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Know Before You Go
- You need an exit ticket. To be allowed onto your flight to the Philippines you will need to have an outbound ticket. If you don't, you'll need to book one at the airport and a last minute flight booking could end up eating into your holiday budget.
- Cash is king in the Philippines. If you are staying in hostels, you'll need cash to pay for accommodation. Tours and excursions also only accept cash as payment.
- Cebu and many other parts of the Philippines are experiencing a boom in tourism. As a result, hotels and flights to and from popular destinations get booked up months in advance during high season.
- Public bathrooms do not have toilet paper in the stalls. Keep some in your bag while exploring the city or you'll have to buy some from a dispenser machine.
- If you are a diving enthusiast, head to Malapascua. It is an island at the northern tip of Cebu that is the only place in the world where you can dive with thresher sharks all year round.
- Tipping is expected in Cebu. Restaurants and hotels often include a service charge on the bill.
Getting Around Cebu
- The easiest way for tourists to get around Cebu is via taxi. Fares are cheap with drivers charging PHP 40 to get in and PHP 3.5 for every half kilometre. If a cab doesn't want to use a meter, it's better to flag down another one to avoid being overcharged. If you feel like tipping your driver, PHP 10-20 is more than enough.
- With traffic less hectic in Cebu compared to other Asian cities, consider renting a car. You'll be able to see more of the island faster, and you can rent hourly, weekly and even monthly.
- If you are feeling adventurous, another way to get around Cebu is with the jeepneys. It's a popular form of public transportation used by locals that covers a set amount routes. Each jeepney has its route number on the side making it easy to find the right one.
- For trips around the island, Cebu has several bus operators. A 2 hour trip with aircon will cost you PHP 110, making it a cheap way to get around. Buses leave from the south terminal and tickets are bought from the conductor before taking your seat.
When is The Best Time to Visit Cebu?
The best time to visit Cebu all depends on what you want to do. For beach lovers, March to May is the best time to visit the island's beautiful coastline. While these summer months are hot, the crowds are thin, and accommodation prices are lower than high season.
If you want to experience Cebu's culture, the best time to visit is the third week of January for the colourful Sinulog Festival. From December to February, the island is less humid with sunny days. The cooler weather marks the island's high season, attracting tourists from around the world.
To make sure you find accommodation, book your room a few months in advance as well as your flights to lock in the best prices.
Cebu's rainy season from June to August is the island's low season. The heavy downpours and risk of typhoons see many tourists staying away. But if the rain is not a problem and you don't mind changing your plans at the last minute, you'll find cheap accommodation and tours at this time of year.
Airports in Cebu
Mactan–Cebu International Airport
Mactan-Cebu International is the second busiest airport in the Philippines. It is 15 kilometres from the city centre of Cebu and has flights to 23 domestic destinations and 17 international routes. The airport is a hub for Philippine Airlines, Philippines AirAsia, Cebu Pacific and PAL Express.
Getting To and From Mactan–Cebu International Airport
If you are on a tight budget and want to travel like a local, the cheapest way to get from the airport into Cebu is with a jeepney. But keep in mind, you'll have to transfer to a different jeepney three times to get into Cebu. The total fare should cost you PHP 21, and the journey will take you longer than a taxi.
The newest public transport option available from the airport is the SM Cebu MyBus Shuttle. For PHP 25 you can catch a shuttle going directly from the airport into the city. Buses start at 7 am and run until 9 pm departing from the Domestic Arrivals area every 30 minutes.
If it's your first time in Cebu and you aren't sure where you are going, taxis, while more expensive, are worth it. The fare from the airport to central Cebu is PHP 200 - 250. The while cabs use a meter and are the cheapest option if you don't want to haggle with the yellow cab drivers.