Considering the magnitude of stress that comes with metro living, it’s a relief knowing that one can easily book a flight on a weekend to go anywhere in the Philippines and then go back home fully recharged and ready to slug it out in another crazy work week.
Going to this central part of the Philippines is like going to paradise where everything is raw and beautiful. While Cebu can be considered overrated by many, the island province still has a lot of rustic charm perfect for any weary soul looking for an adrenaline-pumped adventure.
Water Adventure in Cebu
Everyone’s in for a real treat in Southern Cebu, including solo travelers. Get the earliest flight possible to Cebu to maximize your time for this quick weekend getaway. It would also be helpful to get a private car ahead of time to expedite the process of hopping from one tourist spot to another.
Head to the nearby town of Badian where Kawasan Falls is located. A short 15-minute walk from the national highway will lead you to this amazing waterfall.
This short walk is a stress-reliever of sorts, as you will pass through a series of streams under canopies of trees. If its blue water already soothes your weariness, wait until you take a dip in its cold waters. If you’re brave enough, jump from a 35-ft cliff at the second level of the falls.
This is undeniably the perfect way to end your two-hour Kawasan adventure before moving on to your next southern Cebu destination.
Before calling it a day, head to the town of Moalboal to have some reflection time on the white sand beach. Basdako and White Beach are frequented by both locals and tourists during the weekend.
The beach doesn’t really get crowded during weekends as it’s long enough to accommodate everybody.
Quick Food Trip + Overnight Stay in Negros Oriental
After spending the day doing water-based activities in Cebu, spend the night in the Negros Oriental capital: Dumaguete City. From Moalboal, head to Liloan Port at the town of Santander. It will take 30 minutes at most to reach the town of Sibulan in Negros Island. Dumaguete City is a short 15-minute ride away.
The food strip in Rizal Boulevard (starts at 6PM) should not be missed, especially its seafood. Some acoustic bands also play in some of the restaurants – a perfect way to end such a tiring day and to prepare for the next day of adventure.
Day Tour in Siquijor
Take the first trip to Siquijor from Dumaguete—a two-hour boat ride that will take you to the so-called Land of Fire.
No place on the island will give you a sense of time standing still more than the spot in Salagdoong, a remote, government-owned beach resort in the town of Maria. It’s a 360-degree visual treat, its palette dominated by aqua blue, its sea breeze a massage to the ear—perfect ingredients for a sweet escape.
Old churches, a 400-year old balete tree, a cascading waterfall, and an old-fashioned town plaza are some other things you’ll get to see here.
The good thing about traveling to Siquijor is that most of its tourist spots can be visited within six hours, enough time to catch the last boat trip back to Dumaguete and eventually, back to mainland Cebu.