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Exploring Southern Cebu: Badian, Oslob, Sumilon

If you have been to the island of Cebu but have not gone to Badian, Oslob, or Sumilon, then you just missed visiting three of the best parts of the island.

Last weekend, one of my closest friends, along with two of his girl friends and I went on a road trip from Cebu City to the southern part of the island of Cebu. Although I have been to most of the locations listed in the itinerary he presented, I didn’t hesitate to join them. After all, I’m a Weekend Warrior; I don’t say NO to adventures.

We initially agreed to depart for Badian at 10 o’clock in the morning of Saturday. This will give us time, upon arriving in Badian, to explore some hidden waterfalls. Or at least that was the plan. Unfortunately though, no thanks to a night of partying and heavy traffic in the morning, we ended up leaving the city at around 1:30PM.

Badian

Our first stop was Lambug beach in Badian where we arrived at around 5:30PM. We immediately asked around for available rooms in the resorts but unfortunately, they were all fully-booked. Good thing we brought tents. We set up camp along the beach after dinner and once everything was settled, we spent the rest of the evening looking at the cosmos.

The Cosmos
The Cosmos

The following day, we decided to leave the beach early and head to Kawasan Falls. Unluckily though, when we were about to drive away, one of the locals pointed that one of the rear tires was flat. It took us maybe at least 30 minutes to unload the stuff in the rear compartment, get the spare tire, switch it with the flat one, place it in the rear compartment, and then put the stuff back. Another 30 minutes was spent looking for a vulcanizing shop. We decided to leave the flat tire there and just come back for it in the afternoon.

We arrived in Kawasan Falls at around 9:45AM, took some photos, enjoyed the almost-ice-cold turquoise water, took more photos, had lunch, and by 1PM, we were ready for our next destination.

kawasan Falls
Kawasan Falls

Our next plan was to go back to Lambug beach for a quick tour to see what’s it like in daylight before going to Aguinid Falls in Samboan. Sadly though, one of the girls wanted to rest as she was experiencing excruciating pain in her tooth so we had to dump our plan and proceed to the rest house which was around 30-45 minutes away.

By around 4PM we were ready to go to Aguinid Falls but immediately realized that the sun was setting really fast and chances are that by the time we get to where the falls was, it would already be dark. So instead, we opted to shoot some sunset time lapse video in one of the beaches where we arrived just in time for the golden hour.

Sunset in Samboan
Sunset in Samboan

Oslob

On our 3rd and last day, we headed to the eastern side of the island (Samboan, where we stayed the previous night, was at the west side, thus the sunset). Getting to the other side would take us at least an hour to get there so we decided to depart really early. This time, as early as 6AM. But just as we were driving away from the house, we discovered that one of the front tires was flat (again!). So we immediately swapped the tires and after 30 minutes, we were already on our way.

We arrived in the Whale Shark Watching Center just a little before 7:30AM and there were already lots of tourists in the place. We signed up right away so we can join the orientation and get the whole thing done over with.

Swimming with the Whale Shark
Swimming with the Whale Shark

It was only a little past 8AM when we were done with the whale shark encounter. Since we had plenty of time to spare before we leave for our next destination, we decided to have breakfast at a nearby cafeteria. Our local guide led us to Big J’s International & Local Cuisine which was only less than a hundred meters away from the whale shark center. One hour later, we were already on our way to our next destination: Sumilon Island.

Big J's International & Local Cuisine
Big J’s International & Local Cuisine
Big J's International & Local Cuisine
Big J’s International & Local Cuisine

Sumilon

Fifteen minutes off the coast of Brgy. Bangcogon, Oslob, Cebu lies this small island with a beautiful sand bar and coral-rich waters. A day-tour of the island is enough to enjoy its crystal-clear waters but if you feel you want to experience and explore more of it, you may book a room at Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort.

After almost two hours of snorkeling, lying in the sand bar, and enjoying the crystal-clear waters, we decided to head back to the mainland. It was already around 11:45AM, just in time for lunch.

Snorkeling in Sumilon Island
Snorkeling in Sumilon Island
Snorkeling in Sumilon Island
Snorkeling in Sumilon Island
Snorkeling in Sumilon Island
Snorkeling in Sumilon Island
Crystal-clear to turquoise to deep blue waters
Crystal-clear to turquoise to deep blue waters

Bonus: Brgy. Tan-awan

After having a sumptuous lunch, we then headed up north, back to Brgy. Tanawan, where Tumalog Falls is. Tumalog Falls is just one of the many falls around the southern tip of Cebu. Getting there wasn’t that hard for us because we had a private car. I imagine you would have to arrange with the locals to get you where the falls is if you are only commuting.

SIDE NOTE: We arrived at around 1:30PM and the tall trees were already blocking the sunlight so if you want to take beautiful photos of the falls, I suggest that you come earlier.

Tumalog Falls
Tumalog Falls
Tumalog Falls
Tumalog Falls

By 2:30PM, we agreed we’ve had enough of the falls’ chilling fresh water (although I swear I could stay longer if possible) and decided to head back to the rest house where we arrived just before 4PM.

Two hours later and after getting some fresh shower, some rest, and packing our things, we headed home to Cebu City. On the way, we stopped by at Moalboal to have dinner at Chili Bar. We safely arrived (without flat tires, thank God) in the city 10 minutes before 11 o’clock in the evening.

All in all, it was a cool weekend adventure and although we encountered a couple of hiccups along the way (damn flat tires!), it was still fun and I was just happy I was able to take cool photos and write about it.

Expenses

  • Camping at Lambug beach: P200.00 per tent
  • Kawasan Falls environmental fee: P20.00 per person
  • Whale shark encounter: P300.00 (for watching only), P500.00 (for snorkeling)
  • Boat to Sumilon Island: P1,500.00 (max of 10 pax)
  • Sumilon Island environmental fee: P50.00 per person
  • Tumalog Falls environmental fee: P20.00 per person

Contact person (Sumilon Island boat guide): Luper – 0905 864 6931

More photos of can be found in my Facebook page: TheWeekendWarriorPH

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