Travel Guide: 10 Best Things To Do In Cebu - Updated 2023

Travel Guide: 10 Best Things To Do In Cebu - Updated 2023
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Cebu may be popular among travelers to be the capital of the world’s best Lechon (roasted pork), or to be the host of the globally famous Sinulog Festival. But beyond eating some of the most mouth-watering dishes in your life and partying in the streets with festive music and warm hospitality from strangers, Cebu has a lot of hidden gems that you shouldn’t miss out on. Of course, these two should still be on your bucket list – but it wouldn’t hurt to add more!

1. Temple of Leah

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Temple of Leah on Monday, September 26, 2022

Located on Cebu Transcentral Highway, Temple of Leah is a newly opened attraction in Cebu. This attraction is a monument of love made for the owner’s wife named Leah – and you feel the love indeed. For only PHP 50 (1 USD), you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported through time and through continents, as the Temple of Leah enchants you with its Greek-inspired landscape design.

Temple of Leah

Address: Cebu Transcentral Hwy, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

Price: from 1 USD

Opening Hours: 6am - 11pm

Website: Temple of Leah

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2. Eat Lechon at Zubuchon

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Let lechon be the star of your Christmas Feast! . We offer a Christmas Feast package that includes 2 Large Platters...

Posted by Zubuchon on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

There are many stores you can get the famous Cebu Lechon from, but none quite like Zubuchon. Dubbed by world-acclaimed chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain as the “best pig ever,” Zubuchon’s Lechon is simply a treat for the senses that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Aside from Cebu Lechon, Zubuchon also offers many dishes that will surely leave you wanting for more. Try out their Slow-Cooked Adobo (pork marinated in vinegar and soy sauce), their Zubuchon Sisig (chopped pork parts served on a sizzling plate with calamansi, soy sauce and chilli), and their Tokwa’t Lechon (tofu and roasted pork). Entrees here start at PHP 130 (2.60 USD).


Address: SM Seaside City, Cebu South Coastal Rd, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu (other branches available throughout Metro Cebu - refer to website for details)

Price: from 2.60 USD

Opening Hours: 10am - 11pm (daily)

Website: Zubuchon

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3. Siomai sa Tisa (Siomai at Tisa)

Siomai sa Tisa
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Herbertkikoy used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Located in Barangay Tisa, Siomai Sa Tisa is an unassuming stall that serves what many call the best siomai in Cebu. Siomai is the Filipino version of steamed Chinese dumplings filled with ground pork. At a rate of PHP 7 (0.14 USD) per piece of siomai, you get a pretty sweet deal considering that this is the best in the region. Be warned though, Siomai sa Tisa is not a restaurant and is only a humble street food stall, so this is only recommended if you’re on the hunt for a good afternoon snack!

Siomai sa Tisa

Address: Katipunan Street, Barangay Tisa, Cebu City

Price: from 0.14 USD

Opening Hours: None mentioned

Tip from Trip101 local expert

While you may get to Tisa by riding a taxi or car hire rental, you could also head there on board a jeepney. Take note of these routes with their corresponding codes below, so you'll always be on the right track!

12D (Labangon - Colon)

12G (Labangon - SM City via Katipunan Street)

12I (Labangon - SM City via Tres de Abril)

12L (Labangon - Ayala Center Cebu)

Riding a jeep to Tisa will save you financially in the long run, but do note of the impending traffic that may come along the way. If you, however, are in a hurry and don't want to waste your time in high traffic, a motorcycle taxi can better service you. If you stay in nearby areas such as Labangon, Capitol, or Escario, you may spend anywhere below 100 PHP or 2 USD. The cost will naturally go up if you've booked your accommodations in far-flung places such as Talamban, Banilad, or Kasambagan.

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4. Museo Sugbo

Museo kan Cebu
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ringer used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

Found along M.J. Cuenco Avenue, Museo Sugbo is a museum showcasing a gallery of standing strong since the Spanish and American eras, so this is perfect for history buffs and art aficionados alike. What’s interesting about Museo Sugbo though is that this isn’t any kind of museum – it was actually a provincial jail of Cebu before becoming what it is today. Entrance rates here come very cheap: PHP 30 (0.60 USD) for Filipinos and PHP 75 (1.50 USD) for foreign tourists.

Museo Sugbo

Address: M. J. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines

Price: from 0.60 USD - 1.50 USD

Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm. Closed on Sundays.

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5. Taoist Temple

Taoist Temple, Cebu, Philippines
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Rjruiziii used under CC BY-SA 3.0

While many don’t really know what to expect when in Cebu – after all, Cebu is a blend of many pleasant surprises for travelers – you might be surprised to find that Cebu’s residents not only accept people from all walks of life but celebrate this diversity too. You can find evidence of this at the Taoist Temple. Located in Dona Modesta Singson Gaisano, the Taoist Temple lets you unwind for an afternoon while enjoying the intricate architectural designs of the temple and understanding Taoist religion. The entrance to the temple is also a replica of the great wall of China, and you can enjoy all of this at no cost!

Taoist Temple

Address: Dona Modesta Singson Gaisano, Cebu City, 6015 Cebu, Philippines

Price: Free of charge

Opening Hours: 8am - 5pm

Traveler's tips

A famous religious site in Cebu, the Taoist Temple is a must-visit attraction, even for non-believers, due to its beautiful architecture and uninterrupted view of Cebu. If I'm not mistaken, you'll have to climb approximately a hundred stair steps to reach the main temple. While you're here, you can also light incense and make a wish.

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6. Python Massage

Yes, it’s as adventurous as it sounds – and it’s definitely for the brave of heart. Python Massage is located in Capitol Hills, Cebu City, and is probably the only place where you can actually get massaged by 5 pythons for free. This attraction is part of the greater Cebu City Zoo, which is filled with more sites for animal-lovers and adventure-seekers. For the zoo itself, the entrance fee is at PHP 25 (0.50 USD) for adults and PHP 20 (0.40 USD) for children, but the python massage is free.

Python Massage at Cebu City Zoo

Address: Cebu City Zoo, Capitol Hills, Cebu City

Price: from 0.40 USD

Opening Hours: 8am - 5pm

Website: Cebu City Zoo

7. Island Skyview Resort - JVR

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Posted by Island Skyview Resort - JVR on Monday, April 10, 2023

Also known as Little Baguio, JVR’s Island Skyview Resort is a perfect way to spend the day if you’re a little bit of both fun-loving and thrill-seeking. Located along Transcentral Highway, Island Skyview Resort offers its guests many amenities beyond just a swimming pool and a place to hang out.

For only PHP 150 (3.00 USD), you can ride a cable car to enjoy breath-taking views from the sky, or even try out their zip line facilities! Entrance fee starts at PHP 50 (1.00 USD) for adults and PHP 25 (0.50 USD) for children below the age of 10.

Island Skyview Resort - JVR

Address: Transcentral highway, Gaas Balamban, Cebu City

Price: from 0.50 USD

Website: Island Skyview Resort - JVR

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8. Swim with or watch the butanding

A Place for Adventure in Oslob
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Iszaid Bin Idris used under CC BY-SA 4.0

The “Butanding” is what many call the Whale Shark in English. These gentle, friendly creatures can really put on a great show, and so for affordable rates, you can watch them up close and personal – or even swim with them! If you want to watch from a boat, rates start at PHP 600 (12.00 USD), and if you want to swim with the sharks, rates start at PHP 1000 (20.00 USD). That’s not all though: if you’re a serious marine life lover and want to explore the deep blue ocean while swimming with the sharks for a bucket list-worthy adventure, you can do so for only PHP 1500 (30.00 USD)!

Swim with or watch the butanding

Address: Natalio Bacalso, Tan-awan Oslob, Cebu

Price: from 12.00 USD

Opening Hours: 6am-12:30pm

Website: Oslob Whale Sharks

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9. Adventure Cafe

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Maayong Buntag!

Posted by ADVENTURE CAFE on Saturday, November 26, 2022

Who says cafés are only for sitting around, eating and sipping coffee? Luckily, someone had the bright idea to merge outdoorsy, active fun with the comfortable ambience of a café – and the blend brought about Adventure Café, the first restaurant adventure café in Cebu.

Here, aside from munching on some grub or drinking coffee, you can ride on the zip line and do some wall-climbing! Rates here for either riding the zip line or wall-climbing start at PHP 150 (3.00 USD) on weekends and PHP 100 (2.00 USD) on weekdays.

Adventure Cafe

Address: Cebu Transcentral Hwy, Balamban, 6041 Cebu

Price: from 2.00 USD

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm. Sat-Sun, 8am-6pm.

Website: Adventure Cafe Cebu

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10. Tumalog Falls

Tumalog Falls

Looking for a place to let off some steam? If you’re charmed by nature’s wonders, you’ll surely be charmed by Tumalog Falls. Located along Cebu South Road in Oslob, Tumalog Falls is a horsetail waterfall that remains in contact with the rocks, with water running in a deep blue color because of the limestone concentration found in the area. Aside from being a real beauty to look at, Tumalog Falls is also a great place to swim – and an affordable one at that too, with a PHP 20 (0.40 USD) entrance fee.

Tumalog Falls

Address: Cebu South Rd, Oslob, Cebu, Philippines

Price: from 0.40 USD

Opening Hours: 24 Hours

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Transform your Cebu itinerary

With these activities, you wouldn’t miss out on all the fun Cebu has to offer – you might even have to plan for a second trip just to come back and experience it again! Of course, Cebu has more hidden gems than the ones mentioned here, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed with the many options to choose from, you can start with these 10. Who knows, maybe you’ll stumble upon more adventures!

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