Things to SEE and DO in Cebu
It has been such a long time since I visited, but I'll try to remember as much as I can. Here are typical tourist sights and some "things-to-do":
1.) visit the Taoist temple in the Beverly Hills area
2.) visit the rose farms in Busay (if they're still there)
3.) go to the famous look-out spot called "TOPS" in Busay Hills that gives you a wonderful vantage point of Cebu and surrounding areas
4.) take a picture of Mactan Bridge en route to the airport
5.) frolic in some of Mactan's beaches
6.) try the many wonderful restaurants in Lahug
7.) try Cebu's famous "lechon" (the locals will lead you to the best in town)
8.) visit the Lapu-Lapu shrine
9.) visit Magellan's cross
10.) visit Santo Niño church & the Cebu Cathedral
11.) stop by at Casa Gorordo
12.) visit Colon Street (the oldest street in the country)
13.) visit Fort San Pedro
14.) stroll along Fuente Osmena
15.) try street food (barbecue) sold in Larsian
16.) try Filipino oriented restaurants (e.g., Lantaw, Chikaan, Lighthouse, etc.)
17.) visit Kawasan Falls
18.) diving adventure in Moalboal
19.) frolic in the white sand beaches of the south
20.) visit the idyllic sea-side towns of the north
21.) visit the wildlife sanctuary in Olanggo island (about a 15-min. boat ride from Mactan island)
22.) visit nearby islands: Bantayan, Camotes, etc.
23.) try the sweet delicacies of "torrones," "rosquillos," "bibingka," "otap," etc.
24.) try the rich & delicious treats of Car-Car
Good Luck & Enjoy Beautiful Cebu! The pristine white sand beaches of the South, Cebu's famous lechon, and other delicious island specialties.
what makes music and what not
Cebu has a myriad of places to see but few has actually taken the time to watch how Cebu's well-known guitars are actually made. Learn the components of the guitar and how each part contributes to the vibrations that makes the music. Later listen to how each string instrument looks and sound and how not one guitar can be exactly the same as the next. There is actually a guitar for everyone, even when you never come close to actually playing one!
CEBU = seafood heaven!
Cebu is a seafood gourmand's dream come true. There are a lot of seafood restaurants but most tourists hie off to a cluster of seafood shacks in Mactan. These "turo-turo" (literally, point-point) establishments sell freshly caught fish, crabs, mollusks, seaweed, and others. You choose from the day's catch and specify how you want each dish to be cooked: grilled, fried, sauteed, as soup, etcetera. A famous Cebuano dish is SUTUKIL (SUgba - to grill, TUla - soup, KILaw - for fish: raw, a la sashimi marinated in vinegar, lime juice, and pepper). Fish, big ones, are usually served sutukil style.
Don't expect fancy table settings. The amenities are very, very basic --- wooden tables, monobloc chairs --- but you get a great view of the marshlands and lots of fresh air. To really enjoy your meal, do it the Cebunao way and eat with your hands! Of course, you have to wash them first. I love Garlic Crabs. Steamed crabs sauteed in garlic chili sauce. The dish is a bit pricey for Cebu standards though.
Start your day off right..
The restaurant at the Cebu City Marriott serves an American style breakfast. Its actually pretty good. It is buffet style. They have pancakes, eggs, bacon, bread, fruit and lots more stuff. If i remember correctly they do serve some Filipino dishes also. My breakfast was included with the stay at the hotel, but i think it costs around 500Php. The servers are friendly and the place is nice..
sky ride at regency hotel
do not miss this sky ride it is once in a life time expierience entrance is only 400 pesos with free meal on it. You have a choice if you want sky ride or sky walk. Normally in skywalk the line is so long but in skyride no line at all maybe because handful are brave to try it.