Cebu, Philippines

12 Instagrammable places in Cebu

Roxana Acosta Sosa Roxana Acosta Sosa 07 April 2021
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Instagram is a powerful tool for planning and sharing the best moments of a trip. Thanks to this social media, we will include in our travel to Cebu certain places that some people may not have known about. Many are in love with this social media. Therefore, we wanted to make a compilation of the most popular Instagram places to visit in Cebu.

The ones that we are going to talk about here are just examples of the most Instagrammable places in Cebu, but the archipelago is one of the most photogenic countries in the world, it has so many photographic corners that you are going to melt your camera batteries every day.

Read on and discover the best locations for your most liked Instagram photo, and maybe it will inspire you and your followers for the next adventure. So let’s start from the beginning and let’s explain where is Cebu.

Where is Cebu?

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Cebu is the second-largest city in the Philippines and is considered the economic center of the country. It has numerous business parks, business districts, universities, colleges, hospitals, and other services. On the other hand, in its vicinity is the island of Mactan, which hosts large tourism.

Cebu is connected with the rest of the Visayas archipelago. It is the capital, as well as with the rest of the country and with various international destinations thanks to its airport and seaport. It is above all the starting point for people who go to other islands such as Malapascua, Bantayan, Camotes, Bohol, or Siquijor and for that reason because sooner or later one ends up passing through there, we are going to tell you where to travel in Cebu to take great photos for your Instagram profile.

1. Taoist Temple

taoist temple

One of the places to go in Cebu is the Taoist Temple located in the Beverly Hills area and was built by the Chinese community. It is a very curious complex with temples, dragons, and other figures in which the city is also seen with perspective as it is located at an altitude of 300 meters, ideal for a photo.

It is open until 5 in the afternoon and for the area where it is, we recommend that you specify an hour with the taxi in which you have gone to return since when leaving the temple, it will be very difficult to find one.

2. Gorordo House Museum

gorordo house museum

If you are wondering what to do in Cebu and you like antiques, this is your place. You cannot miss this museum, to know the Philippines' culture, it is a traditional house, dated from the 19th and early 20th centuries, you will be able to observe in it old furniture, the art of the time and vintage objects.

For more than 30 years, it has been a national historical monument thanks to its mixture of Spanish colonial architecture with Chinese influences, a Balay Nga Tisa style. Inside the house, you can see different objects that make us travel from colonial times to the Philippines. Definitely, this should be one of the things to do in Cebu and get memorable pictures.

3. Osmena Peak

osmena peak

Looking where to travel in Cebu? It is worth going up to Osmena Peak, the highest point on the island and one of the best places in Cebu to get that perfect photo for your Instagram.

A large group of green peaks can be seen after a not too complicated walk. The climb to the top is done on foot after leaving the motorcycle or car in a parking lot. About 30 or 40 minutes from there, going up the enabled paths, you can enjoy the beautiful views. It is best to go very early, almost at dawn if the weather allows it, since this way you will avoid meeting the many tourists who come up here to spend some good time in Cebu.

4. Kawasan waterfalls

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Do you know that Kawasan Falls is known as the "Gatorade Falls"? Its intense blue color, similar to the isotonic drink, makes it a typical Instagrammable stop for many travelers who pass through Cebu's island and one of the best waterfalls in the Philippines.

Although the best-known part is the end, i. e., the big waterfall, the Kawasan Falls is a set of waterfalls along the Badian River and is another of the best things to do in Cebu. They have different levels and heights, and the best way to get around them is by canyoneering, which is a super fun activity. Even so, 2 specific points are the most popular on Instagram:

1. The final waterfall, where there are usually some very photogenic bamboo boards. Although, be careful, if you want to take a decent photo in which no one is, better go from Monday to Thursday and early, since it is usually full of travelers because it is one of the must places to visit in Cebu.    

2. The dam. What looks like a natural waterfall on the most liked Instagram photo is actually a kind of dam. It's not a very pretty scene in person, but to be honest, it looks good in photos. Be careful, this can be seen as more or less impressive depending on the level of the water flow.

5. Sirao Flower Garden

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What to do in Cebu to get more great photos? Well, if there is a place born expressly to be the king of Instagram photos in the Philippines, it is the Sirao Flower Garden. Located on the outskirts of Cebu, in the mountains, here you have everything to take great photos of flowers, mills, and, most importantly, a huge hand that you can climb on, and that is known to be one of the interesting Instagrammable places.

Be careful, if you travel to Cebu, there are 2 Sirao Garden: one is called “Sirao Flower Garden” and another is “Sirao PGSC” (Pictorial Garden and Camping Site). The one that takes you to the giant hand is the 2nd, also known as Cebu's best places to take photos. 

6. Enjoy the Sinulog Festival

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If you travel to Cebu in January, maybe you will be able to enjoy a beautufil cultural moment. The third Sunday of that month is a great time in Cebu because one of the Philippines' biggest festivals is celebrated each year: the Sinulog Festival in honor of the Santo Niño (Holy Child). This event is so colorful with great music, and dance that, without a doubt, you should come if you were looking for things to do in Cebu.     

You will see the streets with dancers wearing special clothes, many can compare the view with the carnival as per its colors and happy moment. One of the places to go in Cebu is to be part of this spectacular festival that tries to remember Catholicism's arrival in the country. This big event welcomes travelers around the world. I am sure you will want to take some Instagrammable photos with some dancers. 

 7. Mactan Island

mactan island

Mactan is one of the most beautiful islands that make up this small archipelago. It is connected to Cebu through two huge bridges. It is located in the east of the city and there are some of the best tourist hotels in the area for those who want to have some time in Cebu.    

All the Cebu islands have privileged beaches, another place where to travel in Cebu that offers true wonders to the visitor. The southeast coast of Mactan is mandatory if what you want is a relaxing day on a beach with crystal clear waters. Go to Marigodon Beach, always with your camera on hand as it is considered an Instagrammable places where you can rent a boat and discover all that this country has to offer to get the most liked Instagram photo.     

8. Visit Malapascua Island

malapascua island

Another of Cebu's best places, the small Malapascua Island is another good option to capture those quality photos you are looking for. Located to the north of Cebu's island, Malapascua Island is a quiet destination very popular among divers because it is a place in whose waters you can see the thresher shark.

Snorkeling around the island is nothing special because the coral is badly damaged. However, this place's charm lies in its rhythm, slowness, and relaxation that make it a suitable destination for rest

9. Dive in Cebu

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If you like diving, I will tell you that professionals love Cebu for its underwater paradises, some of the places to visit in Cebu are Malapascua, Moalboal, or Mactan to make the best excursions through coral reefs, see sharks and large tuna, and know underwater caves. Take your camera to capture aquatic life in its maximum expression and share it with your friends on Instagram.

10. San Pedro Fort

san pedro fort

Other places to go in Cebu is the San Pedro Fort, a military defensive structure built in the 16th century by natives and Spaniards under the conqueror Miguel López de Legazpi's command defend themselves against pirates. The complex has a triangular shape with two sides facing the sea and the third towards land. It has a total area of 2000 m2 and three towers or bastions called La Concepcion, San Ignacio de Loyola, and San Miguel, each one with a height of 9 meters. Today you can find several original cannons to take that Instagrammable photo.

11. Live the night in Cebu

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Now that you know where is Cebu, the nightlife is another attraction on this island. Not everything is going to be culture, history, beach, sun, and diving! In the center of Cebu, you can enjoy fun evenings under the light of the moon. You will find charming restaurants, cafes, bars, discos, and even super curious karaoke in this area. The goal is to enjoy the night and the holiday time in Cebu.    

Speaking about restaurants, you cannot miss one of the things to do in Cebu, its gastronomy, a reflection of the cultural mix there, where the base of most of the dishes is rice, combined with meat, fish, vegetables, and seafood. We must mention the spicy and its exotic soups if you want to get the most liked Instagram photo.

12. Shopping

shopping mall

If you travel to Cebu, you can go shopping as the island is not only a fabulous cultural enclave. In addition to the places of interest, we have mentioned to get good photos, shopping in the area is quite an attraction for Instagram. Throughout the entire island, tourists can enjoy a day of shopping in shopping malls, small shops, and even art galleries as part of what to do in Cebu.    

SM Super Malls is one of the places to go in Cebu, where there are countless stores of well-known prestige. Also, both in Cebu and in Mactan there are many shopping streets full of shops of all styles. Besides, Philippine handicrafts occupy an important place in the country's culture, and you can surely take a nice souvenir of your trip home as well as beautiful photos of other places to visit in Cebu.

Final Thoughts

cebu sunset

In the Philippines, Cebu island is one of the most beautiful enclaves in the country, which is why it is also known for being one of the best Instagrammable places in Asia. It is part of the Visayas' famous archipelago and it is a charming place that is worth visiting. Now that you know the best places in Cebu, such as part of its history and the imposing architecture and the natural landscapes surrounding it, will make your trip an unforgettable and extremely pleasant experience.

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Roxana Acosta Sosa

Roxana Acosta Sosa is an Argentinan writer who likes to help different people who are looking for answers when reading a post. She is dedicated to writing on different topics including travel. Many are based on her own travelling experience to different countries and her motivation is to share them with those who want to live new adventures. For the past 5 years, she has been residing in India to experience the culture more closely. She has been invited to give a speech at the International Book Fair in Calcutta city about the Argentine culture and she plans to write a book to tell everything lived in her own flesh as a foreigner in the country. She is known for her love for animals and respect for the environment wherever she goes.  

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