While resorts dot Maravilla Beach, the beach itself is free of any commercial developments.
Maravilla Beach is a public beach located in the western town of Tabuelan. It is one of the hidden paradises in Cebu. The sand is so fine that it can rival the best the country has to offer. Most of the people swimming at the beach are residents of Tabuelan and its neighboring towns. However, it is gradually becoming popular among city dwellers as well.
Even with the number of resorts in the area, the beach itself is free of any commercial developments. This makes Maravilla beach a good place to spend the holidays. You can get a room in one of the resorts or pitch a tent on the beach.
Cottages can be rented here at PhP100 up to PhP250. There is a fee of PhP50 if you pitch a tent at the beach. Security is not a problem since the barangay (village) hall is located right in front of the beach. Men assigned as barangay tanod (village watchmen) also patrol the beach. There are some vendors close to the entrance of the beach, but you can buy supplies at the public market to save money.
The best way to reach Maravilla Beach is by bringing your own vehicle. This is what I did with my college buddy when we went on a road trip to western Cebu. We started off at JY Square Discovery Mall and passed through the Transcentral Highway going to Balamban. The trip took around four hours since we were enjoying the sights on the way to the beach. You can also take a bus or van to Tuburan from the Cebu North Bus Terminal. After reaching the town, you can get on a tricycle or motorcycle-for-hire to reach Maravilla Beach.
Indeed, Cebu offers many options for people who want to greet the New Year with a bang.