Travel & Culture

My Weekend Getaway Tour In Cebu, Philippines

I went for a quick weekend trip at the Queen City of the South Cebu this weekend.  It was a perfect quick out-of-town weekend getaway until it ended badly at the Mactan-Cebu Airport because of the incompetent staff and crew of Air Philippines Express (AirPhil Express) Cebu.

What we did on our quick weekend getaway tour in Cebu:

Day 1 (Saturday) was spent at a Day Tour at Plantation Bay in Lapu Lapu City Cebu

Day 2 (Sunday) was spent at a Cebu City tour where we visited the famous historical places in Cebu which includes the Magellan’s Cross, Basilica Minor De Sto. Niño, Lapu-Lapu Monument, Fort San Pedro, the Cebu Taoist Temple, the Taboan Market (where we shopped for dried fish goods), Ayala Center Cebu and survived the Sky Walk Adventure!

Basilica Minor De Sto. Niño
At Ayala Center CebuAyala Center Cebu

At Magellan Statue

Where we stayed in Cebu?
Night 1 (Friday) was spent at Roseate Pension House

Night 2 (Saturday) was spent at Crown Regency Hotel Cebu City

Night 3 (Sunday) was spent at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport

How much did we spent  for the Weekend Tour in Cebu?

Transportation

Our round trip airfare ticket Manila to Cebu and Cebu to Manila is Php2,155 nett per person. We got it from a seat sale Air Philippine Express offered.

We spent Php365.00 for the taxi fare from the airport to Roseate Pension House located at the Urgelio St. Cebu City.   Another Php600.00 to go to Plantation Bay which is about an hour away from Cebu City.  We spent Php2,200 for the Day 2 Cebu City Tour including drop-off to airport.

Lodging

We spent Php1,680 for our 8 hour stay at Roseate Pension House since we arrived at pass midnight and checked out at 8AM.

inside Roseate Pension Housethe "view" at Roseate Pension House

Personally, this pension house did not impressed me contrary to the great review I read from a blogger friend.  Aside from being strategically located at the heart of Cebu City there was nothing outstanding to it.  We got the Family Room with a view but unfortunately construction was on-going and we could have a nice view of the landscape because the building was obstructing the view already plus the construction workers are staring.  Their aircon was noisy.  They don’t have free toiletries (it is usually a standard service inclusion even in motels, apartelles and pension houses).  They served coffee (or should I say hot water) in a glass because they apparently ran out of cups.

We had a complementary stay in Crown Regency Hotel Cebu City so we saved on that one.  The hotel room was nice complete with bath tub, hair dryer, and free internet connection.  The lobby was too dark.  Most of the guest were Koreans.

Crown Regency Hotel Lobby

Crown Regency Hotel Room

Staying overnight at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport cost us sore throat, sore back and headache.

Tour Proper

For the Day Tour at Plantation Bay we spent Php2,000 nett per person with 50% discount for children age 12 below.  The Day Tour at Plantation Bay includes free use of all facilities and lunch. (will post more about this adventure!)
At Plantation Bay
Plantation Bay Beach Front

The visit at the Cebu Taoist Temple,  Magellan’s Cross, Basilica Minor De Sto. Niño, Lapu-Lapu Monument is free.  A visit at the Fort San Pedro is at Pho30.00 for adult and Php20.00 for child.  (Will post more about the Cebu City Tour)

At Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro
Magellan's Cross
Cebu Taoist Temle

The trip to the Taboan Market cost about Php500.00 total where we got different kinds of danggit (dried fish) variants and a Cebu Longganisa.

Taboan Market Cebu City

The Sky Walk Extreme Adventure which is a 15 minute walk on top of the 38th floor of Crown Regency Hotel in Cebu City is at Php400.00. (Details about the Sky Walk Extreme Adventure here)

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We spent Php365.00 for a kilo of CNT Lechon.

CNT Lechon

Tips On How To Have An Awesome Weekend Getaway Tour In Cebu

  • Sugbutel is the best choice if you plan a tour in Cebu City.  They charge Php250.00 per person a night and is strategically located beside SM City Cebu.
  • It’s great to meet a local who will give you great discount on transportation and tour. Our cab driver/ tour guide Kuya Roel was friendly and courteous he even entertained us by singing Visayan songs for us.  If you plan a trip to Cebu you can contact him at this number (09187227754) Text him before you call and tell him I referred you to him. He drives a brand new Avanza cab.
  • our driver/tour guide Kuya Roel

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8 Comments

  1. earthlingorgeous

    I think we hired him for Php1,500 ata hatid sundo yun 🙂

  2. Trisha

    Hi! How much does kuya roel charge? Is it the usual taxi meter fares?

  3. Thank you for recommending Sugbutel Bed & Bath!

  4. earthlingorgeous

    @Edel waaaah di ko natikman ung lechon pano napanis na paguwi namin ng manila dahil sa 10 hours delayed flight namin kaines.

  5. awww, bigla ko tuloy namiss ang cebu, pati yung CNT lechon na super yummy! 🙂

  6. i’d like to try the Skywalk!

  7. earthlingorgeous

    @ Rachel oo best di ako takot sa heights pero takot ako sa frog haha

  8. It’s a WOWO trip to Cebu, but quiet sad learning those not so good experience. I like the pic up there at the “Sky Walk”…..hehehe galing mo di ka takot sa heights. 😛

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