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5 Scenic But Affordable Beach Resorts in Southern Cebu for Backpackers

Travel Cebu’s hidden gems without breaking the bank.

By: Peter Parcon | April 01, 2021
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Cebu has a lot of beautiful destinations!

Mactan Island may be the main focus of tourists looking for some fun under the sun in Cebu. But the island has more to offer in terms of beach resorts. There are several high-end resorts in the northern part of the island. And then there is the south.

Southern Cebu has its share of beach resorts, and a number of them are within reach of those who are on a tight budget. In fact, you can stay in these resorts without breaking the bank. Check out some of these affordable resorts where you can enjoy the sun, surf, and sand without having to spend a small fortune.

1. Club Serena Resort

Where: Barangay Saavedra, Moalboal, Cebu

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Once the moon takes over the sky, you can relax and unwind by the poolside of the resort.

Image: Club Serena Resort

Club Serena Resort is one of the go-to places of Cebuanos who want to spend the weekend in the southern town of Moalboal. Each of the 12 cottages of Club Serena Resort exudes the feeling of peace and tranquility. The relaxing ambiance of the resort gives its guests the chance to escape the maddening pace of life in the city. The resort also has two swimming pools for guests who are not keen on taking a dip at the beach.

Room rates at Club Serena Resort start at PhP3,000 for the Rajah Cottage up to PhP6,000 for the Governor’s Suite. The resort is around three hours and forty-five minutes from the airport.

2. Looc Garden Resort

Where: Rizal St Ext, Argao

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The poolside of Looc Garden Resort is a good place to lounge on a hot weekend afternoon in Argao.

Image: Looc Garden Resort

Situated right in front of the popular Mahayahay Beach of Argao, Looc Garden Resort can be your home away from home Southern Cebu. Guests have four types of rooms to choose from— standard fan room, standard air-conditioned room, deluxe air-conditioned room, and the family room. Similar to the town, the resort is simple and laidback. Its simplicity adds to its appeal to people looking to simply relax and unwind.

Room rates at Looc Garden Resort are between PhP900 for the standard fan room and PhP2,100 for the family room. The resort is around two hours and forty-one minutes from the airport.

3. Ocean Bay Beach Resort

Where: National Highway, Dalaguete, Cebu

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The studio room at Ocean Bay Beach Resort is ideal for small families looking for a weekend escapade in the south.

Image: Ocean Bay Beach Resort

Being one of the pioneering resorts in the south, Ocean Bay Beach Resort is one place you may want to consider spending the night after climbing Osmeña Peak in Dalaguete. Its 100-meter shoreline may even beckon you to take a dip to loosen your tight muscles. The resort also offers snorkeling and scuba diving activities. You may also opt to spend the afternoon at the restaurant waiting for the sun to set over the horizon.

Room rates at Ocean Bay Beach Resort start at PhP1,300 for the standard (no sea view) room up to PhP5,000 for the Seaside House. The resort is around three hours away from the airport.

4. Hale Manna Coastal Gardens

Where: Barangay Saavedra, Moalboal, Cebu

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Guests can spend the afternoon watching the tides at the signature adirondack chairs of Hale Manna Coastal Gardens.

Image: Hale Manna Coastal Gardens

The name of Hale Manna Coastal Gardens comes from two Hawaiian words, hale (house) and mana (good energy). This means the resort is a house of good energy. Located in the diving town of Moalboal, the resort offers several activities to make your stay unforgettable. Guests can go diving, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, or simply lounging at the signature adirondack (wooden outdoor chair) chairs of Hale Manna Coastal Gardens.

Room rates at Hale Manna Coastal Gardens are between PhP3,500 for the superior room (single occupancy) and PhP7,500 for the Champaca room. The resort is around three hours and thirty-two minutes from the airport.

5. Bonita Oasis Beach Resort

Where: Tubli Road, Basdiot, Moalboal

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Relaxing at the poolside is a good way to end the day at the Bonita Oasis Beach Resort.

Image: Bonita Oasis Beach Resort

After witnessing the sardine run or visiting Pescador Island, you may want to sit back and chill at Bonita Oasis Beach Resort. Located in the town of Moalboal, the resort gives guests the option of taking a dip at the beach or in the swimming pool. The outdoor Jacuzzi can also massage their tired muscles after a day full of activities. Bonita Oasis Beach Resort is also one of the few resorts offering wireless internet connection to its guests. This gives guests the chance to connect with the world while they are enjoying their stay in paradise.

Rooms rates at Bonita Oasis Beach Resort start at PhP2,000 for the economy room (low season) up to PHP4,000 for the family room with TV (peak season). The resort is around three hours and twenty-three minutes from the airport.

If you want to enjoy the beauty of the beaches of Cebu while staying within your budget, you may want to explore these beach resorts in the southern part of Cebu.

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This article was originally published in Yoorekka on November 29, 2018.

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About Peter Parcon
After leaving spending 16 years of his professional life in the academe, Peter decided to try his luck in the world of online freelancing. For the past eight years, he has been creating content for clients all around the world. He can work on just about any topic - from tattoos to technology and food to finance. He dreams of visiting every island in the archipelago some day.
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