South Cebu Travel Guide 2024: Tourist Spots, Things to Do, Beaches, Itinerary, and Budget

Our South Cebu Travel Guide highlights the must-visit tourist spots, the best things to do, and itinerary and budget in South Cebu. Check it out!
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South Cebu boasts some of the most popular outdoor activities in Cebu. Whether you want to chase waterfalls or swim with gigantic whale sharks, we got you covered. Our South Cebu Travel Guide highlights everything you need to know about traveling to this side of Cebu, including:

  • Must-visit tourist spots in South Cebu
  • Best things to do in South Cebu
  • South Cebu itinerary and budget

5 Tourist Spots in South Cebu

When visiting South Cebu, these tourist spots and destinations should be high on your list:

1. Moalboal

Moalboal is one of the best places to visit in Cebu known for its underwater wonders. Right off the coast of Panagsama Beach, millions of sardines can be found. On the shallow part of the water, you will also find massive green sea turtles hunting for food. If you are lucky enough, you might be able to chance upon a gigantic whale shark.

Read these useful guides about Moaboal:

Panagsama Beach Moalboal - Things to Do in South Cebu
Coral reefs, a green sea turtle, and millions of sardines found in Moalboal, Cebu

2. Badian

Badian is famous for canyoneering. Among all the tourist spots in Badian, Kawasan Falls is the most popular. Kawasan Falls is a three-tier waterfall oozing with coral-blue natural spring water. Get the Badian Canyoneering Guided Tour!

Canyoneering in Badian Cebu
Tourists enjoy canyoneering in from Kanlaob Falls in Alegria to Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu

3. Oslob

Oslob is popular for whale sharks. Swimming with them is the main tourist attraction in town. Tumalog Falls is also worth visiting. If you are looking for a private guided tour, check out Oslob Whale Shark Watching Tour!

Whale Shark in Oslob - Things to Do in South Cebu
A giant whale shark and Tumalog Falls in Oslob, Cebu

4. Sumilon Island

Located a few kilometers off the shore of Oslob, Sumilon Island is a marine protected area known for its shifting white sandbar. It is also home to the only hotel in the island, the Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort. Entry to the island is limited. Ensure your visit and get the Bluewater Sumilon Day Pass!

sumilon island - best islands in cebu
Sumilon Island in Oslob, Cebu from different perspectives

5. Pescador Island

Situated a few kilometers off the coast of Moalboal, Pescador Island is known for its vibrant coral reefs and marine life. If you go scuba diving, you might be able to find hammerhead sharks and white-tip sharks. Get the Pescador Island Hopping Private Tour!

Pescador Island - South Cebu Travel Guide
An aerial shot of Pescador Island’s snorkeling spot

5 Best Things to Do in South Cebu

You will never run out of things to do in South Cebu. Here are some tourist-friendly activities down south:

1. Snorkeling

South Cebu a quite a few snorkeling spots. In Moalboal, the reef in Panagsama Beach, White Beach, and Pescador Island are known to have wonderful marine life. Sumilon Island, Alegria, Badian, and Samboan also have some snorkeling spots.

2. Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is everywhere in South Cebu. Moalboal, in particular, has many diving spots. Unbeknownst to many, the towns of Samboan, Badian, and Santander as well as Sumilon Island also have rich diving spots.

3. Canyoneering

Canyoneering in Badian and Alegria is one of the most popular things to do in Cebu. Don’t miss it! Join this Badian Canyoneering Guided Tour!

4. Chasing Waterfalls

One thing that is all over South Cebu is waterfalls. We highly recommend visiting Mantayupan Falls in Barili, Cambais Falls and Kanlaob Falls in Alegria, Tumalog Falls in Oslob, Kawasan Falls in Badian, Dao Falls and Aguinid Falls in Samboan, and Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan.

5. Taking Extreme Rides

If you are looking for thrilling rides in Cebu, go to Anjo World Theme Park. They have 12 world-class rides you can enjoy, including  Viking, Boomerang, Tower Drop, Space Shuttle, and the giant Ferris Wheel. Get your ticket here!

Best White Sand Beaches in South Cebu

South Cebu does not have as many white sand beaches as North Cebu. Nevertheless, there’s enough for you to bask in the sun at. Here are some of the best beaches in South Cebu.

  1. Lambug Beach (Badian)
  2. Hermit’s Cove (Aloguinsan)
  3. Basdaku or White Beach (Moalboal)
  4. Tingko Beach (Alcoy)
  5. Sumilon Island
  6. Mahayahay Beach (Argao)
Beaches in South Cebu - South Cebu Travel Guide
Lambug Beach in Badian (top left), Sumilon Island (top right), Mahayahay Beach in Argao (bottom left), Tingko Beach in Alcoy (bottom right)

South Cebu Itinerary and Budget

The best way to explore Cebu is to divide it into two parts: North Cebu and South Cebu. the strength of South Cebu lies in its outdoor activities.

If you want to explore the best of South Cebu, check out our South Cebu Itinerary for 6 Days and 5 Nights. This covers places like Moalboal, Badian, Oslob, Sumilon Island, Alegria, Malabuyoc, Ginatilan, and Samboan. The budget for this trip is around 19,500 PHP (~360 USD) which, of course, you can definitely adjust based on your style of travel.

If you are strapped for time, read our South Cebu Itinerary for 2 Days. This covers Moalboal and Badian only. The budget for this trip is around 8,500 PHP (~153 USD). Again, you can always adjust the budget based on your style of travel.

If you are looking for a comfortable private tour around the best tourist spots in South Cebu and Metro Cebu, get this 3-Day Cebu Highlights Tour. This trip includes swimming with whale sharks in Oslob and turtles and sardines in Moalboal, canyoneering in Badian and Alegria, a visit to Sumilon Island, trekking Aguinid Falls in Samboan, and a tour around Cebu City and Mactan.

South Cebu Travel Guide

That’s a wrap for our South Cebu Travel Guide. Continue the fun and head to North Cebu. Visit our North Cebu Travel Guide.

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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