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Itinerary suggestions - 1 week in Cebu, then onto Panglao

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Itinerary suggestions - 1 week in Cebu, then onto Panglao

Hi everyone,

My friends and I have decided to go to Cebu for 4 days (not sure where exactly). One of my friends will be heading back to Manila after the 4 days, but the rest of us would like to stay at a resort to relax on the beach for the rest of the week.

At first we thought about going to Coron, but I was thinking that going to Panglao Island would be much easier from Cebu city.

My question is what can we do for the 4 days in Cebu? Our goals for our entire 3 week stay in the Philippines is to relax by a beach/pool, do some shopping and maybe some active pursuits such as snorkeling and hiking.

Will going to Panglao after Cebu be too much of the same thing, or should we head over to Coron as we originally planned?

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1. Re: Itinerary suggestions - 1 week in Cebu, then onto Panglao

Here is my list of things to do, as previously posted

- Tour the historical sights/sites dating back to 1521.



the Top. A lookout over looking Talisay City, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Mactan island. And on a clear day, the islands of Bohol and Leyte off in the distance.

- The Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills, Cebu City. It is on multiple levels over looking Cebu City

- The Lapu Lapu monument, including the monument to Ferdinand Magellan, on the spot where Lapu Lapu's forces killed the explorer Ferdinand Magellan on Mactan Island

- Magellan's Cross in Cebu City, planted a few days before he got himself killed on Mactan island

- The Sto Nino Basilica and Museum

- The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral and museum

- The historic Carbon markets

- Fort San Pedro and museum, including the Plaza Independencia

- Heritage of Cebu

- Manuel Yap ancestral home with many interesting artefacts

- Casa Gorordo. Home of the first Filipino Bishop, set up as it might have been in the 19th century.


- Take a day trip to kawasan falls


- Go early in the morning to Oslob to swim with the whale sharks.


- Ride the yellow submarine on Mactan island


- Gamble in any of the 3 casinos in Metro Cebu


- Try the sky experience adventure


- Visit a guitar factory on Mactan island and see guitars and other instruments being made


- Island hop the small islands off Mactan island


- Pay to use the facilities of a beach resort on Mactan island for the day


- If you will not already be visiting Bohol. Do a day trip to Bohol to see the main sights such as the Chocolate Hills, Lunch Cruise on the Loboc River and go swimming underground in the Hinagdanan cave. Supercat offers a day trip on their website but I am not sure they are running the tour at the moment. Look under island skip trips on their website.


- Go on the Aloguinsan River eco cruise from Bojo


- Visit Funtastic in Medellin in northern Cebu


- See some crocodiles


- See some butterflies


- Visit an amusement park. Only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday


- Picnic for the day at Aqua Cainta


- Picnic for the day at Tubod Flowing Waters


- Picnic for the day at Villa Terisita


- Spend the day at the Sandtrap in Banilad, Cebu City. It is 3 tennis courts, indoor bar with pool table. Outdoor bar with large screen TV for sporting programmes. Outdoor but under cover restaurant. And swimming pool. I like to sit in the cabana by the pool and drink San Miguel Light 5 at a time from a bucket of ice.


- Watch the latest block buster movies in 3D on the huge Imax screen at SM Mall


- Go ten pin bowling. If you want to do this with other expats, go to the Gaisano Country Mall Bowlingplex, at the rear of Gaisano Country Mall, at 1pm on any Wednesday. Everyone is welcome.


- Go running/walking with the Cebu Hash House Harriers on Saturdays


- Go drinking/dining at an expat bar in Cebu City such as








- Dance the night away in one of the many discos and night clubs around Metro Cebu.

- Go to a cockfight


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2. Re: Itinerary suggestions - 1 week in Cebu, then onto Panglao

Big Jim has given you a comprehensive list for Cebu. After Cebu, you are right, Panglao is easier to get to and worth the 3-4 days. Alona Beach on Panglao island, then you can take day tour - independent or group to see the sights of Bohol. Don't miss the Chocolate Hills and Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella if you are going to d.i.y.

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3. Re: Itinerary suggestions - 1 week in Cebu, then onto Panglao

Alona will make sense but the shopping in Tagbilaran cannot be compared to Cebu City.

However Tagbilaran has several small shopping malls to keep you occupied.

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4. Re: Itinerary suggestions - 1 week in Cebu, then onto Panglao

Will going to Panglao after Cebu be too much of the same thing,


I Just noticed this.

They are very different. The people of Bohol want tourists and actually seek your feed back on departure.

Bohol, including Panglao island. has

- White sand beaches

- Diving/snorkelling

- the Chocolate Hills

- whale and dolphin watching

- tarsier sanctuaries

- butterfly sanctuaries

- wild life sanctuaries

- fire fly tours

- adventure tours including zip lining/flying fox

- historical sites dating back to 1565

- several waterfalls

- swimming underground in the Hinagdanan cave

- lunch tours on the Loboc river

- hanging bamboo bridges over the Loboc river

- the Bohol Bee Farm where you can see mats, clothes and knick knacks being made then eat a meal with edible flowers and honey.

- rice paddies which means there is a high chance of seeing a Carabao in action

There is a whole flotilla of boats travelling between Metro Cebu and several locations on Bohol

My favourite is Supercat from pier 4 in Cebu City to Tagbilaran Bohol.


On arrival In Tagbilaran, you can arrange a car or van to take you to your resort on Panglao Island. Drivers will be lined up at the pier waiting to take you away. In case you are not aware, Panglao Island is joined to Bohol by a bridge in Tagbilaran City and a 2 lane causeway outside of Tagbilaran City..

If you would like a driver waiting at the pier to take you away, you could contact one of the Tripadvisor recommended drivers for Bohol, on this page


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5. Re: Itinerary suggestions - 1 week in Cebu, then onto Panglao

Thanks everyone. All your responses have been extremely helpful!

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