South Cebu is one of my favorite locations in the Philippines! There are so many awesome South Cebu Tourist Spots to keep you entertained for a week or two. South Cebu boasts epic waterfalls, panoramic viewpoints, swimming with whale sharks, and much more!
I have put together this complete guide of 11 Best South Cebu Tourist Spots including where to find them and what to expect at each one.
Also in this guide, I’ve included other useful information on how to get to South Cebu, where to stay in South Cebu, how to get around, and the best time to visit.
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See below for a brief overview of the 11 Best Tourist Spots In South Cebu that you will find in this post:
- Kawasan Falls Canyoneering
- Osmena Peak
- Casino Peak
- Binalayan Hidden Falls
- Swimming With Whale Sharks
- Sumilon Island
- Dao Falls
- Aguinid Falls
- Inambakan Falls
- Tumalog Falls
- Swim With Sardines In Moalboal
Inambakan Falls in South Cebu
11 BEST SOUTH CEBU TOURIST SPOTS
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 South Cebu itinerary!
Kawasan Falls is located just 45 minutes drive from Moalboal in South Cebu.
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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 meters up to fourteen meters. 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 at this epic Cebu south tourist spot.
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Cliff jumping at Kawasan Falls
Kawasan Canyoneering – South Cebu Tourist Spot
Osmeña Peak is most famous for being the highest point on Cebu Island and a must-see during your visit! Due to Osmeña Peak being so popular, the best time to visit is early in the morning for sunrise, and this way you will beat the crowds.
If you would like to book a tour to Osmena Peak there is one that I can highly recommend which also includes the famous Kawasan Falls. It’s a full-day tour that starts in Cebu City with a hotel pick up, a guided tour to Osmena Peak plus Kawasan Falls, and then returning back to Cebu City. All this for less than $30 USD!
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If you visit Osmena Peak without a tour the entrance fee is 30 pesos. 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 Cebu south tourist spots… 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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The amazing Osmena Peak
The Casino Peak hike, often referred to as Lugsangan Peak, is 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 and I highly recommend adding it to your list of South Cebu tourist spots to see!
There is a narrow ridge along the top of Casino Peak that you can walk across but do so at your own risk and please watch your step.
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Casino Peak in Cebu
Casino Peak Viewpoint
BINALAYAN HIDDEN FALLS
Binalayan Falls, also referred to as Binalayan Hidden Falls, is one of the best Cebu waterfalls and I highly recommend adding it to your list!
Binalayan Falls is located in Samboan in South Cebu. From Oslob, it’s a 30-minute drive and from Moalboal it’s approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes drive to reach Binalayan Falls.
There are half a dozen waterfalls in Samboan, South Cebu so if you plan it right you can visit more than one waterfall in one day. An ideal one-day South Cebu itinerary from Moalboal is to first visit Aguinid Falls, secondly Binalayan Hidden Waterfalls and thirdly to Dau Falls.
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 boast a 50ft tall rock face and the flow of water is divided into three separate streams that fill the basin beneath.
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 – Tourist spots in South Cebu
Tree swings at Binalayan Falls
The main falls
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 6 am and 12 pm, 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.
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 whale sharks.
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Oslob Whale Sharks
Whale Shark in Oslob
Whale shark having a munch
Sumilon Island is yet another one of the best South Cebu tourist spots just 20 minutes by boat from Oslob. It’s 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 8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 11:00 am. The return boat from Sumilon Island to Mainland Bancogo departs at 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5:00 pm.
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 the 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 at 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 make the Sumilon sandbar so pristine.
Definitely stick around on Sumilon sandbar for sunset because as I said earlier it’s the best location on the island to watch the last rays of the sun as it sets over the horizon.
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Sumilon Island – Tourist spots in South Cebu
Bluewater Sumilon Resort
My visit to Dao Falls in Samboan was low-key one of the best adventures I had in South Cebu and I highly recommend adding this epic South Cebu tourist spot to your list of places to visit!
So what is so unique about Dao Waterfall? Well, to start with, it is recognized 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. Convinced?!
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.
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 Cebu south tourist spot 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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Bamboo bridge crossing
The main falls
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.
It’s 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.
Aguinid Falls is located in the small village of Samboan in South Cebu. From Oslob, it’s a 30-minute drive and from Moalboal it’s approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes drive 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 in South Cebu
Milky blue rock pools
Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan is at the top of my Best Cebu Waterfalls list for a couple of good reasons! One is the blue gatorade-colored springs and jungle surrounds at this location and two because there are multiple levels at Inambakan Falls which makes this one of the most epic South Cebu tourist spots to explore.
Inambakan Falls is located in the small village of Ginatilan in South Cebu. The falls are best visited from the nearby beach town of Oslob, which is approximately a 45-minute drive. You can also visit Inambakan Falls from Moalboal and this drive takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
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.
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 South Cebu tourist spot.
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Rock jumping at Inambakan Falls
Tumalog Falls in Oslob is one of the most popular tourist spots on the island! A visit to Tumalog Falls is typically combined with the Oslob Whale Shark Tour which is another great activity you can add to your itinerary!
There is one tour that I can recommend which is a full-day trip from Cebu City and it includes swimming with whale sharks in Oslob and a visit to Tumalog Falls.
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The Tumalog Falls entrance fee is 20 pesos if you plan to visit without a tour and the opening times are Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 5 pm.
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.
I recommend spending around 1 hour at Tumalog Waterfalls before continuing on to explore more tourist spots in South Cebu.
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Tumalog Falls in South Cebu
The beautiful Tumalog Falls
SWIM WITH SARDINES IN MOALBOAL
Last but not least is the Sardine Run in Moalboal is a once in a lifetime experience and not to be missed! Imagine swimming with millions of flashing silver sardines as they circulate around you in an almost hypnotic spectacle.
The Sardine Run is located in Moalboal in South Cebu and the schools of fish can be found just a stone’s throw from the shoreline on the edge of the reef. A common spot where the sardines gather is 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 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 South Cebu tourist attractions not to be missed!
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Sardine Run in Moalboal
Moalboal Sardines – South Cebu Itinerary
WHERE TO STAY IN SOUTH CEBU
The best area to stay to visit all of the tourist spots in South Cebu is in Moalboal which is located on the South East Coast of Cebu Island.
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 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 organized 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! Centrally located just minutes from the beach and a 1-hour drive to Osmena Peak, Chief Mau hostel offers dorm rooms and private rooms for as little as $8. The 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, a 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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HOW TO GET TO SOUTH CEBU
The best way on how to get to South Cebu for example; Cebu City to Moalboal or Cebu City to Oslob, is to take the public bus from South Cebu Bus Terminal in Cebu City.
There are hourly departures to Moalboal and Oslob from South Cebu Bus Terminal starting as early as 5 am.
From Cebu City to South Cebu the journey time is around 3 to 4 hours on the bus and the cost is between 150-200 pesos.
GETTING AROUND SOUTH CEBU
There’s a couple of options on how to get around to all the tourist spots 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 attractions.
If you are not confident driving a scooter, the other option is to ride in a jeepney, tricycle, or habal habal.
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Exploring South Cebu by scooter
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.
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 that can be booked online in advance.
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