Top 10 budget-friendly beaches in Cebu this holiday

In a few days, we will be having the longest weekend for this quarter. The Lenten season is the annual Christian holiday that precedes Easter. Derived from the Anglo Saxon word “lencten,” (which means “spring”), it’s a special period of reflection, fasting, and penance practiced by Christians in preparation for Easter.

For most of us, we make use of this holiday to reflect, unwind and forget about our work for a few days. Most of us probably have plotted their VL’s to extend the long weekend.

In this article, we will mention the top 10 budget-friendly beaches in Cebu to spend the holiday:

1. Paradise Beach, Bantayan Island

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Located at the beautiful Bantayan Island, you can never go wrong with its white sand and crystal-blue waters. You can spend a day here relaxing with your family and loved ones.

Fees and Other Details

Entrance fee is 50 pesos for adults and 25 pesos for children. The beach is open from 9 am to 5 pm daily. It is advised to bring your own food since there is less to no foods available in the area.

How to get there

-From North Bus Terminal, board a Ceres Bus bound for Hagnaya Port. Travel time is around 4 hours and the fare is Php165.00 (Note: Prices may change depending on the Bus Operator. Please let us know if there is an updated price.)
-From Hagnaya Port, board the Island Shipping or Super Shuttle Ferry bound for Santa Fe Port. Take note that the ferry is following a scheduled trip. First trip will be 3am and the last trip is 5:30pm. Travel time is 1 hour and the fare is Php170.00 + Php10.00 (Terminal Fee).
-From Santa Fe Port, head over to the Tourism Office to pay the Ecological fee at Php30.00.

2. Bakhaw Beach, Camotes Island

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Camotes Island is one of the best places in Cebu in terms of long white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Bakhaw Beach is our next recommendation when we say budget-friendly beach.

Fees and Other Details

Entrance fee is Php20.00 as of writing. There are traditional nipa hut cottages to rent on a daily basis for a reasonable rate. There is a small sari-sari store that sells basic necessities like canned goods, biscuits, candies, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, etc.

How to get there

From Mactan Airport or Cebu City, ride a taxi/Grab/Angkas going to North Bus Terminal. Ride a bus going to Danao Port, land travel is just an hour from the bus terminal. And from Danao Port board a Roro (wheeled cargo ship) bound for Consuelo Port,  Camotes, travel time from Danao Port to Consuelo Port is 2 hours and 30 minutes. 

3. Maravilla Beach, Tabuelan Cebu

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One of the budget-friendly beach in northern Cebu. Also with a long white-sand beach and crystal-clear waters. This beach is still not yet developed and the network is still not yet stable during our visit.

Fees and Other Details

There is no entrance fee as of writing but if you want to stay overnight, you can pay Php100.00 to pitch your tent starting from 5pm.

How to get there

From the North Bus Terminal, board any bus going to Tabuelan. We recommend the Inday Memie bus. Fare is Php100 per person. Drop off will be at Tabuelan Public Market where you can buy your foods. From the Public Market, ride a motorbike or habal2x going to Maravilla Brgy Hall. From Barangay Hall, you will see a basketball court and follow the path for about 3-5 minutes until you reach to the beach.

4. Skips Beach Resort, Daanbantayan, Cebu

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Daanbantayan is also one of Cebu’s best travel destinations because of its crystal clear waters. Just a bit of history, ‘daanbantayan’ is a transliteration for “old lookout place”. In other words, this is one of the many places where watchtowers were being built during the Spanish period. 

Fees and Other Details

Skips Resort is a very friendly and generous resort. Most of the things are free including the use of the public camping ground.

How to get there

From Cebu North Bus Terminal, you can ride a bus heading to Daanbantayan. Travel time is about 3 hours from Cebu City. The fare is around 150-165 for non-air-conditioned buses and 160-180 for the air-conditioned ones. You can also take a V-hire (or van for hire) from the North Bus Terminal but expect to pay a higher fare, roughly around 160-190 pesos. When you arrive at Daanbantayan, just follow the barangay road across the Cebu Technological University “CTU”.

5. Tingko Beach, Alcoy Cebu

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One of the freshest beach in southern Cebu. Tingko Beach has a crystal-clear waters too and cheap entrance fee. If you want to just relax at the beach, this place is for you.

Fees and Other Details

There is a Php30.00 entrance fee. There are a couple of vendors within the area and pitching a tent is also allowed.

How to get there

From Cebu City, head over to the South Cebu Bus Terminal then take the bus bound for Oslob, then get off at Tingko Beach in Alcoy. The place is very accessible so you will not get lost as long as you inform the “konduktor” to drop you off at Tingko beach.

6. Lambug Beach, Badian Cebu

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This is one of the places that we’ve been to for so many times and I can guarantee you that this place is really worth the visit. The shorelines may be long, but there’s a part where the corals can be seen because of its crystal clear waters.

Fees and Other Details

Fortunately, Lambug beach doesn’t have entrance fees. Tent charge: Php50 /head on weekdays, Php150 /head on weekends and you need to bring your own tent. There are also Cottages you can rent for Php500 per day
• Bus fare: ₱140 /head
• Tricycle: ₱30 /head

How to get there

From Cebu City, head over to the South Cebu Bus Terminal then take the bus bound for Oslob, then get off at Tingko Beach in Alcoy. The place is very accessible so you will not get lost as long as you inform the “konduktor” to drop you off at Tingko beach.

From Cebu City, head over to Cebu South Bus Terminal, take a bus going to Badian or Oslob. Fare is Pph140. You can tell the bus driver to drop you off at the town proper (Lungsod) of Badian. Travel time is about 3 hours.

From the town proper, ride a tricycle going to Lambug Beach. Fare is about Php30 per person. Travel time is 20-30 minutes.

7. White Beach, Basdaku Moalboal Cebu

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This is one of Cebu’s most famous white beach. Just like Lambug, I have been here for a couple of times already and I still want to go back because for me, this is one of the beaches that’s perfect to spend overnight with your loved ones.

Fees and Other Details

The entrance fee is around Php10-Php30.00/head and there is also an environmental fee for Php5. You can pitch a tent at the beach for Php100/day. There are small sari-sari stores that sells basic commodities like canned goods, biscuits, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

How to get there

From Cebu City, head over to the South Cebu Bus Terminal then take the bus bound for Bato via Barili and inform the “konduktor” to drop you off at Gaisano Grand Mall Moalboal or Moalboal Town Proper. Fare is around Php150 – Php175.

From the town proper or Gaisano Grand Mall, ride a tricycle or habal-habal going to Basdaku. Regular fare is about Php30 per person.

8. Dalaguete Beach Park, Dalaguete Cebu

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When we say Dalaguete, what immediately goes out of our mind is the famous Osmena Peak, Kandungaw Peak and Casino Peak also known as the Little Chocolate Hills of Cebu. Lately I knew that Dalaguete is also called as the Summer Capital of Cebu because of its beautiful public beach.

Fees and Other Details

The entrance fee is Php30 per adult, Php15/child; Parking fee is Php20; Table Rental is Php 250 for Day Use Only; Cottage is Php350 for Small cottages and Php1,500 for Big cottages.

How to get there

From Cebu City, head over to the South Bus Terminal, board any bus bound for Dalaguete. Just inform the driver or conductor to drop you off at Dalaguete Beach Park also known as the public beach of Dalaguete. Bus fare is Php120 (one-way).

9. Cancua-ay Private Beach Resort, Oslob, Cebu

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Fees and Other Details

They have day use for Php100/head that includes electricity & cottage. Good thing is, they don’t have corkage fee. You can also rent the following items:

  • Php100 – life vest for rent
  • Php60 – Snorkel
  • Php100 – Beach ball
  • Php200 –  Bodyboard
  • Php1200 – TENT (max 4 person) includes: sofa, blankets,and pillows
  • Php4500 – bedroom ( prior reservation)
  • Php3500 – max. 16 persons. Island hopping (Sumilon Island)

For those who love adventure, they also have a cliff jumping activity.

How to get there

From Cebu City, head over to the South Bus Terminal, board any bus bound for Bato via Oslob. Just inform the driver or conductor to drop you off at Cancuaay Beach Resort. If it so happen that they are not familiar with the place, you can tell them instead to drop you off at Seafari Beach Resort. Bus fare is Php180 (one-way). Travel time is about 3 hours.

10. Mahayahay Beach, Argao Cebu

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A public beach for everyone especially those who are on a tight budget. You camping, barbecue by the beach and boat trips. The place is perfect for family reunions and gatherings. Other activities you can enjoy includes
surfing, skimboarding, sailing, kayaking and beach volleyball which makes it perfect for team buildings.

Fees and Other Details

Skimboard Rent is Php 100/day
Cottage rent starts at Php200 (standard fee)

During north monsoon season (October to May) there is long headland and the wind comes from north-east. The water at the south beach is very calm during that time. The rainy season/south monsoon (June to September) is a stormy time. Strong wind and big waves attract many people from all over the Philippines for wave surfing, windsurfing and especially skim boarding. (Source: https://wayph.com/mahayahay-beach-resort/ )

How to get there

From Cebu City, head over to the South Bus Terminal, board any bus bound for Argao. Just inform the driver or conductor to drop you off at Argao Proper. From Argao Proper, ride a tricycle on the way to Mahayahay Beach for Php6-8. Bus fare is Php60-80 (one-way). Travel time is about 2 hours.

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