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Aside from its popular beaches, Cebu has other colorful things to offer.
Image: Sirao Garden-Little Amsterdam
Being one of the top destinations in the country, Cebu has its fair share of local and foreign visitors once the summer season starts. Aside from relaxing in one of its wonderful beaches, there are also other fun things to do in the summer while in Cebu, like visiting different flower farms, checking out the amazing waterfalls, having fun in water parks, or having your fill of different Cebuano delicacies. You may also want to go island hopping and visit some of the islands off the coast of Cebu. So ditch the touristy beach, and consider these other things to do this summer in Cebu, and rest assured, you’ll have just as much fun, if not more!
1. Visit different flower gardens.
The overall theme of Sirao Garden earned the place its nickname as the Little Amsterdam of Cebu.
Image: Sirao Garden-Little Amsterdam
If you love the roses that are red and the violets that are blue, visiting the flower gardens in Cebu is one summer activity to do. The flower industry of Cebu has experienced a resurgence in recent years, and this has led to different flower gardens opening themselves to the public. While the most famous flower garden is the Sirao Garden or the Little Amsterdam of Cebu, the island is also home to a number of other equally impressive flower gardens. These flower gardens include the Ka-tilong Sunflower Farm and Betty’s Botanical Garden in Barangay Tabunan, Buwakan ni Alejandra in Balamban, and MSDEA Ornamental Garden in Barangay Sibugay. If you are looking for a sight to behold at night, you may also want to visit 10,000 Roses Café in Cordova Island.
2. Go island hopping around Cebu.
Visitors can visit and take a dip in the different islands surrounding Cebu.
Image: Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort
Taking a dip in the beaches may be one of the first things that you want to do when you visit Cebu. But to maximize your trip, do more than visit just one beach in Cebu: go island-hopping and visit different beaches! Off the coast of Mactan Island, one of the more popular islands to visit is Pandanon Island, which is around an hour away. Another popular destination is Nalusuan Island, which is home to a marine sanctuary. Other islands to include in your island-hopping itinerary are Olango Island, Hilutungan Island, and Caohagan Island. If you find yourself in southern Cebu, Sumilon Island in Oslob and Pescador Island in Moalboal should all be part of your travel plans.
Being one of the oldest cities in the country, Cebu can be paradise for a history and culture lover.
Image: Casa Gorordo Museum
History and culture lovers will find Cebu a tempting summer destination, since it is after all considered as the cradle of Christianity in the Philippines. So one of the best things to do when in Cebu is to visit its historical places and cultural landmarks. Aside from the Basilica Minore del Sto Nino, which is home to the image of the Santo Nino, you may also stop by Fort San Pedro, Magellan’s Cross, Casa Gorordo, Sandiego Ancestral House, the Jesuit House, and the Heritage of Cebu Monument. A trip to the south will not be complete if you do not visit the ancestral houses in Carcar City and the heritage sites in Boljoon.
4. Enjoy the waterfalls.
If you are a nature lover, a visit to Kawasan Falls is something you should not miss when you spend your vacation in Cebu.
Image: Kawasan Falls
Shake off the seawater and swim in freshwater, instead. Cebu is home to breathtaking waterfalls that have piqued the interest of local and foreign tourists. Here, you can take a dip in cool, refreshing waters. The most famous of these waterfalls is Kawasan Falls in Badian, but Cebu has many other equally-impressive waterfalls in the island, including the Aguinid and Binalayan Falls in Samboan, Bugnawan and Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan, and the Tumalog Falls in Oslob.
5. Take your family to Cebu’s different water parks.
Waterparks will become popular destinations in Cebu during the summer.
Image: AquaQuattro Water Park by AquaPolis in Liloan, Cebu
The summer heat can be unrelenting, but this should not stop you from spending time outdoors with your family. The waterparks found in different parts of Cebu are great destinations fit for every member of the family. Two of the better known water parks in Cebu are Cebu Westown Lagoon in Mandaue City and Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark in Lapu-Lapu City. Meanwhile, two relatively new but popular water parks are Skywaterpark Cebu in Mandaue City and AquaQuattro Water Park in Liloan. For families looking for a water park set amidst the beauty of nature, Hidden Valley Wave Pool Resort in Pinamungajan and Tubod Bukid Resort in Minglanilla can be good options. Beach lovers may also consider Talima Adventure & Water Park in Olango Island.
Tigers have ample space to roam around at the Cebu Safari and Adventure Park.
Image: Cebu Safari & Adventure Park
Animal lovers may also find Cebu a great place to spend summer in, as it is also home to the biggest zoo in the country: the Cebu Safari and Adventure Park. It is a 170-hectare world-class facility housing over 100 different species of animals. Unlike a regular zoo, the animals at the park have ample space to roam around in. The facility is home to an African lion, Bengal tiger, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, macaws, and the Philippine crocodile. In addition to the animals, the facility also has a garden filled with the orchid collection of the owner, the renowned businessman Michel Lhuillier. It has a tram that brings visitors to different areas around the park.
7. Taste the flavors of the island.
A visit to Cebu is never complete without getting a taste of the famous Cebu lechon.
Image: The Pyramid
Cebu can be a foodie’s paradise with the wide array of homegrown restaurants dotting the island. One of the places you can visit on a food trip in Cebu is the House of Lechon where you can taste the world-famous Cebu lechon (roasted pig). You may also want to drop by Harbour City Dimsum to try its renowned steamed rice and different siomai (steamed Chinese dumplings) varieties. If seafood is to your liking, Isla Sugbu Seafood City is a good place to satisfy your craving. For food lovers who are also on the lookout for a good view while enjoying their dinner, Lantaw Native Restaurant may be a good option.
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Visiting Cebu in the summer should not be limited to its amazing beaches since the island has something to offer to everybody.
About Peter Parcon
After leaving spending 16 years of his professional life in the academe, Peter decided to try his luck in the world of online freelancing. For the past eight years, he has been creating content for clients all around the world. He can work on just about any topic - from tattoos to technology and food to finance. He dreams of visiting every island in the archipelago some day.
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