Cebu is the second largest metropolitan in the Philippines and is also one of the oldest cities in this archipelagic country. Surrounded by hundreds of isles and islets, Cebu is a long, narrow island embraced by brilliant sunshine and soft white sand beaches with clear azure water. The magnificent marine ecology in Cebu makes it one of the renowned world-class diving spots.
Occupied by the Spanish Empire and colonized by the American and Japanese governments during World War II, Cebu is a city full of colonial characters. Established in the 16th century, the Magellan’s Cross is a stone structure that symbolizes the divine and remembers the time when the Indigenous people of the Philippines convert to Catholicism. As the oldest Catholic Church in the Philippines, the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño enshrines the Santo Niño de Cebú, a statue of the Child Jesus gifted by Ferdinand Magellan, and holds the Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival every January that attracts worldwide travelers and locals to make a pilgrimage and enjoy the celebration. Built by the Spanish to withstand the invasion of the pirates, Fort San Pedro is the smallest and oldest military fortress in the Philippines. Nowadays, the fort has become a popular tourist attraction where people can overlook Cebu City and appreciate the beautiful scenery at sunset.
Blessed with exceptional richness in natural resources, Cebu has a magnificently brilliant and enchanting underwater world. It’s a place where every traveler becomes intoxicated by this crystal-clear, azure sea that offers a variety of experiences full of surprises. Tourists can go snorkeling in Moalboal, and appreciate the Sardine Run, sea turtles, and coral reefs, swim with the whale shark in Oslob, or visit the Kawasan Falls to experience the exciting river tracing trip, cliff diving, and try a river cruise by riding on a bamboo raft. At night, fall asleep with the company of the starry sky and the sounds of the tides to fully experience a local islander’s carefree life attitude.
The adjacent Bohol Island is also a popular tourist attraction for its well-known Chocolate Hills, formed by thousands of brown hills during the dry season, and the Tarsier Conservation Area where people can view the smallest primate in the world through the trees. What’s more, tourists may charter a boat for a trip between Alona Beach, Balicasag Island, and Virgin Island to enjoy the island-hopping fun.
The best travel season
The climate of Cebu is Tropical and suitable to visit all year around. However, the wet season is around June to October and is also the season when Typhoons occur mostly. The weather is relatively stable in the dry season, from March to May, making it a high season for traveling to Cebu.
Jeepneys, remodeled from jeeps left by the U.S. Military during World War II, are the most down-to-earth and common transportation in downtown Cebu. They are convenient as they stop on request whenever you wave and are affordable. Tricycles are motorcycles or bikes with extra seats shuttling back and forth throughout the city, mainly serving where buses and jeepneys can't pass through. Taxi is more expensive but safe and comfortable, making it also a popular transportation option.
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Are there any current entry restrictions in Cebu?
During the pandemic, the entry restrictions of various countries have been adjusted on a rolling basis. Kindly remind you that please be sure to check the entry restrictions of your destination and prepare relevant documents before your departure. For details, please refer to the latest travel restrictions.
When can I fly to Cebu with a lower fare?
How many flights are there to Cebu every week?
STARLUX Airlines offers daily flights from Los Angeles and Taipei to Cebu. You can check the detailed flight dates and information via timetable.
How many international airports are there in Cebu?
The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) is the second busiest airport in the Philippines. It's a gateway that connects the central region of the Philippines. It mainly serves the Philippines' domestic routes and flights within Asian cities.
How far is Cebu International Airport from downtown?
The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) locates on Mactan Island and neighbors the Cebu main island. It's 12 kilometers from downtown Cebu City and takes more than 2 hours by car. STARLUX Airlines reminds you that please make a good plan of the means of transportation heading to the downtown area in advance.
How to get from the airport to downtown?
After passengers land at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB), catching a jeepney heading to the downtown area is the cheapest way. It takes merely 10 to 20 pesos for one way. MI05A is the most popular jeepney route. As the jeepney operates 24 hours a day, the jeepney driver can serve those who land on late flights. The Cebu MyBus is available every 30 minutes and is a low-charge and comfortable means of transportation. It takes only 25 pesos and has numerous routes. So, there'll be no transfer problems. If there are many pieces of luggage to carry or this is a group tour, it's better to arrange a taxi or chartered vehicle in advance. Then, you can shuttle by taxi from the airport to the hotel smoothly.