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From Historic Sites to Thrilling Adventure: Cebu Province Divers Offerings

In 2015, I made a life-changing decision to leave Davao City and establish my new home in Cebu. The allure of Cebu's vibrant culture, stunning natural beauty, and thriving urban life was impossible to resist.

The Oldest church in Cebu
Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino de Cebu

Cebu, a province located in the central part of the Philippines in the Visayas region, is historically rich in culture who captivated different travelers for many generations. Its capital 'Cebu City', is the 2nd largest city in the country after Manila, also known as the 'Queen City of the South', and offers different destinations for travelers looking for an urban vibe, or for those who are into wonders of nature. Cebu is a thriving economic and cultural center. Aside from that, Cebu is a major transportation hub, which means it has one of the biggest International airports, making it a huge tourist magnet and one of the most recommended tourist vacation spots in the country.

Things to do in Cebu

Take a City Tour in Cebu Province

Start your journey through Cebu's history by visiting Magellan's Cross, located in downtown Cebu City, a symbol of the island's role in the Spanish colonial era. This historic landmark marks the spot where Ferdinand Magellan planted a cross in 1521, signifying the introduction of Christianity to the Philippines. Next to it is the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu, one of the oldest churches in Cebu. Inside is the Sto. Niño de Cebu, the statue of the child Jesus given by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.

magellan's cross
Magellan's Cross With My Family

Temple of Leah in Busay

After downtown Cebu, make your way to the Temple of Leah perched at the hills of Cebu City to witness the grandeur of this tribute to eternal love. This is also known as the "Taj Mahal of Cebu", which it was built by Teodorico Adarna, this place is a grandiose declaration of love in honor of his late wife Leah with this Greek-Roman style of architecture. When visiting in the evening, you can witness serene beauty with a romantic view of the city, and with a chilly feeling, you can create the perfect setting for a romantic date night.

temple of Leah in Busay
Taj Mahal of Cebu


Indulge in the best-tasting, mouth-watering lechon, especially in Talisay, Cebu is a culinary experience like no other. Lechon is a crispy-skinned roast pig that truly captures the essence of Filipino flavors. At any event or on ordinary days, many Filipinos indulge in this delectable dish. Whether you savor this meal in restaurants like Rico's, House of Lechon, or Zubuchon, you're always in for a treat! It is always a true testament to Cebu's gastronomic excellence and journey to a Filipino culinary tradition.

finest lechon of cebu
House of Lechon

filipino flavors
Cebu Finest Lechon

Stay at a luxurious resort in Mactan

If you are looking for a relaxing atmosphere for you and your family, one recommended resort is Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu. It is located in Mactan, a small island connected by a bridge to Mandaue and Cebu City. My family loved to stay in Mactan resorts because they are family-friendly and they offer all-inclusive activities too. In fact, this is where my husband and I had our honeymoon after our wedding.

Visit 10,000 roses and chill with a coffee

Nestled in the heart of Cordova Cebu, still around Mactan, the 10,000 Roses is a famous tourist attraction that takes you through a journey in a sea of illuminating roses. As evening approaches, this romantic place comes to life as it illuminates thousands of white LED roses that light up the sky. You can chill in the cafe next to it, which offers different choices of food and drinks with your family, friends, or significant other which offers a dreamlike ambiance perfect for creating lasting memories.

10.000 Roses
10.000 Roses, Cordova Cebu, Mactan

coffee store
Chill with a Coffee

Go Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls

Are you in for an adventure or a cold swim? Head south to Badian, Cebu where you can find the most visited Kawasan Falls, where you can experience Canyoneering. This activity involves hiking, cliff jumping, and swimming through the picturesque waterfalls of the area; an adrenaline-pumping activity where you can enjoy Cebu's natural beauty. If you simply visit to appreciate the natural beauty of it aside from Canyoneering, you can swim in the Gatorade-blue pool below the waterfall for only Php 40 entrance fee.

Moalboal Basdaku beach

Visit the stunning beaches in Cebu, one of which is the Basdaku beach in Moalboal, south of Cebu. From snorkeling to diving, the crystal waters of Moalboal are perfect for it. Experience the sardine run on Pescador Island in Moalboal if you are up for it. Explore the vibrant coral reefs and the abundance of marine life. Aside from that, Basdaku Beach has mesmerizing sunsets, you can relax on the sandy shores with your family and loved ones and enjoy the view of the sunset below the horizon.

Basdaku Beach in Moalboal
Basdaku Beach in Moalboal, South of Cebu

Swim with the Gentle Giants in Oslob

Have you ever imagined swimming with sharks? Yes! Shark! But not the usual sharks, they are Whale Sharks, also known as the "Gentle giants of the sea", try this for a one-in-a-lifetime experience in Oslob, Cebu where you can swim alongside the whale sharks in their natural habitat, make sure that you visit the area as early as 5 AM so you can join the activity at 6 AM, the activity is only until 12 NN for only 30 minutes and it is by batch. It is an unforgettable experience where you can witness the beauty of the marine life up close and be captivated by the size and grace of the magnificent animals.

whale sharks
Gentle Giant of the Sea

Kandaya Beach Resort in the North

For a more luxurious and tranquil escape for you and your family, head north to Daanbantayan Cebu where Kandaya Resort is situated. This 5-star haven is designed to provide a secluded paradise experience. From Private villas to Beachfront suites, this resort has a lot to offer. They have different activities to enjoy too like watersports including kayak & paddleboard for a daytime adventure. When hunger strikes, this resort offers a delectable fine dining experience at their restaurant as they have various choices of Filipino and International blends in cuisine.

beach resort
Kandaya Resort

Buy your Pasalubong at Shamrock

When visiting Cebu, no trip is complete without bringing home some pasalubong (souvenirs), when I visit my hometown in Davao I always make sure I bring them their favorite Otap, Rosquillos, Dried Mangoes and their favorite, danggit! Visiting the Shamrock store located in Fuente, just in the heart of Cebu City, you can buy different kinds of pasalubongs for your loved ones at home. Also, Shamrock offers a small restaurant inside their shop so you can also try their specialties.

Overall, this Cebu experience is truly amazing from the trip around the city to the picturesque views of nature and beaches in the south, and a serene and luxurious retreat to Kandaya resort in the north, Cebu has always something special in store for you. Make your journey unforgettable by exploring the natural beauty of this enchanting island that you'd always come back for.

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