Exploring South Cebu: A Backpacking Trip (Part 1 of 4)

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Cebu is an island province in the Philippines that is rich in history and a lot of great places to go to. I had the opportunity to travel to Cebu twice in the past but it was mostly just around the city. Visited sites like the Magellan’s Cross, Basilica del Santo Niño, Fort San Pedro and museums around Colon street–the oldest street in the country. Before, I was like, “Yeah, I’ve been to Cebu. I’ve seen the places.” only to find out that I was wrong. Cebu has a lot… and I mean A LOT… to offer and I have never even scratched the surface yet.

The moment my friends and I booked our plane ticket a couple of months back I was already very excited. I was already imagining what we would do once we get there. I’m a sucker for everything historical–old churches, old municipal halls, museums with historical artifacts–so this was the perfect time to go to those places. My friends also wanted to do adventurous things so we had to meet halfway. Grace Kelly, one of my closest friends, came up with a detailed itinerary that had everything that we wanted. We agreed that it will be a backpacking trip and just for the fun of it we called ourselves “The Backpackers”. Great huh? hahaha

We were on different flight schedules going to Cebu. On November 29, Saturday, Eloise and Mark departed 3 hours earlier. Kelly and I were on the same flight but we were delayed for an hour. Another friend of ours, Joy, followed on December 1st. And another one, Ms. Ricah, who was also on a different flight, met with us during our last night in Cebu. However, due to an airline schedule change we were on the same flight back to Davao. Yeah!

Here are the details of our trip that I want to share to everyone based on our itinerary.

OFF TO THE QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH
Cebu City to Moalboal

Since it was backpacking trip we decided that riding a Taxi was not an option. It was not hard to ask for directions from the locals since we spoke the same language. Eloise and Mark provided the instructions on what route to take and what jeepney to ride from the airport going to the South Bus Terminal. It was more or less a 2-hour bus ride from Cebu City to Moalboal (a municipality) where we stayed for two nights.

Moalboal is a diving spot so there were a lot of foreigners there. We stayed at Moalboal Backpacker Lodge which we booked ahead of time and we were able to get a discount. There were a lot inns and lodging houses there but I suggest you book in advance because it’s packed with people from all over the place. It’s a great place and it’s just a couple of steps away from the ocean. It doesn’t have a shoreline unlike places like Boracay, but it’s a perfect place for snorkeling. You would immediately see corals and fishes are all around like they don’t care at all.

View of the ocean. You can just use a snorkeling mask or rent it there from the locals for only P150 and you can snorkel the whole day if you want. You might even get to see Sea Turtles if you are on the right spot.

View of the ocean. You can just use a snorkeling mask or rent it there from the locals for only P150 and you can snorkel the whole day if you want. You might even get to see Sea Turtles if you are on the right spot.

 

WE CHASED WATERFALLS
Off to Kawasan Falls

The morning after our first night stay in Moalboal was our schedule to go to Kawasan Falls. It was in Badian, another municipality which was just a few minutes away from Moalboal. You can ride a bus going there but we chose to ride a tricycle. When we got there we were informed by the local officials that the falls was closed because it flooded around three days ago due to bad weather condition. There were also a lot of people from Manila who were there only to find out that it was closed. But after a couple of minutes waiting there they finally allowed everyone to enter as long as they get a guide–for a fee. Usually they would charge P300 but we haggled and only paid P150. It was a 10 to 15-minute walk to the falls and we could really see the damage as a result of the flood along the way. But we forgot all those when we got there.

The Kawasan Falls in Badian.

The Kawasan Falls in Badian.


The falls has three layers and where we were was the lowest part. We were not allowed to go the second and first layer since it was not safe. Rocks and other debris blocked the way up. Better safe than sorry. We spent more than an hour there swimming and taking pictures. We noticed that people were starting to arrive and it got crowded already to we decided to head back to Moalboal for lunch. Went to the beach for a moment then went back to to the lodge. We spent our second night there and prepared for the adventure the following day.

That was day 1 of our backpacking trip. Will continue with day 2 until day 4 on the next blogs. Hope you will follow our adventure. 🙂

Up next: Travel through history.

Up next: Travel through history.

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