South Cebu: How to Spend a Long Weekend with Under 10k?

Where did we go on our 3-day vacation in Cebu?

Osmeña Peak

South Cebu: Osmena Peak

Osmeña Peak is 1,013 m above sea level. That’s two-thirds the height of Baguio City.

South Cebu: Osmena Peak

I’ve been traveling for the past half decade and nature still has surprises for me. The picturesque landscape of Osmeña peak will surely satisfy your selfie addiction.

South Cebu: Osmena Peak

I don’t care if it will take us 3-4 hours of travel from Cebu City to get here if the travel was capped off with this amazing view!

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 habalhabal” 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.

Kawasan Falls

South Cebu: Kawasan Falls

If you think that swimming pools have the only right to be blue, you were wrong. Kawasan Falls can be blue too!

South Cebu: Kawasan Falls

View from the top of Kawasan Falls.


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 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:

Activities/Items Price
Table ₱ 300
Raft ₱ 300
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

South Cebu: Basdaku Beach

Woke up with this view. It’s a long weekend and Sunday, what do I expect? Of course, there were lots of people out there!

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

South Cebu: Oslob Whale Shark Watching

The whale shark is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest known extant fish species.

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

NOTE: It is very important to keep in mind that the Whale Shark Watching is up to 12 noon only.


South Cebu: Simala

Simala–Lindogon church also known as the Miraculous Mama Mary Shrine


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.

South Cebu: Sto. Nino Church

The Basílica Minore del Santo Niño is the Mother and Head of All Churches in the Philippines. Source: Wikipedia

South Cebu: Sto. Nino Church

Pilgrim Center of the Basilica del Santo Niño.

South Cebu: Sto. Nino Church

Garden inside Basilica del Santo Niño.

We also visited Fort San Pedro which is the oldest triangular bastion fort in the country.

South Cebu: Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro Entrance.

South Cebu: Fort San Pedro

Sample Itinerary for 2

Date/Time Activities Price Remarks
Day 1
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
Day 2
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
Day 3
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!

3 thoughts on “South Cebu: How to Spend a Long Weekend with Under 10k?

  1. r

    120PHP minibus from cebu caltex station magallanes st to mantalongon market 3 hours then 30PHP habal2 to osmena peak at 3km ; dep.cebu 5 &7AM . last dep.mantalongon 1.30PM

    1. jundy Post author

      Hi Shane, first, thanks for visiting my site! We took a jeep/multicab to Oslob proper, from there we took a bus to Cebu City. It will pass in sibonga.

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