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Our most recommended Cebu City Day Trips

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: Kawasan Falls Canyoneering & Cliff Jump Private Tour

2. 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.

Cebu: Private Sumilon Island & Optional Whale Shark Swim

3. 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

4. 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.

Kawasan: Full-Day Private Canyoneering Adventure

5. Kawasan: Full-Day Private Canyoneering Adventure

Discover the natural beauty of Kawasan Falls, scrambling, swimming, jumping and rappelling through fresh-water streams and refreshing waterfalls.  The day beings early with hotel pick up from Cebu City. Head to the Canyoneering center to pick up your gear and, once suited, hit the water. Explore the rugged but scenic cliffs of Badian up close and unwind in a natural setting.  For those who are more adventurous, hop on a bamboo raft and go for a ride under the waterfall. Cool off under the refreshing cascade and receive a tremendous neck massage from the pouring water. Enjoy lunch in Badian and even take a quick stop at the Milk Station for a refreshing ice cream. At the end of the tour, drop-off will be provided in a private, air-conditioned van.

Cebu: Southern Countryside Tour

6. Cebu: Southern Countryside Tour

Set off to explore the countryside south of Cebu with this fantastic experience. After being picked up from your hotel, drive through Cebu’s coastal towns en route to Carcar, approximately 25 miles south of Cebu. Your first stop will be at a Gothic-inspired, 16th century church in San Fernando. After a brief visit to the church, set off once more for Carcar and visit Theotokos shrine. Set amongst beautiful hillsides, it is dedicated to Our Lady Mother of God. After arriving in Carcar, catch a glimpse of rural life and experience the day-to-day activities of shoemaking, gourmet cooking, woodcarving and basket weaving. Take a “carabao” (water buffalo) ride and enjoy a ride on a tricycle to a colorful market. Learn how to weave a bamboo basket and enjoy the thrill of drinking fresh coconut wine. Afterwards, visit a beautiful ancestral home, before savouring a delicious lunch at a local open-air grill in Carcar.

Malapascua: Advance Divers Shark Dive & Optional Transfer

7. Malapascua: Advance Divers Shark Dive & Optional Transfer

With their big eyes and long tails, thresher sharks are some of the planet’s most attractive sharks — and Malapascua Island is the only place where you can see them every day. Choose this shark dive for Advanced Open Water divers to watch these spectacular creatures at Monad Shoal in a group of no more than 15 people. After meeting at the diving center, hop on a spacious banca boat out to Monad Shoal. Once there, dive to depths of between 16–30 meters (52.5–98.4 feet) with an experienced PADI Divemaster to spot thresher sharks. Enjoy the chance to also see other exotic marine life, such as whitetip reef sharks, grey sharks, devil rays, blue-ringed octopus, ornate ghost pipefish, frogfish, and a huge variety of nudibranchs and shrimps. Return to the original meeting point after about 2 hours, just in time for breakfast. Please note that SCUBA diving equipment is not included in the program so please select it upon check-out as an add-on if needed. Since the dive is early in the morning, it is recommended to arrive at the island the day before. Cebu or Mactan pickup and drop-off can be provided upon option selection.

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What people are saying about Cebu City

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 31 reviews

A great experience and professional tour. Everything went great. We were picked up from the hotel on time at 3am. Our driver Joseph was just great! He was friendly, fun, provided us with a lot of information about Cebu and the tour and just took care of everything throughout the tour. I would recommend everyone to rent an underwater camera on site. The boatswain will then take beautiful photos of you while you are in the water. With us there were 200 photos. You only have to borrow the camera for € 9, then the photos will be transferred to your cell phone. Otherwise you can also borrow everything very cheaply on site. Life jacket and diving goggles are included. Everyone was very friendly and helpful throughout the tour. It was a very nice and special experience.

The car was comfortable even though it was a 3/4hours drive to each side. Totally worth it! Our driver was very nice and the people from the boat as well! The shark-wales are amazing!! I would advice to bring a go-pro to be able to register the swim with the whale-sharks with good quality!

I loved everything abt this tour. My mom and myself felt so safe. And even the lunch afterwards was reallllyyy good and they did not try at all to sell anything to us

It was the most beautiful tour I’ve been on in a long time. You have to be careful of every step and the tour guides are very good. It was an incredible experience

Wonderful experience! I can’t recommend Mark (Mac) enough: exceptional guide