north cebu itinerary 2023

North Cebu Itinerary 2024: 8D7N DIY Itinerary and Budget (Bantayan, Virgin, Malaspascua, Kalanggaman, Camotes Islands)

Our North Cebu Itinerary 2023 for 8 days and 7 nights includes Bantayan Island, Malapascua Island, Virgin Island, Camotes Islands, Kalanggaman Island, and more.
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North Cebu is home to world-class white sand beaches, opulent dive sites, and diverse caves. Our North Cebu Itinerary 2023 outlines a timetable for 8 days and 7 nights of travel and a breakdown of expenses.

Based on Cebu’s Cebu’s geography, the best way to explore Cebu is to divide it into two: South Cebu and North Cebu.

Many tourists prefer going south first before heading north. To me, it doesn’t really matter. Unless you are traveling to Siquijor or Dumaguete after Cebu, in this case, South Cebu should go later since gateways to these places are in the south.

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At the end of this guide, you will know the total budget for this North Cebu itinerary.

Our North Cebu Itinerary 2023 touches on the following tourist spots in North Cebu:

  • Camotes Islands (Tulang Diot Island, Bukilat Cave, Santiago Bay Beach, more)
  • Malapascua Island (Bounty Beach, Langob Beach, Lapus-Lapus Cliff, more)
  • Kalanggaman Island (side trip from Malapascua Island)
  • Bantayan Island (Kota Beach, Paradise Beach, Baigad Lagoon, Virgin Island, Hilantagaan Island, more)

Five days and four nights would be the minimum number of days I recommend exploring the best of North Cebu. If you have more time on your hands, I recommend spending more days discovering the depths of these tourist destinations.

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What Is Northern Cebu Known for?

North Cebu is home to many of the best beaches in Cebu. Tourists come to North Cebu because of its islands. The most popular ones are Bantayan Island, Malapascua Island, and Camotes Islands. Aside from white sand beaches and picturesque islands, North Cebu also offers some of the most fun activities such as skydiving in Bantayan, diving with thresher sharks in Malapascua, cliff-diving in Camotes, and safari tour in Carmen.

What to Do in North Cebu

North Cebu offers many fun activities. The most popular things to do in North Cebu include beach-hopping, island-hopping, cave-hopping, skydiving, kite-surfing, cliff-diving, safari tour, scuba diving, and more.

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North Cebu Itinerary for 8 Days and 7 Nights

Here’s our ultimate 8D7N North Cebu Itinerary 2023!

DAY 1 (ARRIVAL + CAMOTES)ACTIVITYBUDGET
7:00 – 8:00MyBus to SM City Cebu50 PHP (~1 USD)
8:00 – 8:30Taxi to Cebu Pier 1100 PHP (~2 USD)
6:00 – 7:30Cebu Pier 1 to Poro Port in Camotes (Oceanjet trips at 6:00 am, 3:00 pm)880 PHP (~16 USD)
7:30 – 8:00Port to hotel500 PHP (~10 USD) scooter for 1 day + 300 PHP (~12 USD) gas
8:00 – 8:30Leave bags, check in at Azure Camotes Resort Hotel, breakfast3,000 PHP (~60 USD) for 2 nights
8:30 – 9:00Breakfast150 PHP (~3 USD)
9:00 – 5:00Poro Island Tour
Buho Rock Resort20 PHP
Bukilat Cave20 PHP
Lunch150 PHP (~3 USD)
Santiago Bay BeachFree
6:00 – 7:00Dinner150 PHP (~3 USD)

NOTE: You can also charter a private vehicle to take you to Danao Port from Cebu City or Mactan Airport. Book a Private Intercity Transfer here!

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DAY 2 (CAMOTES)ACTIVITYBUDGET
7:00 – 5:00Pacijan Island Tour
Heminsulan BeachFree
Breakfast150 PHP (~3 USD)
Mangodlong Rock Resort40 PHP
Amazing Island Cave75 PHP
Paraiso Cave35 PHP
Lunch150 PHP (~3 USD)
Heaven Cave60 PHP
Lake Danao15 PHP
Bakhaw BeachFree
Timubo Cave15 PHP
Tulang Diot Island (Take a boat from Tulang Dako Beach)40 PHP boat fee + 10 PHP environmental fee
7:00Dinner150 PHP (~3 USD)
DAY 3 (BANTAYAN)ACTIVITYBUDGET
7:00 – 7:30Breakfast, check out150 PHP (~3 USD)
7:30 – 8:00Habal-habal/tricycle to Consuelo Port100 PHP (~2 USD)
8:30 – 10:30Ferry to Danao Port340 PHP (~6.5 USD)
11:00 – 2:00Bus to Hagnaya Port220 PHP (~4 USD)
Lunch (next bus stop)150 PHP (~3 USD)
2:30 – 3:30Ferry to Santa Fe Port, Bantayan Island380 PHP (~7 USD)
3:30 – 4:00Scooter to hotel600 PHP (~12 USD) scooter for 2 days + 300 PHP (~6 USD) gas
4:00 – 4:30Leave bags, check in at SMAK’s Hotel4,500 PHP (~90 USD) for 3 nights
4:30 – 5:30Sunset at Kota BeachFree
7:00Dinner150 PHP (~3 USD)
8:00Party at Hr Musicbar

NOTE: You can also charter a private vehicle to take you to Hagnaya Port from Cebu City or Mactan Airport. Book a Private Intercity Transfer here!

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DAY 4 (BANTAYAN)ACTIVITYBUDGET
7:30 – 8:00Breakfast150 PHP (~3 USD)
8:00 – 4:00DIY Bantayan Island Hopping Tour
Baigad Lagoon100 PHP entrance, 100 PHP boat (2 way)
Virgin Island200 PHP entrance, 1,500 PHP boat for 5 pax (2-way)
Lunch150 PHP (~3 USD)
Snorkeling off Hilantagaan IslandFree
7:00 – 8:00Dinner at The Hungry Beach Co150 PHP (~3 USD)
8:00Live band at TapaMaster Bantayan Island

NOTE: You may book a packaged island hopping tour in Bantayan Island through your hotel. Or, go directly to Santa Fe Tourism Office to arrange an accredited boat transfer to Virgin Island or a cheaper Bantayan Island hopping tour.

DAY 5 (BANTAYAN ISLAND)ACTIVITYBUDGET
8:30 – 9:00Breakfast150 PHP (~3 USD)
9:00 – 5:30DIY Bantayan Island Coastal Tour
Ogtong Cave Pool100 PHP (~2 USD)
The RuinsFree
Sandira Beach60 PHP
Omagieca Mangrove Garden55 PHP
Bantayan Market
Sunset at Sugar Beach/Bobel BeachFree
7:00Dinner at Coucou Bar150 PHP (~3 USD)
DAY 6 (MALAPASCUA)ACTIVITYBUDGET
7:00Breakfast, check out150 PHP (~3 USD)
8:00Habal-habal/tricycle to Santa Fe Port (Or charter a boat to take you directly to Malapascua)50 PHP (~1 USD)
8:30-9:00Ferry to Hagnaya Port305 PHP (~6 USD)
9:00 – 9:30Bus to Don Pedro Junction in Bogo City50 PHP (~1 USD)
9:30 – 10:00Bus or tricycle to Maya Port50 PHP (~1 USD)
10:00 – 10:45Boat to Malapascua Island200 PHP (~4 USD) boat fee, 75 PHP (~1.5 USD) environmental fee
10:45 – 11:00Walk to hotel
11:00 – 11:30Check in at Hippocampus Beach Resort3,000 PHP (~30 USD) for 2 nights
11:00 – 12:00Lunch150 PHP (~3 USD)
12:00 – 5:00DIY Malapascua Island Tour
Bounty BeachFree
Langob BeachFree entrance, 50 PHP habal-habal fare
Guimbitayan BeachFree entrance, 50 PHP habal-habal fare
Lapus Lapus CliffFree
Sunset at Malapascua LighthouseFree
6:00 – 7:00Dinner150 PHP (~3 USD)
8:00Party at Hippocampus Beach Resort

NOTE: If you want to learn scuba diving, you may have to stay 1-2 days more in the island.

DAY 7 (MALAPASCUA ISLAND + KALANGGAMAN ISLAND)ACTIVITYBUDGET
8:00 – 8:30Breakfast150 PHP (~3 USD)
8:30 – 11:00Boat to Kalanggaman Island (Ask your hotel about the community-organized trip to Kalanggaman Island!)1,000 PHP (~24 USD) boat (2 way) per pax, 500 (~10 USD) environmental fee for foreign tourists, 150 (~3 USD) for locals
11:00 – 2:00Kalanggaman Island (Trips to Kalanggaman come with lunch.
2:00 – 4:00Boat to Malapascua Island
7:00 – 8:00Dinner150 PHP (~3 USD)
8:00Chill at Hippocampus Beach Resort

NOTE: You can also charter a private vehicle to take you to Maya Port from Cebu City or Mactan Airport. Book a Private Intercity Transfer here!

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DAY 8 (DEPARTURE)ACTIVITYBUDGET
8:00 – 8:30Breakfast, check out150 PHP (~3 USD)
9:00 – 10:00Boat to Maya Port200 PHP (~4 USD)
10:00 – 2:00Bus to Cebu City300 PHP (~6 USD)
Lunch (next bus top)150 PHP (~3 USD)
2:00 – 2:30Taxi to hotel150 PHP (~3 USD)
7:00Dinner150 PHP (~3 USD)

Where to Stay in Camotes Islands

For more details, check out the Best Resorts in Camotes Islands!

Where to Stay in Bantayan Island

For more details, check out the Best Resorts in Bantayan Island!

Where to Stay in Malapascua Island

For more details, check out the Best Resorts in Malapascua Island!

North Cebu Budget

The estimated budget for our North Cebu Itinerary is around 22,980 PHP (~411 USD), including meals, transportation between islands, scooter rentals and gas, accommodation, tour fees, entrance fees, and environmental fees.

The budget for a decent Filipino meal at local restaurants and eateries is 150 PHP (~3 USD). You can definitely spend more or less on food, depending on your taste, appetite, and diet.

The budget for the accommodation per night is set at 1,500 PHP (~30 USD) which is usually good for two with complimentary breakfast. You can find budget accommodations in Bantayan Island, Malapascua Island, and Camotes Islands for 500 PHP (~10 USD) per night.

We did not take transportation within the islands into account, assuming you are renting a scooter. A scooter for rent costs 500 PHP (~10 USD) in Camotes Islands and Malapascua Island and 300 PHP (~6 USD) in Bantayan Island. A liter of gas costs around 70 PHP (~1.5 USD).

Overall, here’s the total expense for a North Cebu trip:

Meals150 PHP x 3 meals x 8 days3,600 PHP
Accommodation1,500 PHP x 7 nights12,000 PHP
Scooter in Camotes500 x 2 days1,000 PHP
Scooter in Bantayan300 x 2 days600 PHP
Scooter in Malapascua500 x 1 day500 PHP
Gas70 PHP x 6 liters420 PHP
Tours, fees, and other expenses4,860 PHP
TOTAL22,980 PHP (~411 USD)

You can drastically cut down your expenses by choosing cheaper accommodations and doing DIY tours. If you are looking for a more affordable North Cebu itinerary, please let me know in the comments so I can create one.

North Cebu Travel Guide

If you are still planning for your trip to North Cebu, be sure to check out our North Cebu Travel Guide for more detailed information on what to do and what to see, including the top things to do, the best beaches, and how to get there.

If you heading to South Cebu too, these posts can help you prepare for your trip:

If you have questions, drop them in the comments. I will get back to you ASAP!

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Mario Manlupig
Mario Manlupig

Mario is the Founder of CEBU INSIDER. In March 2018, he left his full-time job at the Philippines' biggest TV network and became a digital nomad, traveling all over the country until the pandemic happened. He now calls Cebu City his home.

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