Stress can be people’s greatest enemy, and living in the city brings a lot of opportunities for it to come our way. There are a number of ways to try and escape it—getting a scoop of your favorite ice cream, hanging out with friends, and even indulging in a cocktail or two. If you have the time though, a quick trip away from it all might be the best remedy.
Perhaps that’s why traveling out of town can be therapeutic. Being away from your career, the city traffic, and the overall daily grind may just be what you need to reset and reenergize. Some people choose to wander off to far-flung locales and discover foreign cities, but I’ve found you don’t need to go that far. Sometimes the best adventures are in our own backyards.
With the paved roads and an interesting lineup of towns, Southern Cebu is one of those easily accessible destinations.
With its paved roads and an interesting lineup of towns (all of which offer something different), southern Cebu is one of those easily accessible destinations. A variety of experiences await you, just a few hours’ ride from the city.
While it’s just as beautiful on the shore, Tingko Beach is also a great place to go snorkeling. There are boats that can take you to great snorkeling spots for just P30-50 per person, as well as gear for rent. Trust us—the view underwater is breathtaking, from the schools of fish to the corals.
On the western side of the island, Lambug Beach is one of the best shores on the island, and is pretty affordable—there are rooms for locals at P1300, which is good for six people and comes with a beachfront cottage. This long stretch of sand leads into the clear water, and it’s the perfect place to relax on sunny afternoons.
Nightly entertainment comes in the form of karaoke, though anyone who wants a more peaceful evening can opt to lie on the beach and stargaze.
If you’re on the adventurous side, you can also go canyoneering in Kawasan Falls for about P1,500. The trip includes hikes through rock formations, and various drops into pools of water.
Oslob is best known for the chance to swim with the whale sharks, and this is something you definitely shouldn’t miss. Just a short boat ride from the shore reveals a number of this gentle giants on the water.
Another spot in the municipality that you shouldn’t miss is Tumalog Falls, which crashes into a crystal blue pool of water.