So now, how about those top landmarks in Cebu City? Well, especially if you are new or have not really been to Cebu, visiting these attractions within the city would surely be worth your time — as more than just souvenirs, having photos wherever you may go are memories to cherish.
Still, while the older the landmark, the better it is for posterity — there are some spots that are not even a decade old which is a good sign since it only means Cebu City is not just trying to preserve its tourist attractions but making new ones as well.
And so, here now are the 10 Famous Landmarks in Cebu City..
There are certainly other sites in the city, like our featured image — it’s the Cebu Provincial Capitol; however, while some of them may also be beside those we picked (like, Plaza Independencia is just in front of Fort San Pedro, also, SM Seaside and the Pedro Calungsod Chapel are just fronting each other), we actually chose spots based on what truly defines Cebu City — yes, as of today.
There’s really no such thing as all-in-one per se in terms of adventure since earth is not only a division of land and water but land itself has caves, mountains and plains. Thus, in most cases, the nearest thing to an all-in-one could be beach activities (parasailing, jetskiing, and alike) plus camping..
Or swimming and land activities (zipline, wall climbing, and alike); otherwise, you just have to hike to link all ’em activities you like.
And Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon is one that includes a mix of water and land activities without the camping among others.
Papa Kit’s is just 20 kilometers north of Cebu City — this is in Liloan, near the municipal hall and just a stone’s throw away from the sports complex. Everyone there knows the place, so just ask if you feel lost.
Once you are inside this 93 hectare property, the sights could induce you to spend a night or two — and what a spot?! The rooms are even facing the wakeboarding site! By the way, the entrance fee is P100 per head but it is consumable — so enjoy!
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Have you ever thought that there is actually a hot spring in south of Cebu? Yeah, not only beautiful beaches and falls — but a hot spring, too! Must be over 40 degrees of sulfuric acid if I’m not mistaken.
And where is it? Well, about 120 kilometers southwest of Cebu City at Barangay Montaneza, Malabuyoc, Cebu. Around a 3 hour or so drive. So here, check ’em out.
If you love hiking and nature, if you like jumping off cliffs and swimming — then we got something for ya’. Canyoneering! And in Cebu, there are basically two towns where you could do it — Badian and Alegria — both at the southern part of the province.
Which would actually leave you starving after completing the entire course! This is why it’d be good to get a nice deal from your provider. That’s at the canyoneering headquarters, or contact 0943 5247120.
Another of the more frequented tourist attractions in Cebu is the Kawasan Falls in Badian — some 110 kilometers south of Cebu City. Well, there are those who says that there’s really nothing special about this falls as it’s just a regular one. Then again, what makes a falls special anyway?
Height? Hmm… Don’t really think so. As long as it’s not too low, that’s okay. Water color? Ahh, know what? If the falls is a ‘real’ one then it should darken when it rains — as in brownish — due to the soil that gets mixed up when it pours real hard. So again, what makes a falls special, huh?
A good mix of just about everything. Especially the location or environment, yeah..
Like it? Well, to get here: Get to the Librando Bus Terminal first, that’s just on the opposite side of the South Bus Terminal. Most of their buses here, in fact, has that Badian signboard. So just ask to make sure and hop in the first one that’s scheduled to leave.
Hey, it takes 3-4 hours of travel time, so you wouldn’t want to waste time, eh?! Oh, fare is at P130 per head by the way.
Once you get past the bridge and see the church to your left, that’s where you get off.
Then walk a little further and you’ll see the path to Kawasan Falls. And that’s about a 1.5 kilometer hike — with the earliest sights you’ll see from the pictures below.
You’d actually be passing by a number of bridges and wonderful sights on your way to the falls. So get your cameras ready!
Hmm, just saw the little bridges, now here are some of the views..
Know what? There’s two things we could say about the Kawasan adventure really..
The Good. More than the rafting, it’s the 1.5 kilometer walk that sets this adventure apart.
The Not So Good. We don’t really like the idea that structures are so near the falls — it just reduces its appeal, and so making the place look like a hotel pool instead of a waterfall. See?
I used to hear from backpacker hostels that this is one reason why tourists flock Cebu. And yeah, it’s because of the ‘whaleshark’ watching.. Where? Some 128 kilometers down south of the province.
Oslob. In barangay Tan-awan.
To Get Here: Get to South Bus Terminal first. From there, ride a bus with the Oslob signboard. The aircon fare to Poblacion (center) is P145/head, however, if you want to go straight to the ‘whaleshark watching’ site — it’s P170, as it’s about 10 kilometers or so further from the center.
If you want a more personalized trip, you could hire a cab to take you back and forth, drop you off, or even for moving around. Just contact 0943 5247120.
Accommodations here ranges from P360/head (dorm type room) to a couple of thousands depending on the resort you’ll stay and the amenities that go with it.
Oslob is the last town on Cebu’s eastern coast ‘that is frequented’ by tourists — the next towns that follow towards or near Cebu’s tip are less travelled and so, buses are real few that it’d even be better to hire a ‘habal-habal’ or a cab to move around.
Whalesharks are fed from 6AM to 10AM and so, that’s the time when ‘whaleshark watching’ is done. This means, you gotta wake up at around 5:30AM to prepare and be the among the first to see ’em whalesharks. Tell ya’, there are a lot whose lined up for this ‘show’, so not only would it be better to stay overnight in Oslob but also wake-up as early as you could. For accommodations, just contact 0943 5247120.
The fee for this show? P500/head. This is good for 30 minutes and it includes a life vest and snorkels for you to swim side-by-side, yeah, with the ‘butanding’ (whaleshark)!