If you ask us, we’ll tell you South Cebu has it all. Good beaches, epic waterfalls, great adventure, and amazing resorts. It’s one of our favourite places in the Philippines, and we recommend it to anyone looking to visit the country. If South Cebu is on your itinerary but you’re not sure where to stay, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together this handy guide to the best beach resorts in South Cebu, catering to most budgets and occasions!
By far the most popular town for tourists to stay in, Moalboal makes up the majority of the best resorts in South Cebu. This little town on the west coast is central to most tourist attractions in South Cebu, which is what makes it such a great base for your South Cebu adventures. It also has plenty of food options, particularly catering to international tourists. If you’re planning on staying in Moalboal, don’t forget to also check out our guide to the best restaurants in Moalboal.
QUO VADIS DIVE RESORT
Quo Vadis Dive Resort is one of the best beach resorts in South Cebu for those who are looking to try scuba diving or snorkelling, some of the best activities to do in Moalboal. There are a variety of rooms to choose from at Quo Vadis Dive Resort, from their Garden View room to a Premiere Suite to fit most midscale budgets.
With a host of facilities, you can choose to treat yourself to refreshments at the pool’s swim-up bar or take a bite to eat at their Sea View Restaurant. If you’ve got online work to do or need to stay connected, check out their coffee shop and wifi lounge. You’ll also be well within walking distance of Moalboal’s most popular dining and nightlife spots along Panagsama Road and the waterfront.
TURTLE BAY DIVE RESORT
Turtle Bay Dive Resort is one of the most luxe beach resorts in South Cebu, ideal for families who enjoy both diving and the finer things in life. You’ll have direct access to 20 epic dive sites in the area, not to mention our favourite snorkelling spot in the Philippines is right along the shoreline. Aside from diving, take a dip in the lagoon swimming pool, and if you’ve got little ones with you fear not, there’s a designated kiddie pool.
All that swimming will likely make you hungry, but you don’t have to go far to indulge. Check out their Bay View Restaurant with a panoramic view of the bay and mountain range and welcome the evening at the Bay View Bar. You’ll be well-rested after your activities, with all rooms decked out with an air-conditioner and a private balcony for a little peace and quiet.
The ultimate family resort, Moalboal Tropics offers the complete family getaway with an abundance of facilities to entertain the kids, like an outdoor swimming pool complete with a slide and a playground just for them. And when we say the complete family, we really mean everyone. Pets are welcome at Moalboal Tropics so your furbabies don’t have to miss out on any fun.
The accommodation rooms are comfortable and affordable, with bookings including complimentary breakfast. Especially popular with local tourists, Moalboal Tropics is more than just a beach resort in South Cebu, it’s also a function venue ideal for family events like birthdays, anniversaries or reunions.
PESCADORES SEAVIEW SUITES
Experience a Santorini-inspired escape at Pescadores Seaside Suites with its Mediterranean, contemporary style. Take a dip in their infinity pool as you take in the beautiful sunset or explore their private beachfront. Find your perfect fit with over 30 accommodations rooms to choose from, varying from standard rooms to suites and villas.
Going out for an adventure is made easy as Pescadores Seaside Suites is located near top dive sites like the Pescador Island, as well as canyoneering sites and the famous Kawasan Falls. If you’re wanting a break from outdoor adventures, you can always opt for a spa day at the resort and keep the kids entertained in the games room.
Wander along 1.3 hectares of paradise at Club Serena, one of the best beach resorts in South Cebu. Adventurous types can take advantage of Club Serena’s activity pacakges, like diving, snorkelling, paddleboarding and kayaking, or simply laze about by the beach and take a dip in 2 pristine pools.
After all that adventure, treat yourself to Club Serena’s all-day dining restaurant, specialising in Filipino cuisine, then catch some much needed R & R in a luxurious and contemporary Filipino inspired villa or suite, suitable for up to 4 guests.
THE BLUE ORCHID
The Blue Orchid is located at the tail end of White Beach Moalboal, making it one of the best beach resorts in South Cebu. The Blue Orchid offers a refreshing rainforest escape, surrounded by tropical trees and foliage, as well as a 5-star PADI diving experience.
An intimate resort, there are only 16 rooms to choose from, ranging from sea or pool views, so you can expect privacy. This charming resort caters to all sorts of occasions, from adventure packages for those looking to explore the South, as well as family packages and romantic escapes.
KASAI VILLAGE DIVE RESORT
Kasai Village Dive Resort is a first class resort for the avid divers out there. You’ll feel closer to nature at Kasai Village, away from the hustle and bustle of the popular Panagsama Rd tourist strip. What sets Kasai Village apart from other dive resorts in South Cebu is their professional underwater photography packages, catering to both novices and pros alike.
After your dive, enjoy a massage, facial, footspa or manipedi at the spa, or if you’ve still got energy to burn (how?!) have your hand at volleyball on the beachfront. Settle in for a night of rest in either a pool view room with a patio or a sea view room with a terrace.
Farther down south and on the east coast is the town of Oslob, made famous by the Oslob whale shark encounter. This tourist attraction brings in tens of thousands of tourists every year from all over the world, and with such an early start time, it makes sense to spend the night before in Oslob.
SEASCAPE BEACH RESORT
Seascape Beach Resort in Oslob is just that, the perfect seascape overlooking panoramic views of the Cebu Strait. This modern resort features a range of affordable rooms, surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
Start your day with complimentary continental breakfast before exploring the coastline. The famous Oslob whale sharks are just a stone’s throw from the resort, as well as other popular diving and snorkelling sites. Take it easy at the resort with wellness services such as massages to complete your vacay.
DOWN SOUTH 118
Down South 118 is personally one of our favourite beach resorts in South Cebu, having stayed there for a few nights in 2019. Located on a private beachfront along the Oslob coast, this boutique resort has one hell of a view. Whilst it may not have a pool, you’ve got the entire sea on your doorstep, as well as space to soak up the sun and alfresco dining space.
Enjoy spacious, Mediterranean-inspired accommodation and stay connected all holiday long with free WiFi in all the rooms. Kids (and kids at heart) will stay busy with a dedicated games room, and you’re welcome to BYO food to grill in the provided BBQ facility.
GING-GING HOTEL & RESORT
Ging-Ging Hotel & Resort is conveniently located not far from the centre of Oslob town, less than a 5-minute drive to Gaisano Grand and 15 minutes to the Oslob whale sharks. A large indoor & outdoor lagoon-style pool takes centre stage at Ging-Ging Hotel & Resort, along with breathtaking sea views from their beachfront restaurant.
Whilst the resort is quaint with only 16 guestrooms, it’s still ideal for big family or group trips with an 8-Bed Dormitory you can book exclusively. For something a little more lavish, opt for their Deluxe Family Suite with pool views.
Seafari Resort is one of our all-time favourite beach resorts in South Cebu. Unwind at Seafari Resort’s infinity pool with its panoramic sea view or take a dip in their outdoor hot tub. Complete your relaxing stay with a massage and take it to the next level with a massage by the beach. If you’re looking for something a little more active, they also offer canoeing, snorkelling and diving.
Their alfresco restaurant serves up some delicious food and their cosy outdoor lounging area is the perfect spot for a coffee. You can also take a stroll in the tropical gardens with plenty of picturesque spots to snap a pic for the ‘gram. With 10 cozy and affordable accommodation rooms featuring sea views, staying in has never seemed more appealing.
ALEGRIA WATER FRONT BEACH HOUSE
Alegria Water Front Beach House is one of the more contemporary, upmarket beach resorts in South Cebu, with modern rooms featuring pool and sea views to choose from. Plunge into their infinity pool right in front of the private beach or sit back and sunbathe on the deck. Make the most of the resort’s amenities with a shared kitchen and lounge space for guests.
Explore your surroundings on two wheels with the resort’s exclusive guest bicycle rental, a good way to discover more around the area. If it’s on your agenda to visit the famous Kawasan Falls, you’re in luck as Alegria Water Front Beach House is conveniently located 5 kilometres from the falls.
BADIAN ISLAND WELLNESS RESORT
It doesn’t get much more exclusive than Badian Island Wellness Resort. The private island resort focuses on therapeutic service, with a unique swimming pool that contains ionized seawater, also called Thalasso, which has properties that rejuvenate your body. A spa day is a must at Badian Island Wellness Resort, where you can opt for your spa treatments at the beach or the spa village.
Relish in their elegant Filipino-inspired suites including their Thalasso Pool Villa featuring its own private Thalasso pool. Taste their variety of Filipino and International cuisine at their open-air Panorama Restaurant and enjoy drinks at the Bangka Bar. If you’re keen for a night out by the beach with acoustic music, the Shell Beach Bar is the place to go.
BLUEWATER SUMILON ISLAND RESORT
Looking for a private island getaway? Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort is a must-visit if you’re looking to escape. Discover the resort’s ample nature offerings, with its own sandbar, mangroves and lagoon and experience outdoor activities like snorkelling, kayaking, fishing and hiking. After those activities, take a dip in the infinity pool with picturesque views of the sea or pick a spot to relax on the private beachfront. Rejuvenate in the Amuma Spa where they use organic and local products to offer a range of treatments combining ancient and modern tactics.
Dine in the open-air Pulo Restaurant by the waterfront pool, serving a variety of local and international cuisine. Rest in the comfort of their deluxe rooms or amplify your stay in a villa with its own private pool. You can also give glamping a go with luxurious tent accommodation with all the modern comforts like aircon and a comfy bed to rest your head.
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