CEBU FOR THE UN-INITIATED
Is it your first time to have a vacation in Cebu? Fret not. You have DIY options, but you also have an option to make every moment count by pre-arranging your trip with a competent travel agency like Green Earth Tours and Travel. By going through our travel agency, you can access very competitive rates for Cebu accommodations like budget hotels, 2-star to 5-star hotels, and a caboodle of resorts, from the rustic and laid back to the world-class and glamorous.
WHAT TO DO IN CEBU
Day 1 in Cebu
Arrive the Queen City of the South. Hotels in Cebu observe international standard check-in time at 1400H. If you have booked a morning flight, you can ask the Green Earth Team to move your tour on the first day, upon arrival so you will not have a long waiting time prior check-in.
Day 2 in Cebu
Have your breakfast at the hotel or resort. Get to know Cebu for a day and appreciate its strong history and culture. Visit centuries-old spots like the Basilica Minore del Sto Nino, Fort San Pedro, and the Magellan’s Cross. These spots are so intimately tied with the Spanish Conquest of the Philippines, and consequently the birth of Christianity.
Colonial buildings may be found in the downtown area of the city, and you will be taken to Casa Gororodo, which was the residence of Cebu’s first Bishop, and which is now a museum displaying household implements, antiques, furniture and the like.
Pass through the Parian Monument via Colon, the oldest street not only in Cebu but in the entire Philippines. Pass through the magnificent structure of the Cebu Provincial Capitol. Head to the Taoist Temple, which offers you an insight of how the Chinese culture has wonderfully been interwoven in the Cebuano fabric.
Proceed to Mactan and learn what makes the Cebuano guitar world-class. Purchase one if you like, or get a ukulele instead. Also see the Magellan’s Marker and the Lapu Lapu Shrine in Punta Engano and take yourself back in time to the very place where the famous Battle of Mactan happened.
On your back to the hotel, notice the juxtaposition of the old and the new. Cebu boasts not only a rich culture, but also a modern vibe as can be seen in its malls, the I.T. Park as well as in its bars and restaurants at night.
Day 3 in Cebu
For those on a short vacation, alas it is your time to leave. Know though that Cebu is always waiting to welcome you back.
Standard check-out time at hotels is 1200H. For those who booked afternoon or evening flights out of Cebu, you can leave your luggage at the hotel or resort concierge and go shopping for souvenirs like fresh and dried mangoes, otap, rosquillos and lechon (yes, you can have them packed well to bring home!). Those into crafts can rejoice as there are world class designers from which you can get your home and fashion accessories made of local materials.
For those with more time to spare and are going home on the 4th day yet, here are optional tours you can take on your 3rd day:
- Bohol Day Trip from Cebu
- Oslob Whale Shark Interaction
- Island Hopping in Mactan
- Kawasan Falls Adventure
- Buggy Ride in Dalaguete
- Southern Countryside Tour
- Resort Day Use in Shangri-la Resort, Imperial Palace or Plantation Bay
Flights to Cebu
Know the available flights before anything else. There are many flights going to Cebu, as the city is a hub in the Central Visayas region.
For domestic flights to Cebu: Guests from Manila, Clark, Laoag, Palawan, Iloilo, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, etc can easily hop on Cebu Pacific, PAL Express, and Air Asia. Travel time takes 1 hour approximately.
Those traveling from Bohol to Cebu can take Ocean Jet Ferry, 2GO Ferry and Weesam Express, wherein travel time is approximately 2 hours. Green Earth Tours and Travel is an official travel agent of Ocean Jet Fast Ferries Corporation. You can book through us, and we can issue you e-tickets.
Friends from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and South Korea can also fly to Cebu via Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Air Asia and regional carriers like Silk Air and Cathay Pacific.
That said, connecting flights are also available via Manila. Everyone will land via the Mactan Cebu International Airport, 45-minutes away from Cebu City.