Things to do in the south if Cebu (Updated)- Best Activities/ Adventures, Sample Itinerary, Places To Eat/ Stay, Etc.

About a year ago, I shared with you a short video and a poorly thought of itinerary of a few things that you can do in the South of Cebu. Since I released that video, I’ve made it my life’s mission to improve that entry and give you guys a better list of things you can do while vacationing in the beautiful Queen City of the South. I’ve definitely made an effort to try out new things while traveling, to be more observant and to think of things that you guys will enjoy on your own!

But before anything else, I might need to give you a little backstory- if you’ve never been to Cebu, us locals like to section it out into 4 parts:

  1. Metro Cebu – the center of Cebu where the general consensus is. This area includes a lot of man-made tourist destinations which may or may not have any historical value on our city but they’re nice to look at and the food is pretty awesome!
  2. North of Cebu – the north of Cebu basically consist of towns such as Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela, Danao, Carmen, Catmon, Sogod, Borbon, Tabogon & Bogo. While I don’t have much input about that area (for now), I’ll definitely work on them if you guys want me to!
  3. South of Cebu  the south of Cebu is made up of a bunch of towns namely Talisay, Minganilla, Naga, San Fernando, Carcar, Sibonga, Argao, Dalaguete, Alcoy, Bourbon, Oslob, Sanatander, Ginatilan, Malabuyoc, Alegria, Badian, Moal Boal, Alcantara Ronda, Dumanjug & Barili. It’s huge and if you look at the map (below) it is completely possible for you to pass through each town and end up where you started- this makes travelling super effective and allows you to pass through it without going back and forth.
    Map taken from Archie Off Duty

    4. The Mountains of Cebu – Cebu is extremely blessed to be minutes away from the beaches, city and even the mountains. There are lots of things to see and explore in this area and I will most definitely make another list for you guys in the future so we can bring this whole exploring Cebu gig into a full circle.

In this post, we will be discovering the South of Cebu because 1. I have almost mastered the place and 2. I can never get enough of it! I am completely drawn to this provincial area of Cebu as it filled with activities and it is super underrated. Whether you want to climb mountains, go swimming with sea creatures, jump off of waterfalls or simply look at them (but why?)- there is definitely something that you and your friends/ guests can enjoy here so, without further ado, enjoy!

Getting Around

BY CAR. I would highly suggest that you get a car and drive it on your own, if you can. Driving in the south is literally a straight line and with technology, you can Waze your way through anything and anywhere so try Googling the best car rental service for you since you might be on the road for a while (depending on what activities you’re actually considering doing).

BY BUS. Getting around by bus is also pretty simple and does not cost a lot. The problem with using public transportation though is probably having to pattern your trips according to bus schedules but this does not mean it’s impossible. If you’re into that kind of thing, you can check out Ceres’ bus schedules here. Only ride Ceres buses. You’ll understand why when you see it.

First stop: CAR- CAR

I love Car- car. Paolo’s businesses are in Car- car and I spent two years of my life learning to live on my own there. I learned how to cook through a rice cooker, I learned the value of money there and I learned so much about myself in this wonderful land of shoes and chicharon. Honestly, you’re only going to spend a couple of hours there since it’s basically a transient road but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it! So here’s a quick list of things you can while passing through:

1. Shop!
Car-car is known to have made the world’s largest shoe at one point and I am guessing, this town has made a huge profit out of manufacturing shoes for local sellers and retailers. If you’re into shoes and sandals, I highly suggest dropping by the Car- car shoe expo which is an array of shoe stalls in a small compound along the main road. Shoes ranging from P150.00 up and their designs are up to date and pretty sturdy for their price.

My most favorite place in the world to shop is Gaisano Car-car because it’s cheap, the locals hardly shop there (which means I always have dibs on the fashionable items) and IT’S CHEAP! If you’re an avid reader of my blog and vlog, you’ll know I talk about Gaisano Car-car more than I actually should.

2. Taste Car- car’s Famous Lechon.
You cannot simply come to Cebu and not taste our lechon- it’s like a mortal sin. And while I love the vegans/ vegetarians of the world, I still think it’s a mighty shame to miss out of this city’s pride and joy. If you’ve already had lechon in Cebu, Car-car’s lechon is slightly different as it comes with… wait for it… sauce.

Shopping for lechon is an amazing experience in itself as the public market where the lechon can be bought is always filled with colorful personalities and faces. There are no proper places to eat there though so I suggest that you buy the lechon at the public market (near the rotunda), take it across the street to the 711 building, climb to the 3rd floor (Cafe Terraza) and eat your lechon there. All you need to do is order drinks and you’re set!

Second stop: SIBONGA

1. Appreciate the splendor of Simala Shrine

The Philippines is a heavily Christian country which means we are full of beautiful churches and influences. Simala is the biggest and grandest of them all, specifically in Cebu. Now, I’m not particularly religious nor Catholic but I’ve been there a couple of times and you don’t need to be a specific something to appreciate some majestic piece of work!

Third stop: DALAGUETE

1. Climb Cebu’s Highest Peak at Osmeña Peak

Climbing Osmeña peak is probably one of the major things you’d want to accomplish on your trip to the south and there are a lot of things that you should know about it. I’ll be making a separate blog entry about this so make sure to subscribe to this website for more updates!

Fourth stop: OSLOB

1. Whale Shark Watching

I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Honestly, I don’t completely support it so you’re gonna have to hop on over to another blog for more information about this.

2. Check out Tumalog Falls

It’s steep!

Fifth stop: SAMBOAN

1. Climb 7 levels of waterfalls at Aguinid Falls

Aguinid falls is a beautiful cluster of waterfalls located in Samboan, Cebu. The drive is far but the fruits of your labor are unlike any other.

Entrance to Aguinid falls is P40.00 but more importantly, your tour guide fee is up to you- note: you will require 2 to guide you through all 7 levels (7 different falls) and they will also assist in carrying your things, ensuring your safety and even taking your photos. I talked to our guide and was disheartened to find out that oftentimes they don’t even get paid by tourists which is literally the ONLY way they make money. I understand our desires to save even when travelling but don’t skimp out where it matters the most, guys.

Next. As I said, there are 7 levels/ falls in the area, each more beautiful than the last. The first 4 levels are ground level whilst the last 3 require you to climb up a chiseled rock wall with a rope as a guide leading up to not only falls but even small pools that you can relax, jump into and climb.

You also need to go between walls & climb boulders all covered with running fresh water which really is an adventure of its own.

Once you’re done, you can help yourself to some local snacks and delicacies offered by the friendly locals who have set up stalls along the area.

2. Cook Yourself Alive

Samboan has the only Kawa Hot Bath in Cebu and I made a separate blog entry about it for you to check out here.

Sixth stop: BADIAN

1. Go Canyoneering

Canyoneering has been around for a while in Cebu with their own certain struggles and controversies over the past years. Whatever you’ve heard, I’ve heard and discussed about on my podcast, Issa Talks. If you want to try it out for yourself, my biggest suggestion would be to get a tour guide- it might cost a little bit more but it’s a small fee to pay for your optimum safety. You can find out more information about my experience there on this blog entry.

2. End up in Kawasan Falls

Prior to my previous entry, canyoneering will take you all the way to the 2nd falls of Kawasan, Cebu’s most popular falls. However, I’ve previously learned that guests are no longer allowed to jump off the 2nd falls so if you want to skip the whole canyoneering experience and go straight to Kawasan, it would be a great place for you and family guests to lounge and perhaps get a massage waterfalls.

Seventh stop: MOAL BOAL

1. Swim with the fishes.

Moal Boal is one of the most beautiful places for diving, aquatic adventures and beautiful sights. I love going back to that place and whenever I need a break from the city or a place to vacation, I instantly bring our guests here. Here are a few things you can do here:

  • Go on a sardine run
  • Swim with the dolphins and turtles

To find out more information about it, check out this post.

And that’s basically it! There’s probably more to do in the south and I promise to come back and edit this periodically if anything new comes up.

If you find all this information a little bit overwhelming and would like someone to walk you through this, feel free to leave a comment in the section below or you can email me at contactissaplease@gmail.com. Pick out what specific activities you’d like to do, how many days you have, your budget (if any) and what you need help with and I’ll help you out! I can help you with your accommodations, transpo and general enjoyment.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it helps you out in anyway. I truly enjoyed this post and I’m looking forward to filling out the missing entries to help you put everything into place.

Come to Cebu, you will REALLY enjoy it here! I can’t wait to see you!

xx,

Issaplease

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[Vlog] Things To Do In The South of Cebu

Most tourists come to Cebu thinking that the only thing to do here is to see the whale sharks. Our friend who was visiting from France was willing to endure an almost 8ish hour road trip just to swim with these gentle giants not knowing that there was soo much more to do in the south of Cebu!

First of all, I know a lot of people are against swimming with the whale sharks and I understand all the reasons as to why, but when you have an eager friend whose dreamed of swimming with them for a very long time, you simply cannot deny them of that opportunity. So if you are already offended as early as now, I do encourage you to leave this post but feel free to read my other adventure articles here, here and here.

So here is a quick run through of what you can do while travelling to the South:

3:00 am – 7: 00 am Leave for the city

7:30 am – 8:00 am (OSLOB) Swim with the whale sharks 

10:00 am – 3:00 pm (MOAL BOAL) Go canyoneering but if you’re pressed for time, you can also try out Aguinid falls (SAMBOAN) and/ or 3 other falls located in that area

5:00 pm – Head down to a resort in Moal Boal to set camp. Our resort of choice was Club Serena but I’m always hearing people tell me that Hale Manna is a pretty good place to stay at, as well.

DAY 2

7:00 am (or earlier) – 11: 00 am Go dolphin watching, turtle watching, catch the sardine run

12:00 nn Check out

I wish I had enough photos to share with you however, I did not have a GoPro on me at the time (I was simply hitching to a friends GoPro) and hopefully the vlog will suffice.. for now 🙂

When it comes to your day 2 itinerary, dive shops will charge you around P1,990.00++ for a group tour which isn’t as great as going on your own. Luckily, I was able to save the number of our boatman during our trip and he does allow private tours at a better price. Be sure not to haggle Kuya Michael (0923 462 3156) too much, though. Remember, we still want him to make a good profit.

Happy Summer,

wigflip-ds

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Hotel Rooms & A Short Rant On “Beauty”

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Just came back from my trip to Moal Boal where we spent our lovely and much needed trip at Club Serena where we were able to watch the whale sharks, the sardine run and the turtles. Along with that trip I was able to come home with wonderful memories and jelly fish stings all over my body! It was totally worth it and although I am itching uncontrollably, I am more grateful than I am angry. Maybe next time I’ll  wear a rash guard or a wet suit but that’s for another adventure *two weeks cannot come any sooner*!

Vacations are always a great time for me to insert scenic/ dramatic photo shoots because of the great scenery and new backdrops and even if I have to run back and forth to set my self timer. Yes, I take my own photos with the aid of my handy dandy tripod. So if you have one, use it and if you’re planning to get one make sure to invest in a sturdy tripod because cameras are expensive and there’s no point in scrimping out on your accessories.

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A thought that came into my head as I was writing this is the issue of skin color and the fact that I am currently 2 shades darker than I normally am.

We live in a society where people adore people with fairer skin and think that being white or fairer is the equivalent to beauty. They try so hard to get that look and invest so much on whitening products and stay as far away as possible from the sun. If that’s what you’re into then fine, I’m not going to judge you but at least have the decency to respect those who are not afraid to get a real tan. 

I’ve always been a morena, even if most of my relatives are fair skinned. My mom is white, my dad is white, my siblings are white and I am not. My grand father, who I looked up to greatly growing up and my aunt who won Miss Cebu Tourism in 1990 have the same skin color as I am and growing up, I looked to them for confidence when everyone was telling me that I was getting too dark and that I shouldn’t stay under the sun to play tennis, swim and all the activities I involved myself in growing up. They were proud of their color, they never let society define them and they succeeded and are continuing to succeed because color is not proportionate to what you are and what you can achieve.

I’m not saying to disregard sun block and soak up in the sun because these products prevent cancer, burn and premature wrinkling among other things- I use them when I can and I will continue to use them because I believe in taking care of my body. What I am saying is to not look down on anyone who does not fit your personal beliefs of beauty because we are all beautiful in our own ways.

I’ve been called numerous things for being a morena like a farmer, a negra, poor, ugly and I’ve had people choose fairer people over me because to them I was not worthy of their attention/ affection and worse respect. Yes, it hurt but I never wanted to change who I was because of these small minded opinions and neither should YOU.

Love yourself first before you allow anyone else to love you and if you’re a morena living among people who think you need some gluta, papaya soap or to lock yourself in your room then you don’t need them because you’re fabulous the way you are! <3

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Polo shirt used as a dress: Let’s Stylize 

So many thoughts in one night,

wigflip-ds

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