The Philippine archipelago is consist of 7641 islands, which only about 2,000 are inhabitable. Philippine Islands are grouped into three major islands. The Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Two of these islands is Cebu and Bohol. Two provinces in the Visayas region that possess beautiful and captivating places.

It’s difficult to find one place which literally has everything you might look for. We are fortunate enough as a Filipino since we don’t need to travel for so long and sail the oceans just to get into beautiful places outside the country because most of the paradise-like destination here in the Philippines is just an hour away. Cebu and Bohol are enough to satisfy your “WANDERFUL” soul.

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It’s no wonder why these provinces visit by so many tourists. I will tell you the reasons why.  For travelers out there, this post will help you throughout your journey to the province of Cebu and Bohol.

First of all, let me guide you how to get to Cebu


The fastest way to get in Cebu is by plane. Arrival is at Mactan – Cebu International Airport. You can book a direct flight from Manila to Cebu via Cebu Pacific Air or Philippine Airlines. Traveling to Cebu is just an hour away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Mactan- Cebu Internation Airport. Aside from plane, you can also get in Cebu via bus and ferry.


We stayed at San Marino Residences. It is very convenient since the popular establishment and commercial building is just right across the street.  San Marino Residences is located at J. De Vera Street, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City, just right across SM City Cebu. San Marino Residences is very accessible since it’s just a walking distance to the domestic seaport and 20 minutes away from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. San Marino Residences is also accessible by PUJs and taxi.

San Marino Residences Rooms

The rooms are clean, nice and cozy, each room has a different elegant design that will surely make you feel a peaceful and pleasant ambiance. Each room is complete with kitchen utensils, cable TV, one bed, table and internet connection.

Cebu hotelI highly suggest booking a room online. You can check the latest price at Agoda.

For more info, read my blog here: San Marino Residences

Aside from San Marino Residences, you can also check these following hotels:


Cebu Parklane International Hotel

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Quest Hotel

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Hotel Elizabeth

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Red Planet

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Harolds Hotel

harolds hotel cebu

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Adelfa Hotel

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Tropical Hostel Cebu

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Actually, there’s a lot of apps and websites that you can find on the internet for accommodation, another option is through Airbnb. I can share you a discount coupon if you signed up through my referral link. Just click this link and it should be direct you into Airbnb website “Benjoe gave you  $______ to travel. Click the sign-up button to claim your credit.  Follow the Airbnb instruction to create an account, you can use your Facebook or Google Account upon signup.

Once you already have an account, you can search for Cebu accommodations and use the discount coupon. Discount is only applicable when you take your first trip for ₱3,500 or more.

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It’s no wonder why the province of Cebu visits by so many tourists, both local and foreign because of its magnificent attractions, the paradise-like and unique natural wonders that you can find in each Municipality of Cebu. So here is my list of places you might like to visit in the province of Cebu.

Pescador Island

If you’re a diving enthusiast, or you’re just fond of seeing Marine life Another breathtaking underwater view that you should try is no other than Pescador Island.

Why Pescador Island is perfect diving spot in CebuPescador Island is a small island and part of the municipality of Moalboal located in the Tañon straight, it’s approximately a 20-30 minute boat ride from Panagsama beach. The abundance of giant sardine ball, a once in a while opportunity to see the sea turtles and stunning coral reefs made Pescador island popular for divers and snorkelers around the world. It is also considered as a famous marine park in Cebu.

Why Pescador Island is perfect diving spot in CebuAlegria – Badian Canyoneering and Kawasan Falls

Alegria Canyoneering and Kawasan Falls in Badian is one of the places that you should not miss to put on your list if you want to experience some extreme adventure in Cebu. This extreme adventure is also one of the highlights of our vacation in the province of Cebu. For those who didn’t know what canyoneering is all about. Basically, canyoneering is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques and outdoor skills which required for some adrenaline pumping and death-defying activities. These activities include cliff jumping, down-climbing, scrambling, hiking, and swimming. Canyoneering is frequently done in a remote settings places like in Alegria and Badian in Cebu. If you’re an adventure seeker or a type of person who is not afraid of this kind of activities, this one is for you.

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Cebu Bohol Itinerary

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Whale shark watching at Oslob

This massive guy from Oslob, Cebu is a such a wonderful creature that I’ve ever seen in my life by far. Despite their physical attribute and appearance,  they are actually harmless and they only eat planktons, squid, and other small fishes. Oslob should be on your travel bucket list when you visit Cebu!

whale shark in oslob

Sumilon Sandbar

Sumilon Island is a small island located in the southern part of Cebu. I must say that you should not skip Sumilon Island if you’re already in Oslob. It’s lies about 20-30 minutes boat ride away from Tan-awan in Oslob. This fascinating island in Cebu is one of the top destination and one of the most popular among the tourist because of its perfect white powdery and smooth sandbar.

whale shark watching and sumilon sand bar

Tumalog Falls

And yes! Like what I’ve said, It’s no wonder why the province of Cebu visits by so many tourists, both local and foreign because of its magnificent attractions, the paradise-like and unique natural wonders that you can find in each Municipality of Cebu. One of these unique attractions is the fresh and cool turquoise pool and the cascading waterfall of Tumalog falls in Oslob.  Tumalog Falls is located in the highlands of Oslob, it is only 15 minutes away from the Whale shark watching area.

Spanish Cuartel

The Cuartel was built in the Spanish era around the 1800s, the cuartel serve as a barracks for the Spanish troops or Guardia Civil assigned in Oslob. Unfortunately, when the Americans arrived in the Philippines, the Spanish left the cuartel and the construction was terminated.

Cuartel in Oslob

It’s just amazing to think that even a long time has been passed, even after facing a war, a large number of earthquakes and typhoons happened, the church and remains of the cuartel were still intact.

Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Conception

One of the oldest churches in Cebu. It is located just a few meters from the municipal hall of Oslob. This massive church is one of the beautiful churches that you can be found in the province of Cebu. I was amazed by its design and the architecture was pretty awesome, the quality of the materials used to build this church is truly durable despite all adversity that happened in the past decades.

churches in cebu

Monastery of the Holy Eucharist

Another church you must visit is this castle-like church is located in Upper Lindongan barangay Simala in the town of Sibonga, about two hours travel from the center of Cebu. The Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, or popularly known as the Simala Church.  This shrine was built in 1998 after the episodes miraculous events, including Mama Mary’s shedding of tears. Because of the said miracles, Simala Shrine became so popular, devotees hoping that their prayer requests would be granted. This shrine also became popular by its amazingly unique design.

Simala Chuch

Temple of Leah

Another stunning landmark and one of the newest attraction in Cebu is the Temple of Leah. This Greek architecture inspired design was constructed in 2012 and located in Roosevelt Street Barangay Busay, Cebu City.

Inside the temple, you can see the 10ft tall bronze statue of Queen Leah Albino Adarna wearing a crown and holding a flower. The Temple of Leah has an art museum, gallery, and library where all of the lifetime collections of Leah Albino-Adarna are showcased in the 24 chambers of this temple principally for the members of the family who cherish her memory.

View from Temple of Leah

Temple of Leah is still under construction but tourists are already welcome to visit the temple.

Entrance fee: P50 per person

Visiting hours: 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Contact Number: (032) 233-5032

Taoist Temple

The Cebu Taoist Temple is another one of the famous tourist attraction in Cebu City. This non-catholic shrine in Cebu is very popular because of its design and proximity to the city proper. The Taoist temple was built by the Chinese community in 1972, located in Beverly Hills Subdivision. The architectural design was derived from the typical multi-tiered Taoist temples in China, this temple has an elevation of 300 meters above sea level. Non-worshipers are also welcome to enter the temple. The view of the modern and crowded city of Cebu that can be seen from the temple is spectacular.

Cebu Bohol Itinerary

Taoist Temple Cebu

Sirao Farm

This place was dubbed as the “Mini Amsterdam” since Amsterdam in Netherlands is popular for their beautiful flower gardens. This tourist attraction is a very famous garden in Cebu.

Most of the flower that you can see in Sirao farm is called Celosia,  the name of this flame-like flower was derived from the Ancient Greek word “kḗleos” which means burning. The Celosia have different colors, some colors are red, orange, purple, pink and some are yellow.

Sirao farm Cebu

There are other varieties of flowers grown on the farm aside from Celosia such as Sun Flower, tulips, daisy, etc that makes the surroundings so amazing, beautiful, picturesque and instagramalbe.

Fort San Pedro

Aside from the Spanish cuartel in Oslob,  there is another amazing Spanish structure that you can be found in Cebu, located near the Plaza Independencia, in the pier area of Cebu City. While there are several Spanish structures were built around the country the Fort San Pedro is known as the smallest and the oldest fort in the Philippines since Cebu is where the first Spanish settlement took place.

fort san pedro entrance

Magellan’s Cross

When you’re in Cebu, one of the places you should not skip is the historical Magellan’s Cross, located in the heart of Cebu city. The Magellan’s Cross is one of the most popular and famous landmarks in Cebu because of its history. The original Magellan’s cross was encased in a Tindalo Wood to protect from people who get small parts of the cross for a souvenir or in the belief that the cross possesses miraculous power.

Cebu City Travel Guide



The Cebu’s famous restaurant specializing in what Anthony Bourdain described as the “The Best Pig ever”. They offer a super delectable and crispy Lechon. You can find Zubuchon at the lower ground of SM Cebu City, One Mango Mall, and along B. Rodriguez Street.

The Big J’s Restaurant

If you’re looking for a cheap but offers a delicious food and native delicacy of Cebu, I highly suggest the Big J’s restaurant.  This restaurant got all of your needs, they served crispy letchong kawali, pork belly, chicken inasal, adobo, grilled jumbo prawn, grilled stuff squid, chop suey and much more. Big J is located at Natalio Bacalso Avenue in Oslob.


Out of the many places that you might visit in Cebu, one day or even three days tour is not enough to do all the things you might want to do, I’m pretty sure that it’s not enough to fill your wanderlust. There are so many spots and destinations to explore, search for hidden paradise and rediscover wonderful places in Cebu. In fact, each municipality has their own unique picturesque scenery and super attractive summer destinations.

Tumalog Falls Oslob

At first, I don’t have any idea what activities awaits for us in Cebu. I thought it was just a simple vacation until we experienced the canyoneering in Badian, it was totally awesome and worth to share the experience. I promise myself that I will return to Cebu to try other death-defying extreme activity like in Badian canyoneering. I’ve enjoyed swimming with the whale shark as well since it was my first time to swim with a huge fish. Aside from the water activities, I found out that going to some historical places makes you realized how our history is very important especially to the millennials like us, we visit some of the historical sites in Cebu such as Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, hundred of years churches and the Spanish Cuartel in Oslob.

Here are some of the activities you might want to do when you visit South Cebu:


After our 3 days awesome trip at Cebu, we went to our next destination for another marvelous adventure from another gem of Visayas, the splendor underwater and over hills or popularly known as Bohol. The island of Bohol filled with both natural and historic attractions and an eco-cultural paradise. A perfectly cone-shaped chocolate hills located in Carmen, Bohol was undoubtedly the most famous tourist attraction in the whole province.

Chocolate hills bohol


So, you were asking how to go to Bohol if you are coming from Cebu? Honestly, It’s very easy than you think! Let me tell it to you.  First of all, our hotel is located 10-15 minutes away from the Pier. From the gate of the pier, there’s a booth where you can buy a ticket. The ticket price is Php 400.00(As of February 25, 2017) per trip going to Tagbilaran City, Bohol via Oceanjet. The travel time lasts only for two hours. We left Cebu City around 6:00 in the morning and we arrived at Tagbilaran port around 8:15 AM. For more info about the schedule, you can visit OceanJet website at


Like in Cebu, there’s a lot of fun and exciting activities await here in Bohol and you shouldn’t miss those things. The moment we stepped in Bohol, my body was filled with excitement and its seems like it circulates from my head to toe and all over my body. My Apology, I’m just excited to see Chocolate Hills and tarsiers. 😀

Here’s my suggested list of activities to do in Bohol.

  • Visit the Blood Compact shrine at Tagbilaran City
  • Visit the famous chocolate hills
  • Take a closer look with the tarsier
  • Eat in the floating restaurant at Loboc River
  • Visit butterflies habitat
  • ATV riding around chocolate hills
  • Visit the shell museum
  • Cross the hanging bridge in Sipatan
  • Bohol Python and wildlife park
  • Explore the Man-made forest
  • Visit Baclayon Church
  • Visit Bohol Bee Farm
  • Swim at the water pool of Hinagdanan Cave
  • Beach bumming in Panglao beach
  • Buy some souvenirs

atv rental bohol


For now, I will just make a list of destinations to visit in Bohol. I know there are more places to visit in this beautiful province aside from my list. I promise I will make a separate blog for each destination as soon as I can 🙂 (Hoping for some extra time) 😀

  • Chocolate Hills in Carmen
  • Baclayon Church
  • Man-made forest
  • Sipatan Hanging Bridge
  • Bohol Tarsier
  • Loboc River Cruise
  • Butterfly Habitat
  • Bohol Python and wildlife park
  • Panglao Beach
  • Shell Museum

Man made forest Bohol


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DAY 0 6:00 PM Travel to Cebu Via Airplane(Cebu Pacific)
10:00 PM Arrived in Cebu, check in Cebu rooms
DAY 1 4:00 AM Travel to South Cebu
7:00 AM Pescador Island Tour
10:30 AM Early lunch(Moalboal)
12:00 PM Alegria-Badian Canyoneering
4:00 PM Kawasan Falls
5:00 PM Travel to Oslob
7:00 PM Arrival at Oslob(check in at BCD’s place)
DAY 2 6:00 AM Whale shark watching
8:00 AM Sumilon Sandbar
10:30 AM Tumalog Falls
11:30 AM Bath time(Check out at BCD’s place)
1:00 PM Spanish Cuartel
3:00 PM Simala Church
4:00 PM Travel to Cebu City
7:00 PM Arrival at Cebu City
DAY 3(Cebu City Tour) 7:00 AM Temple of Leah
9:00 AM Visiting the Sirao Flower Farm
11:00 AM Taoist Temple
12:00 NN Lunch
1:00 PM Museo Sugbo
2:30 PM The Fort San Pedro
8:00 PM Magellan’s Cross and Sto Niño Church
4:30 PM Buying of Pasalubong
9:00 AM Visiting the Tarsier
10:00 AM Bohol Chocolate Hills
11:00 AM Man-made forest
12: 00 NN Lunch
1:00 PM Loboc River Cruise
3:00 PM Sipatan hanging bridge
3:30 PM Simply butterflies habitat
4:30 PM Baclayon Church / museum
5:30 PM Apropriana Souvenir’s shop
6:00 PM Blood compact
6:30 PM Travel to Greenfield (Place where we stayed)
DAY 5 8:00 AM Panglao Beach
10:00 AM Hinagdanan Cave
11:00 AM Simply butterflies habitat
12:00 NN Lunch
1:00 PM Bohol Bee farm
2:00 PM Shell museum
3:00 PM Travel to Tagbilaran port(Going back to Cebu)



This is based on the tour package that we’ve availed during our 5 days trip in Cebu-Bohol.

CEBU 4,500 Airport van transfer
1 Night South Accommodation
Van transfer tour at South Cebu (Van – Toyota Grandia 18 Seater)
BOHOL 1,800 Pickup at Tagbilaran Port

1 Night Accommodation Breakfast and

Van Transfer

 700 Snacks
 TOTAL  Php 7000


Airfare is not included since it depends on the price of your ticket. We booked a ticket via Cebu Pac last year around March 2016 and we were just lucky that Cebu Pacific had a Piso fare at that time. Overall, most of us spent around 13-16k including foods, pasalubong, and other necessity.

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For Bohol, you may contact Ms. Marjorie on her Facebook account:

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  1. What a fantastic itinerary! The Philippines has been on my list of places to visit for a really long time, and seeing photos of Pescador Island and Kawasan Falls is just making me want to hop on a plane tomorrow. Bohol looks incredible and I had no idea it was so easy to get to from Cebu – thanks for the info!

  2. Wow fantastic.With so many places in the Phillippines to visit it is hard to select an itinerary. However, your suggested hotels, itinerary and price list makes Cebu an enticing place to visit. This is the first I heard of Canyoneering, it may interest my husband who is the adventure type rappelling out of helicopters, mountain biking in the dark, white water rafting or skiing, I would leave that up to him while I enjoy the feasts, sights and shopping.

  3. Such a great and detailed itinerary! The thing I found the most interesting was the amount holy places from different religions. Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Conception, Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, Temple of Leah all look gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. This is a very detailed guide for tourists who want to visit our hometown Cebu. We are Cebuanos ourselves, and there are still so many places in Cebu that we haven’t visited. Great choice of hotels as well!

  5. Philippines is indeed paradise, with so many islands and beaches. You are right, you guys are really blessed to be living in this paradise on earth. Whenever I read a post on Philippines, I am always amazed by the sheer range of natural beauty that the country has to offer. Your 5 day itinerary is really wonderful and would be a great help for first timers to the Philippines.

  6. This is such a detailed guide for Cebu. From places to stay to places to visit to budget to itinerary , you have covered it all. I mean, literally, all the information that one might need to visit Cebu is in here. The hotels look comfy and there seems to be really great places to visit here

  7. Been to Cebu quite a few times but I only went to the city and in a private resort. This is actually a good travel guide for 5 days with a side trip to Bohol. It already covered the must visit places in Cebu! Good job!


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