Experience Cebu Province – from air, sea and land

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Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort — designed in chic Filipino style — sits in a cove with its own private beach.

It’s no surprise that the Department of Tourism (DoT) consistently names Cebu as the most visited province in the Philippines in terms of domestic and foreign tourist arrivals. From its fascinating history as a native kingdom before the arrival of the Spaniards, its friendly and religious people, its irresistible food and its world-class natural and man-made attractions – Cebu has always lived up to its nickname of “The Gateway to ‘A Thousand Voyages.’

Air

Above the clouds, via the province’s own air carrier, Cebu Pacific, one will easily see a paradise surrounded by a number of islands and mountainous regions.

From the city side, one sees a large number of high-rise buildings, piers and seaports, as it continues to be a bustling center for trade and commerce – not to mention being the second area of growth of the country after Metro Manila.

For a daring and thrilling adventure, Cebu is known as one of the few places in the Philippines where skydiving spots and skydiving centers are available.

Sea

What’s a trip to Cebu without visiting some of its white sand beaches, azure waters and pristine coral gardens? In fact, the province – apart from its main island – is home to more than 150 islands and islets.

For surfing, some of the perfect spots to have fun across Cebu are Punta Engaño, Liloan, Catmon, Carmen and Bantayan, Talisay, San Fernando, Toledo and Argao.

Buwakan ni Alejandra Flower Farm is a spectacle of color with its lush garden in bloom all year round.

Buwakan ni Alejandra Flower Farm is a spectacle of color with its lush garden in bloom all year round.

For those wishing to see the most colorful coral reefs and majestic sea life, consider going to Malapascua, Moalboal, Oslob, Hilutungan, Nalusuan, Capitancillo and Mactan dive sports.

Cebu has no shortage of amazing beach resorts either. One of them is Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort, about 25 minutes from Mactan Cebu International Airport. Lush 7-hectare tropical paradise nestled by the sea, it features a 110-meter beachfront of pristine white sand and clear blue waters, a private island and three lagoon-shaped swimming pools with waterfalls .

Here, tourists can expect Cebuano hospitality, comfort and relaxation with its 190 well-appointed rooms, pampering treatments at the Amuma Spa and Health Club, and tons of leisure activities such as swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, billiards, table tennis, beach volleyball, life-size chess board and pieces, children’s play area and children’s playroom.

Visitors can also enjoy a fine dining experience at the resort’s five restaurants – Allegro (Filipino and international cuisine), The Cove (live and fresh seafood restaurant), Oyster Bar (cocktail bar near the beach), Pizzeria Delfino’s (Italian restaurant) and Amuma Juice Bar (healthy fare), all outside of their recreational bar.

Additionally, guests are assured that they will enjoy a safe stay at Bluewater Maribago, as it is recognized by the DoT and the Department of Health for compliance with public health and safety protocols through the implementation implementation of BlueCARES and the use of StaySafe.PH for contact tracing.

Earth

Although Cebu is primarily known for its beaches, there are still some equally great places to visit, accessible via jeepneys, taxis, a ride-sharing service, a v-hire (van for rent) or even a habal-habal.

Churches. The province is known as the “cradle of Christianity in the Philippines” with Ferdinand Magellan introducing the Catholic faith to Filipinos in the same province. Cebuanos’ devotion to the Holy Child or Senior Santo Niño even attracts tourists through their annual Sinulog Festival held every January.

Thus, a pilgrimage is almost always part of the tourist itinerary. There are a number of great churches to visit, one of them being the National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Regla Parish in the town of Lapu-Lapu where the miraculous image of Our Lady of the Ruler.

The Manaoag Rosary Shrine in Cebu City is also worth a visit. Located on the hillside in Barangay Guba, it enjoys a very quiet environment conducive to prayer and meditation.

Gardens and holiday farms. Cebu also has a number of scenic mountains for hiking enthusiasts. But for some visitors who just want to rediscover nature and enjoy that calm and fresh air, the province offers some of the best holiday farms in the country, such as Buwakan Ni Alejandra located on the Transcentral Highway, Balamban. The 700 square meter garden is known for its picturesque locally grown flowers that bloom amid stunning scenery.

Another must-see garden is the Adlawon Holiday Farm located in Sition Proper, Adlaon. Ideal for those looking for a farm stay experience, this destination offers country-style rooms and lodges, two function rooms for teams or receptions and parties, a library, lounge and entertainment center and a terrace with a view. Add to that their mini forest, nurseries, animal enclosures, a campsite, orchards and a chapel.

Their huge hectare of farmland has a variety of crops for visitors to purchase. Through this, the farm helps the community by employing locals as gardeners and caretakers, while some use their talent to make handicrafts to sell.

Of course, you shouldn’t leave the farm without tasting the food. It is Kusina Luche that uses fresh produce for its famous serving dishes such as cassava cab-cab, buko chicken soup, bistek, crispy pata, fruit shakes and homemade guyabano ice cream, among others.

City tour. Finally, city life is alive and well in Cebu. Among the must-sees in the city is The Chocolate Chamber at Robinsons Galleria Cebu. This chocolate oasis located in front of the mall’s garden is owned by Raquel Choa, a tablea lawyer and the so-called “chocolate queen”. They have different unique versions of chocolate dishes such as spaghetti, pizza and mushroom soup.

Another place to visit in the city is the Alegre Guitar Factory in Lapu-Lapu – one of the most famous guitar makers in Cebu, if not the country. Visitors can observe craftsmen making guitars.

Finally, the latest attraction in Cebu is the new Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX), also known as the Cebu-Cordova Bridge, and the third Cebu-Mactan Bridge.

The artistically designed 8.5 kilometer bridge is now the longest and tallest bridge in the Philippines, eclipsing the 2.1 kilometer San Juanico de Leyte and Samar Bridge. This iconic landmark took four years to build and is also an eye-catching sight even from afar.

Indeed, with all it has to offer on land, sea and in the air, Cebu is sure to have new and unique adventures for everyone.

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