The first travel destinations that I will feature are the towns in Southern Cebu. It's because just recently I backpacked around Southern Cebu in 2 days- the cheapest way possible. I also calculated all travel expenses while exploring the southern part of Cebu.
The Destination: Barili, Cebu
Barili is a municipality in the southwestern part of Cebu. It is located 61 kilometers away from Cebu City. Historically, the town's name Barili comes from the word balili, a kind of grass growing in the locality. A legend is told that many, many years ago, there was a couple who built their house on a plateau in the middle of a swamp. Their child, Inday Balili was also born there. Near their house was a big tree with a vine intertwining on its trunk. That vine is locally known as loy-a loy-a or balili. One day, a group of Spaniards visited the place. The official asked the name of the place while touching the leaves of the vine. Thinking that the official asked for its name, the couple answered balili. That word was then made the name of the locality.
Cebu City to Barili - PhP75 (aircon bus, approximately 2 hours travel time)
Places to Explore
1. Mantayupan Falls
It is the main natural attraction in Barili. It is also one of Cebu's tallest waterfalls. Mantayupan Falls, also known by the locals as Ambakan Falls, has two levels. The first level are three waterfalls with the height of 14 meters. The second level is a waterfall which is 98 meters high.
|Second Level - 98 meters|
|First Level - 14 meters|
-- Town proper (market area) to Mantayupan Falls - PhP20 (habal-habal)
-- Entrance - PhP10
-- There is a parking fee for motorcycles and cars.
2. Tilapia Fishing Village and Restaurant
This is near Mantayupan Falls. One can relax here, and order a tilapia cooked in your own preference for lunch.
3. Sayaw Beach + Rock Formations and Caves
This is one of Barili's famous beaches. White-sand, pristine, clean, and with a great view of Negros Oriental, Sayaw Beach is ideal for swimming and beach bumming. One can also go boating to see the rock formations and caves near the beach.
|Sayaw Rock Formations|
-- Town proper (market area) to Sayaw Beach - PhP7 (multicab)
-- Entrance - PhP10
-- Boating - PhP200-300 per boat
-- Sayaw Beach is along the national highway.
4. Molave Milk Station
A place to cool down and refresh. This place offers fresh milk from cows and carabaos, ice cream, yogurt, and cheese, along with barbecue, ngohiong, siopao, and siomai.
5. You can also visit these places: Boloc-Boloc Spring, Candugay Beach, Paril Mountain Resort, Paradise Valley Mountain Resort
For Your Taste-buds
Try the sweet and delicious treats at the Molave Milk Station!
1. Take the early morning bus from Cebu City's South Bus Terminal to avoid traffic. You can choose between aircon and ordinary buses.
2. Tell the driver's aide (konduktor) to drop you at Shamrock Terminal, you can hire a habal-habal for Mantayupan Falls there or you can walk towards the market area.
3. Buses and jeepneys are plying the Barili to Cebu City route until around 6 or 7 pm.
Where is Barili, Cebu on the map?
|Map by: Wikipedia|
I hope this Adventurer's Guide is helpful to you.