These five hidden gems to explore in Cebu make for great alternatives to the usual options
Bask on the sand in Santiago Bay
Most of the Camotes’ beach resorts are clustered around Pacijan Island’s Santiago Bay. The bay is a 15-minute ride by tricycle from Consuelo Wharf, the main point of entry for roll-on, roll-off (RORO) ferries from the mainland. Make the beautiful white-sand cove your base for exploring Pacijan and Poro.
Dive by the reefs near Tulang Diot Island
A five-minute boat ride from the northern coast of Pacijan takes you to the 40-hectare, bone-shaped island of Tulang Diot. White sand hugs its southern end, while coral walls offshore make for a vibrant snorkeling and scuba diving site.
Zipline across Cebu’s largest lake
Occupying the northern half of Pacijan is Lake Danao, a shallow freshwater basin. Stretching over an area of 680ha, the lake is Cebu’s largest — visitors can cruise over by paddleboat or zoom across on a 475m zipline installed just last year.
Cool off in a cave pool
The Camotes Islands are full of limestone caves filled with spring water — ideal spots for escaping the summer heat. Timubo Cave on Pacijan, with its underground pool, is the most popular, while Bukilat Cave on Poro is the largest — the well-lit cavern is on the receiving end of waves from the nearby coastline.
Go cliff jumping at Buho Rock
A large, boat-shaped limestone rock near Poro Port, connected by a cement bridge to a cliffside resort, serves as a diving platform for thrill-seekers. The six- to 12-meter drop into the azure waters of the Camotes Sea isn’t for the faint-hearted!
This article first appeared in the July 2019 issue of Smile magazine.