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 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.
OVERVIEW – SOUTH CEBU TOURIST SPOTS
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
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.
I recommend pre-booking a Kawasan Falls Tour Package online with Viator which includes return transfers from your accommodation in Moalboal so you won’t need to worry about the logistics.
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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.
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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.
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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 Stegosaurus 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 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 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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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 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 from which you can climb up and jump, 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 relatively 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.
Full Blog Post → Binalayan Hidden Falls
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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 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.
Full Blog Post → Swimming With Whale Sharks In Cebu
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 Viator 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 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, an 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 the 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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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.
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 us as we navigated our way toward 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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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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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 is 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.
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.
The level up from here was my favorite because there are several cliff-jumping spots into a number of refreshing rock pools.
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 with the water and adds to the tranquility of this epic South Cebu tourist spot.
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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.
The Tumalog Falls entrance fee is 50 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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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!
TOURIST SPOTS IN SOUTH CEBU – FAQ
Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions from first-time visitors!
HOW TO GET TO SOUTH CEBU?
The best way how to get to South Cebu is from Cebu City to Moalboal on the public bus from South Cebu Bus Terminal in Cebu City.
There are hourly departures to Moalboal 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.
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HOW TO GET AROUND SOUTH CEBU?
There are a couple of options on how to get around 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 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.
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.
SOUTH CEBU TOURIST SPOTS MAP
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WHERE TO STAY IN SOUTH CEBU
The best area to stay to visit all of the tourist spots in South Cebu is 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 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, located a stone’s throw away from the ocean. Features included a pool, a restaurant and bar, free wifi, and ocean views.
There are double rooms, triple rooms, family rooms, and bungalows available at Dolphin House Resort.
It’s recommended for families, friends, or couples looking for a luxurious stay.
Mid Range: Pescadores Seaview Suites
One of the most recommended places to stay in Moalboal, 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.
It’s a great place to stay for friends or couples.
Budget: Chief Mau Hostel
The best budget accommodation in Moalboa and is centrally located just minutes from the beach.
Chief Mau Hostel offers dorm rooms and private rooms with free wifi. 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.
For solo travelers, couples, or friends on a budget, this is the spot for you.
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