12 Gorgeous Public Beaches in Cebu

Cebu is blessed with so many pretty-looking beaches. But let’s admit it, some of the good ones are either kept private by a rich dude or fenced off by a big hotel chain.

So what happens to us beach-loving Cebuanos who don’t want to shell out a fortune for a couple of hours in the big blue? This week’s ON THE ROAD will answer that question. My dear friends, I give you 12 of the most gorgeous public beaches in Cebu!

12. Talisay

Everyone’s favorite! You’re not a true-blue Cebuano if you’ve never been to Talisay! The food, the friendly faces, the lechon and puso! Talisay is every Cebuano’s beach!

11. Luyang, Carmen

Carmen’s hidden gem! Clean, natural, quiet. Perfect for an afternoon read or long chats with people who matter! A must-visit.

10. Tabuelan

White sand, awesome greens, friendly people. Tabuelan is perfect for late-night chats over bonfire and beer! Truly one of Cebu’s most awesome public beaches.

9. Samboan

Samboan gives you an excellent view of the island of Negros. It’s perfect for lazy daydreams and recollections. The mud-flats are perfect for afternoon shell-hunting, too!

8. Matutinao, Badian

Fresh water meets sea water! You don’t see that very often. But in Matutinao, you can have just that every single day. Free of charge!

7. Dalaguete

After a quick swim at Obong Spring, check out the splendid white beach just a couple of steps away! It sure is a beauty!

6. Lambug, Badian

Another Badian pride. Lambug is both unspoiled and undiscovered. Camping on the beach? Late night drinks with friends? Why not?

5. San Remigio

Cebu’s longest beachline is also one of Cebu’s prettiest. Now take off those shoes and start walking. The trip is long but it’s so worth it!

4. Tingko, Alcoy

A crowd favorite! Tingko is a perfect pit-stop for weary and bored southern travelers. When you reach Tingko, get off the bus, take a few hours off, and just dive in!

3. Bas Dako, Moalboal

Fancy a weekend drive and dive? Moalboal is the best pick! Pristine white sand beach, awesome dive spots, delicious food! You’re in for a treat! And most of all, the beach is totally free!

2. Santiago Bay, Camotes

Jaw-dropping gorgeous! Absolutely one of Cebu’s best-kept secrets. Do cartwheels, sun bathe, run around – do whatever you want. Santiago Bay will surely satisfy!

1. Bantayan Island

Cebu’s very own party island. Perfect clear waters, friendly folks, amazing culture, excellent food. This is paradise right here, I tell you!

Been to these beaches? Tell us about your experience!



18 Responses

  1. Earl says:

    I’ve only been to Bantayan and Camotes. This list made me want go back again and again to Cebu!

  2. Jen says:

    Naka adto nako sa Bantayan ug Moalboal both are beautiful, pero ang pinaka ganahan nako kay Camotes. Kay dipa kayo crowded and the people are nice….

  3. nindot pud kaau ang tabuelan,,

    white sand :)

  4. Ann Marie says:

    Thanks for including Bas Dako Beach in your list. More than the white beach, our waters are also famous among divers because of its colorful underwater sceneries :)

  5. owrange says:

    yay! nice! 2 beaches from my hometown, Badian. Lambug beach FTW! =)

  6. wow! thanks for the great list. i hope I’d be able to visit these beaches this year. I love it and am so excited.:-)

  7. Wietzell says:

    Been to the top 4 on your list.

    Tingko beach in Alcoy is great but crowded esp. on weekends. If you are going to stay overnight there, I suggest you go there in the morning to reserve the cottages on top of a rock. We didn’t stay on one of the cottages though ’cause we preferred triple B resort, a ride away from Tingko.

    I’ve been to Bas Dako in Moalboal twice already. The place is still very nice. Perfect for team building activities and groups with limited budget.

    The shore at Santiago Bay in Camotes is soooooo long!!!! There are also resorts just near the public beach. The waves are great! The wind too! Perfect for relaxation. Not so many people are there.

    Bantayan Island is my favorite beach aside from the fact that my roots are from Bantayan. The place is full of people esp on long weekends. You could stay at a nearby inn or house for rent and walk your way to the beach. :)

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  9. Rhea Dianne says:

    Camotes!! My hometown :)

  10. kristine says:

    wow CAMOTES my hometown,#2…
    so proud :)

  11. lee ann says:

    Ive been in malapascua..Cebu Polo Club in San remegio where u can play golf and enjoy their paradise-like resort.. its quite expensive there..but its all worth the price and tiresome landtrip..its really awesome and i suggest u buy foods outside the resort. The last time i got there we have to ride back to Bogo and find a nice restaurant to eat..i have also been in sone beaches here in cebu like tingko..hidden beach in aloguinsan..blue water n maribago..coco palm n danao..even in talisay ive been there for so many times..but Bantayan island is my favorite.. i have been there many times too..all the resorts that i visited there are marvelous.. trust me. :)

  12. Tayla says:

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  13. Rey says:

    Casay, dalaguete…. Former Argao beach club… It’s also now a public beach, also in lawis in Argao…. Even the town beach in Boljoon, dalaguete, Oslob … The whole stretch of cebu south…

  14. Maritess Naces says:

    There is a nice spring also located in Banhigan, Dalaguete..

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