Things to Do in Cebu
DISCOVER PRIME SHOPPING AND WHITE-SAND BEACHES NEAR OUR CEBU HOTEL
After you’ve settled into your comfortable room or suite, you can take the walkway to SM City Cebu Mall next door. Covering 25,000 square meters of lively shopping space, this supermall houses a variety of retail stores, restaurants and cafés, and entertainment options, including multiple cinemas, an arcade and a bowling complex. The hotel also places you near historical landmarks and prominent businesses, and our location near the coast positions you perfectly for beach trips and diving expeditions.
Museums and cultural sites:
- Museo Sugbo - 2.1 km
Explore Filipino history, from the Spanish colonial to the Japanese era, with the religious and historical artifacts at this popular museum, formerly a jail.
- Fort San Pedro - 2.5 km
Constructed in 1738 by command of Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi to repel Muslim raiders, Fort San Pedro remains the oldest fort in the Philippines. Near the city port, in Plaza Independencia, this stronghold held national revolutionaries as they rebelled against Spanish forces in the 19th century.
- Basilica Minore del Santo Niño - 2.6 km
Spanish explorers founded this church in 1565 on the location where they found an icon of the Holy Child Jesus brought to the country earlier by Magellan. It is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines.
- Magellan’s Cross - 2.7 km
This Roman Catholic monument, installed on 21 April 1521 at the request of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, marks the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.
- Casa Gorordo - 2.8 km
This museum displays artifacts and relics related to Filipino life under colonial rule by Spain; previously, it was the home of Cebu’s first Filipino archbishop, Juan Gorordo.
- Colon Street - 3.2 km
The oldest street in the Philippines, Colon Street served as the commercial center in downtown Cebu for centuries. Built in 1565 as part of the city plans of conquistador Legazpi, this area remains a busy collection of shops and markets.
Beaches, diving sites and parks:
- Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary
Witness the largest congregation of migratory birds in the Philippines at this haven for traveling birds.
- Hilutungan Island Marine Sanctuary
A perfect dive site for beginners, this popular marine sanctuary provides a beautiful spot for snorkeling and diving.
- Nalusuan Island
This man-made island resort features renowned coral reefs, perfect for snorkeling and diving, as well as kayak and watercraft rentals.
- Pandanon Island
This Mactan Channel island provides one of Cebu’s most popular beach destinations, thanks to its white-sand bars and crystal waters.
Day-trip adventures:Local islands and provinces
You can find other snorkeling and diving sites as well as canyons to explore in the south at Oslob, Moalboal and Sumilon Island. Avid hikers will want to explore the distinctive Chocolate Hills in the Bohol province, and a visit to the island of Bohol will let you meet the tarsier, one of the world’s smallest primates.