South Cebu Tour - My South Cebu Itinerary for 3 Days and 2 Nights

My South Cebu Tour 3 Days 2 Nights - Santander, Alcoy, Oslob, Alegria and Badian


The last time I went to south Cebu was before the pandemic when I visited Simala Church in Sibonga in 2019. Pandemic happened so I never got the chance to go back. Recently though, when I and my sis were out and about in the city, we took an unplanned trip to Naga and visited Pasilong sa Naga inside Naga Boardwalk and Park. The boardwalk was undergoing construction then when we went there in October 2022. We then went home after the trip and since I had been meaning to go to Santander, the southernmost town of southern Cebu, I filed for a leave of absence, took a break and embarked on a South Cebu Tour in November 2022. 
South Cebu Tour 3 Days 2 Nights
South Cebu Tour 3 Days 2 Nights


NIGHT 0
I booked a room in advance on agoda.com and decided to start my South Cebu Itinerary from Santander. For Night 1, I stayed at Santander Pebble Beach Resort in Santander and for Night 2, I stayed at Maxvir Beach Resort in Oslob

DAY 1: CEBU CITY TO SANTANDER
I couldn't sleep the night before in anticipation and excitement of my forthcoming South Cebu trip, so I waited until 5:00am to start my Cebu South tour. 
  • 5:30am Had breakfast at Jollibee Talamban and rode a jeepney for Cebu South Bus Terminal in Cebu City
  • 6:20am Arrived at Cebu South Bus Terminal and purchased a ticket at the ticket booth for a bus bound for Bato via Oslob then told the ticketing lady that I will alight at the beautiful Santander Pebble Beach Resort. (Had to sleep while on the bus on my way to Santander).
  • 11:00am Arrived at Santander Pebble Beach Resort. Check in time was 2:00pm but the resort allowed me to check in express as I earned a VIP status in Agoda and the resort allowed express check in (the more you book, the more benefits you'll get)
  • 11:00am to 5:00pm The beach was so inviting, so after I checked in, I immediately went for a swim, took a shower, had my lunch and took a rest for an hour or two then went to visit Santander Municipal Hall, St. Gabriel The Archangel ChurchSanayon Site and the nearby Liloan Port. There is a parking bay for motorcycle taxis (habal habal), tricycles and bus terminal that is just a close walking distance to Santander Pebble Beach Resort.
  • In case you didn't know yet, Liloan Port is your gateway to Negros Island which is just a few minutes ferry boat ride away from Sibulan, Negros Oriental. So, if you want to prolong your vacation and visit Negros Oriental, Santander Pebble Beach Resort and Kingdom Resort are 2 of the best places to stay overnight in Santander, Cebu as these resorts are a close walking distance to the port of Liloan, Santander.
Santander Pebble Beach Resort in Santander Cebu
Santander Pebble Beach Resort in Santander Cebu. Play the video below to tour the beautiful resort

Santander Pebble Beach Resort in Cebu Swimming Pool
Santander Pebble Beach Resort in Cebu Swimming Pool

Sanayon Site in Santander Cebu the Southernmost Tip of Cebu
Sanayon Site in Santander Cebu the Southernmost Tip of Cebu

St. Gabriel The Archangel Church in Santander Cebu
St. Gabriel The Archangel Church in Santander Cebu

Santander Municipal Building in Cebu Philippines
Santander Municipal Building in Cebu Philippines

Liloan Port in Liloan Santander Cebu Philippines
Liloan Port in Liloan Santander Cebu Philippines


DAY 2: SANTANDER TO ALCOY
After a restful night at Pebble Beach Resort in Santander, I took a shower, had my breakfast, checked out early then proceeded to my next destination, so I walked towards the direction of the terminal for motorcycles/tricycles and asked the driver to drop me off to the national highway. (You can actually wait for the bus heading for Cebu City at the nearby bus terminal opposite Liloan Port but I wanted to save time). 
  • 9:00am Boarded a bus from the national highway in Santander bound for Cebu City
  • 10:30am Disembarked at Tingko Beach in Alcoy (the one with the sign board Alcoy Beach Resorts) and explored the place. I only wanted to visit the place as I had not been there for quite a while. I entered at Antig Tingko Beach Resort 2 and took a video of the the beautiful Tingko Beach. (Find more info on Tingko Beach)
Free Breakfast at Santander Pebble Beach Resort
Free Breakfast at Santander Pebble Beach Resort

Tingko Beach in Alcoy Cebu taken at Antig Tingko Beach Resort 2
Tingko Beach in Alcoy Cebu taken at Antig Tingko Beach Resort 2


DAY 2: ALCOY TO OSLOB
  • 11:00am After exploring Tingko Beach for about 30 minutes, I boarded a bus bound for Oslob, on the other side of the road
  • 12:10pm I disembarked at Oslob town proper, the one with Seven Eleven/Oslob Public Market, bought a packed lunch at Seven Eleven and had it eaten beside Oslob Covered Court. I then explored the beautiful historic town of Oslob and had myself amazed once again by the highly Instagrammable Cuartel. I also took some pictures of Immaculate Conception Church, Museo Oslob, Oslob Covered Court, Baluarte and the Oslob Municipal Building and Plaza.
  • 1:45pm I then headed to the highway, rode a tricycle, alighted at the nearby Gaisano Grand Oslob to buy some groceries then  checked in at Maxvir Inn Beach Resort on Lagunde at 2:00pm. I enjoyed my Nipa Hut accommodation which is very affordable, had it at less than five hundred pesos (<Php500), had a good swim, took a shower then took a rest for a good number of hours. 
  • 6:00pm Rode a tricyle on the other side of the road and had dinner at Bora Cube Food Park, also on Barangay Lagunde.
Cuartel in Oslob Cebu Philippines
Cuartel in Oslob Cebu Philippines is one of the most popular tourist spots in Oslob Cebu

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church in Oslob Cebu
Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church in Oslob Cebu

Bora Cube Food Park in Oslob Cebu
Bora Cube Food Park in Oslob Cebu on Barangay Lagunde

Maxvir Beach Resort in Oslob Cebu Philippines
Maxvir Beach Resort in Oslob Cebu Philippines. Stayed at this beach resort at a Nipa Hut Fan Room that is incredibly inexpensive, less than Php500. Play the video below to tour the resort.

Baluarte in Oslob Cebu
Baluarte in Oslob Cebu

DAY 3: OSLOB TO ALEGRIA TO BADIAN
  • 9:00am Checked out early from Maxvir Beach Resort, road a tricyle for Oslob town proper, had bread and coffee at Julie's Bakeshop (opposite Oslob Public Market), took a bus from Oslob to Samboan and toured around south. 
  • 10:30am From the bus terminal in Samboan, rode another bus bound for Moalboal/Cebu City then disembarked at Alegria town proper and toured around the town
  • 11:00am Had lunch at Marco's Diner
  • 11:30am I meant to ride another bus for Cebu City but the buses were scarce that day, so I rode a jeepney/multi-cab bound for Badian (the next town). Had a funny jeepney experience. Handed my fare of twenty pesos (Php20), expecting a change, only to find out from the driver and co-passengers that the fare from Alegria to Badian is fifty pesos (Php50) -had a good laugh with fellow passengers, shame on me, though, haha
  • 12:10am Arrived in Badian town, booked a habal-habal (motorcycle taxi) ride to see the church and Badian Municipal Hall and Building
  • 12:20am Had lunch at Renemar Restaurant (along the road)
  • 1:00pm Wanted to explore some more places in south Cebu but I decided to go home
  • 4:30pm Arrived in Cebu City, had my dinner and visited the Colon Night Market (fyi: the night market is seasonal, opens during December until Sinulog time in January, I suppose) 
Park in Alegria Cebu Philippines
Park in Alegria Cebu Philippines

Alegria Town in South Cebu
Alegria Town in South Cebu

Marco's Diner in Alegria Cebu
Marco's Diner in Alegria Cebu

Badian Town in Cebu South.
Badian Town in Cebu South. From left to right top to bottom: Renemar Restaurant, Badian Church and Badian Municipal Building

Colon Night Market in Cebu City Cebu
Colon Night Market in Cebu City Cebu


ROUTE SUMMARY INFORMATION
If you are new to Cebu, thought of putting here the time to travel from one southern Cebu town to the other from my South Cebu Tour routes above. I have also put a map to better understand the towns in Cebu south.
  1. Travel time from Cebu City to Santander is between 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes
  2. Travel time between Santander to Alcoy is between 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  3. Travel time between Alcoy to Oslob is 1 hour
  4. Travel time from Oslob to Samboan is 1 hour 30 minutes or less
  5. Travel time from Samboan to Alegria is 1 hour 
  6. Travel time from Alegria to Badian is 35 minutes or less
  7. Travel time from Badian to Cebu City is about 3 hours
  • Based on the itinerary above, if you want to extend your stay in Cebu and tour around Negros Oriental, you can have your first night at Tingko Beach in Alcoy or Maxvir Beach Resort in Oslob then stay at Santander Pebble Beach Resort on the second night, that way, you are closer to Liloan Port for Sibulan, Negros Oriental all the way to Dumaguete City.

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