Day 5 Half day Cebu city tour

Cebu city tour for us on Day 5.

You do not need to be a Catholic or Christian to appreciate Cebu’s heritage. Formed over thousands of years, some history from indigenous and some heritage from former Spaniard colonial period.

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We book a private half day city tour from Klook package. Our guide, Rolando (Uncle) proudly shared his city’s stories and history as we drove around.

 

Cebu Taoist temple
Cebu Taoist temple

There are a few icons (touristy) in Cebu, and we visited Cebu Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills. Yes, the same Beverly in California 🙂

And yes, the richest folks live in the hills, overlooking the city.

1. Cebu Taoist Temple 

Photo with the dragon at the entrance. There are pagodas big and small all around.

Can you spot our hotel in the city downtown?

*Our City tour locations are captured in the custom Google Map below. We stayed at Mandarin Plaza in Cebu downtown.

Primary reason is the good reviews, and central location. Ayala center is a short 10 min walk away (5min if you dare to dash across the road).

Our guide shared tidbits about White House and Cebu’s first bank.

2.  Magallan’s Cross

Catholics all over the world would visit the religious relics and artifacts in Cebu. Magellan’s Cross is one of the Catholic symbolic artifacts.

Photos for tourists and admiration from Catholics.

Magellan’s Cross
Magellan’s Cross

Prayers and mass is a stone throw’s away at Santo Nino Church. Built in  1565, the Church is gland and magnificent.

We heard the Sinulog Fiesta planned for 2020 will be one of the most spectacular.

3. Basilica del Santo Niño

Also known as Santo Nino Church.

Many families were out about town, praying at mass. We heard this is the oldest church in the Philippines.

Santo Nino Church
Santo Nino Church

Elegant walkway inside the Church.

This open space outside the Church is utilised during mass and on special days.

As we drove along, you will sometimes spot poor communities next to sprawling malls.

SM Mall Seaside
SM Mall Seaside

4. Fort San Pedro

Cebu city tour
Cebu city tour

Fort San Pedro was the last stop for us. This was the first Spanish settlement in Cebu and Philippines.

The roof, tiles and cannons have been preserved.

Outside the gate, Cebu is ready to welcome Christmas.

Our guide Rolando and driver Renante (not in photo) were super friendly. Their enthusiasm rubbed off on us and we enjoyed our city tour too.

More photos can be found on our Facebook album. You will also discover more F&B and massage around our Hotel.

We are still working on the rest of the blog posts, meanwhile do drop your queries to andy@sengkangbabies.com

More photos are uploaded in our Fanpage albums :
Moalboal Panagsama stay
Whale shark at Oslob
Kawasan Falls
Half Day Cebu City Tour (and nice food Sugbo Mercado)
Danasan Eco Adventure Park
-Free & Easy SM Seaside

Cebu Blog posts:
* Cebu Family Itinerary
Day 2 Oslob with Whale Sharks
Day 3 Kawasan Falls canyoneering with family
Day 4 Free & Easy
Day 5 1/2 day Cebu city tour
Day 6 Danasan Eco Adventure Park (more adventures!)
Day 7 Free and Easy
Day 8 Fly home

 

Disclaimer : Our City tour is sponsored by Klook. Private package is inclusive of van transfer from Cebu Hotel.

FUN Cebu Family Itinerary

This is our Fun Cebu family itinerary! We spent 8D7N snorkeling  with turtles and sardines, gawking at massive whale sharks and jumping 10m from waterfalls!

Do pop by our Instagram Hashtag #SengkangbabiesCebu  and Story for our summary. The links to more photos and other blogs are at the end of page.

Moalmoal attractions
Moalboal attractions

Cebu family itinerary breakdown by days :

Day 1 reach Moalboal
Day 2 Oslob with Whale Sharks
Day 3 Kawasan Falls
Day 4 Free & Easy, Moalboal travel back to Cebu city
Day 5 1/2 day city tour
Day 6 Danasan Eco Adventure Park (more adventures!)
Day 7 Free and Easy
Day 8 Fly home

Adventures overload!

After touchdown, Rain, jams and Lechon welcomed us.

Our driver brought us to House of Lechon (franchise) .

You will definitely spot Lechon (roasted pig) and Jollibee every corner in Cebu downtown.

Malls are deck out and ready for Christmas.

If you are still unsure about Philippines culture. Say HELLO to Jeepneys, trishaws and traffic jams 🙂

We book a private transfer from Airport to Moalboal, where we will stay for three nights. Refer our custom Google Map link (black markers mean  attractions which we did not visit)

Journey was a slow 3 hours, as roads are jammed and packed with slower traffic like trishaws. (Click on custom Google Map link)

3 Nights at Moalboal

Moalboal, more accurately Panagsama area is famous for snorkeling and diving.

 

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Snorkel out 50m, and you will witness a sudden dip. This is the best stretch to watch the sardine runs!

We spotted two turtles, unfortunately my Gopro 7 did not record the second clip. Turtle was just 1m away from us, grazing the sea glass!

This one below was easily 1.5m by 1.5m in dimension.

Panagsama street, filled with dive shops and F&B options. Each meal here is 250 Peso+, more expensive than Cebu City (maybe 100 to 150 peso).

The turtles and sardines are easily reachable! Snorkel rental is 100 Peso per day, excluding fins and life vests.

Our Greece-like stay at Moalboal, D’Gecko.

Have not visited Santorini yet, so this will have to do :p

Our preferred mode of transport. All  can squeeze into this trishaw! Forget about shock absorber or rain shelters :p

And there are plenty of potholes!

Panagsama front and white beach is famous with visitors.  And of course turtles and Sardines too!

Just look at Instagram Hashtag #PanagsamaBeach . These magnificent sights are just 50m away from coast!

Do catch the mesmerising sunsets too.

If you can free dive, go disturb the millions of Sardines like @evelynnnn_1021  wow!

 

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Day 2 Whale sharks at Oslob!

After seeing the video below, most would be in awe. I mean, this gentle Whale Sharks are easily 10 m long with a HUGE mouth!

 

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Front and behind, we spotted 4 of the majestic creatures. Kids were initially apprehensive, but quickly snorkel out to get a close up view.

We must try our best to avoid touching the whale sharks. I heard human touch could damage whale shark’s surface membrane, exposing them to infections.

15 min away from the Whale Sharks venue, everyone hitch a Motorcycle to Tumalog Falls. Whee! quite dangerous but thrilling

Tumalog Falls has only a sprinkle of water, perhaps this is the dry season.

Day 3 Kawasan Falls is epic!

From the trail head, one can walk 45min (1.5km) to the first waterfall.
We would recommend the Badian Zipline! (500 Peso per pax).

“Superman” took 1 min to zip down. Say YES to adrenaline!

 

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Everyone can play “This-is-Sparta KICK” at the falls! Beside the water thrills, the emerald water was a sight to behold.

.. But safety first. Everyone must suit up with Life jacket and helmet. Just bring your Gopro or waterproof phone, NOTHING else.

There are 7 to 8 jumps to conquer, from 4m to 15m!

You can see the JUMPs in our IG story (link).

Yee 10m jump Kawasan Falls
Yee 10m jump Kawasan Falls

Video of Yee 10m Jump!

 

recommend family friendly activities Cebu
Recommend family friendly activities Cebu

Besides taking care of our safety, the crew/guides are excellent photographers too!

The Unsung Hero award goes to Mummy Mengchoo. Although she hates stunts and hikes, she was GAME to join for the sake of family 🙂

Kawasan Falls is the No1 Cebu Family Itinerary for us 🙂

 

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Day 5 Half Day City Tour

Philippines is a Catholic country. There are many Cathedrals and churches on every island. Our guide shared how the first Spanish settlers converted locals to Christians.

 

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We started with the iconic Cebu Taoist Temple. The location itself is in Beverly Hills. Yes, the same as the one in California.

The richest folks will live on this hill overlooking the city.

Magellan’s Cross is revered by Catholics.

Fort San Pedro

Day 6 Danasan Eco Adventure Park

If you are seeking more adrenaline, you will not go wrong with Danasan Eco Adventure Park.

 

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We did ATV, GoKart (improvised) and even cycled in the sky.

The rain did not stop our FUN!

Sugbo Mercado (Cebu night market)

Surprisingly, there are no night markets (food and souvenirs) like those in Taiwan or Thailand. If you are looking for nice food, try Sugbo Mercado.

And it is located right in the heart of Cebu IT Park (Call Centers heaven)!

We would like to thank Klook and Kawasan Canyoneering for  sponsorship and discounts for enriching our Cebu Family Itinerary.

Oslob Whale Sharks
https://www.klook.com/en-SG/activity/3643-snorkel-whale-sharks-oslob-cebu

Half Day Cebu Private Tour
https://www.klook.com/en-SG/activity/8013-private-rediscovery-tour-cebu

Danasan Eco Adventure Park
https://www.klook.com/en-SG/activity/17962-danasan-adventure-park-pass-cebu

Cebu Moalboal transfers
https://www.klook.com/en-SG/activity/12419-private-city-transfers-between-moalboal-mactan-cebu

Wifi router
https://www.klook.com/en-SG/activity/16561-4g-wifi-philippines

Badian Zip line and Kawasan Falls canyoneering!
https://www.facebook.com/kawasncanyoneering

We are still working on the rest of the blog posts, meanwhile do drop your queries to andy@sengkangbabies.com

More photos are uploaded in our Fanpage albums :
Moalboal Panagsama stay
Whale shark at Oslob
Kawasan Falls
Half Day Cebu City Tour (and nice food Sugbo Mercado)
Danasan Eco Adventure Park
-Free & Easy SM Seaside

Cebu Blog posts:
* Cebu Family Itinerary
Day 2 Oslob with Whale Sharks
Day 3 Kawasan Falls canyoneering with family
Day 4 Free & Easy
Day 5 1/2 day Cebu city tour
Day 6 Danasan Eco Adventure Park (more adventures!)
Day 7 Free and Easy
Day 8 Fly home

 

Really happy that the whole family is game and adventurous, we tried many activities beyond our comfort zone 🙂

Oslob Whale sharks. Wow!

Kawasan Falls canyoneering, JUMP JUMP!