I’ve already been to Cebu City for our educational trip in 2013 and it got me the impression of “it’s just like Manila” with the traffic and crime rate so it’s really not on my top list to go in the Philippines. But when South Cebu towns of Oslob and Badian are making names in tourism department nowadays, I got attracted and curious to see more of Cebu aside from it’s city.
I got our plane tickets in Cebu Pacific 7 months (November 2015) before the flight (June 2016) for only 1,050 pesos round trip. It’s already a good buy but I’m pretty sure you can return tickets lower than mine. Cebu is always on P200 sale on Air Asia so keep an eye on that.
Sale tickets are only limited to less than 10 seats per flight so big groups are hard to book, plus some are real whiners and can’t decide instantly. So my tip is used the 24 hours reservation of your chosen airline company. With that way, you’ve reserved the tickets already while your group talked about it. If some of your friends back out, you can let your seat reservations be open to sale again after but be sure to monitor when it pops again on the website. The downside of this is that you need to pay cash.
Mactan Internation Airport TO Cebu City:
via MyBus shuttle service (25 pesos) Yes, it is way, way cheaper than any taxi ride! The bus trip starts at 7:00 AM until 9 PM and the endpoint will be at SM Cebu City. Guides and other routes for this myBus can be seen here. The buses are big and just like the ones abroad and very cheap. Very good Cebu, very good!
via taxi (approx. 300-400 pesos) We arrived after midnight so we have no choice but to take the taxi to South Bus Terminal. But don’t worry, Cebuanos are kind and charming people. They won’t scam you but still, make sure that you’re paying via its meter. Also, they strictly implement overloading so one taxi can only accommodate 4 people.
AROUND CEBU CITY:
via taxi: Of course, this is the most convenient way for your DIY Cebu City tour but it is also the expensive one. One taxi driver offered us a trip to Tops or Temple of Leah for 1,000 pesos!
via numbered jeepneys: Cebu jeepneys are more organized than the one here in Manila. A respective number (and letter) has a corresponding route. This is cheaper than taxis but it’s inconvenient and time-consuming to look for the right jeepney to ride. You can check this out if you plan to do this.
via rented car: This is our travel hack to our Cebu City tour. It is convenient, fast and the most comfortable as well. We rented a Wigo for P2,000/24 hours in Safe Ride Car Rental. We were 5 in the group so I end up spending only P400 pesos with my Cebu City itinerary that includes Tops, Temple of Leah and Taoist Temple.
CEBU CITY TO NORTH/SOUTH CEBU:
Going north: If you want to go island hopping in Bantayan and Malapascua Island, you have to go to Cebu North Bus Terminal near the SM Hypermarket/ SM Cebu City. I think you can walk from SM Cebu City.
Going south: But if you prefer to swim with the whale sharks and some canyoneering extreme adventure, then go to Cebu South Bus Terminal which is near Tamboan Market.
I’m that kind of traveler who doesn’t spend too much on accommodation (except when I decided to have an R&R) since I’m out exploring most of the time. I just need a place with a clean sheet and pillow to sleep on after a tiring day. I advise you to book 2 weeks or more before your travel dates to avail the cheaper but good rooms. We mostly book our hotels with Agoda. They have some from Oslob too.
Here is the list of the budget rooms we stayed on our trip:
Costabella Oslob – P1750/ night
Ging Ging Tourist Inn Badian – P1900/night
Beverly Hotel Boutique – P2800/night
4 DAYS ITINERARY
Whenever I travel, I’m very hands-on on itineraries that it can be my professional job already. You can click the places and read my detailed blog post about it. [Prices are in Philippines pesos]
1:30 AM – Arrival to Cebu/ taxi to terminal – P350 (P65/each)
2:00 AM – South Bus Terminal – P165
5:30 AM – Witness sunrise in Oslob
7:00 AM – Check-in backpackers style & SLEEP!! – P1750 (P350/each)
11:00 AM- Oslob Town Proper/ Lunch / Grocery – P230 (soshal lunch)
3:00 PM – Sumilon Sandbar – P1500 for the boat (P300/each) + P20 environment fee
5:30 PM – Last boat ride from Sumilon
7:00 PM – Dinner near the Oslob whale shark (grilled tuna and pusit) – P750 (P150./each)
**If you’re not tired from the travel south, you can go to Tumalog and Aguinid Falls after check-in. We got to talk to a local (contact no. 09495499623) that he can give it for P300/pax/ RT for the two falls. Also, if you are availing the Bluewater Sumilon Day Tour, skip the Oslob town proper and go there directly to enjoy your P1,500.
Read how my CANYONEERING BADIAN experience
6:00 AM – Oslob Whale shark Watching – P500
8:30 AM – Check out / Breakfast – P130
9:30 AM – Commute to Badian – P140
12:00 NN – Canyoneering with Highlands PH!!! – P1,300
5:00 PM- Kawasan falls
7:00 PM – Checked-in in Badian – P1,900 (P380/each)
** I advised you to check-in in Carcar city instead of Badian so you’ll be just one bus away to Dalaguete early morning and can go to Osmena Peak then Simala church. I also heard Dalaguete has nice beach resorts.
10:00 AM – Checkout (too tired from Canyoneering)
10:15 AM- Bus to Carcar City – P65
12:30 AM – Lechon lunch at Carcar City – P650/kilo (P130/each)
2:00 PM – Simala church in Siboanga – P200/trike/RT (P40/each)
3:30 PM – Bus to Cebu city – P70
6:00 PM- Check in Hotel Beverly Boutique – P2,800 (P550/each)
8:00 PM – La Vie Parisienne – P150
10:00 PM – Mango Square (KTV night) – P350
**Bus to Cebu City from Simala church is hell so better go to the city before the rush hour of 4 PM. Also, our hotel is a jeepney away from Mango Square, cheap and clean too.
Read how we managed to do a 1 day Cebu CITY TOUR
10:00 AM – Safe Ride Car Rental near SM Cebu City – P2000 for automatic Wigo + P500 gas (P500/each)
11:00 AM- Magellan’s Cross, Sto Nino church & Plaza Independencia
12:00 NN- Tamboan Market – P350 for pasalubongs
1:00 PM – Checkout
1:30 PM – Lunch at Casa Verde main branch – P180
3:00 PM -Taoist Temple
4:00 PM- Temple of Leah – P50
5:00 PM – Tops – P100
7:00 PM – Lantaw Floating Restaurant in Mactan – P200
1:30 AM- Bye Cebu
GRAND TOTAL: P6465 + P1000 airfare = approx. P7,500
This is my first trip without my parents and first with Paul as well so I’m very much on budget. I spent almost P7,500 all in on this trip and that is not bad at all with all the places and activities. I’m still in post-travel blues and already, I can’t wait to go back for some Mactan beach resort adventure or island hopping in Northern Cebu. See, I really did fall in love.
I have detailed blog posts of all the places we’ve been. You can check it out on my Cebu tag. (or just click here)
HEADING TO CEBU SOON?
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