Experience the ultimate tropical paradise of Cebu when you travel to the Philippines
Welcome to Cebu (pronounced: see bu) a gorgeous sun filled tropical island in the Philippines, it’s easy to see why it’s fast becoming one of Asia’s new “hot” spots in tourism. Cebu’s beaches are the envy of Asia with its white sand and crystal clear blue waters. Cebu is home to some of the best Philippine resorts with a variety to suit everyone’s budget. If it’s your first time to travel to Cebu you will want to know where and what to do in Cebu. Before you travel read our article on planning your holiday in Cebu Philippines it could save you hundreds of dollars! To make your holiday to Cebu a more enjoyable trip BeyondCebu has made it easy for you to find the best places and deals in Cebu. On the top left side of this page under the main menu banner we have listed Cebu’s major tourist destinations (towns and islands). Opening up these directories will give a more detailed description of each place. If you’re looking for a resort or hotel in Cebu I have compiled a large directory of resorts and hotels in Cebu complete with videos, photos and best deals.
Cebu Sinulog Parade Video
Follow my travel blog on Cebu for further reading on Bantayan Island, Malapascua, Camotes Islands and all the other tourist spots in Cebu. I also have added travel tips if it’s your first time to Cebu.
This video gives shows a quick run down of the tourist attractions in Cebu Philippines.
Video Guide to the Top 10 Beaches in Cebu
Top Attractions in Cebu
Carnaza Island in northern Cebu
If you’re flying into Cebu, you will be landing in Mactan Island. Mactan is Cebu’s playground and it’s a place you can indulge yourself in life’s pleasures. Mactan resorts and spas are located around the island and many are luxurious and upmarket, the most popular being the Shangri-la Cebu Resort, Plantation Bay Resortt and Crimson Resort to name a few. For the more budget conscious the island still offers plenty of options with cheaper hotels and resorts in Mactan, we have provided a detailed list of resorts and hotels in Cebu. For those who enjoy bargain hunting, Cebu City offers some great shopping opportunities. Cebu City has 2 large shopping malls with more being built. Nightlife in Cebu, while on a smaller scale to Manila has some exciting bars and clubs to keep most party goers happy. Whether it’s just to listen to a live band or dance, Cebu bars and discos go on until the early hours of the morning. Cebu has some fantastic diving, so if you’re a scuba diver or would like to learn you should be heading to Moalboal, Malapascua or to the south to Lilo-an. Beach lovers will find that the beaches in Cebu are some of the finest in the world, if you’re looking for a beach resort in Cebu you should check out Bantayan Island, Camotes Island, Sumilon Island, Malapascua, Mactan Island, Moalbaol (white beach area), Badian Island or Sogod (Alegre Resort). If you’re a golfer, you should look at Cebu City, San Remigio, Danao, Badian or Bogo City. The popular whale shark watching can be seen in Oslob. For Further afield from Cebu, Bohol is just a couple of hours away by fast craft, there you can enjoy scuba diving, great beaches and some of Bohol’s natural wonders like the Chocolate Hills.
Video guide to the popular whale shark watching in Oslob.
The beautiful Anda in Bohol. Read more about Bohol here.
Cebu Island is a long narrow island stretching 225 km (140 mi) from north to south and one of the most densely populated islands of the Philippines. Cebu is located roughly in the middle of the Philippines and is surrounded by 167 neighbouring smaller islands the biggest ones being Mactan, Bantayan, Malapascua, Olango and the Camotes Islands. All five of these islands represent Cebu’s biggest tourist destinations.
You will find Cebu has so much to offer and I am sure your trip to Cebu will surely be a memorable one. Discover your exciting holiday to the Philippines today.
Top Waterfalls in Cebu
Resorts and Hotels in Cebu
Top Hotels in Cebu City
Top Luxury Resorts in Mactan Island
Video Highlight: Sumilon Bluewater Resort. Visit here for more details
Not sure of accommodation in Cebu? I listed my favourite hotels and pension houses in Cebu and the top 7 Cebu Resorts (on the left side of this page under the BEST OF CEBU top 7). On the whole, hotels in Cebu are pretty affordable, ranging from simple pension houses up to luxury 5 star hotels. For a full directory of hotels and resorts in Cebu as well as neighbouring islands such as Bohol and Siquijor please visit here.
Video of the top 10 attractions to see in Cebu.
Weather in Cebu
Cebu’s weather is tropical and stays hot but pleasant all year round. The rainy season begins around June and starts to dwindle away in December. Cebu can be lashed by torrential downpours, thankfully they don’t usually last very long. Cebu is also usually spared from the full force of the typhoons that hit the country during the rainy season, so while the north of the Philippines is lashed by these typhoons, Cebu will usually only experience days of rain! Check the Philippine government website for Cebu’s weather updates (http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph). The dry season starts roughly in January (although with climate change things are less predictable than before) and the rains usually start picking up by the end of May. December – January Cebu experiences its cooler temperatures while March through to May it experiences the hottest temperatures (around 38°c).
Language and population in Cebu
The dialect spoken in Cebu is Cebuano. It is understood and spoken widely in other areas of the Visayas (Leyte,Bohol, Negros and Siquijor) as well as Mindanao. Filipino (Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines) is commonly understood and spoken. English is widely used in business transactions, government and education. The population of Cebu City and Cebu province is more than 3.85 million (2010 census).
History of Cebu
Cebu was already trading with China, Arabia and Siam long before the Spanish. When Ferdinand Magellan arrived in Cebu on April 7 1521 he observed the locals were using items traded from other countries. The origins of the name Cebu (Zubu then) are debatable, with a number of theories where it came from. One is a misunderstanding between the Spanish asking the local tribes the name of the town they were in. The tribes’ people thought they were asking what they were doing rather than where are we? They replied Sibu (melting animal fat). There is no debate on the Spanish influence, and how they shaped Cebu to become what it is today. Their first arrival in the country is still a legacy and the remains of Spanish forts, churches and monuments are proof of that. These historic sites are now popular tourist attractions in Cebu.