June 1, 2020
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with travel dates on or after
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with effective start dates on or after
Close your eyes and imagine the beach of your dreams. What you see — clear turquoise water, white sand, gently swaying palms — can be found in Cebu.
The province of Cebu, in the heart of the Philippines, includes one long, densely populated island and 167 smaller islands. It’s a popular destination for tourists, not only for its lovely beaches but also for its waterfalls, wildlife, jungles and bustling capital city. Planning a trip to Cebu? We’ll help you figure out where to stay, what to do and how to buy the right travel insurance.
One of the best travel insurance options when traveling to the Philippines is the OneTrip Prime Plan, which includes essential benefits for international travel. Plus, kids 17 and under are covered for free when traveling with a parent or grandparent.
High-end luxury resorts are surprisingly affordable in Cebu, with many offering nightly rates below $200 USD. The Abacá Boutique Resort on Mactan Island is one of the best for pampering and seclusion. Stay in a private villa or spacious suite, enjoy the services of an attentive butler, and savor dinner at the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant.
For budget-minded travelers, the best Cebu beach resort may be the Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort on Malapascua Island. Guests praise the comfortable rooms, beach views and easy diving access.
Filipino cuisine is incredibly diverse, informed by the traditions of 144 distinct ethnic groups and influenced by Spanish, Chinese, Malay, American and Indian cultures.v Great Filipino food abounds in Cebu City, so where should you eat? A local favorite is the family-owned Café Laguna, with two locations in the city. Signature dishes include kare-kare with bagoong (oxtail and peanut stew) and crispy tadyang (beef ribs).
Another destination for classic Filipino cooking is the Golden Cowrie, a down-home spot that serves dishes on banana leaves instead of plates. Diners love the crispy pata (pork leg) and lechon (roast suckling pig), but vegetarian travelers will find a ton of options here as well.
One of the best restaurants in Cebu for fine dining is Circa 1900, a colonial-era house that has been transformed into a restaurant and piano bar. The menu features inventive takes on Filipino staples: ravioli filled with shredded pork lechon and apple, for instance, or seared duck braised with ponkan and tamarind.