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How to Spend 3 Days in Cebu

How to Spend 3 Days in Cebu

With a full three days on the Philippine island of Cebu, you’ll have plenty of time to tour Cebu City, explore the island’s spectacular natural attractions, and head farther afield to other stunning spots in the archipelago. Here are some ideas for how to spend an unforgettable 72 hours in Cebu and beyond.

Day 1: City and Sea

Take your first day on the island to get oriented with everything Cebu has to offer. Kick things off with a guided tour of Cebu City, hitting top attractions like the Santo Niño Basilica (Basílica del Santo Niño), Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, and the Casa Gorordo Museum. Book a private tour to customize your itinerary with all the sights you want to see, or combine a tour of Cebu City with a visit to neighboring Mactan, where you can check out a local guitar factory where instruments are made by hand. After lunch, partake in one of the many water sports Mactan is known for; options include jet-skiing, parasailing, and scuba diving just off the coast. Head up to Tops Lookout to watch the sunset over Cebu, or join an evening tour that includes a Filipino-Spanish dinner at a restaurant in the Busay Hills.

Day 2: Outdoor Adventure

Cebu is a veritable outdoor playground, so there are myriad options for how to take advantage of the island’s abundant natural attractions. Head to the southwestern part of the island to spend the day canyoneering along the Canlaob River and swimming in the multitiered pools of Kawasan Falls, or take a boat just offshore from Oslob to see whale sharks in their natural habitat. Some tours let you don snorkeling gear to observe the majestic animals from the water. If you’re interested in Cebu’s underwater world, opt for a day of scuba diving. Embark on a 3-dive tour—or, if you’re new to the sport, get a taste and learn some basic skills with a Discover Scuba Diving course led by a PADI professional.

Day 3: Island-Hopping

Now that you’ve seen Cebu, it’s time to explore some of the area’s other islands. One of the most popular day trips from Cebu takes you to Bohol, famous for the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Chocolate Hills and the tiny tarsier primates that live on the banks of the Loboc River. Alternatively, take a motorized outrigger from Cebu to Olango Island, home to the largest concentration of migratory birds in the Philippines. For a true VIP experience, charter your own private boat for a day of island-hopping, with plenty of stops to snorkel and swim. Choose the islands that interest you most, such as Caohagan, known for its snorkeling, or Nalusuan, home of the mangrove-filled San Vicente Marine Sanctuary.

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Whale Shark Swimming Experience and Aguinid Falls from Cebu

Whale Shark Swimming Experience and Aguinid Falls from Cebu

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Snorkel with whale sharks on a private day trip from Cebu and swim alongside these gentle giants for 30 minutes. Spend a fun-filled day that includes a scenic coastal drive and short boat trip, then enjoy a beachside barbecue lunch. Finish with a hike to Aguinid Falls. You’ll have the personalized service of a private guide with your own hotel transport included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$126.16
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$126.16
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Oslob Whale Shark and Kawasan Falls Canyoneering Day Tour

Oslob Whale Shark and Kawasan Falls Canyoneering Day Tour

Enjoy a fun-filled day with other like-minded travelers on this small-group tour. Swim with gentle whale sharks off the coast of Oslob, then continue to Kawasan Falls for canyoneering adventures, where you will jump, swim, and float through the water. As your destination is around 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Cebu City, this day tour will get you there and back comfortably within a day.  
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.24
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5-Hour Evening Tour from Cebu with Dinner

5-Hour Evening Tour from Cebu with Dinner

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Catch a classic Cebu sunset from Tops Lookout on an evening trip from Mactan or Cebu. Enjoy panoramic views over the city, then dine on Filipino-Spanish cuisine at Chateau de Busay, an inn and restaurant set high in the Busay Hills. This excursion includes dinner and door-to-door transport from your hotel.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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$110.00
Price varies by group size

Cebu Dine Around

Cebu Dine Around

Away from the colonial churches, soft-sand beaches, and crystal-clear waters, Cebu offers a world of authentic and delicious cuisine drawing from both land and sea. On this culinary tour, explore Cebu’s culture through its traditional cookery and discover the flavors the locals love. Begin with pickup at your Cebu City or Mactan hotel, and sample Cebu delicacies such as steamed dumplings, baked pork ribs, shrimp soup, and grilled fish.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.06
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Twin Cebu - Mactan City Day Tour

Twin Cebu - Mactan City Day Tour

Discover the rich history of the Philippines as you explore the cities of Cebu and Mactan during this full-day small-group tour. Visit key landmarks such as Ferdinand Magellan’s Cross, San Pedro Fort, Museo Sugbo, a Taoist Temple, and much more. Discover the country’s vibrant culture and sample its gastronomy with a delicious Cebuano lunch including seafood, chicken, and Lechon.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.49
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Try and Discover scuba diving

Try and Discover scuba diving

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A full scuba diving course can take three days to complete. Get started breathing underwater and exploring Mactan Island’s spectacular corals in under half a day on this fab Discover Scuba Diving course. After watching a video and trying on equipment, learn some basic scuba skills in the shallows, then spend 40 minutes discovering the underwater world with a dive professional monitoring your every move.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$168.00
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$168.00
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Half-Day City Tour of Cebu

Half-Day City Tour of Cebu

See the sights of Cebu City on this 3.5-hour tour. Learn about the city's history as you visit landmarks such as Fort San Pedro and Magellan's Cross, and see cultural attractions like the Taoist Temple. Select a morning or afternoon tour when booking.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$106.64
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