Sinulog 2015: 6 Side Trips in Southern Cebu You Might Wanna Do

It's almost January and almost time for the country's grandest festival, Cebu's world famous Sinulog! While you are planning your trip to Cebu on the 3rd week of January 2015, here are 6 trips to Southern Cebu that you might consider as part of your itinerary.

Swimming with the Whale Sharks
At the southeastern Cebu town of Oslob, swimming with the whale sharks is a popular attraction among local and foreign tourists alike. Sleep overnight at one of the resorts in Oslob or nearby as there will be long queues for the morning spectacle. They let the whale sharks rest in the afternoon.

Chase Waterfalls

Southern Cebu is dotted with a lot of waterfalls. Here is a list of waterfalls and springs you might want to visit:
  1. Mantayupan Falls, Barili town
  2. Kawasan Falls, Badian town
  3. Cabadiangan Falls, Alcantara town
  4. Kan Amno Falls, Badian town
  5. Batad-batad Falls, Moalboal town
  6. Canlaub Spring, Alegria town
  7. Mainit Spring, Alegria town
  8. Tubod Spring, Alegria town
  9. Kambais Falls, Alegria town
  10. Montpelier Falls, Alegria town
  11. Cancalanog Falls, Alegria town
  12. Montaneza Falls, Malabuyoc town
  13. Mainit Falls, Malabuyoc town
  14. Inambacan Falls, Ginatilan town
  15. Bugnawan Falls, Ginatilan town
  16. Kampael Falls, Ginatilan town
  17. Dao Falls, Samboan town
  18. Aguinid Falls, Samboan town
  19. Tumalog Falls, Samboan town
  20. Bonbon Falls, Samboan town
  21. Tabon Falls, Samboan town
  22. Balay'g Sawa Falls, Samboan town
  23. Ponong Hidden Lake, Samboan town
  24. Tumalog Falls, Oslob town
  25. Bugasok Falls, Argao town

Go Trekking

Trekking, canyoneering, and mountain-climbing are fast becoming a popular activity in Southern Cebu, most especially for those with a spirit for adventure. Osmeña Peak can be accessed through Mantalongon, Dalaguete. It is among the more popular trekking spots in Cebu.

Mount Lanaya in Alegria town is another popular trekking site which offers trails for both beginners and experienced climbers. It has an elevation of 720 meters above sea level. A nearby mountain range is Mount Kangbulagsing.

Mount Bartolina in Samboan town is among the highest peaks in the south of Cebu. The peak at Mt. Bartolina gives you spectacular views of both Bohol and Negros islands as well as southeastern and southwestern Cebu.

Enjoy the Beach

The southwestern Cebu coast can boast of some fine beaches. Resorts abound in Barili, Badian, and Moalboal towns. The beaches in Barangays Saavedra and Bas Daku, Moalboal are among the more popular destinations in the south. In the southeast, beaches in Argao, Alcoy, and Boljoon are frequented by locals and tourists alike. Tingko Beach in Alcoy is popular.

Visita Iglesia

Spanish-era churches are aplenty in Southern Cebu. Here is a list of Spanish-era churches you may want to visit:
  1. Sta. Teresa de Avila Church (1848), Talisay City
  2. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (1878), Minglanilla town
  3. St. Francis of Assisi Church (1839), Naga City
  4. San Isidro Labrador Church (1886), San Fernando town
  5. Santa Catalina de Alejandria Church (1875), Carcar City
  6. Sta. Ana Shrine (started 1887), Barili town
  7. St. Francis of Assisi Church (1864), Dumanjug town
  8. Our Lady of Sorrows Church (1881), Ronda town
  9. St. Augustine Parish Church (1881), Alcantara town
  10. San Juan Nepumoceno Parish (1852), Moalboal town
  11. St. James the Apostle Church (1825), Badian town
  12. St. Francis Xavier Church (1857), Alegria town
  13. San Nicolas Church (1834), Malabuyoc town
  14. San Gregorio Church (1847), Ginatilan town
  15. St. Michael Church (1784), Samboan town
  16. Consolation Church (1891), Samboan town
  17. Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion Church (1848), Oslob town
  18. Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio Church (1783), Boljoon town
  19. St. Rose of Lima Church (1889), Alcoy town
  20. San Guillermo el Hermitano Parish Church (1825), Dalaguete town
  21. San Miguel Arcangel Parish Church (1783), Argao town
  22. Church of Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza (1881), Sibonga

Visit Some Islands

Some islands in the south of Cebu are worth the visit.  There's Oslob town's Sumilon Island in the southeast. On the southwest, you can visit Moalboal town's Pescador Island and Badian town's Zaragoza Island (more popularly known as Badian Island). In Sumilon Island, budget travelers can stay on the sandbar while those who are willing to spend may explore Sumilon Island Bluewater Resort.


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