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Cebu – Gateway to the Philippines

Cebu is a province located at the centre of the 167 islands that make up the Philippines. The area’s main airport is located here, providing a gateway to the region’s renowned beaches and superb dive sites. Its capital, Cebu City, has much 16th-century architecture from its Spanish colonial past.

Basilica Minore del Santo Niño

Home to the most important religious icon in the Philippines (the statue of Santo Niño) the Basilica del Santo Niño is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the islands.  It was rebuilt in 1735 and is the country’s oldest Catholic Church.

Fort San Pedro

Colonisation of the Philippines by the Spanish began in 1521 and has had long-lasting influence on the language and customs of the Filipinos. Today’s partly ruined structure contains a small museum and a peaceful walled garden.


The west-coast town of Moalboal has several dive sites, modern resorts, nightlife in Panagsama and the famous White Beach. Throughout the province, divers and snorkelers can see whale sharks, turtles, hammerheads and rays among coral reefs, caves and steep walls.

Tops Lookout

As the name suggests, Tops Lookout is the only place in Cebu where you’ll get fabulous 360-degree views of the surrounding area. This superb observation deck on Mt. Busay has sweeping views over Cebu City and has a café serving snacks and drinks.

Terrazas De Flores Botanical Garden

A tranquil escape from the frenetic pace of Cebu City, the Terrazas De Flores Botanical Garden is a delightful series of terraced flower gardens planted on breeze-filled mountain slopes. Stop for coffee in one of the cafés and admire the native flora and fauna.

Crown Regency Cebu Sky Experience

This amusement complex atop the Crown Regency Cebu hotel is unmissable. Ride the Edge Coaster which circles the perimeter of the 38th floor and tilts to a terrifying 55-degrees. Or try the Skywalk Extreme attached to an overhead harness as you make a circumference walk of this 126m-high building. There’s also a zip line and climbing wall. Not for the faint-hearted.

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