Cebu Guide for Families

Located in Central Visayas, Cebu is made up of a main island and 167 other islands and islets surrounding it. If you haven’t been to Cebu, then this Cebu Guide for Families is what you’re looking for. In this guide, we feature some of the must-see destinations especially for first-timers.

Cebu with Kids

Before Your Trip

Going on an out of town trip with kids is a challenge. If you haven’t brought your little one out of town, let me tell you know that it’s not a walk in the park. Well, unless your kid is a born traveler. But that’s not the case for most of us! So, to make your trip less stressful, you need to plan and prepare. Below are some tips to help you get ready for your trip.

PLANE TICKETS

It’s best to book your plane tickets ahead of time so as not too get tickets that are too expensive. We try to book at least three months before, but if you can book even earlier and while tickets are on sale, then that’s much better.

Take note that kids ages 2 years and above pay full already. Children under two who will not need a seat will only pay for taxes.

PACKING LIST

Here’s what you need to bring if you’re going on a trip to Cebu with kids:

  • Clothes enough for the number of days you’re staying + one extra set just in case your child spills anything on you or themselves (it happens)
  • Identification cards for all family members (For infants without an ID, bring a copy of the birth certificate)
  • Wear rubber shoes going to Cebu then pack slippers in your bags
  • Hats (because it gets pretty hot sometimes)
  • For baby: Baby soap in bar form
  • For the bigger kids: Drawing books, coloring materials, and small blocks
  • Money (We allotted PHP10,000 per family member for our 4-day trip)

During Your Trip

It’s d-day! Here are some tips for families traveling to Cebu:

HOW TO KEEP YOUR KIDS BUSY AT THE AIRPORT

Expect to have a long wait time at the airport. We were in NAIA three hours before our flight, then our plane was delayed. Imagine the boredom of our three kids!

Thankfully, the littlest slept through most of the wait time. The two bigger kids, however, were very uneasy. This is why I recommend bringing drawing books, blocks, or any small toy you can pack in your carry-on luggage.

WHERE TO STAY IN CEBU FOR FAMILIES

Finding a family-friendly hotel is important if you’re going to Cebu with your children. The truth is, children will love playing over sightseeing so going home to a hotel with amenities for kids is a must.

Family resorts in Cebu

The two hotels we stayed in during our 4-day trip in Cebu are Montebello Villa Hotel (Cebu City) and BlueWater Maribago (Mactan). Both have amenities that kids will surely enjoy and staff that are very good with children. Click the links to my posts for an in-depth review of each hotel.

WHERE TO GO IN CEBU WITH KIDS

Cebu City:

  • Magellan’s Cross
  • Basilica del Sto. Nino
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Cebu Taoist Temple
  • Carbon Market
  • Sky Experience Adventure (for bigger kids & adults only)

Upland Cebu:

  • Sirao Flower Garden
  • Temple of Leah
  • Tops Lookout

Going to Mactan:

  • Marcelo Fernan Bridge
  • Lapu-Lapu Monument

CEBU ITINERARY FOR FAMILIES TRAVELING WITH SMALL CHILDREN

Below is the itinerary we followed during our 4-day trip in Cebu.

Where to go in Cebu

You will notice that we didn’t schedule a lot of activities. This is because, from experience, overscheduling makes the kids extra tired and extra grumpy. If you want to enjoy your vacation, we suggest keeping it chill.

Destination
Day 1Board the plane to Cebu
Check in at Montebello Villa Hotel
Room service lunch + Rest
Go on a Cebu City Tour after lunch
Day 2Check in at BlueWater Maribago
Go swimming at the pools/beach
Shark feeding at 4 PM
Register for the themed dinner buffet at Allegro
Day 3Breakfast buffet at Allegro (complimentary)
Go swimming at the pools/beach
Lunch buffet at Allegro/Delfino’s
Go on a Cebu Upland Tour
Dinner at Cebu Tops
Day 4Breakfast buffet at Allegro (complimentary)
Go swimming at the pools/beach + Start packing
Lunch at Allegro/Delfino’s
Head to airport for flight back to Manila

Tip: You can book your tours with the hotel, however, these are quite expensive. You can either get a taxi driver to bring you around for around PHP3,000 or do what we did and rent a car. The car rental is just for PHP2,800 then we had it loaded with gas for PHP 500. That was enough for us to do the Cebu Upland Tour.

Places to see in Cebu

Got questions? Comment below or email me at kim@momonduty.com!

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Kimberley Reyes is a fire wife and mom. She provides virtual support for women entrepreneurs and bloggers and writes about finding the right balance between homemaking and working in freedom.

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