Where to stay in Cebu?

Want to stay in a hostel or resort? Hope my review about my experience during my stay with Moalboal Backpacker Lodge (a budget friendly hostel) and Seafari Resort (a small out-of-the-way paradise with a bit pricey amount) will help you in choosing your accommodation when you visit Cebu. Or, why not stay to both? 🙂

MOALBOAL BACKPACKER LODGE

Moalboal Backpacker Lodge is the only hostel in Moalboal and is located near all of the bars, restaurants, dive shops and the Moalboal beach.

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We stayed for one night in a Private two story studio cottage ‘Red Dragon’ with bathroom and chill-out hammock for 700 pesos (350 each). The room is spacious and clean. It comes with bed linen and towel, free coffee facility and mineral water.

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It’s only a short walk from the beach. Though the beach is not good for swimming. It is also near from Badian, where the Kawasan falls is located. So, if you are planning to try Canyoneering or Diving this place is good for you.

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I highly recommend this place for its affordable price, friendly staff and its good location. This is the best place for backpackers.

Check their website for the updated rates per room.

Location: Panagsama Beach, Basdiot, Moalboal, 6032

How to get there?

  • Take a metered taxi from Mactan International Airport or Cebu Ferry Terminal to Southern Bus Terminal.
  • Then ride a local bus (CERES LINER) to Moalboal (via Barili), bus fare is 107 pesos.
  • Took off at Moalboal bus stop, near the public market you’ll find tricycle and habal-habal (single motor) waiting for passengers. Just asked them to take you at Moalboal Backpacker Lodge. Fare is 70 to 100 pesos depending on your negotiation skills.

SEAFARI RESORT OSLOB

After staying in a Kubo for 2 days we finally got the chance to relax in this little paradise. Seafari Resort is situated in the town of Oslob.

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We stayed here for 1 night as the place is near the whale shark watching area. We arrived at around two in the afternoon and one of the staff helped us carry our bags down the 200+ steep stairs – the resort is set at the bottom facing the ocean. On the way down we are greeted to an exceptional view of the turquoise sea and Sumilon Island from afar.

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Their room rates include breakfast, boat transfer to & from the (Butanding) Whale shark area. The room was satisfactory, clean and spacious, though nothing remarkable.

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Amenities are very nice, they have 2 swimming pools and the other one is an infinity pool. It is small but the view is really spectacular. They have two Jacuzzis one is at the ground and the other is at the 2nd level.

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Food is okay nothing great. I can say that the price is reasonable considering that it’s in a secluded place. During dinner we also arranged our swimming with Butanding for tomorrow. We booked for a 6 AM trip to avoid the crowds. Good thing that they have a free boat transfer going to and from the area. An estimated 10 to 15 minutes travel time going there.

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Visit this link and find out why Swimming with the Butanding is the best thing to do in Cebu.

I still recommend this place for its great view and a close proximity to the whale shark watching area. But, if you’re not planning to visit the Butanding this place is not for you.

To check their room rates and packages visit their website.

Location: Cuancua-ay, Tanawan, Oslob, Oslob, Oslob, Philippines 6025

How to get there?

  • From Moalboal, we ride a bus going to Oslob, bus fare is 70 pesos
  • Took off at Oslob terminal and ride again a bus going to the hotel, bus fare is 30 pesos

Enjoy your stay and happy travels! 🙂

“If we were meant to stay at one place we’d have roots instead of feet.” – Unknown

5 Reasons why swimming with the Butanding is the best thing to do in Cebu

Whale shark or Butanding (commonly known in Filipino) is a slow-moving filter-feeding animal that is considered as the largest fish in the sea, measuring 40 feet or more.  These sharks have very wide mouths which can reach nearly 5 ft. wide and can contain up to 350 rows of teeth. The head is flat and the eyes are located near the front of its head. While these sharks aren’t known to attack humans some speculate that a human could get caught in its large mouth, however even if this were to occur the throat of a whale shark is fairly small and it would be impossible for the shark to consume a person. These shark has even been said to be fairly friendly and playful with divers and may even let a diver hold on for a ride. (facts from whalefacts.org)

Here in the Philippines, there are several places you can go to-to experience whale shark watching/swimming.

So when I planned my Cebu and Bohol trip last June, I made sure to include this in my itinerary. I didn’t regret to do so cause it became the highlight of my Cebuhol Adventure.

Overwhelmed by my experience, I decided to write my top 5 reasons why swimming with the gentle giants is the best thing to do when you go to Cebu.

1) Whale sharks are completely harmless so there’s no need to be afraid of them. They are filter feeders meaning they consume food by swimming towards it with their mouth open engulfing the prey that enters their mouth. Plus, they don’t eat humans!

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2) Gentle giants are truly gentle and friendly. Swimming and snorkeling with them is an amazing experience. Again, no need to be scared of these creatures. But, if you are too afraid of the giant fish then you can still watch them from the boat.

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3) You’ll enjoy it even if you’re not a professional swimmer. Besides the boatmen will guide you and will even help you to have that instagram-worthy photo with the whale shark.

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4) Swimming with the Butanding makes me appreciate more the beauty of the underwater world. For me oceans are deep and magical and there are still a lot of things we need to see and discover.

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5) It is one of a kind experience that you shouldn’t miss! An adventure you wouldn’t forget and definitely worthy of your bucket list.

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Hopefully, these 5 reasons will inspire you to try this adventure when you visit Cebu.

Sharing with you my #niknakztraveltips when swimming with the whale sharks.

  • I would suggest to go there early to avoid the crowd. It is open from 6 AM to 12:30 PM.
  • You have to pay P500 for 30 minutes encounter with the whale shark and P300 for whale shark watching. Foreigners have to pay for a higher rate. Snorkeling gear is free.
  • But, if you have your own gear then you better bring that with you if you don’t want to use snorkeling gear that has been used by others.
  • Whale shark watching is well organized by the local town people. Listen very carefully to the do’s and don’ts when swimming with the whale sharks. Compliance is a must.
  • Don’t bother to put sunscreen when you go there, you’ll end up removing it because it is not allowed to put sunblock when you swim with the whale shark.
  • You can rent an underwater camera if you don’t have one.
  • Enjoy the moment! It is really scary at first but once you’re in there you will feel amused and amazed by the gentle giants.

How to get there?

  • Book a plane ticket to Mactan, Cebu with Air Asia, Cebu Pacific or PAL.
  • From Cebu City, go to South Bus Terminal and take a Ceres bus going to Oslob.
  • In our case, we stayed in Seafari Resort in Oslob and they take us to whale shark watching area. Only 5 minutes boat ride from our resort.

Thank you for spending your time reading my first entry here in my blog. Happy Travels!

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” – Lewis Carrolll, Alice in Wonderland