Backpacking South Cebu

A week backpacking attempting to loop South Cebu. Looping through destinations like Alcoy, Boljoon, Dalaguete and Samboan.Here are some highlights and spots to look out for during your trip to South Cebu.

My flight to Mactan-Cebu International Airport took approximately 3 hours 45 minutes via Cebu Pacific.

From Cebu City, I took a minivan for 100 Peso to Toledo City, a 2hrs ride.


Toledo City was totally off the South Cebu route. I visited here as a local friend offered me to rest over his hometown as I wasn’t feeling well on my first day in Cebu. At the same time, a local friend showed me around his city and this trip somehow turned into couch surfing.

2Trysikol, a new ride in Cebu. You will often see this almost everywhere in Cebu. A creative piece of arts that add colours to everyday life.

3The couch surfing life in Toledo City.

4Exploring Around Toledo


6A small hill to a view of the village in Toledo


Food in Toledo City are unique. Something new to experience.

7No idea what is this thing is specifically called but it’s just a banana with sugar that is barbequed. Awesome!

8Just bought it for 5 Peso at the streets. It is some form of bean curd and it’s really sweet!

9Isaw, a popular street food from the Philippines, made from barbecued chicken intestines. The intestines are cleaned, turned inside out, and cleaned again, repeating the process several times; they are then either boiled, then grilled, or immediately grilled on sticks. Yes, it sounds digusting but it doesn’t taste that bad after all

10Here comes Cebu speciality, balut. A balut is a developing bird embryo (usually a duck or chicken) that is boiled and eaten from the shell. This is something you cannot miss when you are in Cebu.


Back to Cebu City and back to solo travelling as I find my way to explore the South of Cebu.I spent sometimes explore this city before I moved off the South. There are not much to do here in Cebu City itself. Just popular attractions like the Magellan Cross and Basilica del Santo Niño.

11Magellan’s Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on March 15 , 1521.

12The Basílica Minore del Santo Niño is the Mother and Head of All Churches in the Philippines and it’s the oldest Roman Catholic church established in the country.


A 3hrs bus ride from Cebu City to Boljoon for 129 Peso. Wonder why Boljoon?

Noordzee Hostel

A good location in the South Cebu as hostel in the South are almost impossible to find. A perfect place to stay with sea view, outdoor pool, sun terrace and a bar which you will definitely need it as it’s hard to find local food stalls in Boljoon.





Located just a few kilometres up the mountains of Boljoon, rent a bike if you are a daredevil or ride a habal-habal to Dayhag Falls.




Take a bus towards Cebu City, head North from Boljoon and go on to snorkel at Tingko beach. With the blue sea water, you will definitely take you gears and start snorkelling!




From Alcoy head further down North to a town called Dalaguete. From here, just approach a habal-habal (Motorbike taxi) to Mantalongon and hike your way up the highest point in Cebu, Osmeña Peak. Really worth a visit!21




Take a bus and go down south from Boljoon to Bato, then take another bus and head to another small town called Samboan. Similar in Dalaguete, take the habal-habal to Aguinid Falls, a newly discovered falls in 2015.A destination that isn’t touristic, stunningly beautiful and refreshing. Advisable to have a dry bag with you if you were to climb up the 5-level waterfall.




5 thoughts on “Backpacking South Cebu

  1. Great photos! You look like you had fun! 🙂


  2. We have only been to Manila, but so many of these photos remind me of that trip. Don’t know about eating the intestines and bird embryos though! My son and I got guardia from eating street food 😦


    1. Advicable to have a vaccination first.

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    2. I would imagine so. But there isn’t one for guardia , is there!


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