Cebu city, Philippines – To the Queen city of the South

Day 1

Arrived early in Cebu city (Thanks, Cebu Pac!). What’s the first thing to do in Cebu? Go. See. Lapu-Lapu! Image above shows a selfie with the first Filipino Hero at the Mactan Shrine. He has a monument here built exactly where the fight began & ended. We spent an hour and a half here then we checked out the public market. Guitars here are cheaper than Manila-made guitars. We took our breakfast just besides the public market. If you’re into a luxury trip, check-in Cebu’s Plantation Bay. This is like 45 mins-1 hour away from the airport. The place is very beautiful.

Check out TOPS view. They said that it’s perfect here at night time because there are bars inside the park and you can see the city lights from here. There are bars surrounding the half of the circle. You can also use the binoculars to check out the city below.

Last stop for this morning is the Taoist Temple. A great view of the city and it also has a nice garden.

Also, do not forget to visit the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel in Mactan. This is near the SM Seaside Mall. The chapel is so picturesque and it is also spacious.

DAY 2

One of the places to check out here in Cebu is Oslob. You can swim with the Whalesharks here aka Butandings. From South Bus Terminal (Cebu city) – Ride a bus to Oslob (Php150, 3 hrs). Just tell the driver to drop you off at Brgy. Tanawan for whaleshark viewing. Don’t forget to bring light snacks for the trip. Once you’re there you need to register. There were several groups but not crowded. We only waited for 30 minutes. We had time to eat breakfast for 90Php. You have to attend a short seminar with the experts to know more about the whales

  • Php500 each for local tourists
  • Php1500 each for foreign tourists

No applying of sunblock lotion because this might poison the whales. After experiencing this (and after getting your best shot! lol) head to Tumalog falls. There are habal-habals just outside the Whaleshark viewing point that could take you to the falls. it’ll take you only 15 minutes.

  • Php40 entrance fee
  • Php200 habal-habal ride

Tumalog falls is a must-see too because of its majestic view. The water is super cold. The photo above almost looked like it’s photoshop’d or something. The photo below shows how short I am. Haha! We took photos, swam and rested here. We went back to the whaleshark viewing area after and took a shower.

After an hour spent in this falls, we went to Sumilon Island. Spend at least 1 hour resting on this beautiful pristine island. It has the cleanest water around the area. Boat rental is Php500.

We had lunch at a carinderia (Php50) just beside the Whaleshark Viewing area. Then we headed back to Cebu city. We got back at around 6pm so we just rested the whole night away. I will never forget how I was able to swim with the whalesharks!

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