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From Cebu: Private Whale Shark Tour & Tumalog Falls Option

1. From Cebu: Private Whale Shark Tour & Tumalog Falls Option

Travel via private car charter to Oslob where you'll get up close to the friendly whale sharks on your trip to Cebu. This slow-moving filter-feeding carpet shark is one of the largest known fish species - and a true sight to behold. On the trip, get to snorkel and swim with the whale sharks. To begin your adventure, wake up bright and where you will be picked up in your hotel lobby at 3 AM. Take a scenic drive along the Southern Cebu coastline. Once you arrive in Oslob, get your snorkeling gear and hop in the water for your whale shark encounter. After a briefing regarding what to look for and basic safety rules, enjoy your time in the beautiful ocean filled with amazing sea creatures. Take your time to get used to the water and snorkeling gears and have a truly unique experience of making friends with Oslob's famous whale sharks. At the end of the experience, enjoy a local lunch to recharge your energy.  Return back to your accommodation in Cebu by around 1-2 PM with a convenient private transfer. Upgrade your tour to include a 1-hour full body relaxing massage. Choose from the signature Swedish, Shiatsu, or Thai Massage. Soothe your mind and energize your body after a long day of traveling. Alternatively, after your Whale Shark experience, upgrade your tour to visit Tumalog Falls. Your tour guide will take you for a hike and motorcycle ride to see unique rock formations and clear water falling from the top. Return to Cebu City/Mactan by 4 PM.

Cebu Island Hopping with Lunch

2. Cebu Island Hopping with Lunch

Experience the fun of island hopping in the province of Cebu, one of the most beautiful regions in the Philippines. Start your tour by riding in a banca, or a motorized canoe. Feel the breeze and fresh air as we travel to the Gilutungan Marine Sanctuary, enjoying snacks and drinks on the way. When we arrive at the shore, hop off the boat to see the abundant marine life, and the variety of corals and reef dwellers. Feel free to feed the fish with your hands for a close encounter with the local wildlife. As we leave Gilutanga, enjoy a delicious meal of local specialties as we move along to our next destination, the Caohagan Island. Take your pick of diving or dining (or both!) enjoying the clear waters and the delicious food on offer at the buffet. From here we will carry on to the next island, Sulpa, with more chances for both diving and dining. As the waters around Sulpa are deeper with more lively marine life, take the chance to use one of our snorkels and goggles free of charge, and explore the clear and beautiful waters. We will then return to Cebu City, giving you a chance to relax and take in your surroundings after this unique island-hopping experience.

Cebu: Kawasan Falls Canyoneering & Cliff Jump Private Tour

3. Cebu: Kawasan Falls Canyoneering & Cliff Jump Private Tour

Visit one of the most beautiful falls in the Philippines. Located in Badian, Kawasan Falls is famous for it's 3-layered waterfall. If you've got a taste for a real, heart-stopping adventure in the heart of Cebu, canyoning at the famous cliffs of Badian is the answer. Start your day with a comfortable pick-up from your hotel to Badian. You will be given some time to find a place to have breakfast. Meet up with your friendly guide and learn the basic safety procedures of canyoneering to fully enjoy the tour. The day will be filled with picturesque scenes of the waterfalls and thrilling adventures through Cebu's natural sites. Test your nerves as you trek through creeks and streams along Badian River, as you weave through caves and through rapid rivers. Many exciting activities await you such as the opportunity to jump and rappel from cliffs and swim through canyons. After canyoneering, unwind by Kawasan Falls, Cebu’s famous 3-tiered waterfall before enjoying a hearty lunch by the crystal-blue pools and lush forests. The falls are in turquoise color and perfect for amazing photos. Afterward, if you're feeling adventurous, take the opportunity to jump from 7 cliff-diving points that reach up to 6 meters high into the deep blue water.

Full-Day Bohol Countryside Tour

4. Full-Day Bohol Countryside Tour

This tour brings you to the historic Blood Compact Shrine, a historical landmark commemorating the 1st Treaty of Friendship between the east and the west. Next, visit the centuries-old Baclayon Church & Museum, built in 1595. En route to the Chocolate Hills, we will drive through the lush Mahogany Man-Made Forest and the green farmlands in Bilar and Batuan. A stop at a viewing deck offers one the vista of the the awesome cone-shaped hills known as the "Chocolate Hills" in the town of Carmen. Drive back to Loboc for a 50-minute river cruise along nipa-lined river on board a native catamaran while lunch is served on board. The river cruise will surely relax both your body and mind as you view nature’s beautiful rolling hills, graceful coconut trees and green nipa-palms lining the riverbanks. You may even get the chance to see a Tarsier, one of the worlds smallest primates with its gentle demeanor and large bulbous eyes. After the cruise, the tour takes you back to Tagbilaran, after a brief stop to see the backyard industries in Loay (nipa weaving and knife making).

Mactan and Cebu Twin City Tour with Lunch

5. Mactan and Cebu Twin City Tour with Lunch

Explore the historic city of Cebu, a major cultural centre in the Philippines, and the oldest city in the country. First visited by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, take a day to experience the city’s rich history and beautiful landmarks. Our tour will begin with the city's most famous landmark, Magellan's Cross. This cross, now housed in a chapel, is said to have been planted by Ferdinand Magellan when he arrived in the Philippines. Just a few steps away is the beautiful Basilica of the Holy Child. This Augustinian church was made a basilica in 1965 during the 400th year celebrations of Christianity in the Philippines. The church, which was the first to be established in the islands, is built of hewn stone and features the country's oldest relic, the figure of the Holy Child of Cebu. From here we will visit Fort San Pedro, built by Spanish and indigenous Cebuano labourers, followed by a stop at the Yap Ancestral House, a 300 hundred year old home that has been and converted into a showcasing a fantastic personal collection of antiques. Enjoy a peaceful visit to the Cebu Taoist Temple, and take in the beautiful view of Cebu City and the nearby cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu. After the temple we will have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, proceed to Mactan Island through Marcelo Fernan Bridge, connecting bridge Cebu City and Mactan Island. Our first stop in Mactan will be the Lapu-Lapu shrine, a 20-meter bronze statue, built in honor of indigenous hero Datu Lapu-Lapu. Finally, we visit a local guitar factory to see how traditional Philippine guitars are made, before dropping you back off at your hotel.

From Cebu City: Cebu Safari and Adventure Park Day Tour

6. From Cebu City: Cebu Safari and Adventure Park Day Tour

At your scheduled tour, the driver will pick you up at the lobby of your hotel. You will then take a ride atop the beautiful and scenic hills of Carmen, about an hour’s drive away from Cebu City, an adventure beckons for those who are ready to escape into something new and wonderful. The Cebu Safari & Adventure Park is the premier Safari park with over 170-hectare property features more than a thousand animals from 120 different species. The Park’s main features for now are the African Savanna, Michelle’s Garden, Gardens of the World, and the White Lion Safari.

Cebu: Private Sumilon Island & Optional Whale Shark Swim

7. Cebu: Private Sumilon Island & Optional Whale Shark Swim

Discover the pristine beaches and crystal clear blue water of Sumilon Island on this private full-day tour from Cebu. Rise early, meet your driver at your hotel lobby in Cebu City, Mactan, or Lapu-Lapu City, and then head to Oslob city. From there, take a boat from a small port to arrive near Sumilon Island, then enjoy the island and its surroundings for approximately 4-5 hours. Explore the island's natural lagoon protected by mangroves and watch for local wildlife. Sunbathe on clean beaches and swim in the clear blue water. If you're lucky, you might spot a turtle or wild whale shark. Once your time around the island is up, head back to your accommodation in Cebu City, Mactan, or Lapu-Lapu City. If you're seeking an adventure, extend your trip by swimming with whale sharks before the trip to Sumilon Island. After a briefing about what to look for and basic safety rules, embark on a once-in-a-lifetime swimming experience with amazing whale sharks. Snorkel and swim alongside these gentle giants in their beautiful natural habitat. For a relaxing day trip, select the option with whale shark swimming and Sumilon Island beach resort access. After swimming with the whale sharks, enter the one and only resort on Sumilon Island where you can enjoy a lunch buffet, water activity gear rental, and the facilities within the resort. Freely use the lagoon swimming pool, the beach, the kiddie park, and sunbeds.

Cebu: Moalboal Swimming with Sardines & Dolphin Watching

8. Cebu: Moalboal Swimming with Sardines & Dolphin Watching

Explore Pescador Island's rich biodiversity on this thrilling island hopping and snorkeling tour. Throughout this amazing day trip, embark on a journey to dive into the blue waters and enjoy snorkeling among the gorgeous underwater life found on the island. Start the day with a convenient hotel pick-up then meet your friendly guide at Moalboal to hop on your pump boat. Spot jumping dolphins, and take in the stunning island views as you approach Panagsama Beach. Next, gear up with your snorkel, mask, and fins. Stop at a world-class diving and snorkeling location where you can see protected coral, and examine the native marine species. The marine sanctuary will allow you to swim among the fish, and even feed them. You might even get a glimpse of sea turtles or Cebu's famous sardine run - one adventure that you can't miss as you find yourself surrounded by huge schools of swimming sardines. After this, take the chance to swim with sea turtles at Talisay Point. Then take an amazing boat ride that'll get you glimpsing dolphins playing in the sea. This journey will conveniently take you to and from your hotel, allowing you to focus on creating priceless underwater memories.

Cebu: Private One-Way Airport Transfer

9. Cebu: Private One-Way Airport Transfer

Take the stress out of your journey with this one-way private transfer. Benefit from the advantage of the safety and comfort of riding in a private air-conditioned vehicle between Cebu's Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) and your hotel or resort. Receive expert service, including a meet-and-greet service at the airport for arriving flights. Transfers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and operate between Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Cebu City, Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City including Mactan area. Feel safe in the knowledge that you are being transferred by local, experienced and professional drivers - all whilst riding in style and comfort.

Cebu: Car Charter with Driver

10. Cebu: Car Charter with Driver

Take the stress out of your day and travel in comfort with a private car charter for 8 or 12 hours.  Discover the south area of Cebu with easy starting your tour from Mactan Cebu International Airport or any locations in Cebu City, Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu area to the best travel destinations in Cebu South Area - Oslob, Badian, and Moalboal. Take advantage of the private car charter service and visit picturesque locations such as the Kawasan Falls, the most beautiful falls in Cebu. You can do island hopping in the marine sanctuary of Pescador Island or visit the famous whale sharks in Oslob.  Customize your journey according to your own needs and preferences.

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What people are saying about Cebu City

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 129 reviews

Even though our plane was delayed in arriving Jason was there waiting for us. Fortunately we were able to keep him informed via text messages. Once we had claimed our luggage it took just a little bit to figure out where exactly to meet him at the airport. Within just a matter of moments he successfully found us. It was such a welcomed benefit to have this transfer service set up in advance.

An excellent value. Our tour guide Grace was not only an enjoyable companion but also highly informative of the history of Cebu and Mactan. We visited all the major sites and had an great lunch as well.

They are attentive and well mannered. You don't have to worry because they will asked for an update from you.. Will book again next time..

We enjoyed seeing nearby islands in cebu. Although some are still recovering from last years devastating typhoon.

great for couples and big groups with private boat