DISCOVER PHILIPPINES: 5 DAYS IN SOUTH CEBU

There are a lot of things to know about the Philippines. The Philippines is a country in Southeast Asia consisting of 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The country’s rich biodiversity is one of the main tourist attractions with its beaches, mountains, rainforests, islands and diving spots among the most popular tourist destinations.

Cebu is one of the most popular destination in the Philippines known for its beaches, rich historical sites, main center of commerce, trade, education and industry. It is a province in the Philippines located at the Central Visayas in Region VII. The capital is Cebu City, the oldest and the first capital of the Philippines.

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THINGS TO DO IN CEBU

We bought a flight ticket to Cebu from Manila a year before our travel date and luckily we got an airline promo ticket and our round trip ticket costs PhP1,500 (28.61USD) per person. It is less expensive compared to the usual prices. We travel at South Cebu last year July 2017 and its one of the best experience I had with my friends. It is an amazing experience as we did Canyoneering, Snorkelling, Hiking, Whale Shark watching and City tour.

DAY 1:

TOUCHDOWN AT THE MACTAN-CEBU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

We arrived at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport at around 7:50 AM from a approx. 1 hour flight from Manila. Luckily, it was a warm day. We went for a breakfast first at the airport and immediately look for a taxi terminal at the airport. There are two types of taxi in the airport: the yellow and the white taxi. The yellow taxi is more expensive than the white one.

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Upon reaching the taxi terminal, we went off to the Bus Terminal station going to Oslob for a check in at BCD’s Place. It took us a 5-hour travel from Cebu City to Oslob. We actually bought foods from the terminal and had our lunch on the bus. One great thing about the BCD’s Place is it has front beach where you can also try the whale shark watching (snorkeling).

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Bus going to Oslob
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My friends and I at the BCD’s Place

Upon checking at the BCD’s Place, we immidiately went off to Sumilon Island and enjoy the stunning white sand beach for the whole afternoon. It was relaxing and away from the common city life we had in Manila.

 

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Sumilon Island

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At the Sumilon Island, we had glad to met Kuya Eugene, he’s a coast guard and a part time tour guide. He offered us a transpo going to the different places we want to visit in Cebu and we paid him and that is why it became much easier for us to go to our travel destinations. We didin’t have to take the public transportation anymore. He also suggests some good places to visit like the Aguinid Falls in Samboan and Osmena Peak at Dalaguete, Cebu.

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The mini pick up truck we used as transportation
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Me and my friends with kuya Eugene who is the guy with the orange shirt

DAY 2:

WHALE SHARK WATCHING (SNORKELING)

On our day 2, we went on to the whale shark watching (snorkeling). They would first orient the people regarding the guidelines for whale shark watching.

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AGUINID FALLS

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After the whale shark watching, we went to Aguinid Falls. This is certainly one of the highlights of our adventure in South Cebu. The Agunid Falls is located at Samboan, Cebu and has an 8 level of waterfalls where you can experience a combination of trekking and water adventure. This is one of the best eco tourism in Cebu City.

Before the start of the trek, they will give a brief guidelines for safety. There will be 2 tour guides that will assist on the trek.

Agunid Falls Level 1 – The Start

At the first phase, you will see a shallow basin of water. Its an easy 5 minute trail head. Its a bit slippery and jumping is now allowed as the water is not very deep. IMG_1253 (8)

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Aguinid Falls Level 2

The second level is a little bit challenging as it requires to climb an almost 90 degrees rock. It woul definitley test your stamina. Not to worry as the tour guides will give instruction and assist you to climb those rocks.

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Aguinid Falls Level 3

Everything about this level of water fall is stunning. From the sound of the waterfalls to the rock formation, such a heavenly place.

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Aguinid Falls Level 5

We had to ascend again to reach the level 5. There are holes to hold climbing up the rocks. You can enjoy swimming in here as the waters are now deep compared to the first level.

 

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Aguinid Falls Level 5

This level is the highlight of the levels of water falls. The most stunning rock formation and a perfect place for taking a deep and photo op.

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Agunid Falls Level 6

This is the most challenging part to climb as we had to climb those rocks from the level 5 of waterfalls. But it was overcome by an amazing reward of experiencing an infinity pool like in the middle of the woods.

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Aguinid Falls Level 7

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Aguinid Falls Level 8

This is the last level of the water falls. It was definitely an awesome experience going to Agunid Falls and I definitely recommend this to everyone especially who loves adventures and the outdoors.

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After the exeprience at the 8 levels of water walls we had our lunch at the same place where we paid the locals to cook us food fora satisfying lunch after the challenging experience.

OSMENA PEAK

Osmena Peak is our last destination for the day located at Dalaguete, Cebu. It is the highest point in the Islands of Cebu where you can also experience an amazing sunset. It is  best to go at the Osmena Peak at the afternoon.

Going up in to the peak would get you 30 to 45 mins. of hiking. The entrance is P30 and Kuya Eugene was our guide going to the trail.

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DAY 3

KAWASAN CANYONEERING IN BADIAN, CEBU

This is definitely the highlight of our tour and adventure in Cebu. It is the most extreme adventure I did which includes cliff diving,

For the Canyoneering, the price starts at P1,500 (28.11 USD) which includes life vest, a helmet for protectiom, 500 mL of bottled water and a cupcake (Fudge Bar) and lunch after the activity.  The rate is the same for locals and foreigners. The activity would take 5-6 hours to finish.

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We arrived at the Kawasan at 8:00 AM. We had 2 guides who assisted us and I love how they are never impatient and are always after our safety.  They also took most of our photos.

Upon arriving at the river, we are greeted by the stunning Turquoise Blue water. You will experience a lot of cliff jumps at the water and also trekking. Overall it was an amazing experience and a definitely must try.

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And finally we arrived at the Kawasan Falls. The last stop of the adventure.

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And the lunch after the tiring and awesome activity…

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We finished the Canyoneering at around 2:00 PM and after some resting we immidiately went to Pescador Isand and Moalboal for Sardine run (snorkeling).

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DAY 4:

On our 4th day, we traveled to Carcar and went on a City Tour which includes the Temple of Leah, Fort San Pedro, Taosit Temple, Yap San Diego Ancestral House and Ayala Center Cebu.

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We bought our pasalubong (souvenirs) at the Cebu Pasalubong Center.

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Cebu Escapade Itinerary

DAY 1
6:00 – Flight to Cebu
7:45-8:00 – ETA
1:00  – Arrival in Oslob
1:00 – Check in
2:00- Sumilon Island

DAY 2
6:00-8:00 – Whale shark (Snorkeling)
8:00-11:00 – Aguinid Falls
11:00-12:00 – Lunch (Prepare)
12:00- 2:00 – Travel to dalaguete
2:00- Start trek to osmena peak
5:00 – Travel to badian

DAY 3
Halfday – Canyoneering in Badian
Other half – Sardine run (Snorkeling)

DAY 4
8:00-9:00 – Travel to Carcar
9:00-10:30 – Brunch
10:30-12:00 – Travel to Cebu City (check in)
12:00-5:00 – City tour
5:00- Onwards – Free time

DAY 5
Early morning – Flight Back to Manila

 

ACCOMMODATIONS:

OSLOB: BCD’S PLACE

– 1 RM W/ 3 DOUBLE DECKS (6 PAX)
– 1 RM W/ 1 DOUBLE DECK & 1 QUEEN SIZE BED (4PAX)

BADIAN: D ALEGRE TRAVELLER’S INN

– 2 RM W/ 2 QUEEN SIZE BED IN EACH RM (10 PAX )
( WE’LL PAY AN EXTRA 200 ON EACH RM FOR AN EXTRA BED )

CEBU CITY: AIRBNB

– 4 BEDROOM WITH TOILET AND KITCHEN (10 PAX)

 

The Philippines has a lot more to offer and this is just few of the many places to visit in the country. It is amazing that I get to travel to Cebu and share it with you guys. I hope I was able to share with my travel stories and inspire all of you to travel more to the places you’ve never been before. I also hope that you can discover and visit the Philippines. Mabuhay everyone! Salamat!

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