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Images Of Cebu, Philippines

Images Of Cebu, Philippines

Cebu is definitely one of our favorite places in the Philippines and we figured it’s about time we shared some of our favorite photographs with our readers.

Kieron has family living in Cebu which gave us an amazing opportunity to explore the area with the help of some local knowledge. Here are some of the highlights from our visit…

Lapu-Lapu (Mactan Island)

For those flying into Cebu, you’ll arrive at Mactan Cebu International Airport on Mactan Island. Mactan Island is home to several luxury resorts but it’s also home to a very important part of Filipino history.

Boats at Magellan Shrine Park

The 20-meter high shrine to Lapu-Lapu resides on Mactan Island, remembering the native leader who defeated Spanish soldiers and killed Ferdinand Magellan in the Battle of Mactan in 1521. It’s a very impressive bronze statue and if you’re around during April or May, you may be lucky enough to see a re-enactment of the battle!

Lapu-Lapu Shrine, Cebu Philippines

Magellan’s Cross

Magellan’s Cross was planted by Ferdinand Magellan upon his arrival to Cebu City in April 1521 and is a symbol of Christianity in the Philippines. This occured less than a week before the Battle of Mactan which we wrote about above.

Magellan's Cross in Cebu, Philippines

Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro was built in the early 1700s to protect against Muslim raids and is full of history with a nice manicured garden inside.

Fort San Pedro, Cebu Philippines


This photo doesn’t look like much since we were actually among the clouds but visit Tops on a nice day and you’ll get to see a beautiful view of Cebu City’s skyline. Despite our lack of a view, it was a nice escape from the warm temperatures and you really do feel like you’re on top of the world.

Tops, Cebu Philippines

Taoist Temple

The Cebu Taoist Temple is located in the wealthy residential area of Beverly Hills and features some impressive Chinese architecture and culture. It’s a peaceful place that attracts a lot more tourists than you would imagine – worth a quick stop if you have the transport.

Taoist Temple, Cebu Philippines

Kawasan Falls

Kawasan Falls is one of the best places to visit in Cebu – it’s located two hours from Cebu City and a lot of tour operators come out here. Bamboo rafts are available for hire that take you directly under the falls but it’s a swim in the refreshing clean water that will make your day.

Just remember to bring a towel!

Kawasan Falls, Cebu Philippines

Plenty Of Other Great Scenery!

Along with all the attractions we’ve already listed above, there’s great scenery everywhere you look in Cebu including some beautiful world-class beaches!

Beautiful Beach in Cebu Philippines

Flower in Cebu

Filipino Fishing Boat

So for those of you thinking about planning a visit to the Philippines, please make sure you include some time in Cebu in your itinerary. There’s plenty to see and do on this great island with many fantastic day trips available, including Bohol and the Chocolate Hills.

Does this post make you want to visit Cebu in the Philippines one day?


  1. Posted June 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Ahhh I keep wondering if I am going to have time to visit the Philippines during my 6 months in SEA and I keep putting on my not gonna happen list. Now after seeing these images I wanna put if back on my list. I know 6 months is plenty of time, but I like traveling slow and know for sure I wanna visit the main SEA countries along with MYANMAR . Ah I guess we’ll see what happens when I finally get there. Amazing photos… I’ve heard a lot about Cebu & after seeing this argh… I don’t know what I am going to do.

    • Posted June 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      The Philippines is a beautiful country but it’s a tough one on the budget to get out there and get between islands. But if you have the time and money, we can definitely recommend it as you can see! 🙂

  2. Posted June 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    This makes me wish I’d actually spent some time in Cebu while I was in the Philippines. My macbook charger broke while I was in Boracay and because I couldn’t cope for more than a day without internet I flew to Cebu, went to a mall and bought a charger and then left that evening LOL!

    • Posted June 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

      Oh that’s a shame – too many tourists just make a quick stop in Cebu before taking off to places like Boracay. But at least you’ll have good memories of it bringing the internet back into your life!

  3. Posted June 27, 2012 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful place! And it’s so rich in history as well. Beaches + history= my kind of place. I’ll have to add it to my list.
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    • Posted June 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      It’s amazing how much history there was in Cebu – glad to hear you’re adding it to your list!

  4. Posted June 29, 2012 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    amazing scenery and very rich history!great photos too,you are lucky you had local knowledge,now i know one more magical place to visit..

    • Posted June 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

      We were very lucky to have family that could show us around – hope you get to see some of these places one day!

  5. Posted July 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe how beautiful this waterfall looks. The colours are amazing. I have never heard of this place before, so thanks for sharing.
    TammyOnTheMove recently posted..9 crazy ways of transporting stuff in Cambodia

    • Posted July 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

      It really is a beautiful location and one that so many travelers wouldn’t even know about. Glad we could share it with you and hopefully you’ll be able to travel there one day. 🙂

  6. Posted July 6, 2012 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    i’m getting my foreign friends in Cebu this August.. hope they will like it too.. 😛
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