Cebu is a province located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. Consisting of the main island of Cebu and 167 surrounding islands and islets, Cebu was established as a Spanish colony in the 16th century resulting in a majority population of Roman Catholics.
The best time to visit Cebu is during the dry season from November to May. The north area of Cebu province is exposed to typhoons and was hit by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Typhoon activity picks up from July to August.
For a traveler, Cebu is a top destination to visit for beautiful beaches, resorts, and scuba diving. On the main island of Cebu, head to Moalboal which is popular for its congregations of sardines. For some idyllic island time, visit islands like Mactan, Bantayan and Olango. A standout, and arguably the top diving destination in Cebu is Malapascua Island which is famous for thresher shark sightings. Many also travel to Cebu to see and swim with whale sharks at Oslob.
On land, Cebu has many historical and religious monuments to visit owing to its Spanish heritage. These include sites like Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, Cebu Heritage Monument and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. For festivals, visit during January to experience Sinulog or in April for Holy Week.
Snorkel and kayak at the many islands with beautiful protected reefs and simply take the time to enjoy the pristine beaches and resorts. Take a city tour to visit historical and cultural sites around Cebu City. Visit in January or April to experience great cultural and religious festivals.
Fly to Mactan-Cebu International Airport from destinations in Asia like Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong on airlines like Cebu Pacific, AirAsia and Silk Air. Alternatively, fly in on local airlines like Cebu Pacific from other cities in the Philippines.
Note - Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.