Fly To Cebu, Philippines
Cebu is a province in the Philippines, consisting of Cebu Island and 167 surrounding islands. The capital, Cebu City, is the oldest city in the Philippines. Cebu City is both a major commercial centre and an important cultural hub. Some of its most important industries are tourism, furniture making, and outsourced business services.
Philippines Visa Requirements
- A Visa is not required for citizens of South Africa for a stay of up to 21 days. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
See and do
The most famous landmark in Cebu is Magellan’s Cross. It is reputed to have been planted by Ferdinand Magellan when he landed in the Philippines in 1521, and is a symbol of Christianity in the Philippines. Today it is housed in a chapel in Magallanes Street. A little further you will find the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, the first church to be established on the island.
From the Taoist Temple, a symbol of the Philippines’ Chinese population, you have a beautiful view over the city. Downtown, the recently renovated Gorordo Museum, with its walls of Mactan coral, is one of the hidden gems of the city.
The Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary, west of the downtown area, is the home of thousands of butterflies, as well as art made from butterfly wings. Lectures and tours offer insight into every stage of the butterfly’s development.
The Casino Filipino at the Waterfront Hotel offers a counterpoint to the many spiritual sites of the city. If gambling is not your thing, it is worth a visit just for the splendid ceiling mural in the foyer – a 50m by 30m recreation of Magellan’s world map.
Mactan-Cebu International Airport – CEB
Mactan-Cebu International Airport is the second busiest airport in the Philippines and is managed by the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Company. Today the airport can handle 4, 5 million passengers annually, but traffic is continually increasing.
Currently there are plans for a terminal expansion programme, as well as the construction of a second terminal to handle the increasing passenger volumes. In addition, a bus rapid transit line has been proposed to transport passengers between the airport and the city.