Cebu Tours and Activities

Cebu Tours and Activities

Discover Cebu’s historical and natural attractions. See the stunning Temple of Leah and the majestic Simala Shrine, experience Badian canyoneering, jump from the famous Kawasan Falls, and experience the sardine run in Moalboal with these Cebu tours.
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Luke George

Luke George

04/01/2024, 14:21
Review of Breathtaking 12-Day Islands Tour to Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Coron, Cebu & Siargao Package

10/10 My partner and I are seasoned travellers and usually plan our own holidays. However both of us had extremely hectic schedules in the back end of 2023 and so we went outside of our comfort zone and booked an entire 2 week island hopping tour of the Philippines through Guide To The Philippines (GTTP)! I have to say at first it was pretty daunting, handing over our precious holiday to someone else, but we are SO GLAD WE DID!! This is a team of passionate professionals who did absolutely everything they could to ensure we had a fantastic holiday! The tour itself was incredible, we did the 12-Day Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Coron, Cebu & Siargao Island Hopping Philippine Tour Package experience; possibly a bit too hectic, as we also bolted on all of the additional extras, but that was more us, biting off more than we could chew and in hindsight we don’t regret a thing! I am going out of my way to especially say that you are in very safe hands with the GTTP team! Here is what I experienced: 1. Excellent communication - the team write better English than most native speakers. I never had a language barrier. 2. Efficient - emails were responded to quickly and left no stone unturned, so no constant back and forth 3. Professional - always maintained professionalism, despite I was high maintenance from time to time and they may have wanted to kill me at times (lol) 4. 24/7 - I had support around the clock via email, WhatsApp and iMessage 5. Account Management - not sure if it’s intentional, however we seemed to have one particular agent who took care of most things, like she was assigned to us. Her name was Richel and she is just incredible! You are in fantastic hands if Richel is on your side!!! That said, if Richel was away, the other team members took great care of us also 6. Caring - I felt like I was being taken care of and they were always one step ahead and it filled me with confidence and joy to know they had my best interests at heart. 7. Good Value - Whilst on the tour you get an idea of pricing for each component and given the level of service we received this was incredible value We chose the comfort accommodation package and with the exception of one, the hotels were incredible! We provided feedback to GTTP about the hotel that wasn’t great, and they are looking into it. GTTP literally took care of every single component of our tour. We had daily emails explaining the itinerary for the day ahead with contact details for the tour providers and transport providers. All of our internal flights were organised perfectly. You will be very well taken care of if you choose to book a trip in the Philippines with GTTP. I have not been incentivised or pressured to write this review. It’s just so great to have an exceptional customer experience like my partner and I have had in the lead up and during our holiday! Thanks GTTP and especially Richel for being awesome and having curated a trip and a thousand memories that we will never forget!!! Luke, 40 Australian Eduardo, 39 Colombian

Frequently asked questions

What is Cebu known for?

Cebu is a province in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. It is composed of a main island, also called Cebu, and over 150 smaller islands and islets. It is known for its beautiful beaches, rich history, and vibrant culture. Cebu City, the provincial capital, is a bustling metropolis and a major center of commerce, education, and tourism in the region.

When is the best time to visit Cebu?

The best time of year to go on a Cebu trip tour is from December to May, when the weather is dry and sunny. However, it is also the peak tourist season, so expect crowds and higher prices. June to November is the rainy season, but the prices are lower, and the crowds are thinner.

If you would like to witness one of the biggest festivals in the country, visit in January and be part of the Sinulog Festival, which happens on the third Sunday of January. You can go on day tours from Cebu during this time as well or book longer Philippines itinerary vacation packages.

How much time should I spend in Cebu?

If you’re staying in just 1-2 areas in Cebu, 2-3 days is enough. However, if you have more time, do stay for a week or two to explore the whole province. You can also extend your trip and follow a Cebu Bohol itinerary, a Cebu Boracay itinerary, Cebu Siargao itinerary, or a Cebu Baguio itinerary.

How do I get to Cebu from Manila?

The easiest way to get to Cebu from Manila is to take a flight to Cebu via the Mactan Cebu International Airport. Major airlines like Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia offer daily flights between Manila and Cebu. The flight takes about 1.5 hours.

How far is Cebu City from Mactan-Cebu International Airport?

Mactan-Cebu International Airport is an hour away from Cebu City, or a 15-km drive. You can book a Cebu airport transfer, ride a bus, or book a car rental to get there.

What's the best way to get around Cebu?

There are various transportation options available in Cebu. The main one would have to be jeepneys, though there are also multicabs and buses that can take you in between towns. If you want to be more comfortable, cabs are the way to go. If you’re trying a Cebu tour package, and transfers are included, you won’t have to worry about transportation.

What are the top tourist spots in Cebu?

Try the exciting canyoneering activity in Badian and go on a Kawasan Falls tour, quench your vitamin sea cravings and witness Moalboal’s sardine run, spot thresher sharks by diving in Malapascua, go island-hopping in Mactan, Cordova, and Lapu-Lapu, visit Bantayan Island or enjoy the best of Oslob by going on an Oslob whale shark tour, hike to Osmeña Park, the highest point in Cebu, or go to Cebu tourist spots like Fort San Pedro, Heritage of Cebu Monument, Basílica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebú, Casa Gorordo Museum, Magellan’s Cross, and Yap-Santiago Ancestral House. Another must-do in Cebu is to feast on Cebu lechon (roasted pig) at some of the best Cebu restaurants.

What are some popular Cebu tours?

What's the duration of a Cebu City tour?

Depending on where you want to visit, a Cebu City tour can be as short as half a day to 10 hours. Allot at least another day if you want to explore nearby cities like Lapu-Lapu, Talisay, or Mandaue.

Are Cebu tours suitable for all ages?

Cebu day tours cater to a wide range of ages and interests. While some Philippine guided tours like scuba diving may have age restrictions, most island-hopping tours and whale shark watching tours there are available for families, solo travelers, and groups of different age ranges. It's recommended to check the tour descriptions or consult with Cebu island tour services like Guide to the Philippines to find Cebu day tour packages suitable for your age group.

How much do Cebu tours usually cost?

The cost of Cebu tours varies depending on the type of tour in Guide to the Philippines. There are both Cebu joiner tours and Cebu private tours available in most Cebu tour agencies like Guide to the Philippines.

Island hopping tours in the best Cebu beaches can range from around $25 per person, while Cebu canyoneering tours can cost around $50 per person. Cebu Whale shark-watching tours can cost around $40 per person. Meanwhile, most Cebu city tour packages and Cebu land tours, such as Cebu pilgrimage tours are relatively cheap. There are a lot of affordable Cebu tours during off-peak season.

Do I need to tip the tour guides on Cebu tours?

Tipping is not mandatory in the Philippines but is appreciated as a gesture of satisfaction and gratitude for good service. If you feel that your tour guide provided excellent service, you can choose to give a tip as a token of appreciation. The amount is subjective and can depend on your satisfaction with the service

Where can I go for day trips from Cebu?

Despite the many islands that comprise the whole province of Cebu, it is still possible to visit the most famous spots for just a day or two if you only have limited time. For instance, you can take a tour of Moalboal and Pescador Island and just go and see its many diving and snorkeling spots. For more snorkeling and diving adventures, choose Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island and hop your way through Hilutungan and Nalusuan Island, where there are sanctuaries for marine life to see.

Can I join a Cebu tour group if I'm traveling alone?

Yes, this can be a great way to meet other travelers and explore the area together.

What should I bring on a Cebu tour?

It depends on the type of Cebu excursion, but some essentials to bring include sunscreen, a hat, comfortable clothing and footwear, a swimsuit, a towel, and a waterproof bag for electronics before you leave your Cebu hotel.

Can I customize my own Cebu tour?

Yes, most travel agencies like Guide to the Philippines offer customized Cebu travel packages based on your preferences and interests.

What languages do locals speak in Cebu?

People in Cebu speak Cebuano, but the vast majority also speaks English and Filipino. Most locals are more adept in English. In Bantayan Island, locals speak Bantayanon, which is a mix of Visayan languages Cebuano, Waray-Waray, and Hiligaynon.

Is it safe in Cebu?

Cebu is generally safe, but it's important to follow all safety guidelines and social distancing rules. It's also important to be aware of your surroundings and take necessary precautions when traveling in a new place. Read more about it on our Philippine travel requirements.

What other destinations are near Cebu?

Provinces around the islands of Cebu are Bohol, Leyte, Masbate, and Dumaguete.

What are the best-selling Cebu tours and activities?

Some of the must-try and best-selling tours and activities in Cebu that you should add to your itinerary include the Oslob whale shark tour with canyoneering to Kawasan Falls, Oslob whale shark tour with Tumalog Falls, Sumilon Sandbar, and Pescard Island, and Mactan island hopping tour.

Can I visit Cebu with other destinations?

Yes, you can book Visayas tour packages for a more in-depth tour of Visayas tourist spots. For example, if you want to visit Cebu with Boracay, you can book a Cebu to Boracay package. If you wanna visit Cebu with Bohol, you can book a Cebu to Bohol package. You can also combine Cebu with Luzon tourist spots, such as a Cebu to El Nido package, or Mindanao tourist spots, such as a Cebu to Siargao package.
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