Top 5 Tourist Spots in South Cebu

South Cebu is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. If you are looking for adrenaline-pumping adventure, beautiful waterfalls and white sand beaches, South Cebu is the place for you! In this list, I will show you the top 5 tourist spots in south Cebu.

How to get to South Cebu

South Cebu is 100 kilometers away from Mactan Cebu airport and 26 kilometers away from Dumaguete Airport.

From Mactan Cebu airport, you can either ride a public bus or hire a taxi/car to go to South Cebu. Travel time from Mactan Cebu airport to South Cebu is 3 hours and bus fare is P110 ($2.2) 

From Dumaguete airport, go to Simbulan port then ride a ferry going to Oslob. Travel time is 30 minutes and fare is P85 ($1.7)

The best area to stay in South Cebu is in Moalboal. To get a 10% discount on your hotel booking click here.

Getting around south Cebu is easy. You can rent a scooter for P400-500 ($8-10) per day or hire a tricycle or private car.

1. Kawasan Falls

Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls
P1500 ($30) 5 hours duration.

Canyoneering in Kawasan falls is the number 1 must do activity in Cebu.
Canyoneering or canyoning is an outdoor trek that involves traveling down creeks or streams within a canyon through variety of means including walking, swimming, jumping, climbing and cliff diving.

Canyoneering in Kawasan falls is one of the best excursions offered in the Philippines. The main waterfall has become an instagram hotspot for tourists. The 50 feet cliff dive will surely be the highlight of your Cebu trip.

For private Kawasan Canyoneering tour with Cebu city hotel transfer,book your discounted tickets here.

2. Moalboal

Moalboal Island Hopping
P1000 ($20) 5 hours duration

Another popular excursion activity offered in south Cebu is Moalboal Island hopping. The island hopping itinerary includes the Pescador Island, Sardine Run, Turtle sanctuary, and Basdaku White Beach.

Go dolphin watching in Pescador island, swim with thousands of sardines in Sardine run, swim with the turtles in the turtle sanctuary and relax in Basdaku white beach.

3. Osmeña Peak

Osmeña Peak Hike
25-30 minutes hike, P30 ($0.6) entrance fee

Osmeña Peak is famous for being the highest point in Cebu and one of the best South Cebu tourist spots. The best time to visit Osmeña peak is early in the morning for the sunrise and to avoid crowds.

Enjoy the panoramic view of the coastlines on both sides of Cebu and the beautiful hill formations

4. Sumilon Island

Snorkel in Sumilon Island
Boat fare P200-300 ($4-6) entrance fee P50 ($1)

Sumilon Island is the first marine protected area in the Philippines and has been protected as a marine sanctuary since 1974.

This underrated island is known for its white powdery white sand beaches, refreshing crystal blue water and a stunning sandbar that stretches to about a hundred meters.

5. Tumalog Falls

Entrance fee P20

Tumalog Falls is a huge cascading waterfall located in Oslob. It has a mellow curtain of water falling down the face of a monolithic limestone cliff. There is a big swimming area at the base of the waterfall where you can take a dip to cool off.


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31 thoughts on “Top 5 Tourist Spots in South Cebu”

  1. HOLY wow! I can’t wait for the risk to be lifted to travel to some of these places. The views are incredible. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Steven Morrissette

    The vista at Tumalog Falls seems amazing. The color of the water is beautiful. Moalboal Island hopping sounds like a fun activity. Thanks for sharing those awesome activities.

  3. those are some insane photo ops!! the sardines :O WOW!!! but a 3 hour bus ride from the airport seems pretty painful for my legs. maybe i’d go with the airport that has a half hour ferry option.

  4. Wow, thank you for sharing these beautiful places with us! I have to say, I can’t wait for the quarantine to be over, so we can take our baby for it’s first ever vacation.

  5. I love the water color of Kawasan Falls and the Tumalog falls look equally stunning. Can’t wait to plan a trip out to South Cebu now.

  6. Wow all of these places look beautiful. I am loving all the piccys and I would love to do some travel right now x

  7. Oh wow, what an amazing place to visit. These falls look crazy good. I’m putting this to my bucket list.

  8. It sounds amazing I’ve been to the Philippines once but just to Boracay, which was fab. I’ll definitely be putting South Cebu in my list!!

  9. I love them all. I have always wanted to try canyoning, but I wouldn’t be able to do the cliff diving. The rest of it I would love though. The Phillipines has always been on my bucketlist and South Cebu looks absolutely gorgeous with tonnes of activities and adventures.

  10. Oh my goodness! This is paradise on earth! I knew I had to visit the Phillippines someday but wow, just wow. The Tumalog Falls above all took my breath away, but all your pictures are amazing!

    1. South Cebu looks pretty. I really want to get through this lockdown so I can visit these places. Moalboal island hopping tour seems interesting, so Osmena Peak hiking. I really wanna visit this beautiful place.

  11. I think one of the reasons I’ve been put off from visiting the Philippines is the decision about where to go, there seems like so many little island you can visit that it can get overwhelming… so thanks for introducing me to South Cebu!

    1. I completely agree with Pam! What a view! Being stuck at home right now is really making me want to get out and explore nature in a place like south Cebu. I can’t wait until we can also resume adventuring. 🙂

  12. hi
    Kawasan falls visual, took my breath away. Never knew of this unique activity called Canyoneering, I am sure it must be engrossing from how you have described it. Swimming with thousands of sardines in Pescador beach does sound adventurous. How was your experience of a sunrise on Osmena Peak Hike?

  13. Okay this place is definitely going on my bucket list!! Wow it’s so beautiful and the activities definitely aren’t too costly

  14. Oh gosh Philippines is beyond stunning. Looking at all these pictures got us happy of course but so sad that we couldn’t go this year. Can’t wait for the travel ban to be lifted. Cebu particularly is high up on our list and even how gorgeous is the Tumalog Falls, didn’t even know about it until I read your blog!

  15. The views of Cebu are breathtaking. Fantastic places and great tips about what to do in this paradise! I would love to try snorkeling in this beautiful underwater world one day. I would happily take pictures of waterfalls, especially Tumalog Falls. Osmeña Peak Hike fooks as a fantastic experience too.

  16. Subhashish Roy

    Breathtaking destination would really be an understatement. Cebu is gorgeous. The pictures here perhaps depict it beautifully. Beautiful waterfalls and white sand beaches are my favorite spots and I can’t wait to visit this beautiful part of Cebu.

  17. I just want to pack my bags and leave for Cebu right now, that’s how this post made me feel. The Kawasan Falls looks like it’s out of a fairy tale. Definitely planning for Cebu when we are return to normal.

  18. blair villanueva

    I’ve been to Cebu thrice for business trips and never got a chance to be a tourist. I regret not visiting it before the Covid-19 happen, and now I am dreaming of visiting Cebu and stay for a month with my Aussie family. I reckon they will be thrilled with your recommendations.

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