Cebu, nestled near the middle of the Philippine Islands, is a dazzling tropical paradise for sun worshippers, scuba divers, history buffs, and festival fans of all ages and travel budgets. From enjoying the shimmering white sand beaches to the grand historic landmarks, holidays to Cebu bring your dreams of an incredible tropical vacation to life.
Travellers who crave both exciting metropolis energy and relaxing seaside scenes will gravitate to this Cebu Island in the Central Visayas region. Cebu City, known as the “Queen City of the South,” has the busiest sea port and second largest air hub in all of the Philippines. The Sinulog Festival, a brightly-coloured street parade honouring the Filipino culture and history, is an exciting annual Cebu City event. Bantayan Island, northwest of Cebu Island, boasts some of the most beautiful secluded beaches, like Paradise Beach, for those who crave peaceful serenity while listening to soothing ocean waves.
With a wide variety of hotels in Cebu, island accommodations range from comfortable inexpensive rooms, charming beach bungalows and luxury resorts.
Weather in Cebu is typically sunny and warm for the dry season from January through May, with occasional rains and possible typhoon activity during the wet season. As Cebu is roughly in the middle of the Philippines, Cebu Island doesn’t typically experience the larger amount of storm activity as the islands in the north.
Holiday getaway packages and advanced-purchase discounts are often available at Cebu Island’s key resorts, like Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa surrounded by lush gardens in Lapu-Lapu. Other luxury key resorts popular for holidays in Cebu include the Crimson Resort and Spa and the 5-star Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort; all on Mactan Island, convenient to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Private balconies overlooking the ocean, fine dining, and decadent on-site spa services are just a few of the pampering amenities these upscale resorts provide.
Have you ever wanted to stay right on the beach in your own cottage by the sea? Beach cottages, called overwater bungalows or water villas, provide a private oasis near the surf and are perfect for honeymooners. Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort on Mactan Island has 12 royal bungalows available; complete with air-conditioning, mini-bar and lavish full bath.
Cheap holidays to Cebu can be easily enjoyed by choosing inexpensive accommodations like the Tune Hotel in Cebu City or the Beach Placid Resort, Restaurant and Bar on Bantayan Island. The Purple Snapper Dive Resort on Malapascua Island is a clean and comfy place to stay for backpackers and college students on a very small budget.
Now that you’ve finally arrived for the fun-filled Cebu holidays of your dreams, it’s time to savor some of Cebu’s delights!
- Explore the historic landmarks of Cebu City, such as Fort San Pedro, Plaza Indepencia and the Taoist Temple
- Experience the crystal-clear Cebu waters and fascinating sea life by snorkelling or scuba diving off Malapascua Island
- Island hop, watch dolphins play or share a romantic sunset dinner on the water by taking a Cebu Island cruise
- Let the kids build sandcastles in paradise at Hidden Beach Aloguinsan or Lambug Beach in Badian
- Try some of the delicious local signature dishes; like spicy lechon and pork barbeque