How to Enjoy Cebu South on a Budget

I just went on a weekend escapade for the month of October to enjoy Cebu South and I will just create a quick summary. Somehow, I was able to find ways on How to Enjoy Cebu South on a Budget. I’ve been to Moalboal many times and found affordable place to stay and it’s a favorite place to go even on going solo.

Cebu South on a Budget

How to Enjoy Cebu South on a Budget?

As a solo traveler, I always stay in a hostel although traveling with friends is also fun. DIY or Do-It-Yourself is always cool. There are ways you can do things that are absolutely free or pay in minimal fee.

See Also: The Canyoneering Adventure in Alegria to Badian in Cebu, Philippines

How to Reach Cebu South?

Go to Cebu South Bus Terminal and hop on a bus going to Moalboal, easy peasy! Bus fare is around PhP 100 to PhP 190.

Getting Around Cebu South

Transportation

When you are in Moalboal with friends, a travel buddy or a significant other or solo, you need to hire a tricycle as a group or rent a motorcycle to easily get around. Make sure you or your travel buddy knows how to drive a motorbike.

See Also: Quick Things to do in Cebu City

Where to stay in Moalboal?

Moalboal Backpacker Lodge

moalboal backpacker lodge

Moalboal Backpacker Lodge is located at Panagsama Beach. In 2014, I went there as walk-in and paid PhP 275 per night/per bed with common bathroom. I had a great experience staying to this place thanks to the staff who became my friends. I will create a review on a separate post.

Moalboal Beach Resort

Oh this lovely place near Basdaku in Moalboal. Booked this place on Economy but the moment we arrived to this place, we were upgraded to Deluxe with an awesome view. Indeed, so lucky. The staff were also nice and the food was great. I will create a separate blog post review as well. 🙂 Economy rate is at PhP 1,350 per night.

Things To Do in Cebu South

There are several things to do in Cebu South but these are my favorites since most of the activities are free. This is what we did last weekend.

Rent a Motorbike

We rented a motorbike for PhP 250 and that is good for half day. Me and my travel buddy know how to drive a motorbike but I don’t have a driver’s license.

Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu

 

Duration: from Moalboal to Badian is just 20 minutes

Entrace fee: PhP 20 for local and PhP 40 for foreigner

Things to bring: Dry bag filled with few extra clothes, bottled water, chips or bread and yourself, in short just pack light.

Kawasan falls has three layers of waterfalls so we went to the third falls and enjoyed the swing. No need to rent a table since we never brought too much food. Good thing that my 20-Liter dry bag is a good companion when you just want to jump from one falls to another. We stayed for few hours since we moved to Mainit Hot Spring.

Mainit Hot Spring in Malabuyoc, Cebu

Duration: from Badian to Malabuyoc is 15 minutes

Parking fee: for motorbike it’s PhP 15

Entrance fee: PhP 20 for both local and foreigner

Things to bring: Dry bag filled with few extra clothes, bottled water, chips or bread and yourself, in short just pack light.

This is my first time to experience hot spring in Cebu and going there was all worth it. With a motorbike it was easy to get around and to find the hot spring.

Chasing Sardines in Moalboal, Cebu

Duration: few minutes going to Panagsama Beach

Gear Rental: Snorkeling gear and mask is PhP 100, Pair of fins is PhP 100, Life vest is PhP 100

Things to bring: Dry bag filled with few extra clothes, bottled water, chips or bread and yourself, in short just pack light.

If you know how to swim and you have your snorkeling gear and mask, then you are good to go since no need to pay any entrance fee.

Snorkeling with the Sea Turtles in Moalboal, Cebu

 

Consider yourself lucky if you happen to see sea turtles around the area also at Panagsama Beach.

Budget Breakdown

Bus Fare to Moalboal – around PhP 100 to 190 (regular or aircon)

Moalboal Backpacker Lodge – PhP 275 per night/per bed

Moalboal Beach Resort – PhP 1350 per room on Economy

Motorbike Rental – around PhP 250 (half day) to 500 (whole day)

Kawasan Falls Entrace fee: PhP 20 for local and PhP 40 for foreigner

Mainit Hot Spring Entrance fee: PhP 20 for both local and foreigner

Mainit Hot Spring Parking fee: for motorbike it’s PhP 15

Gear Rental: Snorkeling gear and mask is PhP 100, Pair of fins is PhP 100, Life vest is PhP 100

Food: food is optional, splurge if you like

 

Roxanne is an aspiring digital nomad. A virtual assistant since October 2009. She is a hobbyist blogger, photographer and travels a lot.

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