Bookmark This: A Quick Guide to Great Things to See and Do in Cebu Right Now
Go beyond Magellan’s Cross and other staple tourist destinations.
(SPOT.ph) There’s a reason Cebu is called the Queen City of the South: It’s a majestic island with its own rich history, culture, urban cityscape, and cuisine. The breathtaking ocean welcomes you with a warm embrace, inviting you to dive right in. The magnificent structures are like time machines that take you back in history. And the food is not just a celebration of flavors (we’d move there for the lechon alone!).
Even if you’ve been to Cebu before, there are still new destinations you can visit. Check out this list of places to explore:
Olango Group of Islands
This protected wildlife sanctuary a short boat ride away from Mactan is made up of a diverse ecosystem with beaches, mangroves, and coral reefs. It is composed of six islands: Sulpa, Gilutongan, Nalusuan, Camungi, Pangan-an, and Caohagan, and is a popular ecotourism destination.
No time to visit every island of Olango? Book a tour and explore Caohagan Island Marine Sanctuary instead. You can go snorkeling in the crystal-clear ocean, laze around on the beach and soak in the sun, or just pig out on freshly caught seafood.
Sto Niño Parish
If you’re headed to Cebu, make the Sto. Niño de Mactan-Cebu church one of your stops. The unique architecture and huge stained glass windows are definitely worth seeing.
San Vicente Marine Sanctuary
Even just a picture at the IG-worthy bamboo boardwalk—which starts at the shore, cuts through a mangrove forest, and extends all the way to the ocean—makes visiting this place worth it. You’ll fall in love with this picturesque spot and be inspired to help keep our country clean and green.
What trip to Cebu would be complete without some excellent dining? Shikisai, located along Newtown Boulevard in Mactan Newtown, is the newest Japanese restaurant in town, serving authentic Japanese dishes and only the freshest produce from the sea.
Mactan Newtown Beach
What good is going on an island vacation if you don’t come home with a gorgeous tan? Lie on the warm sands of Mactan Newtown Beach, dive into the ocean, and enjoy the different water activities. You can jet-ski, parasail, aqua-glide, go wakeboarding, and ride a banana boat or a jetboat.
Mactan Newtown Beach is part of Mactan Newtown, Megaworld’s latest development in Cebu. One Pacific Residence is located at the heart of this new township. If your trip has inspired you to invest in a condo in Cebu, you may want to check out this development. You get your own condo unit with all the modern amenities you could ask for: a gym, spa, pool, tennis courts, jogging paths, wall-climbing area, children’s play area, and even a yoga station. Restaurants, bistros, bars, and a lavish shopping center are also just a stone’s throw away from the shoreline.