A side-trip after a 2-day business trip…my compulsive decision to extend my stay was both scary and exciting – no concrete plans, just pure adventure. I had doubts at first because my first time in Cebu was very plain. But after seeing the pictures of South Cebu, I booked everything in just one snap.
Here’s my DIY itinerary for 2 days:
3am – I left the hotel and rode a cab going to Cebu South Bus Terminal. First trip (airconditioned Ceres Bus – going to Bato) is at 4am, ticket going to Dalaguete Junction costs 109php.
6am – I arrived at Dalaguete Junction, I rode a habal-habal going to Osmena Peak (200php round trip). The driver waited for me and took care of my backpack. I paid 30php for the environmental fee and was assisted by a local. The trek was difficult because of the cold winds and I only ate a bar of Snickers for breakfast. After 30 minutes, I reached the peak but waited for another 30 minutes for the fog clearing.
Tip: Bring a jacket – too “cool for the summer”
8am: I rode an ordinary bus from Dalaguete to Oslob (35php). I was heading to Tumalog Falls, the bus driver dropped me off at the last stop and I hired a habal-habal for 250php to bring me to Tumalog Falls and Cuartel
Take a dip into the cool water of the falls. The water is stronger during June to February – blame it to the summer heat.
10:30 am – I reached Cuartel, the scorching heat never stopped me. I was also happy because there are no tourists in the area.
Note: Taking photos is not allowed inside.
I was refueled by a bottle of softdrinks and two packs of cloverbits.
11am – The habal-habal driver assisted me to a bus going to Bato (interchange to Moalboal). Ticket costs 34php.
12noon – I reached Bato station and rode an ordinary bus going to Moalboal public market – ticket costs 96php.
2pm- I arrived at Moalboal Backpackers Lodge (50php habal-habal ride from the market)
Dorm type rooms here costs 350php per head but the one that I booked was a private room for 2 with restroom (950php).
After recharging my phone and camera I immediately headed out to search for food.
I was craving for rice or any Cebuano food, but all restaurants here cater to Western Cuisines – and it’s a bit pricey too.
After eating, I checked out the beach front but it looked like Station 3 in Boracay. I decided to maximize the afternoon by going to Kawasan Falls. I hired a habal-habal for 200php, but then discovered that I could have saved at least 80php if I took the bus from the market.
4pm- I reached the entrance of Kawasan Falls and was assisted by a local. I paid 25php for environmental fee and had a chat with kuya Bande (guide) while walking.
The massage was painful but refreshing. Kawasan falls is also the last stop for the Canyoneering activity at Badian.
6:30pm – Dead tired, I arrived at the Lodge. I really felt sleepy but my tummy says eat. I strolled around the neighborhood and dined at Pleasure Principle. I ordered their best seller – Burger Platter, which was good for 2 pax. They used pita instead of buns. The staff were very accommodating and they gave customers free sangria.
8:30pm – I felt feverish and I had an upset tummy. I just forced myself to sleep hoping that that I’ll feel better the next day.
5:30am- I woke up and felt better, took a bath, packed my bag and prepared for my morning beach stroll.
7am- White Beach. I paid a total of 35php for the entrance fees and habal-habal pass.
The beach reminded me of Hannah’s beach at llocos Norte. I stayed here for more than an hour. The sand and the sound of the waves was very soothing. I also had breakfast here – yaaas for rice and real Filipino viands.
9am- Check-out from Moalboal Backpackers Lodge. I rode the first bus that was heading to South Bus Terminal (129php). I had regrets in riding the ordinary bus, window seat, no curtains. The 3-hour ride was torturing.
12noon- I arrived at the bus terminal and rode any jeep number that will go to Colon. I rode another jeep going to Escario St.
1pm- Check-in at my Airbnb accommodation. I stayed for more than an hour to rest and Google my next itinerary (as I said, I had no concrete plans.)
3pm- Late lunch at Larsian. Just one ride away from Escario, I dropped off at Fuentes, Accenture and followed the smoke going to Larsian
Plus, 2 bottles of Pepsi, it costed me 230php but it was very delicious!
4pm- I rode a jeep going to JY Mall, and asked the habal-habal driver to drive me to Temple of Leah. However, he said that there is also a flower garden uphill. After few negotiations, I got a package for both places at 350php
Entrance fee costs 20php. Most of the flowers are withered due to the heat.
Entrance fee is 50php. The temple is an undying love tribute of Ellen Adarna’s grandparents. The structure and gods were patterned in the Greek Mythology
6pm- I was dropped off at IT Park. I strolled at their weekend market. I thought I was at BGC, Taguig.
7pm- Dinner at La Vie Parisienne
A romantic dinner for one. I never felt so alone. Thank God for the handsome French waiter.
8pm- Dessert at Cafe Talk.
I made sure I get to dine at another cafe in Cebu City. Luckily, there’s one near my Airbnb accommodation.
I ordered their best seller Java Frappuccino and icecream waffle. Each room has an outlet and they have a fast wifi too. The cafe closes at 1am.
I returned to my accommodation past 10pm and prepared for my early flight the next day.
2 days were just a blur, I did admit that I felt lonely, but I felt fulfilled and independent and I am very thankful that I was safe during my journey.