I visited Cebu in the Philippines in early June and stayed at the Blue Orchid Resort in Moalboal, Cebu, a comfortable, mid-luxury resort (check www.booking.com for current rates), for four nights and five days. Even though June is not the best weather to visit the Philippines, I enjoyed my trip very much. Before I go on to the top things to do in Cebu (south island), here is some information on the driver and tour guides I hired. Please contact them directly for current prices.
Tour guide and driver, contact information
For my trip to southern Cebu, I hired private guides whom I found online through another travel blog. They are young Filipino boys and licensed canyoneering instructors in Kawasan and live in Badian. They know the island very well. I also hired a driver who lives in Moalboal. They were all helpful, decent people, and we were fortunate to find them. Here are their contact numbers:
Mike Vincent, and you can get in touch with him on Whatsapp at 09363859321 or through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mikevincent.africano.9.
His friend Wilson was the one who took us canyoneering. Wilson's phone number is 09975063173 and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wilson.capacio.
The driver's name is Bogs, and his phone number is 09677201369.
1. Kawasan Falls, Badian, Cebu
Kawasan Falls, known for its turquoise blue water, is one of the Philippines' most beautiful waterfalls. It is also the most famous. Located in Badian, Cebu, it is a driving distance of about 30-40 minutes from the town of Moalboal and about 3-4 hours from Cebu city. Since it is a top-rated tourist destination, it gets very crowded. If you want to enjoy the falls without 50 more people swimming in it or snapping photos in the water, your best bet is to arrive there very early. I went there at 6 a.m. and for about an hour and a half had the falls to myself.
2. Kawasan Falls Canyoneering, Badian
At Kawasan in Badian, you can go canyoneering in the beautiful turquoise blue water. There are two types of canyoneering, upstream or downstream. The downstream canyoneering starts at Barangay Sulsogan, Badian and ends at Kawasan Falls. The upstream canyoneering starts at Kawasan Falls in which you climb several waterfalls with the help of ropes. This one ends at Barangay Sulsogan, Badian. I suggest doing the downstream canyoneering and ending your day at the Kawasan Falls.
3. Inambakan Falls, Ginatilan, Cebu
Inambakan Falls is a five-level waterfall in Ginatilan, in southern Cebu in the Philippines. It is a four-hour drive from Cebu city, and about an hour and a half from Moalboal. There is an entry fee of 50 pesos per person. Guides are also available for hire. I recommend getting one; otherwise, you might miss the five levels of the waterfall. The main waterfall is about a 100 ft drop into a shimmering pool of blue water ideal for swimming. There is also a cave behind the waterfall.
4. Binalay Hidden Falls, Samboan, Cebu
The Binalay Hidden Falls in Samboan is a driving distance of about four hours from Cebu city and one and a half hours from Moalboal. A roadside sign directs you to the Binalay Hidden Falls. There is a parking lot and a ticketing office just at the entry gate. When you purchase your ticket, it is mandatory to hire a tour guide (even if you have your tour guide with you). There is no fixed amount of money to pay the tour guides. You can pay whatever you want.
5. Sumilon Island
Located in southern Cebu, Sumilon Island is a 15 minutes boat ride from Oslob, the coastal town famous for whale sharks. Cebu City to Oslob is a driving distance of about 3-4 hours, depending on traffic. From Moalboal, it takes a little less than two hours to reach Oslob by car. The island is famous for its sandbar, crystal clear blue water and lots of marine life. It is the first marine protected area in the Philippines. Before visiting the island, you must check the tide times for the island. The sandbar gets submerged in water in high tide.
6. Boljoon Church
Located in Boljoon in Cebu, Boljoon Church is a Philippines National Cultural Treasure and under consideration to be a future UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a driving distance of 16.5 km from Oslob. If you can afford it, I recommend hiring a driver for your adventures in Cebu.
7. Panagsama beach and town
Panagsama is a small town in the south of Cebu in the Philippines, famous for the Panagsama beach and its many restaurants serving traditional and international cuisines. It is about 4 km from Moalboal. One of the main activities here is snorkeling with the sardine run.
8. Pescador Island Hopping from Moalboal
At Pescador Island, you can swim and snorkel with the sardine fish, sea turtles, and corals. It is a famous dive spot in Cebu. I had booked a private boat (through my tour guide0 to take my friend and me to Pescador. However, at the last moment, the weather changed, and a typhoon was predicted canceling our plans to visit Pescador. You can also go on group tours that can be reserved once you are in Moalboal.
9. Exploring Moalboal & Basdaku White Beach
Moalboal is the perfect location to base yourself while exploring southern Cebu. There is food and internet. It is close to all major tourist spots in the Philippines like famous waterfalls and beaches. There are some nice resorts for those who want a more comfortable stay. You can also find a McDonald’s as well as a 7-Eleven here. Fresh coconut water is available at roadside shops.
The White Beach is the favorite destination of travelers staying in the Moalboal-Panagsama area. While Panagsama beach is tiny, the White Beach is much bigger in comparison. The beach is a popular tourist destination, especially with families, but since we went there around noon, there was hardly anyone there. There is some debris like broken glass bottles and cans on the beach, and one has to be careful walking. I also saw stray dogs sniffing around.
10. Mushroom Rocks, Moalboal
Just a few hundred meters from the Blue Orchid Resort in Moalboal, you will find the mushroom rocks - unusual rock formations that look like mushrooms. This place is worth a visit.