Spending a tropical holiday in Cebu? This popular destination has attracted tourist from all over the world. Being the oldest city in the Phillippines, culturally significant landmarks are spread all over the province. It is also home to many pristine beaches and water sports. Spend some time to understand Cebu’s history and visit places such as Fort San Pedro and discover the country’s military history. Head down to Colon Street, the first street of the country, which is filled with local shops, vendors and jeepneys. This is the best place to see the local way of life. Relax on the pristine beaches, dive into the crystal clear waters and go snorkelling at the many beautiful beaches. For nature lovers, put Kawasan Falls and Sirao Peak on your list of places to go. The scenic trails and amazing views will create a memorable experience for your trip. With so many attractions to visit, how do you know which are the most Instagrammable tours and spots in Cebu? We have nailed down a list of photogenic spots to save you the hassle of looking elsewhere!
Get your camera ready before you set off on this tour that will bring you to Instagrammable landmarks! Capture stunning views of the 10,000 roses, one of the most sought-after attractions in Cebu. Historic places including the Fort San Pedro and Mactan Shrine will also be covered. This tour last approximately eight hours, make sure you have enough memory cards and bring extra batteries!
Cebu City Tour
Duration: 8 hours
If scenery and food photos are too mainstream, then this whale shark experience will get you excited. Dive into the waters of Oslob with an experienced guide to look for whale sharks, the world’s largest fish. You will also be given safety instructions before entering the waters. Snorkelling equipment will be provided as well. Surprise your friends with a photo of your diving experience with the whale shark!
Exclusive or Private From Panglao, Bohol to Oslob Cebu Whale Shark Experience
Duration: 2 to 8 hours
Capture the beauty of nature at Kawasan Waterfalls. Find the best angles to frame your pictures as you explore the greenery in the area. Take some time to also enjoy the peaceful environment and cooling spring water. You won’t need to add a filter to the turquoise waters. The natural beauty of this attraction will leave you in awe.
Kawasan Waterfalls Tour
Duration: 10 hours
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Learn about the history and culture of Cebu while walking through photogenic spots in the city. This tour will bring you to the places such as Basilica del Sto Nino Church, Magellan’s Cross and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral which has amazing architecture. Walk the local streets and get a taste of local life. You can take stunning photos and learn about the Philippines’s history at the same time, isn’t that awesome?
Private Full-Day Cebu and Lapu-Lapu Cultural Tour
Duration: 8 hours
5. Cebu historical tour and horse-drawn carriage ride
Travel to Cebu’s heritage sites and learn about Spanish colonial history. This guided tour is inclusive of horse-drawn carriage tour which will bring you to explore places like Plaza Sugbo and Colon Street. It isn’t an everyday thing that you get a chance to ride a horse carriage so remember to capture this precious moment! After that, begin your walking tour which will take you to the Museum of Sacred Treasures, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House and the scenic Colon Street. You will pass by many Spanish-style architectures that are worth stopping by for a photo.
Hop on board a scenic cruise along the Bojo River and enjoy the beauty of nature. Take some photos of the fantastic greenery and wildlife in the area. There will be a stop at Capilla Sta where you will find the Ana Museum. Check out century-old paintings and priceless treasures in the museum before you depart. If you love nature and art, then this tour is a perfect combination for you.
Bojo River Eco-Adventure Tour
Duration: 10 hours
Get some great action shots in Danasan Eco Adventure Park! From zip lines, wakeboarding to rappelling, there are plenty of exciting activities to fill up your itinerary. Lunch and drinks are provided at noon so you can recharge before heading out for your next activity. Round trip transportation will be provided, just have fun and head back to your hotel directly at the end of a fun-filled day.
Danasan Eco Adventure Park Including Round-Trip Hotel Transfer
Duration: 1 day
8. La Vie Parisienne
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Also known as “Little Paris”, this restaurant is a great combination of fantastic food, wine and romantic ambience. The charming design makes you feel like you are out of this world for a while. Dine under cherry blossom trees in the garden area while you taste delectable French food. At night, the restaurant’s lighting display creates a unique atmosphere. The amazing view is something that will linger in your mind for some time.
9. Sirao Garden
Colourful flowers, windmill and clear blue skies — aren’t these elements for a great Instagram photo? Known as the Little Amsterdam of Cebu, Sirao flower garden features an amazing floral display and cute photo taking spots such as teddy bears and a heart-shaped sign. The colourful flower display creates a unique landscape that is almost surreal. That’s not all! You have to get to the top of the hill and see the mesmerising views of Cebu. It will be another breathtaking moment of your trip.
10. Sirao Peak
Would you climb a mountain to take photos for your social media accounts? Maybe you also happen to be an adventurer who loves nature! Sirao Peak provides a great nature therapy for those who are sick of skyscrapers. Along the trail, you will see many scenic spots such as waterfalls and a flower farm. Climb up to the peak and be rewarded with the panoramic views of Cebu. It is also a great spot to watch sunrise and sunsets.
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11. Temple of Leah
The building looks like a Greek or Roman temple from ancient times. However, the Temple of Leah was constructed in 2012 by Alan Modesto Adarna as a symbol of undying love for Leah Villa Albino-Adarna, his wife for 53 years. Adarna chose an architectural style that could withstand time and be appreciated by visitors over a millennium. He also hoped the temple would become a landmark in Cebu for future generations of his family to visit to trace their roots. The 24 chambers of the temple contain Leah’s lifetime collections for the family to browse through and appreciate. This is the perfect, romantic place to pose for a selfie with your significant other.
Temple of Leah
Address: Cebu Transcentral Hwy, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Website: Temple of Leah
Opening hours: 6am - 11pm
Price: 0.95 USD
12. Simala Shrine
Simala Shrine is one of the most religious places in Cebu and is located in Sibonga Town. Its architectural design looks a little European and striking, while there is a striking bridge and a pathway to access the church. The interior of the church is equally beautiful. A special dress code applies when visiting the shrine, with no sleeveless clothing allowed and men must wear long pants. No smoking is allowed on the premises and no flash must be used when taking photos. Surrounded by greenery, this fascinating place is one of the most photogenic spots in the Philippines.
Address: Sibonga, Cebu, The Philippines
Website: Simala Shrine
Opening hours: 24 hours
13. Tingko Beach
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Tingko Beach is located in Daan Lungsod, Alcoy, Cebu. The beach lies on a small, deep lagoon, overlooking a coral island, Mabadon Reef. The coral island is submerged during high tide and can only be seen during low tide. There is a narrow channel to the island from the mainland. With its crystal clear water and white sand, as well as trees backing the beach, this is the perfect hidden spot for relaxation. A few meters from the northern end of Tingko beach is a promontory where the centuries-old Spanish watchtower, Bantayan sa Hari stands.
Address: Natalio Bacalso Avenue, Alcoy, Cebu, The Philippines
Website: Tingko Beach
Opening hours: 24 hours
Fort San Pedro, or Fuerte de San Pedro, is a Spanish colonial military defense fort in Cebu. It was constructed in 1565 on the command of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, who was the first governor of the Philippines. The area in which it stands is known as the Plaza Independencia, which is close to the pier in Cebu City.
Cebu and Mactan: Twin City Culture and History Half-Day Tour
Duration: 5 hour
These thrilling rides are the perfect way to experience and see Cebu in all its glory. Try walking the popular Sky Walk Extreme, with its clear glass floor on a 127 m (417 ft) high tower. Climb into the Edge Coaster and gaze at the city below as you slowly glide around the top floor of the building. For those who prefer more extreme adventures, there is the Tower Zip, a zip line which takes you on a thrilling ride above the city. Take amazing selfies of yourself in the air above Cebu City!
Crown Regency's Sky Experience Adventure Ticket in Cebu
Tops Lookout is a popular observation point in Cebu City. Located on Mount Busay, it offers panoramic views across Cebu City from a modernist, fortress-like deck. Take sunset or nights photos of the city below and sunrise is a particularly spectacular time to visit and take panoramic images to post on social media. There are also casual eateries to visit for a snack and drink or visitors can take a picnic to enjoy while gazing at the view.
5-Hour Evening Tour from Cebu with Dinner
Duration: 5 hours
17. Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant
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Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant serves traditional Filipino cuisine. The restaurant literally floats on the water and offers beautiful views over the hills and Cebu City in the distance. As it is open to the air, pleasant sea breezes keep visitors cool as they enjoy the mouthwatering dishes on offer, especially the fresh fish.
Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant
Address: Central Nivel (12,497.82 km), Cordova, Cebu, the Philippines
Website: Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant
Opening hours: 11am -11pm
Price: 1 USD
Pico Osmeña is located in the Dalaguete municipality of Cebu province and it is the highest peak on the island. It is part of the Mantalungon mountain range, unique for its multiple jagged hills, which make them an exciting background to an Instagram image to share with your friends. The peak also offers a 360-degree view over the coastline of Cebu. The area is open to hikers and mountaineers all year around.
Kawasan Waterfalls & Osmena Peak Day Tour
Duration: 11 Hrs Duration
Capture Cebu in the Philippines for all to see
Have fun visiting all the exciting sites of the city and its surroundings while visiting Instagrammable places in Cebu, the Philippines. Visit our recommendations above and experience an unforgettable trip to the Philippines.
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