Once in Cebu City, you can take a Bus from the South Terminal to Alegria for 170PHP. The ride will take approximately 3 hours to Moaboal and 3H45 to Alegria.
D Alegre Traveller's Inn
From Alegria, we went to Moalboal, Oslob, Osmena Peak and added some more waterfalls to our collection. Unfortunately, the falls at Mainit Springs in Malabuyoc are closed, for now, both owners apparently don’t want to work together anymore and are closing it until an agreement is found.
Everywhere we asked the same price came up : 500P, which is unusually high compare to what we are used to pay in SEA, just 2$ a day in Bali for example. Not sure what the correct price should have been but with the kms we did it still work out cheaper and easier.
Alegria was our perfect hub to visit the south of Cebu Island. Easily located near every sightseeing and activities. You might prefer Moalboal (north) and Malabuyoc (south) for a more lively area. Depending on how you intend to spend your days. D’allegre Inn was a great pick to stay in during our few days in the area. Facing the Tanon straight with beautiful sunsets over Negros Island every day. 10 minutes walk to the “city center” where people will most probably invite you for a shot of Tanduay and some suckling pig. If you end up going to the public market, don’t forget to sing a few song at the local karaoke (there is so many in the Philippines).
What to see – what to do:
Inambakan Falls : Too many people at the Kawasan Falls for you? Why not go to the Inambakan Falls. Nobody was there from the moment we arrived until the moment we left it. There are several smaller waterfalls as you descend down to the main waterfall’s pool.
Moalboal : After spending days in Alegria only with locals, it did feel a little weird to have so many tourists in one spot.
Moalboal is well known for its numerous dive center, a huge school of sardines can be seen all year round near the drop-off – you can swim there from the shore. Another particularity is a large number of turtle feeding on seaweed right in front of the bars and restaurants. You ‘ll easily swim among them in the sea, not even a meter deep.
Cancalanog Falls :
Whale Shark – Oslob : We only stopped to have a look and see what made the place so special. Locals will take you on a bot every morning to reach the “net area” only 50 meters from the shore. This is where now former fishermen bring the tourists to take that perfect selfie after feeding the whale sharks in a circle. The net is meant to prevent too many boats to come… Far from the experience, we had in Holbox – Mexico we decided not to do it. You can read on the net that many visitors will ignore the briefing on not getting close to the whale sharks. I am sure if photography would be banned there will be fewer issues. I still wonder if the migration of the peaceful animal changed.
Tumalog Falls : First thing first, don’t trust google and think you could easily walk there. The 3 km road to reach the waterfall is a really steep one. The water might be a little cold in the morning but once again you will have the waterfall for yourself. After 2 PM the sunlight is no longer falling on it.
Osmena Peak : We had to leave at 4AM and were so happy to have our own scooter instead of asking for a habal-habal or a taxi. Surprisingly the petrol price didnt go rocket high on the way at such an early hour (50PHP). It took us a little longer than expected to reach Osmena Peak (1,013 meters above sea-level) as the final directions on Maps.Me didnt took us to the right place. We walked through villages and fields until we reached the “base” payed the fee and arrived only a little after sunrise. The clouds did take 30 minutes to clear up.
Kawasan Falls : You better arrive there as early as possible to avoid the crowd. The place starts to get packed around 9 AM onwards. You can then forget about your beautiful photo on the raft by yourself.
Locals and tourists will have a swim or a family picnic at the first and second waterfall. As soon as you are done with the lowest waterfall you can proceed to the latest one and slowly come back at your own paste. This way you ‘ll only be disturbed by the few person canyoneering in the river.
If like us your next destination is Negros through Dumaguete, the best way for you to do it is to stop one of the Yellow Ceres Bus to Livoan. The green one will only take you to Bato then you’ll have to take a tricycle (100PHP) to Livoan. The ferry tickets cost 62PHP and the ride is 20 minutes long.
In a nutshell:
D Alegre Travellers Inn :
Address : Cf Map : Locon, Poblacion – Alegria, Cebu
Telephone : +63 920 216 8540
Website : https://www.facebook.com/DAlegreTravellersInn/