Best Spots in Cebu South Beaches and Waterfalls

Beaches always get in the conversation when people talk about Cebu. True enough, there are beautiful beaches in Cebu. While the most popular beaches mentioned are the ones in Mactan Island due to it's proximity to the urban center, more beautiful beaches can actually be found farther away from the metropolis. Of course, there is the popular Bantayan Island and Malapascua Island in the north. Camotes Island too is quite talked about. Down south, there are a number of beaches worth mentioning as well. The best thing about this is that the best spots in Cebu south beaches are public beaches that charge little or no fees so the weary soul can truly relax without breaking the bank.

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Best spots in Cebu south

Did you know too, that Cebu is home to more than ninety (90) waterfalls? Yes, you read that right. Cebu has more than 90 waterfalls, maybe even over a hundred. Pinoy Travel Freak actually made a comprehensive list of 90 amazing waterfalls in Cebu

We chronicled these best spots in Cebu south beaches and waterfalls so read along to find out about the natural beauty of southern Cebu.

Best Spots in Cebu South Beaches: Tingko Beach, Alcoy

A popular public beach in the south is Tingko Beach in Alcoy town. In recent years, many resorts have mushroomed in the area owing to it being a popular weekend getaway. What's great about Tingko is one can enjoy it for a very minimal entrance fee of PhP 10. It is also very accessible being a stone's throw away from the national highway where public utility buses from the city going south pass through. Off the Tingko Beach coast is Mabad-on Reef where abundant marine life thrive. Small boats offer rides to the reef for PhP 25 per person. Sadly, because the beach is too public, garbage is slowly becoming a major problem.

Fellow CBC-affiliated blogger Rea Remigio Alducente of Blissful Snapshots blogged about Voda Krasna Beach Resort on Tingko Beach

Best Spots in Cebu South Beaches: Lambug Beach, Badian

Badian is more known for Kawasan Falls, arguably the most popular waterfalls in Cebu, and beautiful Zaragoza or Badian Island. But it's public beach in Lambug is also slowly gaining popularity to beach goers.

Read about the Lambug Public Beach in Badian from Where is Cebu.

Best Spots in Cebu South Beaches: White Beach, Moalboal

Another popular public beach hangout in the south of Cebu is Moalboal's White Beach at barangay Saavedra (more popularly known as Basdaku). The beach is home to many resorts and dive shops as the area is also known as a popular diving site. Like most popular public beaches, there has been some concern about improper waste disposal in the area.

Best Spots in Cebu South Beaches: Sumilon Island, Oslob

The town of Oslob in the southeastern part of Cebu province is popular for it's whale shark interaction and Tumalog Falls. Equally popular is Sumilon Island. The island's shifting sandbar tickles the fancy of many tourists visiting Oslob. The fee to enjoy this white sand wonder is a mere PhP 10, although one has to rent a pumpboat (for a different price) to get there too. For those with a bigger budget, they may also choose to enjoy what the island's private resort has to offer. 

From fellow CBC-affiliated bloggers Gian Carlo Jubela and Sheila Mei Abellanoza, read about their adventures at the Sumilon Island Bluewater Resort.

Best Spots in Cebu South Beaches: Hermit's Cove, Aloguinsan 

Aloguinsan is probably the most remote town in Cebu. That is probably good as it has preserved such great natural spots like the Hermit's Cove in barangay Kantabugon. There are no commercial resorts in the area and a people's organization manages tourism-related activities within the quiet fishing village. The beach does not boast of fine-grain white sand as the sand is a mixture of crushed seashells, small pebbles, and dead coral that feels ticklish to the bare foot. This is paradise though for those who wish to get away from the routine of the daily grind. Quiet, stress-free, relaxing.

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Hermit's Cove at Aloguinsan, Cebu, Philippines

Best Spots in Cebu South Beaches: Campolabo Sandbar, Pinamungajan 

Probably the least known of this list of the best spots in Cebu south beaches is Campolabo islet in the town of Pinamungajan. While Pinamungajan's wave pool resort is getting mentioned a lot in conversations lately, I'm pretty sure a lot of people can also appreciate the white sand at Campolabo islet, a sandbar that disappears with high tide. Adjacent to it is the Paril rock formation formed out of a typhoon in the past. The area is also a protected marine sanctuary and you can find abundant marine life even at ankle-deep waters.

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Campolabo Sandbar in Pinamungajan, Cebu, Philippines

Best Spots in Cebu South Waterfalls: Mantayupan Falls, Barili 

Mantayupan Falls in Barili is not the most beautiful of waterfalls in Cebu. One interesting fact though is that it has the tallest drop among all waterfalls in the entire province. The water drop at Mantayupan Falls is 98 meters or more than 321 feet. It's small hydroelectric plant also generates some power for Cebu.

Best Spots in Cebu South Waterfalls: Kawasan Falls, Badian

Simply the most popular waterfalls in the entire Cebu province is the Kawasan Falls in Badian. Sadly though, wanton over-commercialization in the area has degraded its appeal over the years. Check out it's three levels of waterfalls, swim in the refreshing waters in its pool, or ride a raft to get to the water drop in the two (2) lower levels.

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Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu, Philippines
(photo from Rock X Scissors)

Best Spots in Cebu South Waterfalls: Canlaub Falls, Alegria

It is amazing how commercial businesses seem to take no interest in the area around Canlaub Falls in Alegria town. I do personally hope it stays that way though as I enjoy the natural virgin and unspoiled beauty of this natural wonder. It is so remote that there is even a scarcity of blog posts about it.

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Canlaob Falls in Alegria, Cebu, Philippines

Best Spots in Cebu South Waterfalls: Inambakan Falls, Ginatilan

The more popular of three (3) waterfalls in the town of Ginatilan is Inambakan Falls. The other two (2) are Kampael Falls and Bugnawan Falls. The catch basin is not that wide and is 8 feet at its deepest. Inambakan Falls, Kampael Falls, and Bugnawan Falls in Ginatilan town is chronicled by Mike Laagan and Otazu at The Traveling Panda.

Best Spots in Cebu South Waterfalls: Aguinid Falls, Samboan

Fast becoming popular among adventure seekers is the waterfall tour at Aguinid Falls in Samboan town. The tour allows visiting tourists to traverse through the waterfalls, wading through its pool, gripping through rock creases to get from one side of the waterfall to the other, and exploring the entire majestic wonder of Aguinid.

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Aguinid Falls in Samboan, Cebu, Philippines
(photo from

My fellow CBC-affiliated blogger Pam Baroro of Hey, Miss Adventures! takes us to Aguinid Falls in Samboan.

Best Spots in Cebu South Waterfalls: Tumalog Falls, Oslob

Aside from whale shark interaction at barangay Tanawan and Sumilon Island, Oslob's other popular attraction is the Tumalog Falls. It's awe-inspiring beauty is among the more eye-pleasing waterfalls in Cebu. Yet, sadly, Tumalog Falls have been controversial because of littering problems around the area directly surrounding it.

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Tumalog Falls in Oslob, Cebu, Philippines 
(photo from Vernon Go)

Let us explore Tumalog Falls in Oslob with help from Vernon Go, a blogger also affiliated with the Cebu Blogging Community.

Do you have anything to add to this list of best spots in Cebu south beaches and waterfalls? Let us know in the comments section.