Cebu has some of the best beaches in the Philippines. In Cebu you’ll find a variety of historical, cultural, and religious sites. Keep reading and plan your Cebu vacation and stay at one of the best luxury 5 star resorts in Cebu.
Cebu also has a spectacular marine life perfect for snorkeling or diving. Divers travel to Cebu diving hot spots like Malapascua to swim with thresher sharks. Thresher sharks can be seen regularly around the waters of Malapascua Island. In the waters of Moalboal, you will be able to swim with millions of sardines forming bait balls underwater.
There are also several waterfalls in Cebu, with the most popular one being Kawasan Falls in Badian. The refreshing turquoise waters of many of Cebu’s waterfalls are great places to take a dip during a hot day. They are also excellent for enjoying activities like the popular Kawasan canyoneering. You can find a the Cebu Entrance Requirements here. You can visit the Most Beautiful Islands in the Philippines here or on Pinterest.
Cebu Weather – When to Visit
Cebu weather can generally be described as either hot and wet or hot and dry. With a tropical climate, the year is split into just those 2 seasons: wet from May to December and dry from January to April. The dry season in Cebu runs from January to April. Temperatures range from averages around 86°F in January to up to 92°F in April. January and February are among the coolest months of the year, while March and April are the 2 hottest months in Cebu. Running from May to December, the wet season also goes through some variations. Cebu temperatures typically range from 75°F to 90°F and is rarely below 73°F or above 93°F. The wettest months of the year are from June to September. July to October is Cebu’s low season, and you can find great hotel rates during this time. January is busiest time of the year with the Sinulog Festival attracting large crowds.
Top 5 Cebu Beaches
Pescador Island, Moalboal
This island is beautiful above and below its azure waters. Laze on the beach to rest after a day of snorkeling and diving. Discover its underwater wonders such as corals and different fish species when you try some activities in Pescador Island.
Logan Beach, Malapascua
Malapascua Beach is one of the best places to spend your day. Aside from the amazingly gorgeous white beach, there are also lots of activities you can do like scuba diving, thresher shark watching, wake boarding, and much more.
Lambug Beach, Badian
A beautiful stretch of white sand, Lambug Beach has that quintessential Philippine vibe with coconut palm trees leaning towards the crystal clear aquamarine ocean. It isn’t very well known outside of the local community, so you could be the only tourists here. It’s paradise away from the crowds.
White Beach, Moalboal
Located in Moalboal in Cebu, Panagsama Beach is now a famous spot for diving. This beach is popular for what you see beneath its waters such as the sardine run, colorful corals and diverse marine life.
Virgin Island, Bantayan Island
Virgin Island, Bantayan Island takes around half an hour by boat to reach from Bantayan. It’s the perfect picture of ‘paradise’ with its bone, white sand, and waters in the various shades of blue. This is the place to forget stress and work and just relax.
Best Cebu Tours & Activities
Full Day Canyoning and Whale Shark Adventure
First visit the Whalesharks of Oslob and then do the full Kasawan Canyoning ending at the Kawasan Falls. It is a mix of trekking in a river downstream with the fun and spectacular add on of making 3 to 5m high jumps into the water. There are also optional 10 to 12m jumps. Book Your Full Day Canyoning and Whale Shark Adventure Here
Canyoning + Whale Shark
Swim with the largest fish in the sea, but fear not, they are known to be gentle giants. Found in Oslob, Cebu, you get to experience the gigantic and friendly whale sharks. Also, Sumilon Island which is located in Oslob, offers a long stretch of white sand and clear water, it has one of the best sandbars in Cebu. After the breathtaking experience, you can go to Kawasan Falls and get to see the raw beauty of nature. Book Your Canyoning + Whale Shark Tour Here
Whale Shark – Tumalog Falls – Sumilon Sandbar – Pescador Island with Sardines
This package is unique since you will be visiting 4 famous tourist sites in the South of Cebu in just one day. To mention, these are the whale sharks interaction, the Tumalog falls in Oslob, the Sumilon Island sandbar, and the Pescador island and you will be able to visit also the Sardine run. It is also a hassle free tour since this is a guided tour and we can pick up from any hotel in Cebu or Mactan and we can drop you off back to your hotel right after the tour. Worry no more this is the best package for you. Book Your Whale Shark – Tumalog Falls – Sumilon Sandbar – Pescador Island Here
Oslob Whale Shark Swimming and Kawasan Falls Tour
Head to Oslob for a once in a lifetime chance to get up close to real whale sharks. Participate in shark feeding and explore surrounding coral reefs. Visit the beautiful blue waters of Kawasan Falls, where you can take a relaxing swim in the beautiful waters. Book Your Oslob Whale Shark Swimming and Kawasan Falls Tour Here
Moalboal Island Hopping and Kawasan Canyoneering Adventure
Dive into the gorgeous azure sea, swim alongside sea turtles, and discover the majestic Moalboal sardine run. Cut through a sea of trees while riding an adrenaline-pumping motorbike and head for the Badian River. Go trekking, climbing, rappelling, swimming, snorkeling, and even jump from 30-foot high cliffs while canyoneering. Book Your Moalboal Island Hopping & Kawasan Canyoneering Adventure Here
Best Cebu Restaurants
The Big J’s International & Local Cuisine
The Big J’s International & Local Cuisine Restaurant is a simple affair built of wood, bamboo, and rattan panels. You will be surprised by the flavors of the dishes served here. From their crispy lechon kawali to their sweet and sour fish fillet, and from their mango alamode to their crispy turon, all at reasonable rates. Telephone: 63 922 382 6269 Web: The Big J’s International & Local Cuisine
Lantaw is a restaurant made of wood on the second floor of Neptune’s Dive Cente. It serves an eclectic choice of dishes from all around the world and features a cool terrace offering sea views. You can enjoy Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian, and Filipino dishes literally prepared in front of you in the open kitchen. As a seaside restaurant, seafood is also predominant in the menu. Rates are not cheap but remain affordable. Telephone: 63 915 278 5388 Web: Lantaw Restaurant
Ibiza Beach Club
Ibiza Beach Club is a stylish venue to dine and relax, located at the end of the jetty that closes the bay in front of the Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island. The outdoor terrace offers a comfortable place to enjoy a skillfully mixed cocktail while watching the ocean and listening to the unobtrusive live music. Telephone: 63 32 492 7777 Web: Ibiza Beach Club
The name of Zubuchon comes from mashing together the original name of Cebu (Zubu) with the island’s star dish (Lechon). The signature Spanish suckling pig dish is excellent here, made with meat from pig that’s raised locally in a natural environment and fed with top-notch natural products, including organic food. Telephone: 63 32 239 569721 Web: Zubuchon
Anzani is a highly renowned fine-dining restaurant on Nivel Hills run by a charming couple, Marco and Kate Anzani. Chef Marco Anzani is considered one of the founders of “new Mediterranean cuisine”, and his restaurant has received several international awards. Telephone: 63 32 232 7375 Web: Anzani Restaurant
Best Cebu Night Clubs
The Distillery offers an extensive choice of whiskeys, international beers, and other spirits that can be enjoyed in a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. The bar is usually busy, but the most popular night is probably the so-called “Too Good Fridays”. Telephone: 63 977 829 6426 Web: The Distillery
Club Hype is a popular dance club located at Mango Square on General Maxilom Avenue in Cebu City. Mango Square is one of the hottest spots in Cebu City after dark. Despite its name, this nightclub is unpretentious and affordable. Telephone: 63 917 636 6878 Web: Club Hype
Marshall’s Irish Pub
Marshall’s Irish Pub is a popular bar and restaurant located in the heart of the Cebu nightlife scene – Mango Square. You’ll find all the classic pub grub you’d expect from an Irish pub here, with a range of drinks to match, as well as live music in a cool and festive atmosphere. Telephone: 63 32 412 6418 Web: Marshall’s Irish Pub
Club Lotus is one of the only nightclubs in Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island. It’s a rather fancy club, so it’s best to dress up and definitely leave the shorts and flip-flops behind. Telephone: 63 925 633 3888 Web: Club Lotus
Club Icon offers a world-class nightclubbing experience right in the center of Cebu City. This club attracts a mixed crowd of upper-class Filipinos, Korean tourists, and a few westerners. Despite its rather luxurious aspect, Icon remains affordable. Telephone: 63 977 859 5911 Web: Club Icon