Wednesday, February 20, 2013

2 Days of Backpacking Around Southern Cebu

Yes! Finally! After much planning, I have traveled around the southern part of Cebu in 2 days-- the cheapest way possible. I spent a total of PhP511 ($12.58). Actually, I had many trips to Southern Cebu in the past years. First is the 1-day Round South Hope Caravan conducted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church (October 2010). Second is my 2-day Cebu South Adventures (February 2012). Third is the Southern Cebu Trip with Journeying James (April 2012). And fourth is the Trip with Laagan na Cebuana (May 2012).

Question: Why travel around Southern Cebu?
Answer: I love to explore Southern Cebu. The natural attractions in the area amaze me most and its historical significance interests me.

1 City. 9 Towns. 2 Days.

Day 1

CARCAR CITY
My first destination is Carcar, the "Heritage City of Cebu."
-- Plaza
-- Rizal Monument
-- Carcar City Museum
-- Heritage structures and houses
-- Kiosk and Rotunda
-- Carcar Public Market
-- Carcar's delicacies: ampao, bucarillo, chicharon

Befriending some pupils of Upland Elementary School.

ARGAO
It is home to the oldest existing town hall in the entire province of Cebu.
-- Cabecera
-- Casa Real
-- Unity Plaza
-- Puerta Marina (Watchtower ruins)
-- Argao's delicacy: torta
-- Argao Nature Park

At the beautiful cabecera.

DALAGUETE
The town got its name from the dalakit tree which is still found in Obong Spring. Dalaguete is also known as the "Vegetable Basket of Cebu" and the "Summer Capital of Cebu."
-- Municipio
-- Museo sa Dalaguete
-- Obong Spring
-- Obong Watchtower ruins

Obong Watchtower ruins

ALCOY
Historically, Alcoy got its name from a city in Spain named Alcoi.
-- Tingko Beach

Valentine's Day celebration in Tingko Beach.

BOLJOON
This town is one of Cebu's Heritage Frontiers and is also considered as "The Only Postcard Town in the Entire Province of Cebu."
-- Plaza Bermejo
-- Boljoon Church Archaeological Site
-- Heritage Walk
-- El Grande Baluarte (Watchtower ruins)

Background: The El Grande Baluarte

Day 2

OSLOB
Though much famous now because of the whale-shark watching in Brgy. Tan-awan, Oslob has so much to offer-- a hot spring, a paradise island, a breathtaking waterfalls, and historic structures.
-- Cuartel 
-- Baluarte (Watchtower ruins)
-- Municipal Heritage Park
-- Church Wall ruins

The Cuartel

BATO, SANTANDER
Quick stop-over. Now bound for the southwest part of Cebu.

SAMBOAN
A 5th class town in the southwestern tip of Cebu, Samboan is also a heritage town blessed with many natural attractions.
-- Town center
-- Museo de Samboan
-- Escala de Jacob (Jacob's Ladder)
-- Campanario de Antigua (Belltower / Watchtower ruins)

At the Jacob's Ladder leading up to the Watchtower ruins.

GINATILAN
This town is the place where you can explore the 3-level Inambakan Falls in Brgy. Calabawan.
-- Heritage houses
-- Bantayan sa Hari (Watchtower ruins)
-- Inambakan Falls
-- Millenium Park

Inambakan Falls

MOALBOAL
The last town in my itinerary, Moalboal is a haven for tourists and backpackers. It is also widely known as the "Diving Paradise of Cebu." You'll notice that I have not been to Panagsama Beach (Basdiot) or White Beach (Basdako). I skipped these beaches due to the very bad weather by the time I arrived there.
-- Town Center

THE ROUTE
Photo Credit: www.cebuwatch.com

Next post: Travel Expenses of my 2-Day Backpacking Trip Around Southern Cebu

You can also check out my previous posts of Southern Cebu:
-- Santander: Cebu's Southernmost Tip
-- Save the “Gentle Giants” in Oslob, Cebu
-- Discover the Beauty of Tumalog Falls in Cebu
-- 12 Reasons Why You Should Explore Boljoon, Cebu
-- Snapshots of Dalaguete, Cebu
-- Snapshots of Argao, Cebu
-- Twilight Snapshots of Carcar, Cebu
-- Scaled: OsmeƱa Peak in Cebu
-- Why I Love Kawasan Falls in Cebu
-- Travel Guide: Mantayupan Falls, Cebu

12 comments:

  1. wow! naka anha naka ug Samboan! I'm happy to see naka anha naka ug Alcoy and Ginatilan.. 9 towns in two days that was such an accomplishment! suya much! ;)

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    1. Yep, thank you Kareen! I'm so happy I traveled around Southern Cebu, it's a dream come true for me! :)

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  2. nag stop ka every barangay?

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    1. Nope. I just selected the towns that I visited..

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  3. Wonderful pics... our country is beautiful!

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    1. That's right, ate Zernah! Our country is indeed captivating.. Thanks for dropping by! :)

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  4. Great post! My mom grew up in Carcar and I would definitely want to visit it someday.

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    1. Ian, Carcar has a lot of historic places! Explore them all and enjoy. Plus you have relatives there too. It will be an amazing experience!

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  5. such a great itinerary and destination.btw,how much is your budget for this trip?pls send me the details.thank you and good luck for your next travels!=)

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    1. Ej, thanks for leaving your comment here and thanks for the compliment too! I spent more or less PhP500 for this trip. No so costly, right? You can read more of my expenses here >> http://www.selflesstravels.com/2013/02/backpacking-around-southern-cebu.html.

      Enjoy traveling too!

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  6. You took public transport for this entire trip?

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