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Cebu City: Whale Shark Swimming & Kawasan Falls Canyoneering

1. Cebu City: Whale Shark Swimming & Kawasan Falls Canyoneering

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime swimming experience with whale sharks. Your private guide will take you on a scenic journey from Cebu's East Coast to the town of Oslob to capture a sight of this magnificent fish. Snorkel and swim alongside these gentle giants in their natural habitat. After swimming alongside your new fish friends, you'll arrive at Badian for lunch before your canyoneering adventure. You'll travel to the jump-off point and swim, climb, rappel, and more all over Badian's picturesque cliffs—don't miss an opportunity to jump off cliffs as high as thirty feet.  Come down from your heart-pounding jumps with a relaxing swim in the beautiful waters of the beautiful and serene Kawasan Falls. You'll be brought back to your hotel carrying priceless memories and the thrill of adventure in your heart.

Cebu: Osmeña Peak and Kawasan Falls Tour

2. Cebu: Osmeña Peak and Kawasan Falls Tour

Enjoy a pickup from your hotel and start the day with this exciting tour to Cebo south.  The first stop is Osmeña Peak, the highest peak in Cebu with a cluster of green jagged hills and an elevation of around 1,000 meters above sea level. Take an easy hike to the peak where you are able to watch the sunrise and get a birds-eye view of Cebu.  Before the tour continues, take a break and enjoy lunch at Kawasan. The Kawasan Falls is 131 feet high and considered one of the most beautiful falls in the Philippines. Take a refreshing dip at the picturesque falls and try adventurous dives.  Come back to your accommodation in Cebu by approximately 6 PM.

From Cebu: Whale Shark Tour and Tumalog Falls Option

3. From Cebu: Whale Shark Tour and Tumalog Falls Option

Travel via private car charter to Oslob where you'll get up close to the friendly whale sharks on your trip to Cebu. This slow-moving filter-feeding carpet shark is one of the largest known fish species - and a true sight to behold. On the trip, get to snorkel and swim with the whale sharks. To begin your adventure, wake up bright and where you will be picked up in your hotel lobby at 3 AM. Take a scenic drive along the Southern Cebu coastline. Once you arrive in Oslob, get your snorkeling gear and hop in the water for your whale shark encounter. After a briefing regarding what to look for and basic safety rules, enjoy your time in the beautiful ocean filled with amazing sea creatures. Take your time to get used to the water and snorkeling gears and have a truly unique experience of making friends with Oslob's famous whale sharks. At the end of the experience, enjoy a local lunch to recharge your energy.  Return back to your accommodation in Cebu by around 1-2 PM with a convenient private transfer. Upgrade your tour to include a 1-hour full body relaxing massage. Choose from the signature Swedish, Shiatsu, or Thai Massage. Soothe your mind and energize your body after a long day of traveling. Alternatively, after your Whale Shark experience, upgrade your tour to visit Tumalog Falls. Your tour guide will take you for a hike and motorcycle ride to see unique rock formations and clear water falling from the top. Return to Cebu City/Mactan by 4 PM.

Cebu: Kawasan Falls Canyoneering & Cliff Jump Private Tour

4. Cebu: Kawasan Falls Canyoneering & Cliff Jump Private Tour

Visit one of the most beautiful falls in the Philippines. Located in Badian, Kawasan Falls is famous for it's 3-layered waterfall. If you've got a taste for a real, heart-stopping adventure in the heart of Cebu, canyoning at the famous cliffs of Badian is the answer. Start your day with a comfortable pick-up from your hotel to Badian. You will be given some time to find a place to have breakfast. Meet up with your friendly guide and learn the basic safety procedures of canyoneering to fully enjoy the tour. The day will be filled with picturesque scenes of the waterfalls and thrilling adventures through Cebu's natural sites. Test your nerves as you trek through creeks and streams along Badian River, as you weave through caves and through rapid rivers. Many exciting activities await you such as the opportunity to jump and rappel from cliffs and swim through canyons. After canyoneering, unwind by Kawasan Falls, Cebu’s famous 3-tiered waterfall before enjoying a hearty lunch by the crystal-blue pools and lush forests. The falls are in turquoise color and perfect for amazing photos. Afterward, if you're feeling adventurous, take the opportunity to jump from 7 cliff-diving points that reach up to 6 meters high into the deep blue water.

Cebu: Deep-Sea Diving at Moalboal and Pescador Island

5. Cebu: Deep-Sea Diving at Moalboal and Pescador Island

Explore Pescador Island's rich biodiversity on this thrilling island-hopping and diving tour. Throughout this amazing day trip, embark on a journey to dive into the blue waters and enjoy snorkeling among the gorgeous underwater life found on the island. You will begin the day with a convenient hotel pickup, before meeting your friendly guide at Panagsama Beach to hop on your pump boat. Experience the sardine run, where you'll swim alongside a huge school of fish, and could potentially have the chance to encounter sea turtles. There will be the chance to spot jumping dolphins, as you take in the stunning island views whilst approach Pescador Island. Your one-on-one diving instructor will take you to Pescador Island, where you get to get to discover the rich marine sanctuary of the area.

Cebu: Private Sumilon Island & Optional Whale Shark Swim

6. Cebu: Private Sumilon Island & Optional Whale Shark Swim

Discover the pristine beaches and crystal clear blue water of Sumilon Island on this private full-day tour from Cebu. Rise early, meet your driver at your hotel lobby in Cebu City, Mactan, or Lapu-Lapu City, and then head to Oslob city. From there, take a boat from a small port to arrive near Sumilon Island, then enjoy the island and its surroundings for approximately 4-5 hours. Explore the island's natural lagoon protected by mangroves and watch for local wildlife. Sunbathe on clean beaches and swim in the clear blue water. If you're lucky, you might spot a turtle or wild whale shark. Once your time around the island is up, head back to your accommodation in Cebu City, Mactan, or Lapu-Lapu City. If you're seeking an adventure, extend your trip by swimming with whale sharks before the trip to Sumilon Island. After a briefing about what to look for and basic safety rules, embark on a once-in-a-lifetime swimming experience with amazing whale sharks. Snorkel and swim alongside these gentle giants in their beautiful natural habitat. For a relaxing day trip, select the option with whale shark swimming and Sumilon Island beach resort access. After swimming with the whale sharks, enter the one and only resort on Sumilon Island where you can enjoy a lunch buffet, water activity gear rental, and the facilities within the resort. Freely use the lagoon swimming pool, the beach, the kiddie park, and sunbeds.

Cebu: Moalboal Island Hopper Cruise with Kawasan Falls Visit

7. Cebu: Moalboal Island Hopper Cruise with Kawasan Falls Visit

Visit the famous thousand sardines in Moalboal and take a chance to swim with the turtles in Panagsama. Explore Pescador Island's rich biodiversity on this thrilling island hopping and snorkeling tour. Your tour will start once you are picked up from your hotel within Cebu City, Mandaue, Mactan, or Lapu-lapu or direct from Mactan-Cebu International Airport. You will be dropped off at the dock where you will meet your local guide and board a motorized boat. You will be provided with swimming goggles for snorkeling, as well as life jackets. The boat will take you to a snorkeling and swimming spot off the shores of Moalboal, where you can get an unobstructed view of the world-famous sardine run. The phenomenon happens year-round, so you don't need much luck to witness millions of sardines swim together for a breathtaking sight. You can snorkel to watch sea turtles gently swim in their natural habitat. Make sure to keep a safe distance from them as well to avoid disturbing and hurting them. You can also bring or rent a waterproof camera to capture your time with these gentle sea creatures. After island-hopping in Moalboal, you will be taken to Badian where you will meet your canyoneering guide. Enjoy the complimentary lunch before setting out to Kawasan Fall. Make your way to Kawasan Falls by trekking, rappelling, and swimming through the beautiful river canyons of Badian. Savor the adrenaline rush and take your canyoneering adventure to new heights by jumping from cliffs as high as 30 feet. Spend the rest of the day swimming and diving in the cool waters of Kawasan Falls.

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What people are saying about Cebu

Fantastic place that should be experienced! Good to know, you get the option to either ride the zip line to the beginning of the tour for 600 pesos per person. All in all, you walk 45 minutes there. There will be barbecue stands roughly in the middle of the river with skewers of various kinds for 50 pesos/each and you can buy drinks and rice. The guide takes lots of pictures and helps you carry if you have a waterproof bag with you. But pack light, you don't really need anything other than a few pesos. A tip might be to have the phone in a waterproof bag to take pictures through as it splashes a lot!

started early morning at 3a.m. with our private tour, the weather was not really friendly to us but everything went smoothly and fantastic, thanks to our SUPER DRIVER ,our private guide" Guille" he made perfect our day a very kind person and very attentive. We enjoyed and satisfied with our whale sharks and waterfalls day tour, was a fantastic experience

Swimming with the whale sharks was better than my already high expectations! Due to flooding the days before we were unable to do the canyoneering but we’re taken to snorkel and see the sardines and turtles instead. Our driver Jave was the best, super friendly and accommodating. Would highly recommend if visiting Cebu

Tour was organized and covered the main highlights we were hoping to see. Our guide Donna was very helpful and patient, we didn’t feel rushed at the falls and were able to enjoy the day at our own pace. Good value for money compared to other options we looked up.

We had a private tour for two which included a personal driver who was gigantic, a private guide at osmena peak and a private guide at kawasawen falls. Everything was just perfect