7 Best Places for Cebu Island Hopping

7 Best Places for Cebu Island Hopping
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Whether you’re traveling to seek adventure or just a chill retreat, Cebu makes a great getaway destination especially during the dry season. This tropical paradise offers many pristine beaches perfect for Cebu island hopping.

From north to south, the beaches are definitely stunning and will make you want to stay there longer.

Top 7 Beautiful Places for Cebu Island Hopping Tour

Cebu’s islands and underwater world are so beautiful that even words aren’t enough to describe how magnificent they are. Here are some of the best places to check out for Cebu island hopping.

  1. Bantayan Island
  2. Malapascua Island
  3. Sumilon Island
  4. Pescador Island
  5. Pandanon Island
  6. Nalusuan Island
  7. Gilutungan Island

1. Bantayan Island

empty beach of bantayan island

If you’re aiming for a chill trip, make sure to not miss Bantayan Island in your Cebu island hopping package! Located in the northern part of Cebu, Bantayan Island is enough to relax you and take away all your stress. It is a place where you can find calmness and serenity in spite of the numerous tourists who travel there every day. Once you step out of your boat and walk to Bantayan’s fine white sand, you’ll be welcomed by fresh air and crashing waves of its clear blue waters that become a perfect harmony letting you hear the sound of nature. 

From the Virgin Island to Kota Beach, you will be amazed at how pristine these beaches are! And if you’re into seafood, this place is perfect because you can indulge yourself in an eat-all-you-can seafood for as low as P250 per person! 

Some of the best places to visit in Bantayan Island are Virgin Island, Kota Beach, Paradise Beach, and Ogtong Cave.

2. Malapascua Island

empty beach in malapascua island

While the island’s name means “Bad Easter,” this place is far from giving you a bad experience. Malapascua is a great destination for both divers and non-divers. You won’t get disappointed upon seeing its unspoiled white sand beaches, beautiful coral gardens, and rich marine life. That’s why it has caught the attention of travelers across the world and eventually gained the title of being one of the Philippines’ best diving spots. Plus, Malapascua Island is one of the few places in the world where you can see the elusive thresher sharks regularly! A great thing not to miss on your Cebu island hopping package right?

Some of the must-visit places in Malapascua Island are Monad Shoal, Logon Beach, Guimbitayan Beach, Langub Beach, Gato Island, and Bugtong Bato.

3. Sumilon Island

a diver in sumilon island for cebu island hopping

Whale shark watching in Oslob is one of the most famous things to do in Cebu. After this activity, most tourists continue the fun by going on a Cebu island hopping tour to Sumilon Island. From Oslob, it takes about 15-30 minutes boat ride to reach Sumilon Island. You’ll know you are near when you see the white sand bar. 

4. Pescador Island

a woman diving with sardine run in moalboal

If you want to experience Moalboal island hopping, make sure to drop by Pescador Island. Just around 2-3 hours south of Cebu City, Pescador Island in Moalboal is a favorite destination of water lovers, specifically scuba and free divers. This small coastal town is best known for its amazing sardine run, wherein millions of sardines form bait balls. You can see them year-round, whether you’re diving deep or just snorkeling. A lot of sea turtles can also be spotted in the area. Pescador island hopping is definitely a must-experience!

5. Pandanon Island

a cottage in pandanon island

Famous for its long stretch of white-sand beach, pandanon Island is a great destination for island hopping in Mactan. It is one of the islands in Mactan that are known for sandbars, white-sand beaches, and crystal clear waters. Pandanon Island is also home to a small, white chapel—perfect for anyone dreaming of, *ehem* a beach wedding.

6. Nalusuan Island

stunning view of nalusuan island

Located in Cordova, Cebu, Nalusuan Island is perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving as it is full of colorful coral reefs and schools of tropical fish. Unlike other islands in Cebu, Nalusuan doesn’t have a shore and you’ll only see the sands during the low tide. There is also a long, wooden boardwalk which makes a perfect spot for great Instagram shots.

7. Gilutungan Island

Also known as Hilutungan Island, Gilutungan Island is a marine sanctuary that is a great place for beginners to dive and snorkel.  The island is a low-lying coral island with an elevation of no more than 32 feet above sea level. Aside from its rich marine life, Gilutungan Island also boasts a stretch of white-sand beach, a sand bar and a resort ideal for a weekend or overnight staycation.

Where to stay in Cebu

Looking for places to stay in Cebu? We got you! Here’s a list of some of the best budget hotels in Cebu that offer quality accommodations at a very affordable price.

  1. ZEN Rooms Alicia Tower Cebu
    Price: From PHP 714/night
  2. ZEN Premium Banilad
    Price: From PHP 1300/ night
  3. ZEN Rooms S Hotel & Residences Cebu
    Price: From PHP 100/night
  4. ZEN Rooms Hamersons Cebu
    Price: From PHP 1400/night

Frequently Asked Questions About Cebu Island Hopping

Q: Where to go island hopping in Cebu?

A: Given the many pristine islands that Cebu offers, you’ll never run out of place to see, from island hopping in Mactan to Moalboal island hopping. Here’s a list of the best island hopping spots in Cebu:

  1. Bantayan Island
  2. Malapascua Island
  3. Sumilon Island
  4. Pescador Island
  5. Pandanon Island
  6. Nalusuan Island
  7. Gilutungan Island

Q: What is Cebu City known for?

A: Cebu is known for so many things—historic sites, flower gardens, pristine beaches, the sweetest dried mangoes and affordable fresh seafood.

Q: Where can I go in Cebu for 3 days?

A: Frankly speaking, you can’t explore the whole Cebu in three days but here are some of the best spots you can visit for a 3-day trip in Cebu:

  1. Magellan’s Cross
  2. Simala Shrine
  3. Sirao Flower Garden
  4. Temple of Leah
  5. Neri’s Ville Selfie Corner
  6. Bantayan Island
  7. Oslob

Q: What is the best time to visit Cebu?

A: The best time to visit Cebu is during the dry season in the Philippines especially if you want to experience Cebu island hopping. That is between February to May. 

Q: How long should you stay in Cebu?

A: If you want to explore all parts of Cebu from north to south, you’ll need at least five (5) days to spend in Cebu.

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