Top 5 Free Things to Do in Cebu City

Cebu City, Philippines is known for its pristine beaches, rich history, and amazing people, not to mention that it is also home to the country’s most talented singers and musicians. With so many places to visit and activities to try, you will never run out of travel ideas and many of them, you can actually do for free.

Yes, you can actually enjoy Cebu City, Philippines without spending that much.

Here are some tips that you can do to enjoy this amazing place for free.

1.   DIY Historical and Cultural Tour Around the City

The moment you arrive; you often see a lot of tour packages where you get to see the city. But you can save money by having a DIY your own trip. Thanks to Google Maps, you can easily navigate your way around. Experience the local culture by walking and taking street photos.

Go down the old street of Colon. Witness the century-old Magellan’s Cross. You can also visit the Basilica del Santo Niño and Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, some of the country’s oldest churches. When you get tired, you can just sit down in the park near the Cebu Provincial Capitol Building.

Top 5 Free Things to Do in Cebu City

2.   Go hiking.

Cebu Citymight be known for its white sand beaches, but it is also known for its mountains’ picturesque view. There are so many mountains that you may want to conquer without the need to arrange a private tour.

As long as you are physically fit and you have complete hiking clothes and other essential stuff, you can climb Mt. Manunggal, Osmena Peak and Mt. KanIrag.


Photos by Jumz Chino

3.   Visit the local market and try local cuisine.

The Philippines has a lot to showcase when it comes to the varieties of their local cuisine. And if you are looking for some delectable dishes that are truly local, you can visit the local markets and ty the local dishes.

From their well-known “lechon”, which is a grilled pork to the different mango products, you will definitely come back for more.

Top 5 Free Things to Do in Cebu City

4.   Enjoy the crystal clear waters.

Cebu has a lot of amazing beaches. As a traveler, it just depends on how much you are willing to spend. But you can definitely enjoy the beach for free.

There are so many public peaches in Bantayan, Island. You can also go down south in Oslob to enjoy the whale sharks. Just be prepared to spend some money.

Top 5 Free Things to Do in Cebu City

5.   Join fiestas and festivals.

In joining fiestas and festivals, you will have to check the calendar. This is the best way for you to enjoy and have fun. There is overflowing food and drinks. Even if you do not know any local person, you will find yourself new friends when you go to a local fiesta or attend the festival.

Cebu is known for its Sinulog Festival which is celebrated every February. There are so many activities as part of the program like dance, street parties, and contests among many others.

Herbert Kikoy

Surigaonon by birth, Butuanon by heart and now an adopted son of Cebu, Herbert is a hobbyist photographer who focuses on Food, Sports, Travel and Festivals photography.