Cebu as a “health and wellness destination” — this is the re-branding encouraged by the provincial government in the revival of local tourism.

Tourism recovery plans, in consideration with the mandatory public health standards, were discussed in a meeting with Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia last June 10 along the mayors and tourism officers of the different towns and cities of Cebu Province.

They aim to not only save lives but also the livelihood of every Cebuano.

governor garcia cebu

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia

“Government cannot sustain this kind of lockdown, kani nga mga restriction. Government cannot sustain having to shell out more and more funds aron lang sa pagpakaon aning mga nawad-an na’g trabaho, wala na’y panginabuhi. We cannot do this. Or else we will have to set aside our future for the next two, three, four, five years. It’s time to move on and we must move on,”

– Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia

Ecotourism activities to return:

Present in the meeting were mayors and tourism officers of Cordova, Daanbantayan, San Remigio, Santa Fe, Moalboal, Alegria, Oslob, and Badian.

Health protocols discussed were:

  • Canyoonering in Badian– with 400 guests a day instead of 1,000 (in the past)
  • “Tuob Kits” – Resorts offering steam inhalation or “tuob” kits in each room which will consist of a basin, a kettle, and a towel. It is also known as a water vapor therapy.
  • Welcome drinks – made from salabat (ginger tea), calamansi, and duwaw (turmeric) with honey will be offered to the guests.
  • Equipment commonly used in tour activities- life vests and other protective gears will be disinfected through ultraviolet light sanitation device.
  • Foot baths- they will be in place and each room will accommodate one person only.
  • Oslob whale-watching activity – a family will not be mixed with other guests. Life vests will also be sanitized after every use.
  • Boat passes in Moalboal- issued to accredited motor banca operators credible of the mandatory safety or public health standards.

“With foreign arrivals being very scarce, we only have ourselves to ask help for. Hopefully, under new normal, we start thinking our health more and our economy. Kita-kita ra’y makasulbad ani. Cebu helping Cebu. Hinaut nga ang taga-Tabuelan, for example, motabang sa taga-Moalboal,”

– Andrei “Red” Duterte, 5th district Provincial Board Member (Chairman of the committee on tourism)

This article is originally posted in Sugbo.ph

Cebu, as we all know, is the center of tourism industry in the country. There are many options as to where to go when you talk about Cebu. From white sand beaches, to historic sites, to extreme adventures.

Cebu, just like other places in the world, was not spared from the impact on tourism because of the pandemic caused by the Coronavirus or the so called Covid-19.

Covid-19 started to break out in China last December 2019 and was declared to be a pandemic early March 2020. Most of the tourist sites and destinations including white sand beaches and resorts in Cebu were closed. Many people lost their job and was just quarantined in their respective homes.

Cebu province has been placed under lockdown since March 16, 2020. International and domestic flights were cancelled. All tourist destinations in the whole province were also closed.

Starting June 1, the whole Cebu province is now under General Community Quarantine, so, there are movements of people outside their residences but following some precautionary measures set by the government, so the virus won’t spread. However, tourism and leisure activities in the whole country are still prohibited.

As of today, June 2, Governor Gwen Garcia, will meet tourism stakeholders in Cebu to discuss the new normal when tourism industries are allowed to operate when General Community Quarantine will be lifted. They will set the guidelines or rules & regulations when opening tourist sites and destinations.

Governor will also meet the Mayors of respective municipalities under its jurisdiction to set guidelines when crossing borders and what are the to-do’s and don’ts when traveling away from your home.

We will just pray that we can defeat this virus together, and together we will heal as one.

Cebu is once again hailed as the second best island in Asia following Boracay by the Condé Nast Traveler, a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine.

“Located in the center of the Philippines, Cebu draws nearly 2 million travelers annually for its pristine beaches and diving off the island’s northern coast. Spanish and Roman Catholic influences permeate Cebu City; Basilica Minore del Santo Niño houses a small statue of Christ that was presented by Ferdinand Magellan.”, as what the said magazine emphasized.

Kawasan Falls

Kawasan Falls

In addition to what was written in the description, they also mention to visit Kawasan Falls in Badian, which is very popular to tourists, it may be local or foreign. They added a pro tip to visit the falls during weekdays to avoid a crowd.

Department of Tourism 7 (DOT7) Regional Director Shahlimar Tamano welcomed this latest citation. “We are very grateful to the readers who visited and voted as well. This is a testament to the continued efforts of the men and women in the industry and all Cebuanos who work tirelessly to ensure that tour tourists enjoy a pleasant and safe experience here.”, Tamano said.

How to get to Cebu

Cebu has become the main tourist’s hub in the country, considering the location of the island, which is the center of the country, it is very easy to come to Cebu. Wherever you are in the part of the world, there are lots of direct flights coming from Manila and other major cities in Asia like Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Taipei and many more.

The opening of the Terminal 2 in Mactan Cebu International airport has obviously boosted the tourism in the region. It is the terminal where the international flights depart and arrive.

Aside from Cebu, the other two famous islands in the Philippines has ranked also in Top 5. Boracay, which ranks the number 1 best islands in Asia, was considered to be the cleanest island in the country. Many Filipinos said that the closure of the island last year for 6 months for renovation and clean up helps the island to become more popular to foreign and local tourists.

The other island which ranks fourth is the Palawan. Good job Philippines! It’s really more fun in the Philippines.

If you want to visit Cebu and do not know where to go, you can always contact us, and we can definitely help you with your itinerary.

Cebu is considered as the best tourist destination in the whole Philippines. Cebu offers variety of scenic attractions and extreme adventures & activities. Most of the visited places in Cebu are located in the south. The most common attraction that you can think of when we talk about southern Cebu, is the famous whale shark watching located in Oslob.

Below are the list of places and activities that you should visit in the South of Cebu.

  1. Oslob Whale Shark Watching

    oslob whale shark

    Oslob Whale Shark Watching

    Experience this once in a lifetime activity when you visit Oslob. Whale sharks or the so called gentle giants are friendly sea creatures where you can get close into but you not allowed to touch them. This attraction has become popular online since September 2011.

  2. Sumilon Island and Sandbar

    Sumilon sandbar

    Picture from Wanderfol

    Another place that you can visit in the municipality of Oslob is the private island of Sumilon which is owned by Bluewater Resorts. The island is just 15 minutes away from the whale shark area. You have the option to get into the island through their day tour package, or just visit the sandbar area.

  3. Tumalog Falls

    Tumalog Falls

    Tumalog Falls

    Cebu is a very famous place when we talk about waterfalls. Oslob has its own waterfalls, the Tumalog Falls, which is just 15 minutes from the whale shark interaction area and you can visit this falls through private car or habal-habal (motorcycle for hire). Make sure you do not miss this scenic and beautiful waterfalls.

  4. Inambakan Falls

    Inambakan Falls

    Inambakan Falls

    Located in the municipality of Ginatilan is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Cebu, the Inambakan Falls. This is a five level waterfalls with a cave behind it. Getting there is through renting a car, or just take a motorcycle from the highway where you can get off the bus from the City.

  5. Dao Falls

    Dao Falls

    Dao Falls – Image from Peanut Browas

    Dao falls is another waterfalls found in the south of Cebu, municipality of Samboan. You can hike in a scenic and dramatic waterfall down to a towering limestone wall. Not so many tourists visit this place due to the fact that you will be spending more time in hiking just to get into the falls, but all are worth it, a beautiful waterfall is waiting for you.

  6. Aguinid Falls

    Aguinid Falls

    Aguinid Falls

    Another waterfall that you can find in Samboan is the Aguinid Falls. This falls is composed of 5 level along the Tangob River, each of the level has its own unique cascade.

  7. Kawasan Falls

    Kawasan Falls

    Kawasan Falls by Swedish Nomad

    This is the most famous and most visited waterfall in the south of Cebu. This waterfall is consist of 3 level where each of the level are worth your Instagram pose. Each of the level turns the waterfalls into a swimming pool or lagoon which is accessible via jungle trails. This is also the exit point of the canyoneering activity in Badian.

  8. Canyoneering Adventure

    Canyoneering Adventure

    Canyoneering Adventure – Image from Where is Cebu

    If you love adventure, Canyoneering in Badian is a must do. Do not leave Badian if you have not tried this canyoneering adventure. This activity involves trekking, water sliding, jumping, swimming and many more. The jumps are 15 feet to 45 feet high.

  9. Osmeña Peak

    Osmeña Peak

    Image from Journey Era

    Osmeña Peak is located in the mountains of Dalaguete Cebu. This is the highest peak in the province of Cebu. At the top, you will be able to see the Negros Island and the Bohol Island. Best time to visit there is during sunrise and sunset.

  10. Simala Shrine and Pilgrimage

    Simala Shrine

    Simala Shrine

    If you are a religious person and visiting the south of Cebu, then you must include the Simala Shrine and Pilgrimage in your itinerary. The church was never emptied with devotees of Blessed Virgin Mary. The church is open from 8am to 5pm and you can also attend masses during Sundays. You can either rent a car or take a motorcycle from the highway to the Shrine.

  11. Moalboal Sardine Run

    Moalboal Sardine Run

    Moalboal Sardine Run – image from Wanderers & Warriors

    One of the famous attraction if you talk about Moalboal is the sardine run. You can either snorkel or scuba dive in this spot. This is just located near the shoreline in Moalboal. The good thing is that you can rent a boat going to Pescador Island and take a side trip to this Sardine Run.

  12. Corals in Pescador Island

    Corals in Pescador Island

    Corals in Pescador Island

    One of the best places in Cebu when you talk about corals is in Pescador Island. This is located in Tañon Strait which is just a few kilometers away from the western cost of the Cebu Island.

  13. Turtle Point in Moalboal

    Turtle Point in Moalboal

    Turtle Point in Moalboal – Image from Savedra Dive Center

    Turtles are not just in Apo Island in Negros. If you are in Cebu and you want to see turtles then consider those in Moalboal. Turtle point is just near the area where you can see the sardine run and you can also include this when you visit the Pescador Island. You can also relax at Basdaku White Beach after seeing these turtles.

  14. Carcar Lechon and Chicharon

    Carcar Lechon

    Image from Vinz Ideas

    When you are done with the activities in the south and you are going back to the City with your own rented vehicle, then ask your driver to stop at Carcar for the crispy and delicious Lechon. Also, make sure to buy the famous Chicharon. Everyone is talking about it when they pass by Carcar.

So, that’s it. If you have something in mind that you want us to add in the list above, then send us an email at [email protected].

If you also want us to arrange your 2 days 1 night South Cebu Adventure, then you can send us an email at [email protected] or call us at 09173238965.

 

 

Cebu is considered as one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. According to the Department of Trade and Industry, in the year 2018, the tourist arrivals to the Philippines rose by 7.7% from the previous year. It recorded a 6.6Million estimated number of tourists. Korea is the number one country to have the most tourist come to the Philippines. The department recorded 1.607 Million Koreans in the year 2017.

Cebu is a very known city in Korea. It is because of its culture, history, foods, tourist spots, world class hotels, white sand beaches, whale sharks, entertainment and the friendly people that the city has. There are also many Koreans schools found in Cebu and in Mactan.

So, what do you really expect in Cebu in the year 2020?

LRT and BRT in Cebu

Photo from CDN

Photo from CDN

The most important thing to take note and you must be excited about is the Cebu Light Rail Transit (CLRT) and the Bus Rapid Transit (CBRT) systems which will be operational in Cebu City and its neighboring cities in the year 2020. This will surely attract more tourists to come and visit the city because of the transportation will be like the first world country in Asia, Singapore.

Cebu Ocean Park

Image from Project Lupad

Image from Project Lupad

Considered as the biggest oceanarium in the Philippines, the Cebu Ocean Park, will have its soft opening last quarter of the year 2019 and will be fully operational in the year 2020. Just like Manila Ocean Park, the Cebu Ocean Park is geared with an all-year round tourist destination. The good thing about the park is that it has functions spaces, food halls, multi-animal shows and many more. The park is located just beside San Pedro Calungsod Chapel which is at the back of SM Seaside City in South Road properties. If you want to rent a car to go there, you may call us at 0917-323-8965.

Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway

Image from BWorldOnline

Image from BWorldOnline

Another thing to expect in Cebu in the year 2021 is this CCLEX. As of 2018, the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is an ongoing project of Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation which links Cebu City and Cordova with a total length of 8 kilometers. The projected completion date of this bridge will be year 2021. If finished, this Mactan Cebu Third Bridge will be considered the longest bridge in the Philippines. Currently, San Juanico Bridge in Leyte is the longest with 2.6 kilometer in length.

Metro Cebu Expressway

Image from SkyscraperCity

Image from SkyscraperCity

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will begin the construction the Metro Cebu Expressway this year. This will link Carcar City to Danao City with a total distance of 74 kilometer. This is built to shorten the travel time between the said two cities. This will also solve the worsening traffic in Metro Cebu. There is no definite date yet when it will be finished. This is part of the present’s administration program and plans for infrastructure.

We can expect a better Cebu in the next two years. More tourists will surely come and tour in the city. Hopefully, the number of visitors will spike up to a better percentage from the previous year.

If you want to tour in Cebu and want us to arrange your itinerary, you can contact us, and we will assist you.

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holy week in cebu 2016

Heading to Cebu this Holy Week? You have come to the right place as I present to you the top 3 destinations in Cebu on a Holy Week. So, read on and let your Cebu escapade let you come back for more.

  1. Simala Shrine, Sibonga Cebu

As a Catholic country, Filipinos have strong faith to the Church which makes us unique to other nations. It has been a tradition to our fellowmen to do the so-called “Visita Iglesia” (Church Visit) during the lenten season. Simala is one of the most popular religious destinations in Cebu, honoring Mama Mary. Devotees flock the place not only on Holy Week but throughout the year.

  1. Bantayan Island

Cebuanos and visitors flock the island especially on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday because of the religious festivities happening there including the grand procession. While it is observed that eating pork is prohibited during these days, in Bantayan, this is the time that you still get to eat pork especially lechon (roasted pig). Although you can still enjoy eating the delectable seafoods here in Bantayan Island.

  1. Mactan Island

If you do not want to travel far away from the city, you can opt to go to Mactan and find the perfect beach for relaxation. Water sports activities such as parasailing, jet ski and banana boat ride, snorkeling and others can be enjoyed at Mactan’s famous resorts with our 5 in 1 water sports activities.

Here are 20 Reasons Why Travelling to the Philippines is a Total Waste of Time

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of great things about the Philippines – stunning beaches, delicious food, fun fiestas, hospitable people and the list goes on. If there are many reasons why you must visit the Philippines, here are 20 reasons to convince you to drop your plans of travelling to my country. Forget coming to the Philippines – it’s a total waste of time.

1. It’s really hot in here

01 hot in here

2. It’s just made up of 7,107 plain islands

02 made up of 7,107 plain islands

3. With beaches that will bore you to death

03 beaches that will bore you to death

4. Nothing very spectacular about its marine life

04 Nothing very spectacular about its marine life

5. And its underwater creatures

05 And its underwater creatures

6. Even the mountains are not majestic enough

06 Even the mountains are not majestic enough

7. What’s so special about these hills?

07 What’s so special about these hills

8. It’s just home to one of the world’s smallest primates, no big deal

08 It’s just home to one of the world’s smallest primates, no big deal

9. An island within a lake, in a volcano, in a lake, on an island. Now that’s confusing

09 An island within a lake, in a volcano, in a lake, on an island. Now that’s confusing

10. How could this be a New Wonder of Nature?

10 How could this be a New Wonder of Nature

11. The streets are out-of-date

11 The streets are out-of-date

12. And the transportation too

12 And the transportation too

13. There is nothing modern in the Philippines

13 There is nothing modern in the Philippines

14. Pollution is everywhere

14 Pollution is everywhere

15. I told you, it’s polluted

15 I told you, it’s polluted

16. The Spaniards, Americans and Japanese ruled the land. It apparently has no original culture

16 The Spaniards, Americans and Japanese ruled the land. It apparently has no original culture

17. Fiestas are such an eyesore

17 Fiestas are such an eyesore

18. And the food? Full of sugar

18 And the food Full of sugar

19. And bad cholesterol

19 And bad cholesterol

You would never want to visit the Philippines because…

20. … you might not want to leave!

20 you might not want to leave

Before you go, check our the 12 worthy to visit beaches in Cebu. Amazing!

Source: Tripzilla

osmena peak in dalaguete

The Vegetable Basket of Cebu is famous of their green plants that are perfect for growing. Located in the south of Cebu, Dalaguete is the best place to see such green scenery and the place to unwind and hit the spring. For a small province, there are a lot of adventures you could actually do when you visit the place.

1. Indulge in spring and beach

Dalaguete got a fair share of spring and beaches. Obong Spring is famous for the trees called “dalakit” where the province got its name. The cool icy spring is what attracts most of the tourists. It is also freshwater and during the high tide, the locals said that, the salt water from the sea will go to the spring. Gakub Spring is not that famous but it still offers the cold water that is crystal clear, you could actually see the rocks on the bottom.

Blessed with white sand and the coconut trees nearby, the Dalaguete Beach Park is open in public wherein you could work on your tan and swim until your heart content.

2. Visit a cave

Kulabyaw Cave are where hikers and trekkers pass by to reach the Osmena peak. The cave is known for the handful bats and other animals living in the place.

3. Climb a mountain

One of the frequent things that tourists do in the area is to climb the Osmena Peak. Take a deep breath of fresh air and cool wind, you can really feel it flapping against your face. This is one thing you’ll experience in the peak. Not only that, the view will leave your jaw hanging as you stare around with the multiple jagged hills or known as Mantalungon ranges which differ from that of Chocolate Hills because of the formation of the rocks that are much pointed. The visible shoreline of southwest Cebu and the island of Negros Oriental can be seen in the area. Many hikers spend the night in the camping area and wait for the sunrise the next day. In the morning, most trekkers traverse their way to Kawasan Falls in Badian. Moreover, Bandera peak is surrounded with green scenery that offers a variety of plants, ferns, flowers and the like. The place is usually covered with thick fog from the month of September to January.

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Kawasan Falls in Cebu by CebuTours.phSituated in the southwest part of Cebu, Kawasan Falls is often visited not only by local tourists but, also by foreigners. Presently the falls is one of the sources of power and water supply in town including its neighboring areas. Kawasan Falls is composed of 3 levels. Of course, the 3rd level which is the highest, gives more thrill for adventurers out there.

You have the option to hire a private tour, you can contact us, or go there via bus. Foreseeably, it is always better to arrange for an exclusive trip. From the city, the trip would take about 2 hours to reach Badian town, where Kawasan Falls is located. Once you reach the starting point to the falls, get your legs ready for some hiking. Fret not, the walking just takes about 20 to 30 minutes. While walking, the sound of water flowing is clearly audible. You can really feel the pleasing touch of nature. Be ready to cross a small wooden bridge leading to a small children’s spring. Kids can take a swim here and enjoy the clear water. After the wooden bridge, you will cross an old stoned bridge.

Moving on, you can see small native huts available for rent for overnight use. During summer, it is almost always fully-booked so, if you plan to stay longer, reserve ahead or better yet, coordinate with a travel agency in Cebu. When you reach the first falls, you can stay there. Groups with children are advised to stay here to lessen the hiking minutes. Admittedly, even adults would want to settle for the first falls because of the extra minutes needed to reach the next two falls.

On the other hand, young adults are satisfied to reach the second falls. For those who want adventure and challenge, you can climb up to the third falls. This is not advisable for tourists who are bringing children and elders with them. Although the three falls vary, they just flow the same clear water.

Once you have chosen where to stay, rent a cottage. You may even start swimming immediately. To complete your trip, rent a wooden raft to get close to the falls. A waterproof camera is useful here. Remember, prices may rise up depending on the season. So, negotiate well. Again, you may have your travel agency arrange this for you to lessen the hassle.

 

Sumilon Island in Oslob CebuCebu is one of the top tourist’s destinations in the Philippines. Over the years, it is becoming popular because of its rich culture, diverse history, hospitable people, white sand beaches, delectable local food and restaurants. Today, Cebu is not only recognized locally but also globally.

The well-known Magellan’s Cross is found in Cebu, near the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. The cross was brought by Ferdinand Magellan and it became the symbol for Christianity. Until this day, it is suitably sheltered in a chapel to preserve it’s genuinely and holiness.

January is the most awaited month for most Cebuanos. This is because Sinulog is celebrated every third Sunday of the month in honor of Senior Santo Niño. The Church gets visited by a huge wave of people during this month. A nine day novena mass is held prior to the festival. It is then followed by a fluvial and solemn foot procession attended by thousands of devotees. Cebuanos never fail to pay respect to the Holy Child. People from other provinces even come to Cebu to show their love and devotion to Santo Niño.

During this time, tourists are also enticed to witness and be a part of the celebration. The festival is a whole day street dancing event with contingents coming from nearby provinces. Sinulog is performed by dancing using two steps forward and one step backward with background drum music. Wearing their colorful costumes and tireless smiles, the dancers perform street dancing graciously. Under the heat of the sun, the dancers always seem not tired rather they are enthusiastically dancing and entertaining the crowd.

At night, street parties are evident in the city. Experience the party with the crowd and be ready to be dirty by paint colors. Eating barbeque at Larsians is a must try to every visitor. Other local street foods such as tempura, kwek-kwek, ginabot, balot and others are guaranteed palatable too.

Many tourists stay long in Cebu after Sinulog to flip over the white beaches. World class hotels and resorts such as Movenpick, BE Resorts, Plantation Bay, etc. are totally fantastic. Bantayan, Malapascua, and Camotes are among the top islands with the finest beaches in Cebu. Kawasan Falls is also a must-visit. For hikers, climbing up to Osmeña Peak is truly marvelous. Swimming with the famous whale sharks in Oslob has been gaining attraction since a few years ago. It should be a once in a lifetime experience. Don’t forget your cameras! Contact us today if you want to take us to these destinations.