6 Days
Budget: $$
Dry Season

We tried to travel like a local for the most part of this Cebu trip. Ordinary buses, local jeepneys, habal-habal rides, A LOT of walking… And in the most unfortunate scenario, we missed the last scheduled ferry to Bantayan Island, so we had to take an unofficial, probably illegal, pump boat. More of that in a future post, but all I can say is, that boat ride was one of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had (although I still wouldn’t recommend it).

This itinerary is fully packed with only a few resting hours. Better for adventurers and thrill-seekers. And definitely not for a family trip, sorry parents with kids.

Day 0

Arrive at Mactan Cebu International Airport aboard flight 5J 579
Ride a taxi to Cebuview Tourist Inn

Typical view at Colon Street

Typical view at Colon Street

Day 1

Have breakfast at Colon Street
Walking tour downtown
Fort San Pedro
Plaza Independencia
Magellan’s Cross
Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
Check out of hotel
Walk to Cebu South Bus Terminal
Ride ordinary bus to Moalboal (Bato via Barili)
Check in at Maya’s Native Garden
Dinner at Last Filling Station

Basílica Menor del Santo Niño on a bright morning

Basílica Menor del Santo Niño on a bright morning

Day 2

Tour pick-up via Highland Adventures PH
Osmeña Peak
Breakfast at an eatery by the highway
Canyoneering activity
Free Lunch at Kawasan Falls
Back at hotel by 4PM
Rest
Dinner at Maya’s Native Garden Restaurant

Clear blue water at Kawasan Canyoneering

Clear blue water at Kawasan Canyoneering

Day 3

Breakfast at Maya’s Native Garden Restaurant
Tricycle to the highway
Private van to Cebu North Bus Terminal
Ride ordinary bus to Hagnaya Port
(We missed the last ferry to Bantayan)
Ride an unofficial pump boat to Bantayan
Check in at Adelaida Pensionne Hotel
Dinner at an eatery in Sta. Fe

Inside a Ceres non-aircon bus

Inside a Ceres non-aircon bus

Day 4

Breakfast at hotel
Island hopping tour pickup
Virgin Island (Swimming and Cliff Diving)
Hilantagaan Island (Nothing to do)
Back in Sta. Fe
Late lunch/merienda at MJ Square
Sunset at Kota Beach and Sugar Beach
Dinner at MJ Square

Sunset + low tide at Sugar Beach

Sunset + low tide at Sugar Beach

Day 5

Ride tricycle to Sta. Fe Airport
Skydive Activity
Back to hotel then check out before lunch
Tricycle to Sta. Fe Port
Lunch at a barbeque place near the port
Ride 1:30 PM ferry to Hagnaya Port
Ride aircon bus to Cebu City
Arrive at SM City Cebu
Ride GrabCar to hotel
Check in at Fuente Oro Business Suites
Dinner at Larsian

The why-did-i-do-this moment

The why-did-i-do-this moment

Day 6

Free breakfast at hotel
Check out of hotel, leave bags
Lunch at Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly
Buy souvenirs at Shamrock Pasalubong Center and Taboan Public Market
Back to hotel to leave the pasalubongs
Merienda at Ayala Center
Ride jeep 04M to JY Square
Take a habal-habal tour to Tops Lookout and Temple of Leah
Ride jeep back to Ayala Center
Dinner at Tiktilaok!
Ride jeep 14D back to hotel
Get bags, ride Uber to the airport
Board flight 5J579 back to Manila

Temple of Leah at night

Temple of Leah at night

Are you ready to take on Cebu’s crazy challenges? Share this itinerary to your travel buddies and watch out for that piso sale!