5 DAY CEBU ITINERARY!
Cebu Island is one of my favorite destinations in the Philippines offering a mecca of adventurous things to do including epic waterfalls, panoramic viewpoints, swimming with whale sharks, island hopping and much much more! There are countless activities you could add to your Cebu Itinerary, keeping you entertained for weeks if you had the time!
However, it seems most travelers generally spend around 5 days in Cebu so I have put together this 5 Day Cebu Itinerary to help you plan your trip!
Also in this Cebu Travel Guide, you will find other useful information on how to get to Cebu, where to stay in Cebu, getting around and the best time to visit!
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CEBU ITINERARY OVERVIEW
Here is an overview of an ideal 5 Day Cebu Itinerary with my recommendations of places to visit in this order:
- Cebu City (1 day)
- Moalboal (3 days)
- Oslob (1 day)
CEBU ITINERARY – DAY 1:
Cebu City is located on the Central East Coast of Cebu Island and I recommend spending the first day of your Cebu itinerary here upon arriving and exploring some of the Cebu tourist attractions in the city.
From Cebu Mactan International Airport, it’s approximately a 30-minute drive to Cebu City and you can pre-book a transfer from the airport to your hotel.
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CEBU CITY TOURS
To maximize your time in Cebu City and to see all of the sites on the first day of your Philippines itinerary 3 weeks, I recommend booking a guided city tour online in advance with Klook.
There are a number of top-rated Cebu City Tours that I can recommend which I have attached below for you to choose which one best suits you:
Cebu City at night – Cebu Itinerary
WHERE TO STAY IN CEBU CITY
Cebu City has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in the city during your Cebu itinerary to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Radisson Blu Cebu City
Radisson Blu Cebu is the best 5-star accommodation in Cebu City! The hotel is centrally and located features direct access to SM Mall, a large outdoor swimming pool, 3 dining options and close to the airport. The rooms offer panoramic views of the city and are fitted with flat-screen tv, large memory foam bed, 24 hour room service, air conditioning, spacious living and private bathroom. Breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect for couples, families and friends.
Mid Range: Cebu Parklane International Hotel
Parklane International Hotel is a very affordable 3-star accommodation top consider on your Cebu itinerary, located in the heart of Cebu City. It is walking distance to Ayala Center and other nearby attractions. This property features an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre with sauna, 3 dining options and free wifi. The rooms are spacious and fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, work desk, sofa seating and private bathroom. In-room massage services may be arranged at an additional cost. Breakfast is also included for all guests! Recommended place to stay for couples, friends and families.
Budget: Murals Hostel & Cafe
I personally stayed at Murals Hostel on several occasions and can’t recommend this place enough! Murals actually have 3 properties in awesome locations, one is in Mactan near the airport and the other two are in the city center. There are dorm rooms, private rooms and capsule-style rooms available perfect for solo travelers, friends and couples. There is also a really great co-working space at Murals Hostel & Cafe with high-speed wifi! Mika, the owner, is the most genuine lady that I met during my Cebu itinerary and I hope you will get the chance to meet her and her staff who are very lovely and will make you feel right at home.
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CEBU ITINERARY – DAY 2:
The best places to visit on your Cebu itinerary are located in the South Cebu region and you’ll want to base yourself in the popular town of Moalboal which is located on the South East Coast of Cebu Island.
The earlier you leave Cebu City on day 2 of your Cebu itinerary the better because there will be less traffic on the roads and you will have some time to start exploring when you arrive in Moalboal.
HOW TO GET FROM CEBU CITY TO MOALBOAL
From Cebu City to Moalboal, the best option is to take the public bus from South Cebu Bus Terminal in Cebu City.
There are hourly departures from Cebu City to Moalboal from South Cebu Bus Terminal starting as early as 5 am. From Cebu City to Moalboal, the journey time is around 3 to 4 hours on the bus and the cost is 160 pesos.
When you arrive at the bus station in Moalboal it’s best to take a tricycle to your accommodation in the tourist area of Moalboal which is a 15-minute drive and the cost is around 100 pesos.
GETTING AROUND SOUTH CEBU
There’s a couple of options on how to get around South Cebu and they are by scooter, habal habal (motorbike taxi), tricycle and jeepney.
You can rent a scooter in Moalboal for as little as 300 pesos per day and make your own way around to all of the South Cebu tourist spots.
If you are not confident driving a scooter, the other option is to ride in a jeepney, tricycle or habal habal.
WHERE TO STAY IN MOALBOAL
Moalboal has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Moalboal during your Cebu itinerary to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Dolphin House Resort Moalboal
Dolphin House is the best luxury accommodation in Moalboal. A stone’s throw away from the ocean, this accommodation offers a swimming pool, restaurant and bar, free wifi and ocean views. There are double rooms, triple rooms, family rooms and bungalows available at Dolphin House Resort. Snorkeling, diving, activities and bike rental can also be organised at reception. Best place to stay for families, friends and couples.
Mid Range: Pescadores Seaview Suites
One of the most recommended places to stay in Moalboal. For less than $40 a night, Pescadores Suites offers double rooms, twin rooms and a garden villa. There is an outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace, restaurant, mini-market, table tennis, billiards, board games, karaoke room and wellness spa. Great place to stay for friends and couples.
Budget: Chief Mau Hostel
The best budget accommodation in Moalboal to consider on your Cebu itinerary! Centrally located just minutes from the beach and one hours drive to Osmena Peak, Chief Mau hostel offers dorm rooms and private rooms for as little as $8. There owner Trish is super lovely and goes out of her way to make all of her guests feel welcome and comfortable. There is a shared lounge with hammocks, billiards table and an in-house restaurant and bar serving up the best western food in Moalboal. There is free wifi throughout the property. Perfect for solo travelers and friends.
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Once you are settled into your accommodation in Moalboal I suggest that you rent a scooter for the 3 days that you will be here for. As I mentioned earlier, you can rent a scooter for as little as 300 pesos per day from your accommodation or from a scooter rental store in the town.
For your first day in Moalboal, I recommend checking out the many cafes, restaurants, bars and beaches in the area to get a feel for the place. It’s a buzzing little town and I guarantee you will love it!
SWIM WITH SARDINES IN MOALBOAL
One of the most popular attractions not to be missed on your Cebu itinerary is the Sardine Run in Moalboal. Swimming with millions of flashing silver sardines as they circulate around you in an almost hypnotic spectacle is a once in a lifetime experience!
The sardines gather just offshore from Panagsama Beach, the main beach in Moalboal. To go swimming with the sardines all you need to do is rent a mask and snorkel for 100 pesos from your accommodation or from a store in town and swim out just 30-50 meters to where you will find the masses of sardines swimming around.
The sardines move around in spherical shapes known as bait balls to trick their predators and they tend to stick close to the surface where the water temperature is warmer. They might be intimidating and scary at first but all you need to do is relax and marvel at the sardines as they move around in large schools.
Swimming with the sardines in Moalboal is one of the best attractions not to be missed on your Cebu itinerary!
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Sardine Run in Moalboal – Tourist spots in South Cebu
Moalboal Sardines – Cebu Itinerary
CEBU ITINERARY – DAY 3:
KAWASAN FALLS / OSMENA PEAK / CASINO PEAK
On day 3 of your Cebu itinerary, I recommend starting the day early at the famous Kawasan Falls and then venturing on to the highest point on Cebu Island, Osmena Peak, and finishing off the day at Casino Peak.
KAWASAN FALLS CANYONEERING
Kawasan Falls Canyoneering in Badian is without a doubt the most popular South Cebu tourist spot! A visit to Kawasan Falls is the most adrenaline-pumping adventure to be had in the Philippines. Whether it’s your first time canyoneering or not, the Kawasan Falls experience is not to be missed on your Cebu itinerary!
Kawasan Falls is located just 45 minutes drive south from Moalboal. I recommend pre-booking a Kawasan Falls Tour online in advance with Klook to get the best rates.
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Upon arriving at the Kawasan Canyoneering Headquarters, we met our guide Raul who got us fitted into the required safety equipment such as water shoes, life jackets and helmets.
We took a ride on the back of a motorbike to the top of the mountain and before we knew it we were completely submerged in the first rock pool. Soon after, Raul made us sit down at the edge of a one-meter cliff before he gently pushed us backward over a small set of falls into another rock pool below. At this point, I knew we were in for an epic adventure!
We then continued navigating our way through knee-deep water that was as clear as crystal. The water trail took us through some amazing caves and natural rock slides. There were also numerous cliff jumps ranging anywhere from three metres up to fourteen metres. Do note that if you are afraid of heights you’ve always got the option to walk around the cliffs instead of jumping.
When you reach the end of the canyon it will bring you to the famous Kawasan Falls. You can spend as much time as you like at Kawasan Falls as there are about five different levels of waterfalls and several big cliff jumps to keep you entertained. There are also a few restaurants by the main waterfall to grab something to eat and drink at the end of your adventure.
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Cliff jumping at Kawasan Falls – Cebu Itinerary
Kawasan Canyoneering – Cebu Itinerary 5 days
Kawasan Falls – Cebu Itinerary
After Kawasan Falls, you can drive up the mountain roads to Osmeña Peak which is most famous for being the highest point on Cebu Island and it’s one of the best additions to your Cebu itinerary!
There is an allocated parking lot located near the entrance to Osmena Peak where you can park your scooter and the parking fee is by donation.
From the car park, follow the stone path up to the registration office to get your entrance ticket. The Osmena Peak entrance fee is 30 pesos which includes a guide if you would like one but it’s not necessary as the trail is clearly marked and can be easily navigated on your own.
From the jump-off point, the hike to Osmena Peak is a short fifteen to twenty minutes along a narrow, rocky path passing by thinly forested areas and farmer’s crops.
What can you expect at Osmena Peak? One of the most beautiful places in Cebu… that’s what!! At 1,013 meters above sea level, Osmena Peak boasts panoramic views of the coastlines on both sides of South Cebu and of course, the most fascinating hill formations that you will have likely never seen before.
These interesting rocks, hills, peaks, whatever you want to call them are other-worldly and it boggles me as to how they came to be. From the summit of Osmena, these dominant peaks are seemingly endless as they stretch across the land like the spine of a Stegasaurus dinosaur.
Some say these rolling hills are reminiscent of the Chocolate Hills in Bohol as the landscape is quite similar. Though each of these spots is unique to its location.
In the deep valleys below Osmena Peak in Cebu, you can see vividly green fields of farmer’s crops and on a clear day, you can spot the neighboring islands of Negros and Bohol.
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Osmena Peak – Cebu Itinerary
Epic views at Osmena Peak – South Cebu Itinerary
On top of Osmena Peak – Cebu Itinerary
Next on this Cebu itinerary is the Casino Peak hike, often referred to as Lugsangan Peak, an underrated South Cebu tourist spot. If you are planning to visit Osmena Peak, I highly recommend taking the time to check out Casino Peak as well. Chances are you might even like this viewpoint better and I guarantee there will be fewer people at Lugsangan Peak, with a view that is equally as amazing!
After you pay the 30 pesos entrance fee, It’s a short ten-minute hike to the summit of Casino Peak to where you’ll be welcomed with panoramic views of nearby rolling hills and pristine coastline below.
Along the trail, you’ll likely see some goats grazing in the long grass and when you reach the plateau at the top, there is a crop field with many rows of cabbages which I later found out belonged to the landowners.
You may think you have arrived at the top when you reach this point of the trek and I also thought the same because the trail isn’t clearly marked. However, continue navigating your way around the rocky outcrop on the right-hand side and you’ll find the path to the Casino Peak summit.
The last section of the hike is a bit of a scramble up the rocks where we had to get our hands dirty but it was all worth it when we reached the summit of Casino Peak! I must admit, I have never seen a viewpoint quite like the one from Casino Peak.
There is a narrow ridge along the top of Casino Peak that you can walk across but do so at your own risk. It’s quite a big drop if you were to accidentally slip up.
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Casino Peak – South Cebu Tour
Casino Peak Viewpoint – Cebu Itinerary
CEBU ITINERARY – DAY 4:
AGUINID FALLS / BINALAYAN HIDDEN FALLS / DAO FALLS / INAMBAKAN WATERFALLS
Day 4 of your Cebu itinerary is an ultimate adventure day to four of the best waterfalls in South Cebu!
I recommend taking off from Moalboal as early as you can and starting the day at Aguinid Falls, which is the furthest waterfall south of Moalboal, and then working your way back up north to the other 3 waterfalls.
It will be a massive day of adventuring so pack everything you think you might need for the day such as water, snacks, sunscreen, power bank, charged cameras etc.
Aguinid Falls Cebu is one of the most unique and exciting waterfalls in South Cebu. The multi-tiered Aguinid Falls is one heck of an adventure and I highly recommend adding it to your Cebu itinerary!
Aguinid Falls is not quite as popular as Kawasan Falls just up the road, but the word is spreading quickly about this awesome tourist destination in Cebu that supports eco-tourism.
From Moalboal it’s approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes drive south along the coastline to reach Aguinid Falls.
The entrance fee to Aguinid Falls is 300 pesos which includes compulsory safety equipment (wet shoes, helmet and life jacket), two guides and also the tip for the guides. It’s definitely not the cheapest Cebu waterfall I’ve been to but the money spent was well worth the adventure!
As I mentioned earlier, Aguinid Falls in Cebu is a multi-tiered waterfall with eight levels of falls to be exact. Eight freakin’ waterfalls, can you believe it?! Although the locals say there are eight levels of falls, only six levels are currently accessible as they are still working to improve the trail to the higher levels.
This is not your typical waterfall where you take a short trek in, go for a dip and take photos, but rather an epic and very physical adventure that involves jumping, climbing ropes and navigating your way through the cascading falls.
It took us around two hours to complete the Aguinid Falls tour but that included many stops to take photos. For the average person, it would take around one hour from start to finish.
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Aguinid Falls – South Cebu Itinerary
Idyllic scenes at Aguinid Falls – Cebu Itinerary
Milky blue rock pools – Cebu Itinerary
BINALAYAN HIDDEN FALLS
Binalayan Falls, also referred to as Binalayan Hidden Falls, is one of the best Cebu waterfalls which is why I have added it to this Cebu itinerary!
Binalayan Falls is located right around the corner from Agunind Falls, no more than a 2-minute drive to the entrance.
The Binalayan Falls entrance fee is 60 pesos which includes a guide and there is also a 10 pesos parking fee. Tipping your guide is completely up to you, but somewhere between 50–100 pesos would do.
There are a number of water crossings on the way to the main set of falls at Binalayan so it’s best to wear a pair of water shoes or flip flops because your feet will get wet.
The first tier at Binalayan Falls features a shallow crystalline rock pool, a rest area with some make-shift benches and a tire swing hung from a tree. It’s definitely worth taking a short break here in this tranquil little section of the trek.
The main falls at Binalayan Waterfall boasts a 50ft tall rock face and the flow of water is divided into three separate streams that fill the basin beneath.
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There is a cave behind the falls to which you can climb up to and jump from, but it’s best to let your guide go first to show you how it’s done.
The water is around two meters deep so I wouldn’t recommend diving headfirst. I touched the sandy bottom with my feet when I jumped, even with my knees bent.
There is also a range of cliff jumping spots on the left-hand side of the falls, but even this is a bit sketchy due to the pool below being quite shallow. Only jump from a height you feel comfortable with, even if the guide encourages you to jump from a higher level just say no.
Apart from cliff jumping, you can hang out in the crystalline waters at the base of Binalayan Falls and explore the natural caves behind the falls.
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Binalayan Falls – Cebu Tourist Spots Itinerary
The epic tree swing – Cebu Itinerary 5 Days
Binalayan Falls – Cebu Tourist Spots Itinerary
Behind the falls – Cebu Itinerary
My visit to Dao Falls in Samboan was low-key one of the best adventures I had in South Cebu and you’ll see why I have included it on this Cebu itinerary.
Dao Falls is around 6km north of Binalayan Falls and it’s no more than a 15 minute drive to reach the jump-off point.
So what is so unique about Dao Waterfall? Well, to start with, it is recognised as the tallest set of falls in the Samboan region and secondly, the jungle trail trek to get to the main set of falls is an epic adventure in itself!
The entrance fee to Dao Falls is 60 pesos which includes a guide and the parking fee is an additional 10 pesos. The guide, in my opinion, was not really necessary as the trail to Dau Falls is clearly marked but he was good company and we tipped him at the end for his efforts.
Trekking to Dau Falls from the parking lot takes around twenty to thirty minutes including stops for photos. It isn’t a difficult trek by any means though do note that your feet will get wet along this jungle trail. In most parts, it requires walking through knee-deep water and I recommend bringing a pair of slip-on waterproof shoes for these sections.
The first part of the trek to Dao Falls is a concrete staircase with around 200 steps that leads directly down into the valley and once you reach the bottom, this is where the real adventure begins!
An impressive bamboo suspension bridge surrounded by coconut palms stretches across the river and on the other side is the beginning of the jungle trail to Dau Waterfall.
It wasn’t long until we were completely immersed in a dense jungle as we followed the canyon trail upstream which seemed to grow narrower the further we advanced. It was one of the most tranquil trails I have ever hiked along.
Vines cover the canyon walls and blue Gatorade colored waters cascade seamlessly past as we navigated our way towards Dao Waterfall.
The adventurous hike to Dao Falls, in my opinion, is what makes this location so unique. There are many turquoise rock pools along the way that are well worth stopping at for a quick dip and this is where you’ll likely get your best photos.
When you reach the top you’ll be graced with the epic sight of Dao Falls which towers 50-meters tall above the large catch basin. The pools at the base of the falls aren’t quite as blue as the ones on the way up but it is still a worthy spot for a swim to cool off after the hike.
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Dao Falls – Cebu In 5 Days
Bamboo bridge at Dao Falls – Cebu Itinerary
The main falls – 5 Days In Cebu
Last but not least on day 4 of your Cebu itinerary is Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan. Featuring blue Gatorade-colored springs, jungle surrounds and multiple levels at Inambakan Falls makes this one of the most epic South Cebu tourist spots to explore.
Inambakan Falls is located in the small village of Ginatilan just 20 minutes drive north from Dao Falls. The entrance fee at Inambakan Falls is 50 pesos and an additional 10 pesos for parking.
The hike down to the main falls takes no more than 5 minutes from the jump-off point and the trail winds upstream until it emerges at the base of the 100-foot tall Inambakan Falls.
My favorite feature of Inambakan falls is the milky blue pool of water in the catch basin which gets its color from the limestone cliffs that surround the falls. It seriously looks inviting enough to drink!
Once you’ve taken a dip in the milky blue waters at the main set of falls, continue hiking along the trail and up the stairs to the next few levels of these Ginatilan Falls.
You can stop in at the second level of Inambakan which features a shallow rock pool right at the top of the main set of falls. Watch your step on the rocks at this spot as they are very slippery and it’s a long way down if you fall.
At the level up from here was my favorite because there are several cliff jumping spots into a number of refreshing rock pools. I did a depth check first before throwing myself off different rocks into the crystalline waters of Inambakan Falls.
Continuing on, I followed the trail up a little higher to the top level of Inambakan Falls which features a large swimming hole and more cliff jumping spots. The lush jungle that surrounds the area contrasts beautifully off of the water and adds to the tranquility of this epic Cebu tourist spot.
Inambakan Falls was hands down one of my favorite adventures that I had during my Cebu itinerary and it’s suitable for all sorts of travelers.
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Inambakan Falls – Cebu Itinerary
Inambakan Falls – Cebu Tourist Spots Itinerary
Inambakan Falls – Cebu Itinerary 5 Days
CEBU ITINERARY – DAY 5:
On the final day of your Cebu itinerary, you can take an early bus from Moalboal Bus Station and travel south to Oslob which takes approximately 2.5 hours.
The most popular tourist attractions in Oslob is swimming with whale sharks and Tumalog Falls. There’s also an awesome half-day trip you can do from Oslob over to Sumilon Island which I will explain in detail below.
SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS
Swimming with whale sharks is the main tourist attraction in South Cebu. Even though it’s a controversial activity it is also a very unique experience. The Oslob Whale Shark experience is rated as one of the best places to swim with whale sharks in the Philippines.
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Every morning between the hours of 6am and 12pm, local Filipino fishermen feed the whale sharks close by to the shore. Small wooden boats then chauffeur tourists out to where it’s possible to jump in the water and swim with the whale sharks.
The Oslob whale shark watching area is no further than 50 meters from the beach. Before you know it you will arrive at the designated spot and the boatman will tell you to jump into the water. As soon as you dive off the boat you will encounter these beautiful gentle giants face to face just beneath the surface.
Make sure to be mindful of your surroundings when swimming with the whale sharks so that you don’t accidentally touch them or kick them by accident as they are not shy and will swim right up next to the boat.
It is best to try and go a bit further away from the boats to get an actual chance to swim together next to the whale shark. I saw about a dozen whale sharks during the 30 minutes that I was snorkeling in the water.
A common question that gets asked is if it’s safe to go swimming with whale sharks in Cebu and the answer is Yes, 100%. Even though whale sharks are the biggest fish in the ocean that can grow up to 32ft and weigh 200 tonnes, they are very humble creatures and there’s nothing to be afraid of.
The Cebu whale sharks activity has been controversial since it started. I would much rather see the whale sharks in their natural habitat without the feeding of them and without crowds of tourists. However, the community in Oslob seems to be working hard to control and educate the crowds, and limit impacts on the Cebu whale sharks themselves.
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Oslob Whale Sharks – Cebu Itinerary 5 Days
Whale Shark in Oslob – Cebu Itinerary
Whale shark having a munch – Cebu Itinerary
Tumalog Falls in Oslob is one of the most popular South Cebu tourist spots! A visit to Tumalog Falls is typically combined with the Oslob Whale Shark Tours or you can visit DIY after swimming with the whale sharks.
The Tumalog Falls entrance fee is 20 pesos if you plan to visit without a tour and opening times are Monday to Sunday from 6am to 5pm.
Tumalog Falls is quite unique, featuring a mellow curtain of water falling down the face of a monolithic limestone cliff. There is a large swimming area at the base of the falls where you can take a dip to cool off. The color of the water in the basin is that classic milky blue tinge that the Philippines is most famous for!
Tumalog Falls Oslob is surrounded by tall bamboo and mossy walls adding to the jungle vibes that you will find here. A large cave can also be found on the left-hand side of the falls if you wish to explore deeper and get another cool perspective of Tumalog Falls from inside.
There are change rooms and toilet facilities for guests to use and also a small sari sari store if you wish to buy some water and light snacks.
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Tumalog Falls – Things to do in South Cebu
Taking a dip at Tumalog Falls – Cebu Itinerary
Marveling at Tumalog Falls – Cebu Itinerary
Sumilon Island is a must on everyone’s Cebu itinerary just 20 minutes boat ride from Oslob. It is the best day trip or overnight stay you can do when exploring South Cebu.
The only access to Sumilon Island is by boat which departs daily from Mainland Bancogon in Oslob to Sumilon Island at 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:00am. The return boat from Sumilon Island to Mainland Bancogo departs at 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, and 5:00pm.
I recommend purchasing the Bluewater Sumilon Day Pass online in advance with Klook which gives you access to all of the facilities at Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort such as the infinity pool, private beach area, freshwater lagoon and the restaurant.
The Bluewater Sumilon Day Pass also includes other activities on Sumilon Island such as snorkeling, Sumilon sandbar, hiking trails and return boat transfers from Oslob.
If you wish to spend a night on Sumilon Island, there is only one accommodation on the island and that is the Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort. This 4-star resort features its very own private beach, a freshwater lagoon, outdoor infinity pool, 2 restaurants, glamping tents, beachside cottages and private villas!
The Sumilon Island sandbar is the most iconic attraction on the island and the best spot to watch the sunset! There was only one other couple on Sumilon sandbar when I arrived and that was it! Sumilon island really proves itself as one of the best-kept Cebu tourist spots!
Sumilon Island sandbar is best visited on low tide when there is more exposed sand, though it is also just as good on high tide in my opinion. Fine white sand and crystalline waters are what makes the Sumilon sandbar so pristine!
As well as the Sumilon sandbar, you can go snorkeling around the reefs, climb up the ladders for some rock jumping and go for a short hike along the jungle trail to the lighthouse.
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Sumilon Island – Cebu Itinerary
Sumilon Island – Cebu Tourist Spots Itinerary
Bluewater Sumilon Resort – Cebu Itinerary
CEBU ITINERARY – WHERE TO NEXT?
Wondering where to head to next after your 5 days in Cebu? Well, you have a few options which I have listed below:
OPTION 1: CEBU TO SIQUIJOR
Siquijor Island is a mystical paradise with many awesome things to do including epic waterfalls, white sand beaches, iconic landmarks, awesome cliff jumps and more!
Siquoijor Island is located right beneath the southeastern tip of Cebu Island and can be easily reached by ferry.
If you are still in Oslob, you can take the pubic bus south to Liloan and there is only one ferry departure per day leaving from Liloan Port at 10am, bound for Larena Port in Siquijor. The ferry from Cebu to Siquijor takes approximately 1-2 hours and the cost is around 200 pesos.
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OPTION 2: CEBU TO BOHOL
Bohol Island is one of the most popular islands in the Philippines offering a mecca of adventures such as waterfalls, beaches, cave pools, cliff jumping, island hopping and, of course, the famous Chocolate Hills.
The most common route is the ferry from Cebu to Bohol which takes approximately 2.5 hours and the cost is around 600 pesos. There are daily ferry departures from the Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal and it arrives at Tagbilaran Port in Bohol.
Once you have booked your Cebu to Bohol ferry ticket online, on the day of travel you can head directly to Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal at least 30-minutes before departure and present the online booking number to the staff at the check-in counter so they can issue you a seat number. There is also an additional 25 pesos terminal fee that must be paid in cash on the day.
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OPTION 3: NORTH CEBU ISLANDS (MALAPASCUA & BANTAYAN)
Malapascua is one of my favorite islands in the Philippines and a great spot to visit after your Cebu itinerary. Malapascua is world-renowned for its incredible scuba diving sites such as Monad Shoal where you can swim with thresher sharks. I am not a diver myself but I can tell you now that there are many more fantastic things to do in Malapascua other than diving!
The most common route is from Cebu City to Malapascua with the use of the public bus and then a short boat ride to Malapascua Island.
The bus from Cebu to Malapascua operates on a daily basis and departs every hour from the Cebu North Bus Terminal bound for New Maya Port at the northernmost tip of Cebu Island. The cost of the bus is around 230 pesos and the journey time is 4 hours.
The bus or minivan will arrive at New Maya Port and from here you will need to take an outrigger boat over to Malapascua Island which takes around 30 minutes.
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Malapascua Island – Cebu itinerary
Bantayan Island is an off-the-beaten-path tourist destination in Cebu. There are so many epic things to do in Bantayan Island including white sand beaches, saltwater lagoons, mangrove boardwalks, cave pools, old ruins, skydiving and island hopping! Bantayan Island is said to be the Boracay of the south and it sure gives it a run for its money!
The most common route is from Cebu City to Bantayan Island with the use of the public bus and then a short ferry ride to Bantayan Island.
The bus from Cebu to Bantayan Island operates on a daily basis and departs every hour from the Cebu North Bus Terminal bound for Hagnaya Port on the northwestern coast of Cebu Island. The cost of the bus is around 185 pesos and the journey time is 4 hours.
The bus or minivan will arrive at Hagnaya Port and from here you will need to transfer on to the ferry to Bantayan Island which takes around 1 hour.
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HOW TO GET TO CEBU
Cebu Island is located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. Cebu island is very close to the neighboring islands of Bohol and Negros Oriental which can be easily reached by plane or ferry.
There are daily flights to Cebu Mactan International Airport connecting domestic travelers from many destinations within the Philippines and also welcoming international arrivals from around the world.
There are many ferries operating in and out of Cebu Island which can be booked online in advance.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT CEBU
The best time to visit Cebu, weather-wise, is between April and July when temperatures are hot and there is barely any rainfall. This is also high season in Cebu, so expect to see many tourists during these months.
I recommend visiting Cebu on the shoulder months of the high season between November and March which sees a bit of rainfall but usually only lasts for a couple of hours and the rest of the day is sunny.
Try to avoid the typhoon season in Cebu which is between August and October.
CEBU ITINERARY MAP
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BEST TOURS IN CEBU
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MORE PHILIPPINES TRAVEL GUIDES
- Philippines Guide: 3 Weeks Philippines Itinerary
- Cebu: 15 Things To Do In Cebu
- Bohol: 31 Epic Things To Do In Bohol
- Siargao: 15 Things To Do In Siargao
- El Nido: El Nido Island Hopping
- Coron: Coron Island Hopping
- Boracay: 15 Things To Do In Boracay
- Siquijor: 3 Day Siquijor Itinerary
- Bantayan: 15 Things To Do In Bantayan
- Malapascua: 11 Things To Do In Malapascua
- Camiguin: 13 Best Camiguin Tourist Spots
- Romblon: 12 Epic Things To Do In Romblon
- Tablas: 10 Things To Do In Tablas
- Carabao: 7 Best Things To Do In Carabao
- Dumaguete: Best Dumaguete Tourist Spots
- Sumilon Island: Sumilon Island Itinerary
WHAT TO PACK FOR CEBU ITINERARY
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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CEBU ITINERARY – FINAL THOUGHTS
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