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14 Absolutely Beautiful Places in Cebu

Pescador Island by Ken Suarez via Unsplash

14 of the Most Beautiful Places in Cebu, Philippines

Cebu has been hailed as the “Queen City of the South” for a reason. And it’s something you definitely shouldn’t miss, especially if you want to truly explore the hidden gems and treasures of the Philippines.

Apart from its breathtaking natural wonders that will indeed sweep you off of your feet, Cebu is also known for its rich culture and thriving economy. As one of the country’s three (3) big metropolitan cities alongside Metro Manila and Metro Davao, the center of the Visayas region’s exceptional progress in growth and development is no other than Metro Cebu. Expect to see gigantic malls, towering skyscrapers, and urban supremacy on par with Manila here at Cebu. The best part? You also get to enjoy exploring all of its world-class natural attractions!

So, are you ready? Prepare to be amazed and mesmerized as we explore the 14 Absolutely Beautiful Places in Cebu!


Whale Watching in Oslob Cebu by Michael Liao via unsplash
Whale Watching in Oslob Cebu by Michael Liao via Unsplash

First on the list is no other than the small, beautiful coastal town of Oslob. Aside from being known for its breathtaking white-sand beaches featuring crystal clear waters and majestic limestone cliffs, Oslob is also the home of the famous Whale Sharks.

Whale Sharks, or Butanding in Tagalog, are the largest known fish species in the world. And thanks to Oslob’s incredibly rich marine biodiversity, tourists from all over the world have a chance to watch them up close.

Bantayan Island

Best Beach Resorts in Bantayan Island photo by @JessaPedrola via Unsplash
Best Beach Resorts in Bantayan Island photo by @JessaPedrola via Unsplash

Cebu’s Bantayan Island is truly the definition of a tropical paradise. Situated at the northern end of Cebu, this small island is filled with breathtaking white sands and turquoise blue waters. All of the world-class resorts scattered around Bantayan Island did a fantastic job preserving the island’s beautiful pristine condition.

Besides being a popular beach destination, Bantayan Island is also a known fishing community, and tourists are free to try and taste the famous danggit!

Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island by Kimberly Mendero
Malapascua Island by Kimberly Mendero

Malapascua Island is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines and in the whole world. Aside from its breathtaking beauty featuring world-class white-sand beaches, lush forests, and stunning crystalline waters, Malapascua is also a famous scuba diving spot popular among international divers.

One of the must-visit places here is Monad Shoal, where tourists can grab the chance of swimming with thresher sharks and many more marine animals.

Kawasan Falls

Kawasan Falls by Jake Irish via Unsplash
Kawasan Falls by Jake Irish via Unsplash

Sitting at the foot of the majestic Mantalongon Mountain Range, our next destination is easily one of Cebu’s greatest treasures, and you really shouldn’t miss the chance to visit it. Kawasan Falls is a beautiful three-level waterfall famous for its stunning turquoise waters.

It has become the perfect getaway destination for everyone who wants to enjoy canyoneering, trekking, swimming, and falling in love with nature’s mesmerizing beauty.

Camotes Islands

Beach Resort in Camotes Island
Beach Resort in Camotes Island

Ah, the Camotes Islands. This group of islands is slowly becoming one of the country’s most sought-after beach destinations thanks to its incredibly breathtaking white-sand beaches, natural caves, hidden lagoons, rivers, and many more natural wonders!

Camotes Islands are genuinely full of surprises, and exploring them all should definitely be part of your bucket list!

Sirao Flower Garden

Sirao Garden Cebu
Sirao Garden Cebu

Absolutely. There’s no doubt that Sirao Flower Garden is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Cebu. Well, it’s dubbed as the “Mini Amsterdam” of the Philippines for a reason! Thousands of different flowers, mostly the bright red and yellow celosias, await you upon your arrival in this visually breathtaking garden. So be sure to prepare your cameras!

Temple of Leah

Keep the horizon straight - Temple of Leah
Keep the horizon straight – Temple of Leah.

You don’t usually encounter Roman-style temples in Asia, so visiting the astonishingly beautiful Temple of Leah should definitely be on this list. Dedicated to his lovely wife, Leah Albino-Adarna, Señor Teodorico Adarna built this huge temple made of marble and brass that has been coined as the Philippines’ version of the Taj Mahal.

Cebu Taoist Temple

Cebu Taoist Temple by JuanPiso via Wikimedia cc
Cebu Taoist Temple By JuanPiso – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

Cebu isn’t all about world-class beach resorts and tropical wonders. It is also the melting pot of different cultures and religions. One example is the beautiful Cebu Taoist Temple. It is actually the center of Taoism in the region and wasn’t originally deemed a tourist attraction.

However, thanks to its undeniable beauty featuring the Chinese-style architecture of the temples and the panoramic view of Cebu City, the Cebu Taoist Temple eventually became one of Cebu’s most famous landmarks.

Osmeña Peak

Osmena Peak Sunset by Choypictures via Wikimedia cc
Osmena Peak Sunset By choypictures -, CC0, cc

Standing high at 1,013 meters above sea level, Osmeña Peak or Pico Osmeña is considered Cebu’s tallest mountain. Tourists can witness the breathtaking sight of the cluster of jagged green hills and the mesmerizing sunset. The Osmeña Peak is a perfect destination for every outdoor-loving person out there, where you can hike, trek, and even camp with your friends and loved ones. Better not miss the chance!

Pescador Island

Pescador Island by Ken Suarez via Unsplash
Pescador Island by Ken Suarez via Unsplash

One of the premier diving and snorkeling sites in the entire country is the famous Pescador Island of Moalboal, Cebu. This huge island is virtually surrounded by deep waters of the ocean where Cebu’s stunning marine biodiversity thrives.

Grab the chance to witness a glimpse of paradise as you swim with thousands of species of marine animals such as Spanish Dancers, Frogfishes, Pilot Fishes, and even the Stone Fish!

Tumalog Falls

Tumalog Falls in Oslob
Tumalog Falls in Oslob

The vibrant cascading waters of the majestic rock formation of Tumalog Falls are truly enchanting and worth exploring. Countless tourists fall in love with this beautiful destination not only because of its irresistible tropical ambiance but also for the numerous memory-making opportunities waiting for everyone here.

Take the chance to trek, hike, rock climbing, cliff diving, and swim with your friends here at Tumalog Falls all day long!

Sumilon Island Sandbar

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort in Oslob Cebu
Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort in Oslob Cebu

If you’re looking for a quiet and peaceful place in Cebu where you can relax and enjoy nature’s stunning beauty by yourself, then exploring the mesmerizing Sumilon Island Sandbar should absolutely be part of your list!

This huge 24-hectare island is famous for its white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and world-class scuba diving sites. But what really sets it apart is the famous sandbar that changes and shifts patterns depending on the time of the year! I suggest that you bring your best cameras out because you’ll surely be taking many pictures!

Pilgrimage to Simala Shrine

Simala Shrine by Kelly Parker via Flickr cc
Simala Shrine by Kelly Parker via Flickr cc

Visiting the Simala Shrine of Cebu will make you feel like you are on a European adventure visiting countless medieval castles and fortresses. Aside from the stunning beauty of Simala Shrine Castle’s architecture, pilgrims from all over the world actually visit it for the miraculous Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Simala Shrine, also known as the Our Lady of Lindogon Shrine, is truly picturesque and breathtaking. Therefore, including it in this list is absolutely a no-brainer.

Aguinid Falls

Aguinid Falls Level 5
Aguinid Falls Level 5

Finally, Aguinid Falls is the true definition of a “hidden gem.” This stunning waterfall wonder secluded in the Samboan Village of Cebu is undoubtedly one of the most unique and exciting adventures you’ll experience in your life. The Aguinid Falls is an eight-leveled waterfall filled with milky-blue waters that are truly mesmerizing.

Maximize your Cebu adventure by trekking, rock climbing, diving, and hiking here at Aguinid Falls because you’ll surely have the best time of your life!

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