Cebu is an island province in the Philippines home to Cebu City, one of the country’s most popular tourism destinations offering a range of attractions both old and modern. The city boasts a wealth of historic landmarks that make it the perfect sightseeing destination with wonders such as the Basilica of Santo Nino and as the Magellan Shrine. There are many amenities available for the modern traveler including multiple shopping malls, the largest of which is SM City Cebu, while those interested in high-end brands will want to explore Ayala Mall. Outdoor activities are one of Cebu Island’s main draws and include everything from hiking up Osmena Peak to scuba diving and shark watching just off Malapascua Island. Cebu City is also a paradise for foodies and offers cuisine from all around the world whether you enjoy authentic street food or top-class restaurants. Cebu also features in our guide to the 10 best islands in the Philippines.
When to Visit Cebu
The Cebu weather is hot all year round, although it does experience periods where rainfall is more common. The rainiest time of year falls between July and October, so if you don’t like the rain you may want to visit at another time. Temperatures are at their warmest between April and June and cool down a little bit over the winter between December and February. Many choose to visit Cebu over the winter as the humidity is lower and rain is less frequent. However, there are so many things to do in Cebu all year round that any visit is going to be a memorable one.
Flights to Cebu
The main airport serving Cebu is Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the second busiest in the country situated in Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island. The only direct flights from the UAE to Cebu are operated by Emirates from Dubai International Airport. Getting from Mactan-Cebu International Airport into central Cebu City takes between 40-60 minutes and some hotels are known to offer shuttle services of their own. Mactan-Cebu International Airport is one of the most modern airports in the Philippines and is known for its efficiency and cleanliness.
* This information is correct as of March 2019
Where to Stay in Cebu
Cebu Travel Information
Nationals from many countries are entitled to enter the Philippines without a visa for up to 30 days including UAE nationals. The currency used in the Philippines is the Philippine peso, while the country is 4 hours ahead of the UAE so be sure to put your clocks forward.
If you're thinking of exploring more of the country, find some inspiration with our guide to the top 10 things to do in the Philippines.
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