This post is in response to the query of Ms Cynthia from my post Tips in Navigating Cebu Jeepneys, I just decided to make this a separate post since I am pretty sure this Cebu guide on transportation is going to be a long post about using public transport like jeepneys to go to Cebu’s popular tourist sites.
*This post is updated today March 27,2013. Please see other “Cebu” posts as there may be more latest posts about these tourist destinations. Thanks.
Her question is how to commute by way of public transport if you are staying in Plantation Bay to the tourist sites of Mactan and Cebu City.
There are pros and cons if you choose to have your Cebu City day tour via jeepneys and public commute, the major disadvantage of course is the hassle of transferring from one jeepney to another. But this hassle translates to huge savings for the Cebu tourists and visitors.
Anyone staying in Plantation Bay or in the many resorts in Lapu – Lapu City can probably make use of this post.
So here goes…
Plantation Bay is a bit out of the way from the main highway. So my suggestion is you try to ask the front desk to hail a taxi for you to take you to Lapu-Lapu Monument, then from the Monument you can now use public transport to the other sites.
Although you can try to walk from Plantation gate to the main road (Marigondon road) and then just wait for a tricycle that can take you to the monument. (Fare will be around P50 – P60 per tricycle trip, max of 6 persons, this is ‘pakyaw’ system since there is no tricycle that goes directly to the Lapu-Lapu monument). Or once you reach the main road from gate, and you can’t see any tricycle, turn left and walk towards the tricycle terminal in Marigondon public beach kaso medyo malayo ng konti sa Plantation.
Once you get to the monument in Punta Engano you can eat out in the many sutukil restaurants there. Also, buy your keychains and other souvenirs in the stalls around Mactan Shrine as they are cheapest there; don’t buy your trinkets and beaded/pearl necklaces in the malls if you want to save.
When you are done, may taxi dun and meron din multicab.
If you want to go to Sto Nino Church, Magellan’s Cross etc:
Mactan Shrine – Mandaue Coliseum – Cathedral
*Wait for a multicab at the side of the Mactan Shrine with a “Bag-o/Highway” signboard, get off in Mandaue Coliseum. In Mandaue Coliseum ride a 22A, 21D or any Mandaue jeepney with the signboard of “Cathedral”.
So you are now on the way to the second stop and other famous Cebu tourist spots: Magellan’s Cross and Sto Nino Church.
Get down in Cebu Cathedral and just ask where is Sto Nino Church. The Basilica is just a few walks from the cathedral. And the Magellan’s Cross is just a few steps from Sto Nino Church. And if you decide to head to the Fort San Pedro, you can walk from Magellan’s Cross to the fort but it’s a bit far, maybe 15-20 minutes walk.
From Magellan’s Cross you can go to Taboan (remember that you will smell fishy after a trip to Taboan). Ask any bystander in Magellan’s Cross where to ride a 06A jeepney (Guadalupe-Taboan), these jeepneys are a street away from the Cross. Or you can walk back to cathedral and ride a 10H jeepney to Taboan. Fare is P7.50.
Or from Magellan’s Cross you can proceed to Taoist Temple. Ask a guard where you can ride a jeepney to Lahug. Any jeepney with “Lahug” signage is ok. Get down in JY Square and from there you have no choice but to take a taxi because only taxis and private vehicles are allowed inside Beverly Hills subdivision where Taoist Temple can be found. Catedral to JY Square fare is P7.50.
From Taoist Temple you can proceed to the Tops, but let me say this it is very expensive as you need to hire a taxi. That’s why some people just skip Tops. Aside from taxi, habal-habal motorcyles can take you there but I don’t advise this since the road to the Top is winding and uphill.
From Taoist Temple, you can take a breather and go to Cebu Asiatown IT park for snacks and meals. Or you can go back to Fuente and eat in Larsian.
I highly recommend Larsian for the experience. From JY Square ride any jeepney with signboard “Jones” or “Fuente”. Fare is P7.50. Larsian is a few walks from the Fuente Rotonda. You can find near Larsian the main Shamrock store for your otap and other delicacies pasalubong. They are open 24/7.
Now, this one day Mactan – Cebu City tour itinerary is doable trust me, as me and Titus have done it before. But it’s a bit tiring, that’s why I am suggesting skipping Taboan for this day.
You can go to Taboan Market on the following day after you ride the Sky Adventure Ride in Crown Regency Fuente.
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Pasencia na talaga kayo but I have become so busy lately that I will no longer be replying to questions on this post. Talaga pong di na kaya, I rarely have free time now. Sana maintindihan niyo.
Please read the other Cebu Travel Blog posts I have on this website as it may help you guys to have a do it yourself Cebu itinerary for 1 day tour or for a 2 or 3 day tour. Also, kindly check the replies on the comments on these posts as your questions may have already been answered there. Thanks!
Have a wonderful Cebu trip …. Cille