Cebu is considered as one of the top tourist destinations in 2022 with over 1.8 million tourist arrivals in the first nine months of that year alone. After a two-year standstill from COVID-19 and Typhoon Odette in December 2021, Cebu is back with a vengeance. Now, what is in Cebu that draws tourists, locals and foreigns alike? Here are the things that visitors love to do while in Cebu.
Whaleshark watching. The whalesharks or locally known as butanding have been a common sight in the seawaters of Oslob, a southern town of Cebu. It’s not just one, not even two, but tens of whalesharks can be seen swimming in the shallow waters of Oslob. To enjoy this, you need to hop on a boat assisted by the locals and travel for about five minutes to where the friendly sharks are. You can choose to watch them from the boat or swim with them. They are gigantic but harmless. Fee starts at P1,000.
Sumilon Island. If you want to see more of Oslob, you can visit this tiny island of Sumilon. It is just a 20-minute boat ride from the whaleshark-watching beachfront, you can actually see it from the mainland of Oslob. Sumilon Island has its own sandbar perfect for candle-lit dinner with friends and lovers. The private resort that runs it sometimes hosts dinner by the beach, that is, if the sandbar is not swallowed by the tide. The island rock also has its in-house reef for diving, where whalesharks, dolphins and turtles are seen. The island itself also has its own lagoon, which is perfect for canoeing. Those who avail of the day tour can enjoy all these activities for a fee.
Canyoneering. If you are up for an adventure, you should not miss the canyoneering in Badian. Badian is at the southwestern part of Cebu or about 3.5 hours by private car or public bus from Cebu City. Canyoneering rate starts at P1,500, and this includes the entire trip, gear and lunch. Why is this cool? You don’t only get to see Cebu’s waterfalls and their crystal-blue waters, you also get to jump at Kawasan Falls, the final stop. Each team has a set of guides to lead the guests, so it is a safe trip for everyone.
Beaching in Moalboal. One of the stops for those who are itching to see the beach is Moalboal. The town is reached before Badian, quite far but worth the trip. Moalboal is touted as “Boracay 10 years ago” because of its white powdery beach. Although what sets apart Moalboal from Boracay are its coral reefs that divers dream to see. And not like Boracay, Moalboal is not expensive for locals and visitors who want to enjoy the beach life with good food and drinks.
Island-Hopping. If you want to see the islands and their secret beaches, go for island-hopping. There are island-hopping packages in Lapu-Lapu which range from P1,000 to more. Package already includes boat, gear and food while you enjoy the whole day of swimming, beaching and diving. Lapu-Lapu and the whole of Mactan Island have several islets that can be included in the activities. You can also add diving with gear to complete the experience.
Food Trip. If you want to do it slow, food-tripping is best even when in Metro Cebu. Cebu has a number of delicacies you can try. For a start, you can taste inasal or roasted pig, which can be had in any of the shopping malls. But if you want to sample it from the source, you can go to Talisay City on Saturdays and Sundays. Lechon is at P700 per kilo only at the source. There are also several food parks in Cebu City. You can start at the Carbon Night Market, where you can have local and Asian dishes for less. If you don’t want a crowded scene, you can visit the barbecue stations in Larsian to try Cebu’s chorizo. But if you would rather enjoy food at the comfort of your hotel, most hotels with buffet restaurants serve local delis from danggit to inasal.
These are just a few of the things that you can do in Cebu, which can fit a three-day stay. Be sure to try one or all so when you go back home you can say, I love Cebu!