Start your year right and memorable in these tourist destinations in Cebu this year!
Image: Shalem Paraguas Villegas-Sioc (R)
It might be hard to believe that you missed a lot of plane rides, river cruises, and cliff-jumping adventures due to the coronavirus pandemic. But that’s in the past! This year, you can kick off your getaway by rediscovering these famous tourist destinations in Cebu, one of the country’s prime destinations.
Thanks to new safety practices and cleaning protocols in reopened towns and tourist spots in Cebu, you can fuel your adrenaline rush, take colorful pictures, and unwind in nature. Read on to see the five best destinations in Cebu and find out where you can begin your 2023 adventure!
Simala Church is considered the Virgin Mary’s home by Marin devotees.
Image: Simala Shrine Facebook page
You can set foot on the miraculous grounds of Simala Shrine in Sibonga, Cebu, to meditate and say your prayers before you explore the island. The shrine is a popular tourist destination in Cebu, visited by locals and tourists alike because of its awe-inspiring European-inspired cathedrals and cultural themes. As this place is considered one of the best destinations in Cebu, when visiting the monastery, note that you should wear formal attire and be mindful of your actions and words inside the church.
You can also try Kawasan Canyoneering when visiting Kawasan Falls in Badian.
Image: Kawasan Falls Facebook page
Badian is one of the famous tourist destinations in Cebu because of its natural wonders; it is always a thrill seeker's paradise with its clear waterfalls and endless mountain trails. In the southern part of Cebu, clear turquoise water falling from Kawasan Falls makes it one of the country’s most visited spots in Cebu. If you come from Osmeña Peak, most tour guides recommend a walk down to this waterfall, but you can go directly from Barili.
Cebu has its vast lagoon, just like in El Nido, Palawan.
Image: Aloguinsan River Eco-Cultural Tour Facebook page
Voted as one of the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations in the World, Bojo River in Aloguinsan, Cebu, is a must-visit. To explore this best destination in Cebu, take the Aloguinsan River Eco-Cultural Tour, where you can cruise down and see the flora and fauna of the river ecosystem with local fishermen. For three hours of traveling to this tourist destination in Cebu, you can experience a calming riverboat ride, go swimming, and have environmental lessons.
Alongside the German Ruins is a cliff 20 feet from the water below.
Image: Bantayan Island Facebook page
Ever since the Filipino film “Camp Sawi” was released in theaters, many tourists have flocked to Bantayan Island, which was the picturesque setting of the movie. After all, who could resist the breathtaking beaches and Instagram-worthy mangrove gardens in this famous spot in Cebu offers? If you got your heart hurt last year, leave the past and jump into the waves at your favorite cliff-diving site, the German Ruins.
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Meet the friendly sea creatures hiding underwater in Moalboal and Pescador Island.
Image: Savedra Dive Center Facebook page
Just a few kilometers off the coasts of Moalboal, it is one of the best diving spots in Cebu. You can dive underwater and see colorful sea creatures, turtles, and coral reefs with the help of Savedra Dive Center’s professional scuba divers. To top off your underwater diving experience, witness the Sardine Run near Pescador Island.
Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. Have a great trip!
This article was initially published in Yoorekka on January 01, 2021.
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