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Tourism in Southern Cebu Returns with Attractions Reopening

Popular southern Cebu tourist spots have finally reopened after months of closure.

Tourism in Southern Cebu have always been popular. The breathtaking beaches, historical sites, and outdoor activities have made it one of the go-to tourist attractions in the Philippines.

However, several tourist attractions had to either cease operations or rebuild because of unforeseen circumstances, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters.

Fortunately, in March of 2022, three very well-known tourist spots in Cebu are expected to return: Pescador Island off the coast of Moalboal, whale shark watching activities in Oslob, and the hidden beach resort, Hermit’s Cove, in Aloguinsan.

These tourist spots persevered despite the lack of tourists and the destruction caused by Typhoon Rai.


aerial view of Pescador Island

Pescador Island is one of Cebu’s go-to diving areas because of its healthy and rich marine biodiversity.

Pescador Island (Moalboal)

Moalboal is not only filled with many white-sand beaches and resorts, but it also has one of the most notable diving spots in the Philippines—Pescador Island.

Pescador Island is famous among snorkelers and divers because of its healthy and rich marine biodiversity of coral reefs, turtles, sharks, and many species of coral reef fish.

Although a few coral reefs and many passenger boats were destroyed in the wake of Typhoon Rai, the island was finally reopened to the public a little over two months later.

Now, Pescador Island is also renowned for being a sardine run spot. Snorkelers and divers alike gather on the island to get up close and personal with millions, or even billions, of sardines!

Oslob’s whale shark watching is a popular activity that promotes Philippine tourism.

Whale Shark Watching (Oslob)

In Cebu, you not only get to swim with sardines, but you also get to swim with whale sharks, which have attracted people from around the world. Whale sharks are generally found in Oslob and are locally known as butanding.

Whale shark watching may seem intimidating, especially since it brings you face-to-face with the largest fish on Earth, but swimming with whale sharks is exhilarating. The rush you feel whenever these gentle giants swim past to suck the krill near you is indescribable.

When whale shark watching, you may be tempted to pet them; although it is safe to do so, it is highly discouraged to ensure their safety and well-being. And if you are wondering if whale sharks will approach you to somehow suck you into their 4-feet wide mouths, that is possible but unlikely. After all, they are curious creatures.

For the first time in almost two years, tourists can partake in this unique activity again, thanks to loosened COVID-19 restrictions and effective COVID-19 protocols.

Oslob does not only offer whale shark watching, though. You can also try out canyoneering, visit the Kawasan Falls, or ride a bangka to Sumilon Island Sandbar.

And you do not have to worry about expensive lodging because there are many hostels and affordable yet exclusive Airbnb homestays in Oslob.

Hermit’s Cove (Aloguinsan)

Hermit’s Cove is among the most popular private beaches in Cebu.

Rounding out the list is Hermit’s Cove, a quiet, tranquil hidden white-sand beach resort located in Aloguinsan. It has an ambiance that creates a feeling of exclusivity, albeit only paying ₱100 (roughly US$2) per person for the entrance fee. It is somewhat hidden, though, since you need to go on a long but enjoyable trip to get there.

Like Pescador Island, Hermit’s Cove also suffered massive damage from Typhoon Rai—the strong winds cut down the surrounding trees and destroyed its iconic wooden steps.

Nevertheless, Hermit’s Cove returned for business on March 8, 2022.

These are just some of the tourist spots that have reopened to the public recently. It is only a matter of time until all other tourist spots in Cebu follow suit.

Their reopening also came at the perfect time—with summer just around the corner. As much as tourists are excited to take a dip in the clear Philippine waters, the resorts are also excited to welcome them back.

Tourism in southern Cebu is slowly reviving mainly because of the easing of COVID-19 protocols and the completion of crucial repairs. So, after two long years, expect more people to flock to wonderful tourist attractions in the next couple of months.

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