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9 Reasons to Visit Cebu

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Beautiful beach on Bantayan island, Cebu
Beautiful beach on Bantayan island, Cebu

Reasons to Visit Cebu

As one of the top cities in the country, Cebu certainly has a lot to offer to its visitors, whether it is their first time to visit the island or the nth time. The beautiful thing about Cebu is that its sights are not just concentrated within the city but they are also scattered all throughout so it forces everyone to explore both northern and southern regions.

Exactly why is Cebu a great place to visit? Here are among the top things people love coming home to:


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Street Food

Street food in Cebu
Street food in Cebu (credits: George Parilla via flickr)

The island offers a plethora of street food that are sure to satisfy everyone’s gastronomic cravings. It is not just the food of choice for budget travelers but it also provides a whirlwind adventure to anyone brave enough. You can try out Chinese-inspired dishes such as siomai or lumpia but there are also unhealthy and yet mouthwatering choices such as ginabot (pork intestines).

Hungry for more? Why not try out tuslob buwa (literally, dip-bubbles), which in simplest terms is a pork brain fondue. Grossed out? There’s also the lansiao (soup number 5), said to be an aphrodisiac, and bakasi (salt water eels).

Lechon

Best Lechon in Cebu
Best Lechon in Cebu – Reasons to Visit Cebu

Or if you are looking for something slightly normal, there’s always the lechon. Lechon is the national dish of the country but it is said that the best recipes can be found in Cebu. Not sure where to go? Be sure to visit these top places to eat lechon de Cebu!

Beaches

Beautiful beach on Bantayan island, Reasons to Visit Cebu
Beautiful beach on Bantayan island, Cebu

The island has long been popular among tourists for its beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters. The best places to swim in are usually located in the far north (Bantayan Island) and somewhere in the south (Moalboal) but there are also quite a number of beaches to visit just near the center. Mactan Island is also known for its world-class resorts.

Diving Spots

If wading or snorkeling in the sea is not enough for you, why not try diving? The best place to go for diving in Cebu is in Malapascua Island, which is also considered as the best place to see thresher sharks. Moalboal’s Pescador Island is also a well-known diving spot where you can see hammerheads and white-tip sharks.

Waterfalls

Waterfall in Cebu
Waterfall in Cebu

Even Cebu’s inland water forms are not to be missed. Planning to chase waterfalls? Well, the perfect place to do just that is in the southern town of Samboan — it has Aguinid Falls, Triple Drop Falls, Dao Falls, Bonbon Falls and a few other attractions.

You can also drop by Kawasan Falls which is perhaps the most famous waterfalls in the province.

Mountains

Osmena Peak
Osmena Peak

Did you know there are at least seven mountains to climb in Cebu? Well, that’s just for beginners. If you want even more challenge there are still at least six more popular ones and a handful of others that are yet to be popularized.

Fun adventures

When one hears about Cebu, the first thing that probably comes to mind is canyoneering in Badian. There are a whole lot of other things to do in Cebu as well: diving, snorkeling, hiking and camping, swimming with whale sharks in Oslob and a whole lot of other adventures.

Whale Shark Interaction in Oslob Cebu by Janey
Whale Shark Interaction in Oslob Cebu by Janey

In the city, the most adventurous thing to do would be to go high up the 37th floor of the Crown Regency Towers and Residences and do the Sky Experience Adventure!

Vibrant nightlife

Are you a party animal? Well, Cebu is your best place to be! Among the most popular places to dance and party the night away are in Mango Avenue and at the Cebu IT Park.

Friendliest people

Sinulog Festival in Cebu
Sinulog Festival in Cebu By George Parrilla – http://www.flickr.com/photos/georgeparrilla/3215617276/, CC BY 2.0

I’ll try not to be bias here but, truly, the Cebuanos are among the friendliest and most hospitable people you will meet. Check out Cebu Wanderers (or join their group) if you want to join adventures with other people and meet new friends — and save money at the same time.

Cool? Well, see you in Cebu! And chat up with me when you do. I just might want to tag along.

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