How to Spend 4 days in Cebu
The Philippines is HUGE. It is made up of 7641 islands, so planning a trip here can be daunting. It is best to visit when you have 2-3 weeks off (even better if you have more), to see as much as you can. Cebu was our first stop in the Philippines and we flew in from Singapore. Cebu is a great base to explore the rest of the Philippines from - you can choose either to take ferries to surrounding islands, or take a short flight to those that are slightly further away. We only spent 3 full days in Cebu, but there was certainly so much more that we wanted to see. We'll just have to go back!
How to get around Cebu
Expect to pay about 10 php/km (eg 200 php/£3.00 for a 20 minute ride.
Hiring a scooter gives you the flexibility to explore the island on your own schedule. Scooter rentals here cost about 350php/day. Hiring a scooter in Cebu city to get around the whole island would be difficult as it is a large island, and would be difficult with bags. It is best for traveling shorter distances (eg from Moalboal to various waterfalls)
There is a main bus terminal connecting Cebu city to the southern parts of the island. Most visitors head to Moalboal which is 3 hours away by public bus (127 php/£1.90).
Grab is available in Cebu city itself, but not on other parts of the island. A 40 minute ride is approximately 390 php/£5.92. We were planning to get a bus to Moalboal from Cebu city, but our Grab driver offered to take us straight to our hotel in Moalboal for 2400 php/£36.50, which took 2 hours.
Day 1: Arrive in Cebu
Arrive in Cebu airport, and make your way down to Moalboal. Moalboal is a coastal town and a very popular diving spot.
You can get cash out at the ATMs once you get to the airport (fee of 250 php/£3.80 per transaction). We recommend getting a SIM card too (cost: 800 php/£12 for 15 days).
Grab some dinner once you get to Moalboal, and have an early night before your adventures the next day!
Day 2: Explore waterfalls in the south - Inambakan, Dao falls
You can use Moalboal as a base to explore waterfalls in the area. If you head further south for an hour, you'll reach Inambakan falls. Once you see the seven eleven, turn left. The road is bumpy to begin with but smooths out quickly.
There are 4 levels at the falls, and we loved them all! If you are a keen jumper, head to the 4th level where it is safe to jump.
Inambakan falls fees
Parking: 15 php/£0.20
Entrance fee: 50 php/£0.70
A guide is not mandatory here, although they initially tried to say it was.
After a morning at Inambakan falls, travel a further 20 minutes south to Dao falls. It takes another 20 minutes to walk to the top of the falls and this involved crossing a bridge and wading through shallow water. The walk itself is fun, but the falls aren't quite as impressive as Inambakan. Still worth visiting if you are in the area.
Dao falls fees
Parking: 20 php/£0.30
Entrance fee: 60 php/£0.90
Guide: 100 php/£1.50 (A guide is mandatory here)
Day 3: Kawasan falls
Head to Kawasan falls very early in the morning. If you get there by 8 am, it should still be pretty empty. If you are heading to Kawasan falls from Moalboal, it is pretty easy to get to. From the main road, watch out for signs along the coast. It takes 30 minutes from Moalboal, and the sign for the falls should be on the left.
From the parking area, it is a 15 minute walk to reach the bottom of the falls. There is a small shop here selling snacks and drinks - these were reasonably priced.
Keep walking up around the waterfall, you'll reach the springs. Spend some time on the rope swing and slides here - don't miss out on this!
Guides here are optional, but not necessary.
Kawasan fall fees
Parking: 50 php/£0.70
Day 4: Travel to your next island
Cebu connects to many other islands, which makes it a great place to start your travels. You can either head back up to Cebu city to catch a flight or ferry, or head south to Liloan port (where there were many friendly locals!). A great island to visit after Cebu is Siquijor, which is just 2.5-3 hours away by ferry(costs 200 php/£3.00). Check out our guide on how to spend 5 days in Siquijor.
What else is there to do in Cebu?
3 days in Cebu was not enough!
Other things to do:
- Snorkelling/diving with sardines in Moalboal
- Kabutongan waterfall trek
- Visit Sumilon island - a 20 minute boat ride from Oslob (South)
- Swimming with whale sharks in Oslob
- Casino peak trek