Cebu is a highly urbanized city in the Philippines’ Visayas region. Often, it is the gateway to the province’s world-famous gems – diving in Malapascua, sardine run in Moalboal, canyoneering in Alegria, and swimming with whale sharks (butanding) in Oslob.
But if you have at least an extra day, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to spend it here in Cebu City, which played a huge role in Philippine history. You can learn all about it with a visit to Magellan’s Cross and Fort San Pedro.
A thrill-seeker? Check out the Sky Experience Adventure at Crown Regency Hotel. This features a zipline, skywalk, and the famous edge coaster – all located about 450ft above the ground!
And whether you’re just passing through or staying the night, make sure to try out Cebu’s iconic lechon (roasted pig), arguably the best in the country!
The most convenient way to travel the 75 km distance from Bohol to Cebu is by ferry. This ferry journey takes 2 hours and fares start from 460 PHP ($8.00). You can also take a 5-hour indirect flight with fares from 3,600 PHP ($63.00).
We recommend taking the ferry to get from Bohol to Cebu. There are over 15 departures daily from Tagbilaran Port and Tubigon Pier in Bohol. Ticket prices start from 460 PHP ($8.00) and travel time is 2-4 hours, depending on which ferry you take.
Alternatively, you can take a flight from Bohol to Cebu. Indirect flights are available daily, but we don’t recommend them. They are not only more expensive, they are also slower than the ferry. An indirect flight needs to make a layover at either Manila or Davao and takes around 5 hours.
Note that Air Juan used to operate direct flights from Cebu to Bohol, but they have permanently closed due to the pandemic. In case they re-open, we would think twice before flying with them. Numerous passengers have complained against Air Juan for cancelled flights and lack of refunds.
TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to reduce your impact on the environment.
Bohol to Cebu by Ferry
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 460 PHP ($8.00)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 460 PHP ($8.00)
There are 3 ferry companies operating from Bohol to Cebu: Oceanjet, Lite Shipping, and Fastcat. All of which offer fastcrafts and are trusted in the region.
Travel time from Bohol to Cebu is 1.5 to 2.5 hours with a fastcraft. Lite Shipping also offers car ferries, which are slower and take 4 hours to complete the journey.
Ticket prices start from 460 PHP ($8.00). Note that the ferry ports on both Bohol and Cebu require passengers to pay a small terminal fee of 25 PHP ($0.40).
Whilst we wouldn’t recommend spending too long in Cebu City, there might be a night or two where you need to relax and recover from a long journey. We’ve selected the perfect places for you to do just that.
Our favourite stays in Cebu are great value for money, comfortable and run by amazing staff. Check them out below!
Area: Cebu City centre — approx. 10-minute drive to Cebu City business area and Ayala Centre Cebu Mall
If you want to spend your time in Cebu surrounded by ultimate comfort, then Seda Central Bloc is where you need to book. The rooftop pool and bar offer spectacular views of the city. You have to come watch the sunset here!
The rooms are sleek and modern, containing anything you could possibly need. Every morning you can visit their gym after enjoying the delicious complimentary breakfast.
Area: Mandaue City centre — approx. 15-minute drive to main Cebu City centre
Felix Residences is exceptional value for money. The standard of everything is much higher than you’d expect for the price tag. The rooms are comfortable, clean and modern, with the beds being the highlight of most people’s stay here. You’ll sleep like a baby!
The staff are great, offering a service that makes you feel well looked after from the get go.
Ela is a storyteller, content producer, solo traveller and a mermaid-in-training. When she’s not in front of her laptop, you will find her barefoot and living her best tan on some island in the Philippines… Or exploring the depths of its seas as a budding freediver. An island girl at heart, she’ll be happy anywhere there is sea, sand, sun and coffee.
Abby is a writer who finds joy in mountains, beaches, and road trips. She considers her solo backpacking trip to the rice terraces of Bontoc one of the most fulfilling moments in her life. She’s loyal to the islands of her home country, the Philippines, but Thailand’s beaches also have a special place in her heart.