Where did we go on our 3-day vacation in Cebu?
So, how did we got there?
At 6:00 AM, we went to Cebu City south bus terminal and rode a Ceres Tours bus to Dalaguete. Travel time is 2-3 hours depending on the traffic at ₱100/head. If you don’t know where to alight, ask the driver to drop you off at Dalaguete junction/crossing going to Osmeña peak. We arrived at Dalaguete junction at 9:00 AM and rode a “habal–habal” to Osmeña Peak for ₱500/head because after going to Osmeña Peak we’ll be going to Kawasan Falls. If you are only going to Osmeña Peak, you will pay ₱100/head.
Going to Kawasan Falls from Osmeña Peak
After Osmeña Peak, we went to Kawasan Falls. Travel time is almost one hour. If you opted to charter a motorcycle from Osmeña Peak to Kawasan Falls, it is ₱ 400/head.
There were lots of activities at Kawasan Falls, you can hire a guide to go upstream or book at kawasancanyoneering.com.ph for a canyoneering experience. You can also ride a Bamboo raft for ₱ 300 and additional tip for the boatman. Below is the complete price list at Kawasan Falls:
|Life Jacket||₱ 50|
|Meals (for 2 persons)||₱ 100 – ₱ 300|
|Ordinary Room||₱ 900|
|Room with Ceiling Fan for 2||₱ 1,200|
|Room with Ceiling Fan for 2 (two beds)||₱ 1,500|
|Airconditioned Room for 2||₱ 2,500|
|Airconditioned Room for 10||₱ 3,500|
Contact # for the accommodation: 09275456061
Basdaku Beach, Moalboal
Late in the afternoon, we arrived at Moalboal proper, this is just 15 minutes north of Kawasan Falls. From there, we rode a tricycle to Basdaku Beach for ₱ 40/person. We rented a tent for ₱ 400, but you can find as low as ₱ 200. If you want to sleep near the shore, you need to pay additional ₱ 100 for the barangay. If you still have time you can check out this blog Moalboal Travel Guide to see what are other activities Moalboal can offer.
Oslob Whale Shark Watching
How to get there from Moalboal?
At 6:00 AM we departed from Moalboal to Bato, this is the best option to go to Tanauan, Oslob for the Whale Shark Watching if you’re from Moalboal. The travel time is 2-3 hours as we are literally going to the south end of Cebu Island. The fare is ₱ 175/person. From Bato, we rode a habal-habal to Tanauan, Oslob for ₱ 50/person and the travel time is 20 minutes.
Whale Shark Watching with snorkeling is ₱ 500/person, but if you prefer to stay on the boat, you’ll pay ₱ 300/person. Since we were endorsed at a resort, we also paid ₱ 100/person for the locker. I think it is not totally a waste of money given that we were able to secure our things and wash up after the activities.
Need to book ahead? You can contact AJ’s Place: 09329034212/09223608100 or visit www.ajsplace-oslob.com.
NOTE: It is very important to keep in mind that the Whale Shark Watching is up to 12 noon only.
After eating our lunch, we went to Simala also known as Miraculous Mama Mary Shrine. This is not a tourist destination. This is a church and they are encouraging visitors not to behave as tourists, but behave as believers. We rode a bus from Oslob to Sibonga for ₱ 170/person and it took 2 hours to arrive at Sibonga. From the town proper, we rode a habal-habal for ₱ 20/person and they will give their number for them to pick you up back to Sibonga proper.
Simala back to Cebu City
Tip: Do not go back to Cebu City too late as you might not get a ride back to Cebu City.
From Sibonga, we “struggled” to get a bus. Almost all of the buses were full. What we did was took a jeep back to Argao hoping that there will be a better chance that buses were not full. After almost an hour of waiting, we were able to ride a bus after it stopped at a gasoline station where we’re waiting.
Cebu City Tour
There were lots of new tourist destinations in Cebu City. However, we opted to visit the popular ones and with historical values.
We went to Colon Street, the oldest street in the Philippines.
We walked to Magellan’s Cross and nearby Sto. Niño Church.
We also visited Fort San Pedro which is the oldest triangular bastion fort in the country.
Sample Itinerary for 2
|6:00 AM||Cebu City to Dalaguete||₱ 200||₱ 100/person|
|9:00 AM||Dalaguete to Osmeña Peak||₱ 1,000||₱ 500/person fare from Dalaguete to Osmeña Peak to Kawasan|
|9:30 AM||Osmeña Peak Photo Ops|
|10:30 AM||Descent from Osmeña Peak and start travel to Kawasan||Travel time is almost an hour|
|12:00 Noon||Lunch at Kawasan Falls||₱ 200||Meals|
|1:00 PM||Bamboo raft, swimming, and photo ops||₱ 400||Bamboo Raft + Tip to the boatman|
|3:00 PM||Kawasan to Moalboal||₱ 28||₱ 14/person|
|4:00 PM||Moalboal to Basdaku Beach||₱ 80||₱ 40/person fare|
|4:30 PM||Setup tent, swimming, and chill||₱ 400||Rent of the tent.|
|7:00 PM||Dinner||₱ 150||₱ 75/person|
|8:00 PM||Wash up and Lights off||₱ 60||₱ 30/person for the water|
|5:00 AM||Pack up||₱ 60||₱ 30/person for the water|
|6:00 AM||Breakfast||₱ 280||₱ 100/person for the food and ₱ 40/person for the fare from beach to town proper|
|6:30 AM||Travel from Moalboal to Bato||₱ 350||₱ 175/person bus fare|
|9:00 AM||Arrive at Bato and ride a habal-habal to Tanauan, Oslob||₱ 100||₱ 50/person|
|9:30 AM||Whale Shark Watching||₱ 1,200||₱ 500/person whale watching + snorkeling and ₱ 100/person for the locker|
|11:00 AM||Early lunch||₱ 400||₱ 200/person|
|12:00 Noon||Travel from Tanauan to Sibonga||₱ 340||₱ 170/person|
|2:00 PM||Sibonga to Simala Church||₱ 80||₱ 40/person roundtrip|
|3:30 PM||Sibonga back to Cebu City||₱ 340||₱ 170/person|
|6:30 PM||Arrive at Cebu City|
|7:30 PM||Dinner||₱ 400||₱ 200/person|
|8:00 AM||Travel to Colon Street||₱ 16||₱ 8/person|
|9:00 AM||Magellan’s Cross and Basilica del Santo Niño|
|10:00 AM||Fort San Pedro||₱ 60||₱ 30/person Entrance
Student rate is ₱ 20 and Senior Citizen is ₱ 24
|12:00 Noon||Lunch||₱ 400||₱ 200/person|
|Total||₱ 6,544||That’s ₱ 3,272/person excluding the airfare and fare from airport and vice versa|
Check out the video I created for this travel adventure!