Spend a few days in Cebu City if you have time, there are several basilicas and mansions of historical interest, as well as the Magellan Cross and Lapu-Lapu monument that are steeped in the history of native and also colonial history of the area. Good restaurants, and a number of self-contained resorts on Mactan Island provide good hospitality, but are a bit ‘man-made’ with imported beach sand. Behind the city are hills and you can venture up into them for a nice view of the city and perhaps find a coffee-shop or place to eat with vistas.
The island as a whole has a number of worthwhile destinations that are not overrun by tourists, and boast some fantastic beaches or seascapes. Bantayan Island, on the east of Cebu province is perhaps the most popular resort area, certainly enjoying the best infrastructure. Off the Northern Tip of Cebu is Malapascua, an undiscovered gem that rivals Boracay in beauty, but without the tourist crowds and best seen before it too becomes too commercially developed. And then there is Moalboal, famous worldwide among divers for its coral wall.
Overall Cebu is a good central launching pad for exploring the Visayas. Travel Authentic Philippines offers a number of Cebu Tours. While it boasts good attractions of its own, it can also claim ownership of others nearby, such as Bohol, which are within easy reach. We have some great Cebu tours on offer.