Golfing is one of Cebu’s premier activities. Golf is popular with businessmen and visitors who are understandably eager for a round on one of the lush green courses.
Designed by some of the world's golfing greats, you can play amongst sprawling views of the surrounding exotic beauty before going for a spa treatment or a spot of lunch in one of the luxurious clubhouses.
Many of the golf courses also have exclusive beaches that are perfect for an after-game dip in or some pre or post-golf beach lazing.
Alta Vista Golf and Country Club
Location: Alta Vista Golf and Country Club, Aznar Road, Pardo Hills, Cebu City
Contact: +63 32 272 7971
Cebu Country Golf
Location: Cebu Country Club, Gov. M Cuenco, Banilad, Cebu City
Contact: +63 32 310 3456
Cebu International Golf Resort
Location: Cebu International Golf and Resort, Barangay Lambug, Badian, Cebu
Contact: +63 32 345 3339
The Philippines has some of the best dive sites in the world. With prolific amounts of fish and coral, various wrecks and blissfully clear water, one can see why. If you are an underwater enthusiast it is worth visiting the country purely for the aquatic adventures on offer.
Beginners needn’t worry about getting to grips with the process; there are numerous dive companies that offer PADI courses. Essentially, the Philippines cater to the experienced and the beginner, in an ideal diving environment. It’s a great place to learn, as language barriers are pretty much non existent, with most instructors speaking English. Great nearby dive sites include Tingo Shark Point, Talima Sanctuary and Santa Rosa.
Location: Level 2, Ayala Center Cebu, CBP, Cebu City
Contact: +63 32 415 5303
Savedra Dive Center
Location: Panagsama Beach, Moalboal, Cebu
Contact: +63 32 474 3132
7 Seas Dive Centre
Location: Plantation Bay,Marigondon Beach,Mactan Island.
Contact: +63 32 495 2471
Perhaps you prefer the idea of skimming along the surface of the water as opposed to venturing underneath it? Kayaking is a fairly recent trend in the Philippines but it continues to gain popularity; the surrounding seascape is perfect for independent adventure.
Snorkeling has been the aquatic sport of choice in this region for some time as it's easy and accessible plus you get to hang out with all those cool fish. Other popular water sports include windsurfing, jet skiing and sailing.
Cebu Sea Explorer
Location: 36 Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Knights of Columbus Square, Cebu City
Contact: +63 32 234 0248
Southeast Asia is unlike any other place in the world when it comes to excelling in the spa and wellness realm – and the island of Cebu is no exception.
From the high-end to the budget massage, everyone can participate in this indulgence. Enjoying a spa is especially beneficial after diving or trekking and a prime opportunity to indulge in some pampering; be it under the shade of a palm tree leaf on the beach or in the serene surroundings of a five-star spa.
The Philippines is becoming ever more renowned for the calibre of its therapists, who have highly skilled techniques. No trip to Cebu would be complete without one the country's famous but eerie Hilot massages.
Located at Shangri-la Cebu, Chi is one of the biggest and most luxurious spas in the region. Guests should expect a five-star rejuvenation experience here. Treatments take place in private spa villas and suites were you can choose from an extensive menu of health, beauty and wellness-orientated pleasures. The unique Chi water garden combines the Asian tradition of bathing and cleanliness with the European origins of spa 'Salus per Aqua', and is just one area in which the Chi Spa earns its stripes. Features of the menu include half-day treatments and luxurious hand and foot massages.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
- Location: Shangri-La Hotel, Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu
This is a great choice for facial treatments, especially the Pevonia High Performance Collagen Facial. Other treatments include a variety of massages ranging from Swedish to Thai to traditional Filipino Hilot. The spa is an intimate affair with just ten rooms, although it does not fail to deliver treatments to a high and pleasurable standard. The bottom line is that it is very affordable while still maintaining an excellent quality of service and treatments.
- Opening Hours: 08:00-22:00
- Location: 255-A Archbishop Reyes Ave., Lahug, Cebu
Home to some of the Philippines' best trekking options, the highest point of Cebu is Osmena Peak which reaches higher than 1,000 metres. Working through the South Cebu high hills, trekkers will encounter a rugged terrain dividing the island into east and west. Treks consist of making your way through valleys and jungles laden with prolific greenery and an enigmatic nature and this is a great way to get better acquainted with the indigenous beauty of the Philippines and to take in some spectacular views.
The island of Cebu is considered to be the destination of choice for mountain biking enthusiasts. The rugged terrain and manmade routes make it perfect for exploring Cebu's beauty on bike, ensuring a vigorous workout. Bike tours can be done on a half and full-day basis, for hard-core bikers and curious beginners.
Planned routes pass through fish farms, caves and rivers, each a truly memorable experience.