of SM City Cebu, Cebu Provincial Museum and Ayala Center.

4.1/5Very Good! (683 reviews)

"Windows outside are dusty, not good enough for taking photos of the surroundings."…"

Reviewed on 4 Feb. 2020

Bayfront Hotel Cebu
Radisson Blu Cebu
Radisson Blu Cebu
5 out of 5
Serging Osmena Blvd; corner Juan Luna, Cebu, Cebu
Free Cancellation
AU$162
per night
29 Apr. - 30 Apr.

This family-friendly Cebu hotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Pier 4 and SM City Cebu. Ayala Center and Cebu IT Park are also within 2 miles (3 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,550 reviews)

"It was clean and great location just next to Sm Cebu"…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020

Radisson Blu Cebu

Popular activities in Cebu

Ayala Center
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Ayala Center

4/5(31 reviews)

Go to the cinema, peruse upmarket boutiques and wander along the paths of the landscaped gardens in this modern shopping compound.

Cebu IT Park
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Cebu IT Park

4/5(17 reviews)

Sip coffee among the green patches of this business hub, learn about the technology bubble and visit a leisure center.

Magellan's Cross
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Magellan's Cross

4/5(28 reviews)

The first Catholic Filipinos were baptized on the site of this historic chapel, believed to contain the original cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.

Heritage of Cebu Monument
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Heritage of Cebu Monument

4/5(22 reviews)

Pick out the portrayals of your favorite city sights and historical moments in this mesmerizing mixed-metal public artwork.

Mountain View Nature's Park
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Mountain View Nature's Park

3.5/5(20 reviews)

Escape the bustle of the city center to enjoy the recreational activities and sweeping views of Cebu Island at this hilltop park. 

Tops Lookout
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Tops Lookout

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Enjoy a sunrise or sunset and capture photos of the city from this fort-like viewpoint on a mountain with food stalls lining its access road.

Top activities in Cebu

Oslob Whale Shark & Aguinid Falls with Lunch
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Oslob Whale Shark & Aguinid Falls with Lunch

88% of travellers recommend
AU$106
Per adult
Mactan-Cebu Twin City Tour
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Mactan-Cebu Twin City Tour

AU$55
Per adult
Guided Full-Day Bohol Island Tour
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Guided Full-Day Bohol Island Tour

80% of travellers recommend
AU$464
Per adult
Oslob Whale Shark Encounter with Tumalog Falls - Shared Tour
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Oslob Whale Shark Encounter with Tumalog Falls - Shared Tour

100% of travellers recommend
AU$112
Per adult
Cebu Whale Shark Watching Plus Kawasan Waterfalls
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Cebu Whale Shark Watching Plus Kawasan Waterfalls

AU$351
Per adult
Mactan-Cebu Island Hopping with Lunch
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Mactan-Cebu Island Hopping with Lunch

AU$75
Per adult

Reviews of Cebu

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 27.77777777777778%
4 - Good
48
4 - Good 53.333333333333336%
3 - Okay
16
3 - Okay 17.77777777777778%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.1111111111111112%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Roselin

11 Feb. 2020

My home city! I always feel wlcome when coming bavk home from living in Australia.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Jan. 2020

Great but traffic is horrendous!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jan. 2020

Cebu is a great to visit ,many things to do.Great shopping and very nice people.

5/5 - Excellent

AntonyHolden

8 Jan. 2020

I love Cebu - one of my favourite destinations in the Philippines

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Nov. 2019

I went many places and have stayed in many hotels but this is the first to have ants and mould in the bathroom Broken toilet fixtures And the beds didn't even line up when put together

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Nov. 2019

If you are taking taxi around the city, you need to have a GPS phone to confirm route you are traveling. Taxis want to take long routes. Otherwise cebu is a top city.