Cebu City Fuente Osmena
What to do in Cebu City? A Comprehensive Guide for travelers

A Question by many, Have you ever though in visiting cebu city without having a place to stay? I am Southpole Central Hotel and I would like to help you determine what are the places that you must know before visiting cebu city..

Here is some short list of tips that we can provide you before traveling to cebu city


1. Bring enough amount of money: Since I live here in the Philippines our currency is “PESO” And currently if we base this on USD to PHP the rate will be 1USD = 50.34 Philippine Peso. So how did I know the value/rate of our currency? Heres a quick tip: Just google the keyword “USD TO PHPWhat to do in cebu city


2. Map: Be sure to bring your own map or you can just grab them via online by searching “Map of Cebu City” We will provide our own Southpole Central Hotel Map soon!


3. Bring copies of your passports and other related travel documents: This is to avoid certain problems if you lost your passport


4. Credit Card: Make sure your credit card is going to work if you are traveling from abroad.


5. Get a Guidebook: Guidebooks usually includes maps, language translation and will give you enough details to be familiar about the country your visiting “Especially Cebu


City”Recommended Guide Books:


6. Pack your Gadgets Right: Make sure you are going to bring the right gadget while you are away from your country to avoid difficulties.

  • Charger Adapter (Universal) Make sure they work on an international country (110v to 240v, 50 or 60 cycles)
  • International/Global Mobile Signal provider: your mobile provider should work in the Philippines. (Roaming Enabled)


7. Have a Travel Insurance secured: according to Fodors Before you travel, check your health insurance policy to see if it includes international coverage. If not, consider buying a short-term policy that will cover you while you’re abroad, in case something should happen. Similarly, a smart way to protect your trip and your money is to purchase travel insurance. Policies and coverage vary from provider to provider, but the basic idea is that you can have your money refunded if your trip has to be cancelled, postponed, or cut short for any number of reasons.

Did we missed anything? Please feel free to comment below! 




Here are the TOP 15 List of things to do in cebu city this year 2017


1. A View from the “TOPS”:

According to most cebuano’s Tops is one of the romantic spots in Cebu, Tops is definitely an awesome park that has lived up to its name and billing. On a good and clear day, Tops will give you breathtaking panoramas of cebu, the sea and its adjacent islands.



Tops at Cebu
Credits to phtourguide for this amazing photo and Mark Maranga

2. Canloab Spring – at Campostela Alegria, Cebu:

The cold and clear waters of the Canlaob Spring would surely entice you to take a dip. this wonder is unexplored and people of barangay campostela are very proud of this treasure. A few minutes from the provincial road and around 10 minutes away from the cancalanog falls, tourists can experience the tranquil beauty enhanced by surrounding green forest and of course with the hospitality of the people of barangay campostela.

Canlaob Spring


3. Kawasan Falls: It is also known for the most beautiful waterfalls in the philippines

Kawasan Falls in Badian Cebu, Is one of the most hottest tourist spots located at the south cebu province. And that is known for its amazing strong waterfalls. Travelers will surely enjoys the ice cool rushing water that is coming from the top of the rocky hill and it is among the largest of the three Waterfalls in Badian.

Kawasan Falls


4. Fort San Pedro:

When you visit Cebu City, Surely you will not miss the uniqueness of the Fort San Pedro or Fuerza de San Pedro as to it holds a glimpse of Cebu’s Rich History. It was built on the date of May 8, 1565 by the Spanish and Indigenous Cebuanos under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. Fort San Pedro is Located in the Plaza Independencia(This word was known to be heard at that date by Cebuanos) at Cebu City Near the Pier. As of today Fort San Pedro holds the title of one of the most visited Tourist Spots in Cebu and with a small amount of fee “30Pesos” You can enjoy a vast amount of history and be able to travel back in time to the first Spanish Settlement in the Philippines.


Fort San Pedro



5. Basilica del Santo Niño: Or well known for Santo Nino Church

The Minor Basilica of the Holy Child (Cebuano: Basilica Minore del Santo Niño Spanish: Basilica del Santo Niño and Filipino: Basilica Menor del Santo Niño) and commonly known as the Santo Niño Basilica, is a minor basilica in Cebu City in the Philippines that was founded in the 1565 by Frays Andrés de Urdaneta, O.S.A. and Diego de Herrera, O.S.A.. The oldest Roman Catholic church in the country, it is built on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño de Cebú was found during the expedition of Miguel López de Legazpi. The icon, a statue of the Child Jesus, is the same one presented by Ferdinand Magellan to the chief consort of Rajah Humabon upon the royal couple’s christening on April 14, 1521. It was found by a soldier forty years later, preserved in a wooden box, after Legazpi had razed a local village.hen Pope Paul VI made the church a basilica in 1965, he said it is “the symbol of the birth and growth of Christianity in the Philippines.”

Credits: Wikipedia


Basilica del Santo Niño

6. Yap Sandiego Angestral House: This is one of the famous Cebu Tourist Spots

This House is a Wonderfully preserved historical Filipino House, The Yap San Diego Ancestral House is a great place to see how the filipinos of long time ago used to live. The house is full of antiques and old knick knacks. Looking at the old furniture’s that has been preserved by Yap Family for over years and years ago they have set a tradition to keep it clean and secure. And there are some rumors that some family member are still occupying this house once a week.


Yap Sandiego Angestral House


7. Malapascua Island

Malapascua is a Philippine island situated in the Visayan Sea, 6.8 kilometres (4.2 mi) across a shallow strait from the northernmost tip of Cebu Island. Administratively, it is part of the insular barangay of Logon, Daanbantayan, Cebu. Malapascua is a small island, only about 2.5 by 1 kilometre (1.55 by 0.62 mi), and has eight hamlets.

Malapascua became famous fairly recently, only in the early 1990s as a dive destination. Prior to this, the island was known for its wide white sand beach, known as Bounty Beach; it has also become known for its beautiful coral gardens, coral walls and excellent local dive spots, as well as further-out sites including Gato Island, Monad Shoal, and Kemod Shoal. Monad Shoal is an underwater plateau where thresher sharks and manta rays can regularly be sighted.



8. Colon Street:

Colon Street is a historical street in downtown Cebu City that is often called the oldest and the shortest national road in the Philippines. It is named after Cristóbal Colón (Christopher Columbus).It traces its origins to the town plan by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the Spanish conquistador who arrived in the Philippines to establish a colony in 1565.

Colon, crowded and a bit run-down now, was the site of fashionable shops, offices, and movie houses. It was once the heart of Cebu City’s shopping and business activity, but in recent years (specifically during the early 1990s), much of this activity has shifted inland to the more modern, bigger and diverse commercial and business districts now spread in almost all of the urban areas of the city in what was considered residential and leisure settlements.

 Colon Street historical marker in Filipino (left) and Cebuano (right)

In 2006, the Cebu City Council proposed a plan to close parts of Colon street from vehicular traffic and convert it to a tourism zone.However, this was met with much opposition from businessmen and motorists due to concerns regarding security and parking spaces

Colon Street Cebu


9. Cebu IT Park:

The Cebu IT Park (formerly known as Asiatown IT Park) is a 24-hectare mixed use business park in Cebu City, Philippines, envisioned to attract locators in the information technology services. It is developed by Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Cebu Holdings, Inc. It is also known not only for its Information Technology and Communication Hub it is also considered as a home to major Global BPO Companies and yet it maintains its up scale lifestyle and recreation destination in Cebu City. The Park has a great selections of restaurants from cheap to expensive and cafes, bars, wellness centers and retail stores.

Cebu It park


10. Camotes Island

If you are looking for a beach and vast diving options in cebu city. This is the place to be.

Camotes Islands is a group of islands in the Camotes Sea, Philippines. The island group is located east of Cebu Island, southwest of Leyte Island, and north of Bohol Island. It is 34 nautical miles (63 km; 39 mi) from Cebu City and is part of Cebu. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 102,996.Population has grown 20.3% since 1990, equivalent to an annual growth rate of 0.93%.

Nearest landfall, from north end of Ponson island to southern Leyte, is about 7.2 kilometres (4.5 mi; 3.9 nmi). From Consuelo port to Danao is 32 kilometres (20 mi; 17 nmi) as the crow flies. From south of Pacijan to Bohol is about 47 kilometres (29 mi; 25 nmi).

Sometimes known as the “Lost Horizon of the south”,within recent years Camotes has seen increased visitors and tourism and a growing expatriate community. Apart from natural attractions on land, there is also a score of dive sites around the islands.

Camotes Island


11. Magellan’s Cross:

Magellan’s Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on (depending on source) March 15 , 1521.

This cross is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño on Magallanes Street (Magalhaes is the Portuguese name of Magellan), just in front of the city center of Cebu City. A sign below the cross describes the original cross is encased inside the wooden cross that is found in the center of the chapel. This is to protect the original cross from people who chipped away parts of the cross for souvenir purposes or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous powers.Some people, however, believe that the original cross had been destroyed or had disappeared after Magellan’s death, and the cross is a replica that was planted there by the Spaniards after they successfully Christianized the Philippines.

Magellan's Cross



12. Fuente Osmena Circle:

Osmeña Boulevard is a major arterial thoroughfare in Cebu City, Philippines. It is the city’s “main street” which travels in a generally northwest-southeast orientation linking the old downtown district of San Roque near the harbor with the modern uptown Capitol Site district. Beginning at Mariano Jesus Cuenco Avenue in the east, the boulevard heads northwest towards Fuente Osmeña circle and ends at Nicolas Escario Street. At its north end, the Cebu Provincial Capitol serves as a prominent terminating vista. It is the location of many of Cebu’s notable institutions such as the Cebu Normal University, Abellana National School and Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital; the Basilica of Santo Niño; the city’s tallest building, Crown Regency Hotel; and shopping centers Robinsons Place Cebu and Gaisano Colon.

Fuente Osmena




13. Taoist Temple

Cebu Taoist Temple is a Taoist temple located in Beverly Hills Subdivision of Cebu City, Philippines. The temple is built by Cebu‘s substantial Chinese community in 1972.With an elevation of 300 metres (980 ft) above sea level, the temple is a towering, multi-tiered, multi-hued attraction accessible by three separate winding routes.

Unlike the neighboring Phu Sian Temple,the Taoist temple is open to the worshipers and non-worshipers alike. A ritual among devotees is where one prays to the gods to grant one’s wish. The ritual includes washing of hands, going inside the chapel barefoot and dropping two blocks of wood. If the blocks of wood are both face up then one could make a wish. If not then it is not yet the time for one’s wish to be granted and one has to come to the temple some other time.

The temple is the center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Zi. Another ritual among Taoist devotees, which is done during Wednesdays and Sundays,is the climbing of its 81 steps (representing the 81 chapters of Taoism scriptures) to light joss sticks and have their fortune read by the monks.

Cebu Taoist Temple


14. Casa Gorordo Museum Cebu

This was the home of Juan Gorordo, The First Filipino Bishop of Cebu, and this is located in Lopez Jaena Street at present, The Museum house has many old antiques and ancient relics.

Casa Gorordo Museum Cebu was the home of Juan Gorodo, first Filipino Bishop of Cebu. Casa Gorordo Museum Cebu is located in Lopez Jaena Steet. At present, the museum houses many old and ancient relics. The displayed relics give a picture about the lifestyle of the Filipino people during the period from1860s to 1920s.

Old furniture and paintings are also displayed in this museum of Cebu. The courtyard of the museum is very beautiful. The museum premises are well maintained and beautified.

Alejandro Reynes Y Rosales built the house, which became famous as the home of Juan Gorodo in the middle of 19th century. Four generations of Gorodo family have stayed in this home including Juan Gorodo.

In the year 1980, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc acquired the home. After restoration, the home was turned into a museum and opened to the common people. On 24th September, 1991, National Historical Institute Board, under resolution number 4, declared the house as a historical landmark of the nation.

Casa Gorordo Museum Cebu


15. Mango Square:

Cebu has lots of places to go and enjoy your night but the ultimate destination if you are looking for a heavy nightlife experience you must visit Mango Square located near Fuentes Circle.

The epi-center of Cebu’s nightlife. Just on the edge of Downtown, a stones throw away from the iconic Fuente Circle.
Is the party destination for locals and visitors, every day of the week this place will be booming with people from all walks of life.
Everyone with their own vision of what the night will bring.

Mango Square Cebu



So now you already got your top picks? its time to share with you some of the flights to cebu that you must know..


Flights to Cebu City for year 2017

1h 20m
Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines
Cebgo, Philippine Airlines
4h 20m
Air Busan, Jin Air
Cebgo, Philippine Airlines
Philippine Airlines, Cebgo
1h 5m
Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines
4h 15m
China Eastern, Philippine Airlines
4h 35m
Hahn Air Systems, T’Way Air
1h 5m
Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific
8h 50m
1h 40m
1h 10m
Cebu Pacific
2h 45m
Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific
Philippine Airlines, Cebgo, Cebu Pacific
Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines
4h 0m
Philippines AirAsia
1h 5m
15h 0m
Philippine Airlines
1h 20m
Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Philippines AirAsia, …
4h 45m
Philippine Airlines
4h 45m
Philippine Airlines
1h 0m
1h 15m
Cebu Pacific
4h 30m
Cebu Pacific, Jeju Air, Korean Air, …
3h 45m
Cebu Pacific, Silkair, Philippine Airlines, …
Philippine Airlines, Cebgo
2h 55m
EVA Air, Cebu Pacific, Philippines AirAsia
1h 10m
5h 25m
Philippine Airlines, Vanilla Air Inc., Cebu Pacific
3h 10m
1h 0m
Cebu Pacific

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