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Great Vacation Spots in Cebu Philippines

Updated on November 25, 2009
at the foot of the Falls        (source:
at the foot of the Falls (source:
the raft at the falls
the raft at the falls
having a  good massage at the Source
having a good massage at the Source
a very romantic sunset at Bantayan island     (source:
a very romantic sunset at Bantayan island (source:
the Bantayan paradise with its long stretch of sugary white sand (source:
the Bantayan paradise with its long stretch of sugary white sand (source:
Mangodlong rock, Camotes
Mangodlong rock, Camotes
Sta Fe Camotes
Sta Fe Camotes
Lake Danao, Camotes
Lake Danao, Camotes
Bukilat Cave   source:
Bukilat Cave source:
Timobo Cave   source:
Timobo Cave source:
Bukhaw Beach   source:
Bukhaw Beach source:
Busay Falls   source:
Busay Falls source:
Malapascua Island
Malapascua Island
Malapascua Corals
Malapascua Corals
Malapascua Island
Malapascua Island
Moalboal Scuba Diving  source:
Moalboal Scuba Diving source:
Moalboal Corals  source:
Moalboal Corals source:
Moalboal Corals  source:
Moalboal Corals source:

My first ever hub was about the tourist and historical attractions of my hometown Cebu Philippines. In that blog I promised to write about the great places where you can truly have a great and relaxing vacation, so here I am keeping it.

Here are the places I'm proud to share with the whole world.

1. Kawasan Falls in Badian - This gorgeous cascade of nature, which is in the middle of the forest, is situated Southwest of the city. It is approximately a 2.5-3 hour drive depending on the transportation. Buses usually take 3 hours and with a private vehicle it takes a lot faster. You will be in for a little adventure because you have to walk for about 20 minutes from the road/parking lot to the falls itself. You might find yourself complaining from the walk, heat, and the rocky road plus carrying whatever you have with you but once you get there you couldn't help yourself but say "It's all worth it!". The place has 3 elevations that one can explore. You will get to see the major falls first, at the foot of the Kawasan Falls. Here, you can rent a bamboo raft for 250 pesos for an hour and the raft drivers will navigate the raft through the falling water, behind the falling water, under the cave and back to the open pool of water. You will surely enjoy swimming in the real nice cool water. You can also check out the “source” of the falls which is at the third elevation of the Falls. You have to be ready for more walking and an adventure of climbing. Also on your way there, you will encounter more falls along with the rivers. Finally, at the source of the falls, you can get there a great massage from forceful gush of the flowing water.

The bus fare is about 110 pesos, the accommodation ranges from 1000php-2000php. The fresh and sumptuous food they have is very affordable too. For those people who are not spending a night there you can rent a cottage and you can even bring your own food.

2. Bantayan Island - You will fall in love with this beautiful and enchanting beach with its crystal clear water and its long stretch of white sugary sand. Aside from swimming, you can do a lot of stuff like island hopping, snorkeling, and scuba diving. You will definitely be swept off by the stunning sunset; it is such a romantic scenery!

The island lies on the North side of Cebu city. Via bus, just go to the North Bus terminal for a 5-hour trip, then you can ride a ferry to Sta Fe Bantayan Island thereafter. You can opt to fly too.

3. Camotes Island - is another place to unwind and to relax and to be with nature. The main livelihood of the people are fishing, farming, and raising livestock, hence the place is not polluted and congested like any city. You will be awed by the unspoiled natural beauty of the place. The tourist attractions are not far from each other so there a lot of things you can do during your stay there. Some of the resorts have snorkeling, kayaking, boating, windsurfing, and more.

Tours you can do/go:

3.1 Lake Danao, San Francisco- this is the only natural lake in Cebu and it's really big. I think this is the only lake I've ever been to. You can rent a canoe to have a very refreshing cruise in the big lake. For fishing lovers, yes you can do fishing here too.

3.2 Bukilat Cave, Tudela - is about an hour drive from the resorts. I've never been here yet but my friends who had explored the area told me that the place is just amazing! It is one of the most explored caves so it is safe. The cave is lighted by the natural rays of the sun coming in through the holes of the cave. Tourists can dip in the cool pool of water in the cave.

Other places I can suggest are ( don't have much info about them though, sorry guys): Buho Rock in Poro, Busay Waterfall in Tudela, Mountain Bike Challenge, Guadalupe Cave, Timobo Cave. (source:

Getting there from Cebu: (source: DTI website)
By motorized banca-Danao City to Consuelo, San francisco
6:00 am and 11:00 am daily
Mandaue City to Poro
1:00 pm daily
By Ferry boat
Cebu City to Poro
12:00 noon and 9:00 pm daily (Pier 2)

4. Malapascua Island - is another treasure of the Cebu province, which is known as the best tourist destination not just in the Philippines but in the whole world as well. It's interesting to note that the word malapascua means "unfortunate christmas" when the place is nothing but a beach of splendid beauty, what's with the crystal clear water and the wondrous stretch of white sand. It's a great place to snorkel, scuba dive, swim, and to simply experience the beauty of nature.

How to get there (source: Air trip from Cebu Airport to Maya

By bus at North Bus Terminal to Maya

then finally you will ride a ferry/boat at Maya pier to get to Malapascua

5. Moalboal - is a very popular diving spot just 2 hours South of Cebu. Just like the rest of the beaches mentioned, this is also blessed with white sands and crystal clear water. This is a great place to learn scuba diving. From here, the Kawasan Falls is just 30 minutes away. The accommodations and food are pretty affordable.

One can get there by bus or by a taxicab, or better yet, you can rent car and drive your way there.

There are more things that Cebu can offer to tourists and visitors. But isn’t it more challenging and exciting if you discover those on your own? That is if you’ve made the right decision of spending your vacation in Cebu in the first place!


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      ranjen0703 5 years ago

      The thing that I love the most about the tourist spots I mentioned on this blog is that they're not commercialized. You can really see the natural beauty. To answer your question joshferia, no they don't have hotels BUT they do have room accommodations. For places that don't have restaurants they cook for you and then you can eat at one of their cottages fronting the beach. I just love home-cooked foods! so yummy!

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      j0shFeria 5 years ago

      Do they have hotels here so we can stay in about 2-3 days? or reservations?

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      Micks Mides 7 years ago from Montevideo, Uruguay

      Nice spots. I have seen some of them. Hope to see more on my next trip to Cebu.

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      ranjen0703 7 years ago

      Thank you guys for reading and liking my hub!

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      Cagayan de Oro hotels 7 years ago

      Well, I had realized one thing: I haven't visited all the tourist spots in Cebu yet!

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      prolificmuse 7 years ago

      Great Hub! My mother's family is from a village near Kawasan Falls and I recently visited Cebu, but my husband couldn't come with me because of work obligations. I didn't think of bringing any tourist info back for him, so I'm going to have him read this and check out the pictures you have! Cebu really is a gorgeous island!

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      So many beautiful places! I love the pictures but I think that I like the falls the best. Thanks for sharing!

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      floating mind 8 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      What a beautiful place. I will definitely add Cebu as a destination place on my vacation list.