They say that the real adventure comes from Southern part of Cebu, from its whaleshark watching to canyoneering experience, we personally handpicked this destination for our anniversary. We only plotted 3 days for this venture with 12k budget for 2, below is the summary of our exploration.
How to get there?
From Manila, book and schedule your flight going to Cebu. Upon arriving at Mactan – Cebu International Airport, you can either choose riding My Bus transport or directly rent white taxis.
From Airport to South Bus Terminal
South Bus Terminal is located at N. Bacalso Avenue, Cebu City. From airport, you can either choose in below two commuting ways:
– MyBus & Jeepney: Ride My Bus as per schedule below, drop off at SM Cebu. Fare is 25 pesos. From SM Cebu, transfer to a jeepney with 02B code going to South Bus Terminal. Fare is 15 pesos.
– White Taxi: More convenient, no schedule, directly drive you from Mactan to Cebu City. Meter rate from airport is approximately 250 pesos.
From South Bus Terminal to your Destination
There are two major bus lines going south : Ceres and Sunrays. You can either choose in their aircon and non aircon buses at different time schedules. There are two major routes: Bato Via Barili and Bato Via Oslob.
Bato via Barili : Ride this route if you plan on travelling to Moalboal, Badian, Alegria, Malabuyoc, Ginatilan and Samboan.
Bato Via Oslob: Ride this route if you plan on travelling to Sibonga, Argao, Dalaguete, Boljoon, Oslob, Santander.
For complete and updated list of bus schedules, click this link.
Where to stay?
There are lot of resorts, homestays and inns you can find across towns of South Cebu. The key of choosing your stay will be where your next activity will push through. The travel time between towns will take approximately 1 hour in between; this includes the waiting time for the bus to arrive. Here are some of our recommendations:
Moalboal Backpackers Lodge
Price: 700 PHP for 2
Location:Panagsama Beach, Moalboal
Contact Number: +63 917 751-8902 / +63 908 607-6240
La Playa Resort
Price: 700 PHP for 2
Location: Matutinao, Badian
Contact Number: +63 932 475-1194 / +63 927 808-0972
Chateau De Tanawan
Price: 700 PHP for 2
Location:Brgy Tanawan, Oslob
Contact Number: +63 917 912-7783 / +63 929 785-6976
Where to eat?
For budget travellers like us, we usually prefer to eat out in carinderias and food stalls along the way. Stores can be found along bus stops and major roads which serves home cooked meals, staples and mostly BBQs. Here are some of our food picks:
Little Corner Restaurant in Panagsama Beach, Moalboal
Matutinao Beach Resort, Badian
Big J’s Restaurant in Tanawan, Oslob
Queen’s Eatery in Tanawan, Oslob
What to do?
Circling the southern part is definitely a must try to fully utilize your stay! There are lots of activities to do and things to see in every town. If you are an adventure junkie, a historian, an oceanographer, a lifestyle traveller or just a casual roadtripper, South Cebu is your one stop destination. Here are the TOP 10 Must Try activities in this route:
Visit amazing waterfalls in Ginatilan, Samboan, Santander and Oslob.
See the neighboring islands Siquijor, Dumaguete in Santander
Pay a visit at Simala Church in Sibonga
Indulge and taste authentic lechon in Carcar before going back to Cebu!
Sample Itinerary for 3D2N
DAY 1 – MOALBOAL
04:00 AM to 06:00 AM – Travel from Cebu to Moalboal
06:00 AM to 08:00 AM – Early checkin at lodge, eat breakfast and find for local boatmen.
08:00 AM to 12:00 PM- Pescador Island Hopping, Turtle Bay, Sardine Run
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Lunch at Little Corner Restaurant
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM – Back to lodge, wash and rest
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Go to White Beach/Basdaku and Catch sunset
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Travel back to Panagsama and do food/bar trip
7:00 PM – Onwards – Rest
DAY 2 – BADIAN – ALEGRIA – MALABUYOC – SAMBOAN
05:00 AM to 06:00 AM – Check out from lodge and travel from Panagsama to Moalboal Bus Stop/Hiway, Eat Breakfast at Moalboal Town Proper
06:00 AM – 07:00 AM – Travel from Moalboal to Badian
07:00 AM – 08:00 AM – Meet tour guide and initial briefing for canyoneering
08:00 AM – 12:00 PM- Downstream canyoneering and Kawasan Falls Level 1, 2, 3
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM – Lunch and find habal for Hot Spring and Chasing Waterfalls
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Travel to Malabuyoc, see Montaneza Falls and swim at Mainit Hot Spring
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Travel to Samboan, see Aguinid or Binalayan Falls
06:00 PM – 07:00 PM – Travel from Samboan to Oslob.
07:00 PM – Onwards – Check in at lodge and rest
DAY 3 – OSLOB – DALAGUETE – SIBONGA – CARCAR
06:00 AM – 07:00 AM – Whaleshark watching at Oslob
07:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Eat breakfast, charter with Boat going to Sumilon Island Sandbar
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM- Go to Poblacion and Boljoon for heritage tour
12:00 PM- 12:30 PM – Eat lunch and Check out from lodge
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Travel from Oslob to Dalaguete
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Hike to Osmena Peak
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Travel from Dalaguete to Sibonga
06:00 PM – 07:00 PM – Visit Simala Church
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM – Travel from Sibonga to Carcar
08:00 PM – 09:00 PM – Eat lechon in Carcar
09:00 PM – Onwards – Travel Back to Cebu
Life really begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Plan your visit in South Cebu now!