Cebu Travel Tips
The Philippines only has two seasons – the wet and dry. Located close to the equator, Cebu is often humid and warm, typical of tropical countries. You’re advised to pack light clothes, a bottle of sunblock, and mosquito repellent. Be prepared with your windbreaker or jacket, too, in case it rains.
Cebuanos are great at English, and they’d go great lengths in communicating with you, hospitable as they are. Still, it helps to learn a few phrases in Visayan (Cebuano dialect).
Explore Cebu in groups. If you’re a solo traveler, avoid walking alone late at night, and avoid attracting attention to yourself. Dress like a local, and avoid flashing cash, jewelry or valuable items. Keep a handy amount of loose change in your pockets so you don’t have to bring out your wallet every time you make a purchase.
Cebu has different modes of transportation depending on the distance you have to travel. For average distances, you can take the jeepney, a public transportation vehicle coded in numbers and letters corresponding to its route. You can also read the sign board, or ask the jeepney driver for more info. Fare is usually P8 – P12 pesos, so keep that amount handy.
If you need to travel short distances, the tricycle is another option. Usually found in inner city streets and subdivisions, the tricycle is a motorcycle with a one-wheeled side cart that can accommodate 5-6 adults at a single time.
If you’re not comfortable commuting in close proximity to strangers, you can take a taxi cab. Some drivers will propose a “per trip” charging arrangement at overpriced rates, so be sure to tell him to use the meter. Most taxi cabs now have receipt printing devices, which will come in handy in accounting for your travel expenses.
For long distances, you can head straight to Cebu’s different terminals – Citilink (South-bound), South Bus Terminal (South-bound), or North Bus Terminal (North-bound) and take a bus (open air or air-conditioned) to your destination. Fare varies depending on your point of origin and point of destination.