It has been said that it is not always about the destination but the journey. That is why I always savor all my vacations every step of the way, may it be good or bad, because that makes arriving in my destination sweeter. Road trips allow me to think and appreciate each scenery that i pass by. It also encourages me to stop and enjoy what each town or municipality has to offer. I love exploring new places and try any delicacy. Each town has its own unique tourist attraction and that’s why for so many years i have been coming back to the southern part of Cebu.
Either you bring your own car or hop on to the very efficient public bus system at South Terminal Station. This link will direct you to the official website of Cebu City South Terminal Station with complete list of destinations, fare and schedule.
Here are the top things to do in the southern part of Cebu and some of them i have been doing repeatedly for the past years and it never gets old.
1. Swim with the gentle giants of Oslob.
This tops my list because i personally went there four times already. Being a gracious host to family and friends who came to visit Cebu, i had a pleasure of driving them to the southern part of Cebu and experience swimming with the whale sharks. You may either take a bus going to Oslob at the South Terminal Bus Station or if you are riding a private vehicle, it is a 3 hour drive from Cebu City. It is located at Brgy. Tan awan in Oslob. There are visible signages along the road so you won’t miss it. They operate starting 6:00 in the morning and end at around 1:00 PM. I suggest you do it earlier because there are more whale sharks in the morning than after 9 AM and also to avoid influx of tourists. Each boat is given 30 minutes to explore and swim. Fee for this is Php 300.00 per person if you stay in the boat and Php500.00 if you wish to swim with the whale sharks. There are goggles for rent ranging from Php200.00-Php300.00 but i suggest you bring your own. From the first time that i went there, way back year 2012 up to the last time time i went there which was last year. I have seen the evolution of the place and their process. It is now very systematic and there a lot of hostels now to choose from if you wish to stay overnight. I also now have a go-to person or suki that i text whenever i go there. Ms. Alice usually reserve a parking space, look for a hostel if i need one, will reserve boat slot ahead of time and prepares lunch for me and my visitors. You may contact her through mobile number 0923 829 7110. The nearby resorts may also arrange for you and your group. When we stayed at Seafari Resort, the hotel staff arranged a boat who picked us up at the resort and took us to the registration area.
2. Explore Tumalog Falls
It is a 10 minute drive from the whale shark site. Lately, Tumalog Falls has been gaining popularity especially for people going to Oslob. It is either they go there before swimming with the whale sharks or after. We did the latter. We left our car at the designated parking area and you may either walk (approximately 15 minutes) or ride the habal habal. We opted to walk and came to see a beautiful horseshoe waterfalls. We immediately took a dip and enjoyed the cold waterfalls. There are cottages and tables available for rent but since we were already hungry, we opted to just swim and go.
3. Eat pizza and Halo halo at Bodo’s Bamboo Bar Resort.
Either for a stop over or overnight stay, this is one of the most affordable resorts in Alcoy. They have either mountain or ocean view depending on the room location. They have sports bar and swimming pool too. I love their pizza paired with halo halo! This place is always a part of my must-visit in my south road trips.
4. Catch sunrise at Oslob.
Caught this beautiful sunrise at Seafari Resort in Oslob. Spent the night here to catch the sunrise before we went swimming with the gentle giants. This resort has a pool which we had fun swimming after our whale shark adventure.
5. Watch as the sun sets at Alcoy.
Waited for sunset and caught this beautiful sunset at El Paradiso in Alcoy. They have cave houses if you wish to stay overnight. Another unique resort found south of Cebu.
6. Experience the Bojo River Cruise at Aloguinsan
I have been here twice. The first time i went here was with my friends way back October 2013. We went there as walk in customers and paid for Php300.00 per head for the river cruise and guide. This year, went back again and availed of the Aloguinsan tourism package. Their package consists of lunch, afternoon snacks, welcome drink, hanging rice making lecture, Bojo River cruise and cruise guide for Php1,200.00. They use non-motorize banca’s to preserve the mangroves in the river. We went to the Farm House where we will register and a guide took us to the site. You can either bring your own vehicle or ride a bus going to Aloguinsan. It is 58.1 kilometers from Cebu City. The Aloguinsan Tourism made a wonderful job on preserving the standard that they set for the tourists. The staff and the guides were very informative. The food was great. The rest rooms and dining area were very clean. The service was world class. They truly deserve the award that they received as the Best Community-Based Initiative in Asia-Pacific and i am truly proud of them!
P.S. If you are lucky, locals may even sell fresh giant diamond back squid at Php140.00 per kilo.
7. Bask under the sun at Hermit’s Cove
Hermit’s Cove is now getting popular as a side trip after Bojo River Cruise. It is a 15 minute drive from Bojo River site. Entrance fee of Php 20.00 for beach maintenance. You will go down the 200-step stairs and get enchanted with the beautiful white sand beach. There are cottages and tables available for rent.
8. Drink fresh milk and ice cream at Molave Milk Station in Barili.
If you are going to Barili from Cebu City, this place is at the right side of the road. You will never miss this signage. They offer ice cream made of fresh milk and fresh milk too! There are also snacks available here and they have tables for you to dine in. You’ll see at the back the cows in their vast land. A very relaxing place for a pit stop on your road trip.
9. Climb Osmena Peak at Dalaguete.
In reference to my previous blog about conquering the highest peak in Cebu at Dalaguete. Here’s a link to the detailed O Peak trip.
10. Try Torta from Argao.
Argao is located 73 kilometers away from Cebu City. Torta is a delicacy that is very famous in this municipality. You may find them along the highway. Among the bakeries that sells Torta are Chitang’s, OJ’s and Argao Bakeshop.
11. Dive or Swim at Moalboal.
Moalboal is 89 kilometers away from Cebu City. You may take the bus going there or drive a private vehicle. Moalboal is famous among the divers as they have beautiful marine life and famous among local and foreign tourists because of its white sand beaches. There are a lot of beach resorts in Moalboal and most of them are very affordable. Basdaku is the public beach of Moalboal with white sand and inviting waters. It is a 1 kilometer long stretch of white sand beach and pristine waters.
12. Photo-op at Boljoon.
I always love to stop over at this specific plaza along the National Highway in Boljoon.
13. Have fun at the infinity pool in Alegria.
Costa Letecia is a quaint hotel at the heart of Alegria. It has an infinity pool and a relaxing view of the beach. Alegria is 28 kilometers away from Moalboal. It is a fourth class income class municipality of Cebu. They are known for Kawayan Festival which takes place every December. On that occasion, they parade their locally produced kawayan (bamboo) products.
14. Buy lechon, chorizo, ampao and chicharon at Carcar.
I always find time to stop by at Carcar Public Market to buy lechon and freshly cooked chicharon and chorizo at a very affordable price. There is a house located at the back of the market where they cook and pack fresh chicharon and chorizo as well.
15. Light candles at the 8 churches Cebu South.
If you are a Catholic and would like to see century old churches then you can find it at the Southern part of Cebu. Let us start at Naga (St. Francis of Assisi), San Fernando (San Isidro Labrador), Carcar (Sta. Catalina de Alexandria), Sibonga (Birhen sa Simala), Argao (San Miguel Arcangel), Alcoy (St. Rose of Lima), Boljoon (Nuestra Senora del Patrocinio de Maria) and Oslob (Immaculate Concepcion). This is perfect for Bisita Iglesia during the holy week season and even if it is not Holy Week, I would often drop by to say a prayer and light candles every time i pass by these churches. Most of the churches are just along the main highway so you’ll never miss it.
Writing travel blogs makes me revisit all the fond memories that i have during my vacations. It brings back happy memories and bad memories too like travel mishaps but that keeps my vacations interesting. In traveling, i keep on learning and i keep on discovering new things. Packing for a vacation gives me a different level of excitement because i know that i will embark into another kind of experience.
How many have you done from my list? Let me know your thoughts about this travel blog, please leave a comment below or send me an email, I am thrilled to hear from you! 🙂