Cebu has wonderful natural attractions that make it a perfect site for diving, fishing, mountain hiking and biking, river climbing, kayaking, abseiling (rappelling), and caving. There are many Cebu organizations that can get you off to a flying start in some cool outdoor activities.
Fantastic Cebu Natural Attractions
If you’re searching for an adventure package, look no further than Moalboal-based Planet Action. Headed by a German national, Planet Action organizes some thrilling activities such as canyoning, trekking, horseback riding, kayaking, river climbing, and more. Known as canyoneering in the U.S., canyoning is a sport that involves traveling down creeks or streams within a canyon by walking, swimming, climbing, or abseiling.
Experience Cebu Natural Attractions
If you are into trekking, there are many mountaineering clubs in the Philippines. One of the local organizations in Cebu is CAMP (Cebu Assailants of Mountain Peaks). The University of the Philppines Mountaineers (UPM) is also based in Cebu. PALMC (Philippine Airlines Mountaineering Club) is an active organizer of treks all over the Philippines.
If you’d rather go underground, there are many caving tours to experience in the Visayas. Only an hour by ferry from Cebu is the island of Bohol, where you’ll find arguably the Philippines’ best caving locations. If you want more information on caving, drop us a quick e-mail and we can hook you up with the right dudes.
The Beautiful Camiguin Island
The island of Camiguin is most famous for Mt. Hibok-Hibok, which stands 1,250 meters above sea level. If you want to be view steep volcanoes, lush jungle, and white sand beaches, then head to Camiguin in Mindanao.
In the heart of the island bubbles the flowing mineral pool of Ardent Hot Springs. Mists rise from the heated waters running down from the vents of Mt. Hibok-Hibok, the only active volcano out of the seven in the island. Many tourists go there to revel in the therapeutic waters of the hot springs. Overnight accommodation is limited to dormitory-type rooms and duplex cottages.
If you fancy cold water, take a dip in the clear pools of Sto. Nino Cold Springs. Located 4 kilometers from the town of Mambajao, you’ll also find the Katibawasan Falls with water cascading from a height of 76 meters onto a pool surrounded by orchids and ferns.
You can travel around Camiguin by car and take in all the sites in a day. You can see a “Sunken Cemetery,” where a big cross stands amidst a body of water. The cross is located several meters from the shore. There is also White Island, an isolated white sandbar that is worth a visit during low tide.
Camiguin’s Lanzones Festival
Camiguin is also known for lanzones, a fruit with pale yellow skin and sweet translucent flesh. Every third week of October, Camiguin celebrates the harvest of this fruit with a long weekend full of street dancing and parades in the main town of Mambajao. People from around the Philippines flock to the Lanzones Festival to see costume displays, sports, dances, as well as the highly popular Miss Camiguin Tourism beauty pageant.
During the festival, the town of Mambajao is decorated with the fruit, and locals and tourists alike enjoy indigenous sports, folk dancing, and a grand parade. Coronation of the festival beauty queen brings the celebration to a close.
Diving in Cebu
Divers around the world visit Cebu to explore the wonders that Mother Nature bestowed on the island.
Famous worldwide for its beautiful white-sand beaches and pristine clear waters, Mactan Island has the most five-star beach resorts in the entire country. Mactan has superb accommodation as well as facilities for scuba diving, wind surfing, boating, and other aqua sports.
Found in the north is one of Cebu’s best-kept secrets—Bantayan Island. Most experienced travelers say that the beach in Bantayan Island is similar to Boracay sans the crowd.
Malapascua Island, across the northernmost tip of Cebu, is 3 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide; walking around the island can be done within half a day. Its white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters rival that of Boracay. The island’s west coast is a perfect spot for swimming and snorkeling but one should be wary of the unpredictable weather. The island is most famous for its regular sightings of the rare thresher sharks, making it a diver’s mecca.
Other Natural Treasures of Cebu
Famous for its pristine waters, immaculate beaches, and superb dive spots, Camotes Island is a destination that many don’t get the chance to experience but should. Located in North Cebu across Danao City, Camotes Island has 4 towns: Poro, San Francisco, Tudela, and Pilar. To reach the island, one has to take a fast ferry or go to Danao City, which is an hour away from Cebu City. There are two boats traveling to and from Camotes and Danao City every day. One fast craft travels from Cebu City to Camotes.
Kawasan Falls is located in Matutinao, Badian, in South Cebu. You need to do a lot of walking to get to the falls, but the exercise is well worth it! You can use all of your senses to appreciate the lush greenery and electric blue of the river as you make your way to Kawasan Falls. Once you arrive at the falls, you can swim in the lagoon under the falls or have one of the locals take you under the falls on a man-made raft for a breathtaking experience. You can also rent a cottage right next to the general falls area.
Around 97 kilometers southwest of Cebu City is the island of Badian, famous for beautiful corals, reefs, and white sandy beaches. Badian is also an excellent diving spot and the best place for dolphin sighting. You are almost guaranteed to see these wonders of the ocean when you are in Badian.
Olango Wildlife Sanctuary
Olango Island supports the largest concentration of migratory birds found in the Philippines. The birds came all the way from their breeding places in Siberia, Northern China, and Japan. Based on scientific data, the birds use Olango as a major refueling station, like some sort of fast-food outlet where they replenish their fat reserves by feeding on invertebrates found in the inter-tidal mudflats abundant in the island. The fat reserves fuel the birds on the next section of their journey, which may cover from 3,000 to 15,000 kilometers of nonstop flight. These birds make man’s commercial flights look like a lame duck!
Moalboal and Pescador Island
Moalboal, a quaint one-dirt-road town located 89 kilometers southwest of Cebu City, is the epicenter of outdoor activity in Cebu. Swim 60 meters straight off the beach and you will be slowly immersed into the magical world of Moalboal’s underwater life where hawkbill green turtles and whale sharks are found. On Pescador Island, a protected marine park 10-15 minutes by boat from Panagsama Beach in Moalboal, the coral walls plummet more than 40 meters.
If you want some different form of physical action, head east to the hills of Moalboal where a number of gorges awaits, including the famous Tison Canyon. Work your way down Tison River by jumping off 10-meter-high limestone cliffs into azure pools and rappel down 30-meter waterfalls.
You can also hike five miles of divine country through valleys of coconut palms and jungles toward Osmena Peak, which—at almost 600 meters—is the highest on the island. After a day of indulging your senses, dine at any of Moalboal’s many open-air seaside restaurants where less than US$6 will give you a seafood feast and some cold amber nectar that even a fisherman’s family would be proud of.
Located 83 kilometers north of Cebu City is the town of Borbon where you will find Nonoc Cave. You’ll get a picturesque view and shelter for picnic goers and bathers.
Cebu is an ideal place from which to start off to see the rest of the Philippines as there are flights and ferries traveling to and from the island.
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