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Stunning Summer Spots in Cebu for an Unforgettable Summer Down South

See the Queen City of the South like never before and explore these spots for your summer vacation!

By: Peter Parcon | March 21, 2019

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summer spots Cebu

Is your idea of a great vacation doing thrilling activities or lounging at the beach?


The hot summer days and Cebu’s splendor go together like two peas in a pod. Being one of the best islands in the world makes the summer spots in Cebu some of the best in the business as well. Cebu has a lot to offer, and this list of seven summer spots in Cebu prove just that. This list includes various summer destinations, such as a water park, an eco-tourism destination, a hot spring, a butterfly sanctuary, and, of course, a couple of beaches. Read on to see them all!


1. Cebu Westown Lagoon

Where: F.F. Cruz St., Subangdaku, North Reclamation Area, Mandaue City
Entrance Fee: PhP350 for adults and kids above four feet in height; PhP250 for kids between two to four feet; Fee for infants 11 months and below
Room Rate: Starts at PhP3,800


Cebu

Kids and the kids-at-heart will surely have fun skidding down the water slide over and over again at one of the resort’s swimming pools!

Image: Cebu Westown Lagoon

Similar to the capital city up north, Cebu also has its share of water parks. Unlike many water parks in other places, Cebu Westown Lagoon is located right in the middle of the city. Situated in the North Reclamation Area, the water park features a kiddie pool, a swimming pool with water slide, a jacuzzi, and a KTV bar. In addition, large rooms are also available for families and groups of friends who want to spend the weekend at the resort.


2. Esoy Hot Spring

Where: Brgy. Duyan, Catmon, Northern Cebu
Entrance Fee: PhP350 for adults; PhP175 for children under 10 years old


vacation spots

The Esoy Hot Spring offers a rejuvenating experience to anyone taking a dip in its waters.

Image: Esoy Hot Spring, Catmon Cebu

Some people may not consider visiting a hot spring during the summer. But, when they discover the rejuvenating effects of taking a dip in these naturally heated pools, they may want to visit Esoy Hot Spring in the northern Cebu town of Catmon—the only hot spring in northern Cebu. The sulfur in the hot spring can treat skin irritation and promote blood circulation. Owned by Mr. Celso “Esoy” Bustamante, the spot is popular among locals, so much so that a reservation is needed before you are allowed to take a dip.



3. Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon

Where: Poblacion Liloan, Cebu
Entrance Fee: PhP100 per person
Room Rate: Starts at PhP2,500


summer vacation

You can have your adrenaline fix at the zip line inside Papa Kit's Marina and Fishing Lagoon.

Image: Papa Kit's Marina and Fishing Lagoon

Adventure seekers will definitely have fun at Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon. Situated in the northern town of Liloan, Cebu, this eco-tourism destination has become one of the go-to-places for people looking to have their adrenaline fix over the weekend. The place offers a number of water-based and land-based activities, including boating, fishing, horseback riding, biking. It also has its own obstacle course. Papa Kit’s is also home to a wakeboarding facility, which is the first wake cable park in Cebu. If you plan to stay a night or two, Papa Kit’s also has a number of rooms for guests to choose from.


4. Nalusuan Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary

Where: Olango Reef, Cordova Mactan, Cebu
Entrance Fee: PhP200
Room Rate: Starts at PhP3,500


summer place

Getting up close and personal with underwater animal life at the Nalusuan Island Resort.

Image: Nalusuan Island Resort

Owned by the same company managing Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon, Nalusuan Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary is another summer destination popular among locals. Located in the Olango Island Group, Nalusuan Island sits amid a rich underwater ecosystem offering a remarkable diving experience for visitors. The sand bar of the island gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the colorful underwater animal life surrounding the island. Aside from scuba diving, visitors can also go kayaking, snorkeling, or simply swimming in the crystal clear waters of the island. The cottages of the resort are built on stilts, giving guests a breathtaking view of the wonders of nature when they wake up early in the morning.


5. Carnaza Island

Where: Daanbantayan, Cebu
Entrance Fee: PhP100
Room Rate: PhP200 per night


getaway

The crystal clear water at Carnaza Island beckons visitors to take a dip during the sultry summer days.

Image: Carnaza Island Tour and Accommodation

Northern Cebu is home to a number of well-known island summer destinations, including Malapascua Island and Bantayan Island. But there is an island destination that even some locals do not know about: Carnaza Island. Located off the northern coast of Cebu, this turtle-shaped island can be considered paradise for travelers on a budget. While it is a part of the town of Daanbantayan, the island is around two to three hours away from mainland Cebu. The relatively untouched beauty of nature awaits visitors looking for something off the beaten track. While there is a resort on the island, you can pitch a tent or rent a room in the houses of the locals, who are quite accommodating to visitors.



6. Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary

Where: Macopa St, Basak, Pardo, Cebu City
Entrance Fee: PhP100 for adults; PhP50 for children 12 years old and below; PhP80 for senior citizens; PhP40 for each student in a class of at least 20 (up to high school); PhP50 for each college student for a class of at least 20


summer destinations

The museum features paintings made using the wings of dead butterflies

Image: Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary

For a different summer experience in Cebu, you may be interested in visiting a butterfly sanctuary. The Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary is home to the biggest and oldest butterfly collection in the country. Set up by the Cebuano artist and lepidopterist Professor Julian Jumalon, the place also houses artwork made using the wings of dead butterflies. Visitors to the place can easily spot 10 to 15 types of butterflies on any given day. The sanctuary currently has around 50 species of exotic and rare butterflies flying freely in the area.


Check out Yoorekka to find more attractions in Cebu off the beaten path!


7. Tingko Beach

Where: Alcoy, Cebu
Entrance Fee: PhP10 to PhP20, depending on point of entry


summer spots Cebu

Tingko Beach is among the best white sand beaches in southern Cebu

Image: Tingko Beach

While the first two beaches on the list may be located in the north, the south also has its share of white sand beaches. Located in the town of Alcoy, Tingko Beach is gradually becoming popular among locals and visitors to the town. It features a long stretch of white sand on an arching shoreline and its gradually sloping terrain is ideal for wading and snorkeling. The beach is right across a coral island that disappears when the tide is high. While Tingko Beach is a public beach, a minimal entrance fee is collected for its maintenance.


Visit Cebu this summer and see the Queen City as you’ve never seen it before!

summer spots Cebu

Is your idea of a great vacation doing thrilling activities or lounging at the beach?


The hot summer days and Cebu’s splendor go together like two peas in a pod. Being one of the best islands in the world makes the summer spots in Cebu some of the best in the business as well. Cebu has a lot to offer, and this list of seven summer spots in Cebu prove just that. This list includes various summer destinations, such as a water park, an eco-tourism destination, a hot spring, a butterfly sanctuary, and, of course, a couple of beaches. Read on to see them all!


1. Cebu Westown Lagoon

Where: F.F. Cruz St., Subangdaku, North Reclamation Area, Mandaue City
Entrance Fee: PhP350 for adults and kids above four feet in height; PhP250 for kids between two to four feet; Fee for infants 11 months and below
Room Rate: Starts at PhP3,800


Cebu

Kids and the kids-at-heart will surely have fun skidding down the water slide over and over again at one of the resort’s swimming pools!

Image: Cebu Westown Lagoon

Similar to the capital city up north, Cebu also has its share of water parks. Unlike many water parks in other places, Cebu Westown Lagoon is located right in the middle of the city. Situated in the North Reclamation Area, the water park features a kiddie pool, a swimming pool with water slide, a jacuzzi, and a KTV bar. In addition, large rooms are also available for families and groups of friends who want to spend the weekend at the resort.


2. Esoy Hot Spring

Where: Brgy. Duyan, Catmon, Northern Cebu
Entrance Fee: PhP350 for adults; PhP175 for children under 10 years old


vacation spots

The Esoy Hot Spring offers a rejuvenating experience to anyone taking a dip in its waters.

Image: Esoy Hot Spring, Catmon Cebu

Some people may not consider visiting a hot spring during the summer. But, when they discover the rejuvenating effects of taking a dip in these naturally heated pools, they may want to visit Esoy Hot Spring in the northern Cebu town of Catmon—the only hot spring in northern Cebu. The sulfur in the hot spring can treat skin irritation and promote blood circulation. Owned by Mr. Celso “Esoy” Bustamante, the spot is popular among locals, so much so that a reservation is needed before you are allowed to take a dip.



3. Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon

Where: Poblacion Liloan, Cebu
Entrance Fee: PhP100 per person
Room Rate: Starts at PhP2,500


summer vacation

You can have your adrenaline fix at the zip line inside Papa Kit's Marina and Fishing Lagoon.

Image: Papa Kit's Marina and Fishing Lagoon

Adventure seekers will definitely have fun at Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon. Situated in the northern town of Liloan, Cebu, this eco-tourism destination has become one of the go-to-places for people looking to have their adrenaline fix over the weekend. The place offers a number of water-based and land-based activities, including boating, fishing, horseback riding, biking. It also has its own obstacle course. Papa Kit’s is also home to a wakeboarding facility, which is the first wake cable park in Cebu. If you plan to stay a night or two, Papa Kit’s also has a number of rooms for guests to choose from.


4. Nalusuan Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary

Where: Olango Reef, Cordova Mactan, Cebu
Entrance Fee: PhP200
Room Rate: Starts at PhP3,500


summer place

Getting up close and personal with underwater animal life at the Nalusuan Island Resort.

Image: Nalusuan Island Resort

Owned by the same company managing Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon, Nalusuan Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary is another summer destination popular among locals. Located in the Olango Island Group, Nalusuan Island sits amid a rich underwater ecosystem offering a remarkable diving experience for visitors. The sand bar of the island gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the colorful underwater animal life surrounding the island. Aside from scuba diving, visitors can also go kayaking, snorkeling, or simply swimming in the crystal clear waters of the island. The cottages of the resort are built on stilts, giving guests a breathtaking view of the wonders of nature when they wake up early in the morning.


5. Carnaza Island

Where: Daanbantayan, Cebu
Entrance Fee: PhP100
Room Rate: PhP200 per night


getaway

The crystal clear water at Carnaza Island beckons visitors to take a dip during the sultry summer days.

Image: Carnaza Island Tour and Accommodation

Northern Cebu is home to a number of well-known island summer destinations, including Malapascua Island and Bantayan Island. But there is an island destination that even some locals do not know about: Carnaza Island. Located off the northern coast of Cebu, this turtle-shaped island can be considered paradise for travelers on a budget. While it is a part of the town of Daanbantayan, the island is around two to three hours away from mainland Cebu. The relatively untouched beauty of nature awaits visitors looking for something off the beaten track. While there is a resort on the island, you can pitch a tent or rent a room in the houses of the locals, who are quite accommodating to visitors.



6. Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary

Where: Macopa St, Basak, Pardo, Cebu City
Entrance Fee: PhP100 for adults; PhP50 for children 12 years old and below; PhP80 for senior citizens; PhP40 for each student in a class of at least 20 (up to high school); PhP50 for each college student for a class of at least 20


summer destinations

The museum features paintings made using the wings of dead butterflies

Image: Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary

For a different summer experience in Cebu, you may be interested in visiting a butterfly sanctuary. The Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary is home to the biggest and oldest butterfly collection in the country. Set up by the Cebuano artist and lepidopterist Professor Julian Jumalon, the place also houses artwork made using the wings of dead butterflies. Visitors to the place can easily spot 10 to 15 types of butterflies on any given day. The sanctuary currently has around 50 species of exotic and rare butterflies flying freely in the area.


Check out Yoorekka to find more attractions in Cebu off the beaten path!


7. Tingko Beach

Where: Alcoy, Cebu
Entrance Fee: PhP10 to PhP20, depending on point of entry


summer spots Cebu

Tingko Beach is among the best white sand beaches in southern Cebu

Image: Tingko Beach

While the first two beaches on the list may be located in the north, the south also has its share of white sand beaches. Located in the town of Alcoy, Tingko Beach is gradually becoming popular among locals and visitors to the town. It features a long stretch of white sand on an arching shoreline and its gradually sloping terrain is ideal for wading and snorkeling. The beach is right across a coral island that disappears when the tide is high. While Tingko Beach is a public beach, a minimal entrance fee is collected for its maintenance.


Visit Cebu this summer and see the Queen City as you’ve never seen it before!

author

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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