South Cebu Escapades
Cebu is always one of my favorite place in the Philippines. Located in the Central Visayas Region V11. It is known as the place for the best tasting Lechon, Stunning Pristine Beaches,Amazing Diving Spots,Chasing Waterfalls,Rich History,Sinulog Festival,and a very accessible island to visit.
How to get there
By Plane – There are numbers of flights daily from Manila from the 3 major Airlines in the Philippines such as AirAsia, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. Travel time is about 1 hr and 10 mins. You can Book also through Traveloka and compare prices at Skyscanner.
Cebu Pacific https://www.cebupacificair.com/
Philippine Airlines https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/ph/home
By Sea – There are numbers of voyage a week from Manila to Cebu City via 2GO Travel. Travel time is approx. 23 hrs. https://travel.2go.com.ph/index.asp
Whale Shark Watching
I took an early flight from Manila and landed at Cebu Mactan International Airport around 6:00 am and took a cab and go directly to the South Bus Station, taxi fare is 200. Passed by to Elizabeth Mall and had a quick breaky in Jollibee and bought some snacks payed about 300 pesos and then hopped in to the Ceres Bus Heading to Oslob. If its your first time to visit Oslob , don’t forget to tell the conductor to drop you at ‘WhaleShark Watching”. The bus fare is about 200 more or less and travel time is 3 hours and can be little longer depending on the time of your travel. There are different resort to choose from if you wanted to stay in Oslob but since am just doing a day trip i went directly to the Briefing Center around 10.30am and luckily they accepted me, ( be there earlier as the last call is at 11:00 am only).
Entrance Fee for Snorkelling with Sharks for 30 minutes
- Filipino Residents – 500 pesos
- Foreign Nationals- 1000 pesos
*If you have bag with you you can rent a locker for 20 pesos. Better if you have our own lock as they don’t have a lock in that place. Be careful with ur wallets and belongings. Since its my second ime and the woman remembers me she volunteered to take care of my wallet and other valuables.Shes trustworthy.
*The snorkelling and swimming with the sharks starts as early as 6:30am to 12 noon only so better come earlier
*Its not allowed to use Sunblock as its harmful to the whalesharks. Some don’t even care and still use sunblock . Don’t be like them.Enjoy and swim with the Butanding
*Bring your own underwater Camera or rent there for a fee.
*Enjoy and swim with the Butanding but never ever harm them nor touch them.
Sumilon Island SandBar
12.00 noon after the Whale Shark Watching i supposed to just go to my next destination as Sumilon Island Boat Fee is expensive for me, luckily i met 2 other Filipino guys that wanted to visit the island and also looking for someone to join them in the boat so can lessen the fare. We agreed to go together and shared the fee of 500 pesos each total of 1500 pesos per boat round trip. It was 15 mins boat ride from the Oslob Whale watching to the Sumilon Island. 50 pesos for an environmental fee.
Sumilon Island is Private Resort but daytrippers can enjoy the beach just outside the resort and can use the public restroom for shower. The Sandbar is one of the best sandbar in the Philippines they said. Its child friendly too. There’s no Store to buy foods so its advisable that before you come to the island is you better bring some snacks and lots of water with you. We stayed here till 2:15 pm
Just right after the Sumilon Sandbar, 2:30pm with out even washing up i catched bus going to Bato for 30 pesos and from Bato i transfer to another bus going to Badian or Moalboal for 69 pesos. Since i opted to stay one night in Lambug i asked the driver to drop me at the International Golf Club and then took a trike for 30 pesos to the Lambug Beach Homestay which i arranged prior to my arrival. The room is a dorm type room with 2 bunk beds and a bathroom outside. 400 pesos per bed for a night is a good deal. The room is clean and comfortable and lucky me only one guest that time when i was there. I arrived 5pm and tired. I had some dinner from the resto contact of the homestay for 200 pesos and i rested and sleep.
The next morning i walked around the beach just few minutes walk from the homestay.The Lambug Beach. Is was powdery off white sand beach which is not crowded at all . It was too early morning a big gloomy and the water is low tide. Was cool when i walk towards the beach and saw lots of starfishes and some shells.
After a bit of walking around the Lambug Beach, i went to the Kawasan Falls. I took habal habal from homestay to the falls for 70 pesos. Upon entering the Kawasan Falls there’s an entrance fee of 20 pesos and a bit of walking like 500 meters or so. It was fun walking around this very beautiful nature. Even the weather is not that good and seems its gonna rain, i’m a bit lucky to witness and see this majestic place. Very beautiful landscape, emerald green water, green lush, fresh air, what else i could ask for. After 2 hrs i decided to go back at my Homestay and took minivan and habal habal for 40 pesos.
Kawasan Falls https://www.facebook.com/KawasanFallsCebu/
If you wanted to do some adrenaline rush canyoneering you can join to the tours they offer. Just ask outside and you will see some tour operators or check this link for some tours they offer.https://www.facebook.com/CanyoneeringCebuAdventure/
After the morning trip to Kawasan Falls i went back to my homestay and checked out. I took an ordinary bus to Moalboal from Badian highway for 11 pesos.Its about 10-15 mins travel and oh yeah i arrived in Moalboal town. I took a habal habal for 50 pesos to bring me to the Hostel am going to stay for a night which i arranged prior to my arrival.
Chief Mau Hostel – is a chill Hostel few walks from the beach. The cool vibe made me booked this place and with good reviews from tripadvisor. The room i got is a double bed fan room with shared bathroom for 880 pesos a night. After settling my bag and rested some i took a nap and then shower and got my lunch around 3pm in the nearby restaurant. Walked around the beach, bought some Fridge Magnets and saw a Diving School and i registered for a Intro to Diving Lesson. https://www.facebook.com/chiefmaumoalboal/
Went out to have a dinner at Lantaw and chilled near the beach, enjoy the beautiful lights, and listening to the waves. and slept early for my next adventure.
Nelson Scuba Diving School -This is where i booked my Intro to Diving Lesson for 2000 pesos which includes lessons and actual diving from 9am to 12nn. It was fun and exciting . I loved the school of sardines and lots of jackfishes that time. I also saw a mantis shrimp while having the lesson. Super worth it and fun filled day.
After the diving i went back to my hostel and took shower and packed up. I I checkout and I took a habal Habal to town for 50 pesos took a bus to Bato for 70 pesos and took a bus to Liloan Port for 25 pesos and Pumpboat to Sibulan Port Negros Oriental for 62 pesos. I arrived 4pm in Dumaguete and rested. It was very tiring day for me. I enjoyed this trip and discovered beautiful places Cebu can offer. Amazing!!! Thank you South Cebu! Its wonderful.