Day Trips from Cebu
Written by Viator, February 2013
The island of Bohol, located a short ferry ride south of Cebu, is blessed with abundant natural beauty, diverse wildlife and remnants of its Spanish colonial heritage. The island’s mysterious Chocolate Hills look like bizarre grass-covered mole hills, named for the chocolatey brown color they turn during the dry season. Nearly as famous as the Chocolate Hills is the tarsier, possibly the world’s smallest primate and the inspiration for Stephen Spielberg’s E.T. If you’d rather stick to the water, Bohol has many secluded coves and white sand beaches, along with some of the best dive sites in the country.
A trip to Cebu wouldn’t be complete without a day of island hopping to the smaller islands around Cebu. A motorized boat will take you to excellent snorkeling sites, bird sanctuaries and secluded beaches. Enjoy a picnic lunch on a beach and some afternoon relaxation in the sand before heading back to Cebu for the night.
Cebu’s Northern Coast
To experience a more rural, rustic Cebu, head out of the city toward the island’s northern coast. In the fishing village of Danao, you’ll have the chance to eat like a local in an outdoor market, visit a collection of off-the-beaten-path colonial churches and take in the views from the Bagakay Point lighthouse.
Located in the for north of Cebu, Malapascua Island’s white sand beaches and laid back attitude beacons visitors looking to escape Cebu City for the day. Laze on the island’s beaches, head out for shark sightings at one of the island’s three wreck dive sights or go into town for an impromptu basketball tournament with the locals. Whatever activities you choose, you’ll find Malapascua a pleasant change of pace.
Tours & Tickets
Discover Cebu's history and culture on a scenic tour on foot and by horse-drawn carriage. You’ll visit Old Cebu’s heritage sites of Fort San Pedro and ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
Spend the day snorkeling with tropical fish on an island-hopping excursion from Mactan Island near Cebu. You’ll cruise through the islands in a large motorized ... Read more
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Cebu's city life and discover the natural beauty of the Philippine islands on a day trip to Bohol. You’ll take a ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)