Bagacay Point Lighthouse and other Tourist Attractions in Liloan Cebu
Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Liloan, Cebu
Liloan may not be part of your lists on your Cebu itineraries but you might include it now especially if lighthouses and wakeboarding interest you. Before going any further this is Liloan the town located in the central eastern part of Cebu next to the municipality of Consolacion and before the town of Compostela.
This article is not about the other famous Liloan (the port location for your Cebu to Dumaguete trip and vice versa), a barangay in the municipality of Santander.
|The Bagacay Point Lighthouse is located in Catarman, Liloan|
Liloan is another off the beaten track destination in Cebu but Liloan has a lot to offer and listed below are my top 5 tourist spots in the municipality.
1. BAGACAY POINT LIGHTHOUSE
The Bagacay Point Lighthouse or Parola ng Bagacay Point is originally built in 1857 by the Spaniards and per Wikipedia, the current tower was reconstructed in 1904 by order of William Howard Taft, the first Governor-General of the Philippines and later the President of the United States.
To get to the lighthouse, ride a Liloan bound jeepney (#25) and disembark at 7 Eleven, immediately before reaching San Fernando Rey Parish Church then walk your way towards a corner near the church until you see motorcycles for hire or habal-habal. Fare from the church to the bridge is 10 pesos. As of this writing the bridge going to Catarman is under construction, so the habal habal driver will only bring you to the foot of the bridge. From the bridge, walk your way to the other side then hire another habal habal (motorbike) and tell the driver to bring you to the Parola or Bagacay Lighthouse. Fare is 30 pesos (one way). You might want to negotiate the driver to wait for you if you intend to stay there for a shorter period. For safety reasons, the driver has an advice for ladies, if you want to do the tour solo, go with the drivers that wear the LIJODA purple shirt, it's an acronym that stands for Liloan Joint Drivers Association.
Hire a taxi or bring your private vehicle then take this route. From Total gasoline station in Mandaue
(that gasoline station before reaching Marcelo Fernan Bridge), take the road going to Umapad that go straight to Tayud, Consolacion until you reached the Petron gas station in Landing, Catarman in Liloan, then turn right, you should see the lighthouse or ask around where is Amara, the lighthouse is just beside it.
2. BANTAYAN SA HARI (Watchtower of the King)
The Bantayan sa Hari is a watchtower built by the Spaniards that stands on the cliff overlooking the Mactan Channel. The watchtower is just a few minutes walk downwards from Bagacay Lighthouse. I asked the habal habal driver for directions but he toured me there instead, so he automatically became my tourist guide and photographer (lol).
3. SAN FERNANDO REY PARISH CHURCH & LILOAN MUNICIPAL HALL
The church is located in front of Liloan Municipal Hall
Getting there: Take any Liloan bound jeepney (#25).
|I was just right on time for a 4:00pm mass but my itchy feet asked me to move forward (lol)|
4. PAPA KIT'S MARINA AND FISHING LAGOON
Papa Kit's is not just a fishing lagoon. Aside from fishing and swimming (
the pool is small though) you can do wakeboarding, horseback riding, wall climbing, zip-lining, jungle obstacle. The activities have a corresponding price, click here. If you want to go there and just enjoy the view and relax, entrance fee is Php100 where Php50 is consumable.
Getting there: Take the same instructions as getting to Bagacay Point Lighthouse above but tell the driver to drop you off at Papa Kit's. Not sure how much is the charge, it could be Php10 or Php20. I used the same driver who brought me to Bagacay Point, Bantayan sa Hari and Papa Kit's and considering the lost passengers, the waiting time, the tour, giving him Php200 is not too much. Grateful to that driver. Thanks Rex! For safety reasons, the driver has an advice for ladies, if you want to do the tour solo, go with the drivers that wear the LIJODA purple shirt, it's an acronym that stands for Liloan Joint Drivers Association.
Some people told me they don't like Papa Kit's but when I get there, I don't know why. I like the place.
I will come back. Papa Kits should need to add a bigger pool, though considering how vast the place is.
5. TITAY'S ROSQUILLO'S AND DELICACIES + MASI
Liloan is home to the very famous rosquillos in Cebu, Titay's. It has been in business since 1907. Give them a visit, it's just a walking distance from the municipal hall and please do not forget to buy masi which is sold on the sidewalk near the municipal hall/church.
|Masi is made of sticky rice with mashed peanut filling|
Liloan used to be our beach destination when we were younger, specifically Pepito's Beach but as we get older, we pass by this town and go straight to Catmon beach. (Those were the days)
Gaisano Grand Liloan - if you are running out of cash, there's Metrobank there.
WHERE TO STAY
You can find places to stay in Liloan via Agoda, TravelBook, Airbnb, Trivago, etc.
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