Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tourist Spots in Cebu: Heritage and Resort Destination


Cebu has been known as the "Queen City of the South" and  was the oldest city in the country. Rich with beautiful attractions and cultural heritage, no wonder it's been one of the most famous and visited city in the Philippines. People in Cebu are called "Cebuanos" and speak Cebuano, similar with the Dabawenyo's dialect but just differ in intonation and accent. Cebuanos are extremely proud of their cultural and historical heritage, a legacy which has endured through the centuries, from the time Ferdinand Magellan planted the cross on Cebu's shore. Cebu comprises of 6 cities: Cebu, Danao, Lapu-lapu, Mandaue, Toledo and Talisay; and 47 smaller towns.
Today, the island province leads in traditional and non-traditional exports and has the highest economic growth rate anywhere in the country. Likewise, recent indications pointed out that Cebu has become the country's most favorite tourist destination.

In contrast to the bustling metropolis, the rest of Cebu's 167 islets and island are line with idyllic white sandy beaches and pristine clear waters. Cebu has gained wide popularity for fantastic diving grounds evidenced by the proliferation of resorts which offer luxurious accommodations, excellent dive facilities and the services of competent dive masters and dive guides.

Tourist Attractions in Cebu:

Mactan Island
This coral island is famous for its dive sites, local handicrafts and many beautiful beach resorts of international standards offering local and foreign tourists world class services.
cebu city famous tourist spots
Mactan Island (
Bantayan Island
It is known for its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Beach resorts dotting the island's shores offers a mix of local and international cuisines as well as vast arrays of fresh sea foods to choose from.
Bantayan Island (

Malapascua Island
Sometimes referred as "Logon". It has white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. The west coast is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. A walk or tour on the island can be done within half a day.
cebu city famous tourist spots
Malapascua Island
Camotes Island
Known as the "Lost Horizon in the South" because of its unspoiled beauty. Camotes consists of four islands: Pajican, Poro, Ponson and the tiny Tulang Island.
cebu city famous tourist spots
Camotes Island (
Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary
The wildlife sanctuary has a total area of 920 hectares and consist of mainly of sand flats and mudflats, mangrove forests, sea grass beds, sandy ridges and coconut grooves.
Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary
Kawasan Waterfalls
It is located at Matutinao, Badian, Cebu. Another must-see in Badian is this majestic waterfalls that make up the Matutinao River System. The Kawasan Nature's Park is the entry point to the river system. 
Kawasan Waterfalls (
Sumilon Island & Nature Tour

Sumilon Island (
Diving underwaters (
Moalboal - A Diver's Paradise
A top adventure destination - Moalboal and neighboring towns offer mountain biking, rappelling, climbing, trekking, but above all fantastic diving! Get to visit and dive to coral gardens, dive reefs and sunken islands.
Underwater diving at Moalboal (
Orchid Farms in Moalboal
Orchid gallery in Moalboal has one of the biggest orchid displays in South East Asia. Growing over 200 kinds of orchids, the orchid farm is even a major supplier of potted plants and orchids in Cebu.
Magellan's Cross
Planted in April 21, 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan, this mark the spot where the first Christian Filipinos were baptized.
Magellan's cross
Capitol Building
The seat of the provincial government, is of pre-war vintage. A replica of the United States' White House. It is one of the many beautiful capitol buildings in the country, constructed in 1937.
Capitol Building of Cebu (
Taoist Temple
This temple was built  in 1964 and is classic example of Chinese architecture. It is a concrete reminder of the well-established Chinese Community in Cebu City, who have contributed much to the industrialization of Cebu.
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There are lot more of cultural heritage you can find in Cebu but, these are the most visited among them.

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