Cebu is the hub around which the Visayas islands revolve. It is one of the islands in the Philippines with the densest population, and is second to Luzon for its strategic and economic importance to the country. The island has a lot of tourist attractions to see. But the main attractions are its dazzling white-sand beaches.
More often than not, Cebu offers the most beautiful beaches and panoramas of the sea and sky. It is there where the land meets the sky! Many tourists from abroad will directly fly to Cebu’s airport especially during summer season. From Cebu, they will be jaunting different islands in the Visayas, or just stay in Cebu. Here are some of the options you can try this summer:
LAMBUG BEACH - BADIAN, CEBU
Badian is situated in the Southeastern part of Cebu that will take three hours drive from Cebu City. From the town center of Badian, Lambug will take around 15 minutes more travel on a tapered and bituminous pitch of gravel road.
Once you reach the beach, it will directly show you the wide and fine white sands and aquamarine water. Lambug offers a place free from disturbance.
Coming to Lambug beach is much easy via private vehicle by taking the South Coastal Road and exits in Minglanilla. Then continue driving until you reach the City of Carcar. From Carcar Plaza Rotunda, you have to turn right going to Barili and the rest of the towns situated in Southeastern part. Such as Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcantara and Moaboal. Next to Moalboal is the Municipality of Badian. From the town center of Badian just continue driving straight until you will see a big signage on the right that turns to Cebu International Golf Course. That tapered though asphalted road will lead you to the Lambug Beach.
You can also take a bus ride from Cebu South Bus Terminal. It will take the road along Natalio Bacalso Avenue straight to the Southeastern towns of Cebu. Just inform the driver to drop you to the turnoff drive in Lambug. From there, you can hire a tricycle to take you off to the beach.
MALAPASCUA ISLAND, CEBU
Malapascua island is situated in Municipality of Daan Bantayan, Province of Cebu. This is one Cebu’s best-kept paradise. Basically, it is just a heap of rock and sands in the middle of the Visayan sea. It has been called also as “NEXT TO BORACAY”.
The island gains a worldwide reputation and became famous for its incredible diving. It is the only place in the world where you can reliably see thresher sharks and one of the best places in the Philippines to encounter big fish.
In fact, this is one of my favorite destinations to visit in Cebu and I’ve been here a couple of times already. Click here to know the reasons why I keep on coming back to the island.
If you have a booking on Malapascua, have your resort or dive shop arrange a private taxi and boat transfer. The average price is around US$100 -$120 for a one-way transfer. including boatThey will pick you up at the airport and bring you all the way there. Mostly this is very reliable but bring the cell phone number of the resort just in case.
You can also arrange a taxi in Cebu. This will cost anywhere up to PHP 5,000 but you may be able to get a good deal. Just make sure he actually knows the way! Often these city drivers get lost near the end and a three-hour journey takes five.
Once in Maya you can hire a private boat (P1000 and up), or just wait for the public boat (P50). This takes 30 minutes.
TULANG-DIOT ISLAND - CAMOTES, CEBU
Tulang Island is a part of the Camotes Islands located in the province of Cebu, located east of Cebu Island and west of Leyte Island.
Tulang is a part of Brgy Esperanza in the municipality of San Francisco. Tulang islet is known locally as Tulang Diot; it is a five-minute boat ride from Tulang Dako, on the main island of Pacijan.
HIDDEN BEACH- BON-BON, ALOGUINSAN CEBU
The Hidden Beach Resort is one of the most natural beaches in Cebu Province. Being hidden means that it’s untouched by resort development projects and all that sort of money-making expensive resorts. Being so natural, you can find lots of marine animals around – crabs, hermit crabs, shells, starfish, even sea urchins.
The sand is whitish and natural – by natural, it means it’s not transported from other white beach or anything like that.
Take a bus from Cebu South Bus Terminal bound for Mantalongon, then take a motorcycle (bike with a sidecar, the locally called ‘habal-habal’) from there to Aloguinsan.
Second, take a bus from Cebu Bus Terminal bound for Toledo, then take a Jeepney from there for Aloguinsan.
Third, take a bus from Cebu bound for Pinamungahan, then take a Jeepney from there for Aloguinsan.
Upon arrival in Aloguinsan, you can take (ride) a motorcycle or tricycle from the main road (where you can find the signage (billboard) of Hidden Beach Resort, which is only a few minutes from the beach.
HERMITS COVE - CANTABOGON, ALOGUINSAN, CEBU
Imagine a secluded cove of fine white sand and clear waters teeming with colorful marine life. You would probably live here as a hermit did more than a hundred years ago! Today, his exploits nad extraordinary life is celebrated in songs and stories by a community of fishermen and their families who now call Baybay Cove in Kantabogon thier home. This tropical destination you’ve been dreaming about is only five minutes by motorized banca from the town center.
From Cebu | 2 hrs. (no traffic)
You can choose your mode of transportation: van for hire/rent-a-car/bus going to Toledo City.Or bring your own transportation and take the Toledo City or Carcar City routes.
South Bus Terminal
take a bus to Toledo City (1 hr.)take a jeepney to Aloguinsan (1 hr.) or take a bus to Carcar City, then go to Aloguinsan by habal-habal motorbike
TINGKO BEACH -ALCOY, CEBU
Tingko Beach is a popular getaway located in Daan Lungsod, Alcoy in Cebu, Philippines. It is situated in a small but deep lagoon across a coral island, called Mabad-on Reef, which is completely submerged during high tide and exposed during low tide. It is separated only by a very narrow channel from the mainland. Tingko Beach is characterized as an extensive stretch of arcing shoreline, more than a mile (1,600 m) long with very white sand and crystal clear water fringed with coconut palm grooves and limestone cliffs. A few feet from the shore the sea floor gradually plunges down to a depth of several feet below the surface.
you are coming from Cebu City, you have to go to the South Cebu Bus Terminal then take the bus (coach) bound for Oslob, then get off at Tingko Beach in Alcoy. You won’t miss it since many visitors get off in this area to enjoy the beach. But, if you are worried and in doubt, just let the ‘konduktor’ know that you have to get off at ‘Tingko Beach’ in Alcoy.
If you come from Santander, take a bus bound for Cebu and get off at Tingko Beach, which is just right at South National Road. You won’t miss it because you will notice this inviting beach scenery from the bus window.
BASDAKO WHITE BEACH - MOALBOAL, CEBU
Basdaku Beach Resort is its popular name. The name “basdaku” (or “basdakoo) is the Cebuano (Visayan language) transliteration for the word ‘big sand’ (bas for sand, daku for big or wide). I think it is somehow a poetic name coined to describe this long stretch of amazing white beach.
Basdaku is not only a white sand beach but, of course, it has crystal clear pristine water. The beach is very much available to the public and great for most activities allowed by the management that watch over and maintains its natural environment.
You can choose to drive or commute by bus to Moalboal. Buses leave for the southwestern town of Cebu several times daily from the South Bus Terminal in Cebu City.
Bus fare is a little over a hundred pesos. Passengers pay a fee of five pesos each at the terminal.
If you have time, take a side trip to Barangay Matutinao in Badian. It is one town farther away and home of the popular Kawasan Falls.
DURHANS WHITE BEACH - TABUELAN, CEBU
One of Cebu’s finest places to enjoy a day under the tropical sun is located in northern part of Cebu province. “Durhans White Sand Beach Resort in Tabunok, Tabuelan Cebu.
This resort is also known for being hospitable. They can serve guests both local and tourist.This is really a truly remarkable place to stay.
The resort has a lot to offer other than a place to stay and relax on the beach front. They have a restaurant-sarisari store in one that offers variety of goods, a videoke machine for those who want to sing their frustrations out or for those who just love to sing. And for those who just cannot leave their work behind, WiFi is available in the restaurant.
From Cebu North Bus Terminal, you could ride a bus (Ceres Liners – bound to Bacolod via Tabuelan or Minibuses – bound to Tuburan via Tabuelan). There’s also a van that would take you directly to the resort which only available at 9 in the morning. Normal vans will only take you to the Tabuelan Terminal. The travel would take about 3-4 hours to arrive in your destination and fare rates are between Php90-Php140.Once in Tabuelan terminal, you will ride a habal-habal (motorcycle) going to the resort for about 15mins at Php15.
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