Cebu has a lot more to offer aside from exciting festivals, sumptuous cuisine, world class hotels, spacious malls, and various historical sites. Tourists can also enjoy the different islands that are perfect for swimming, diving, and snorkeling. So, grab your flip-flops and sunglasses and join us as we explore the best snorkeling spots in Cebu.

Mactan Island

Mactan is home to some of the most stunning snorkeling spots in Cebu, Philippines. This small island is separated from the main island of Cebu. However, there are bridges erected near the Mactan Channel that connect it to Cebu City. Also, there are several high end hotels/ resorts in the vicinity such as Shangri-la, Dusit Thani, Crimson, and Plantation Bay. More establishments will pop up soon since a lot of development projects are being done in the area. Generally, the dive/ snorkeling sites are found on the east side of Mactan Island. They can also be reached by boat or a few steps from the beach depending on the location and tidal current. If you are arriving via plane, then you can visit a snorkeling site immediately since you’re already in Mactan. The island also features numerous marine sanctuaries and mesmerizing underwater caves. Expect to see different aquatic creatures such as tuna, surgeonfish, squirrelfish, tuna, barracuda, as well as hard tree corals.

Hermit's Cove

This charming seaside getaway is just a couple of hours away from Cebu City.  Hermit Cove is managed by the local government so you can be sure that the beach is pristine and safe for tourists. There are also rules that visitors must follow such as not bringing alcoholic drinks or camping on the beach.  However, the breathtaking views will make it all worthwhile.  Hermit’s Cove is a great venue for family gatherings or a seaside picnic with your friends.

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Lambug Beach

Lambug beach is open to the public and it only takes 3 hours to get here from the city.   Since only a few people know about this place, it’s less crowded compared to other Cebu white beaches.  There are also business shacks that offer dining and accommodation.   So, if you’re traveling solo and prefer a laid back vibe then this tropical destination is for you.  You can also head out to Kawasan Falls since it’s located near this relaxing beach.

Dalaguete Beach

This tropical destination can be found right next to Dalaguete Beach Park Hotel.  It boasts of white sands and magnificent views of scenic mountains like Casino Peak, Kandungaw Peak, and Osmena Peak. These 3 mountains are also collectively called the Little Chocolate Hills of Cebu.  Dalaguete is fondly called the Summer Capital of Cebu because of its majestic mountains and cool country air.  Camping may not be allowed on the beach but there are other activities that you can still enjoy. Don’t miss out on all the fun and make sure to include Lambug beach on your Cebu adventure tours itinerary.

Panagsama Beach

Panagsama’s allure goes beyond the surface because it offers so much more.  Once you go 50 meters deep into its waters, you’ll witness a large school of sardines which will take your breath away.  Many people flock to this beach because its clear waters are perfect for snorkeling and diving. Additionally, there are also several dive and tour agencies located nearby which makes it convenient for tourists. You can hop on a boat and visit Pescador Island and Turtle Point to see more of the mesmerizing marine life such as tropical fishes, sea turtles, and dolphins.

Adrenaline Rush Activities

You’ll be surprised to learn that Cebu offers various adrenaline boosting activities for people of all ages. The Queen City of the South is your best bet if you’re looking for exciting adventures that won’t leave you broke. Here are various adrenaline pumping activities that you can do when you visit Cebu:

cliff jumping


If you’re a daredevil and you want to go cliff jumping, then visit Funtastic Island in Medellin. It features a jumping spot which is approximately 3 stories high.  You’ll surely find many brave tourists showcasing their cliff jumping skills on this breathtaking spot.

Mountain Climbing

There’s no shortage of mountains and hills in Cebu. Should you want to partake in mountain climbing, then Osmeña Peak is the best option. Visitors can also pitch their tents because camping is allowed on this mountain. Remember, to bring your jacket since it can get cold and windy at the mountain’s peak.


If you’re a person who isn’t afraid of enclosed, damp, and dark places, then spelunking is for you.  Cebu has several enchanting caves where you can explore and marvel at stalactites and stalagmites.  Be sure to visit the Salay, Igotan, Binuthan, and Bayukbuk caves during your stay.



Canyoneering enthusiasts will surely love Matutinao Valley because it has several fresh water pools and small waterfalls. Get ready to test your strength as you go upstream to the top, climb up, and go against the force of the waterfalls and swim against the river’s current. Look out for rare birds, monkeys, and monitor lizards that lurk in the lush greenery and rock formations.


Rappelling is definitely an exciting and extreme activity that only fearless people can stomach. Head out to Campo 4 in Talisay and you’ll find a bridge where rappelling freaks love to test their courage. The area is only a couple of hours away from Metro Cebu so you don’t have to travel that far to reach it.

Zip Lining

If you want to fly like your favorite superhero, then you must try zip lines. The great thing about zip lining in Cebu is that you get a spectacular view of the natural beauty around you.  So if sunbathing in Cebu beaches is too tame for you, then visit some of Cebu’s top zipline spots. There are several zip line establishments that you can choose from such as Danasan Eco Adventure Park, Adventure Cafe, K33 A Green Adventure, Doce Pares Mountain Training Park, and Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon.

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Swimming with Whale Sharks

Whale sharks have become synonymous with Tanawan, Oslob because it’s where these majestic marine creatures interact with tourists. Don’t let their massive size scare you because whale sharks are never known to be violent. If you are brave enough, you can even jump into the water and swim with them. Do note that you can’t feed them and you can’t use a flash when taking pictures. Also, the government prohibits getting too close to the whale sharks so you must maintain a distance of at least 5 feet.  The whale sharks usually come out when the weather is good and the water is clear.

Tandem Sky Diving

There are only two places in the Philippines where skydiving is popular: Cebu and Pampanga.  Do yourself a favor and check out the diving centers in Cebu that offer tandem skydiving.  You can ask a skydiving instructor to accompany you up in the air while enjoying the view from 10,000 feet high.  If you’ve been wondering what it feels like to float in the air, then grab your parachutes and take the leap.

The Philippine archipelago consists of numerous islands and islets that are widely scattered near the coastlines.  Cebu is one of the best islands in this country because it has so much to offer in terms of tourism, culture, and history.  Not to mention, you’ll get to enjoy delicious and fresh food and be greeted with the warm hospitality that only Cebuanos can offer.