Oh My God, Cebu. Where do I even begin? All of my Cebu travels have always been fun and interesting. The people, the islands, the Sinulog, the alcohol – Cebu has it all. So if you’re travelling Cebu, I’ve got you covered! Here’s the ultimate Cebu Itinerary for your next solo adventure!
The best time to go will probably be during the Sinulog season, which happens every third Sunday of January. Everything and everyone is in a festive mood, it’s almost crazy.
Cebu Itinerary – 3 days, 2 nights: Mactan and Cebu City
If you’re travelling for Sinulog, your second day should be reserved for the festival. Seriously, the whole street will be closed and reserved for the festival itself and can go as late as the wee hours of the morning.
Take note that there’s an alcohol ban for the festival so you have to stock your poison of choice ahead of time and find a good spot in the street (preferably somewhere where the locals are drinking as well) to drink. The locals are smearing paints on everyone’s faces and clothes so it’s best to not wear white at all. You have been warned.
On your first day and third day, you can roam around Mactan and the city and try the local foods like Siomai sa Tisa, Lechon (MUST-TRY!), Tuslob-Buwa, lots of grilled food in Larsian.
Cebu Itinerary – 3 days, 2 nights: Badian, Oslob, Moalboal
Badian’s Canyoneering and Moalboal’s sardine run can be done in a day. Oslob deserves another day of exploring. These are super touristy places, so you can expect some expensive tours. If you’re a solo traveler, find a group that you can join to cut the tour costs. I’m an extremely shy person, but I’ve learned that most of the groups I’ve joined doesn’t even care that I’m travelling solo. I’ve also made good friends out of my tour groups.
Moalboal’s sardine run is a sight to behold. You get to see and swim with thousands of sardines and it’s crazy! You can’t even see the sea bed anymore – It’s all black and moving!
The Whale Shark swim in Oslob is also great but I sometimes feel bad for the whale sharks. I guess it depends on the preferences. Swimming with the whale sharks is a great experience too but for me, nothing tops the sardines in Moalboal.
Other Options: Bantayan Island, Sumilon Island, Camotes Island, Pescador Island, and Malapascua Island
If you have more time to explore Cebu, I suggest going to the nearby islands of the province. There are variety of options to choose from, and all of them has their own charm and is definitely perfect if you find yourself having a travel burn out. I’ve learned that beach bumming is the perfect cure.
Have you been to Cebu before? I would love to hear your stories and let’s help other people create their itinerary! Reach out and I’ll give you a shout out!