Budget Travel: Cebu Destinations Below 500PHP!
We love exploring new and slightly off beaten paths (at least when it comes to family travel) here in Cebu. We very rarely spend a fortune on our travels but we never scrimp on certain experiences. When it comes to transporation and accommodation though, we are very cheap people and would walk five kilometers instead of taking a taxi. Haha.
We’ve traveled a bit around the province and here are some of our top recommendations on Cebu destinations below 500PHP. (We’ll be constantly adding more destinations in the list as we find them).
You might also want to check out the top summer destinations here in the Philippines (because it’s summer all year round) or the top solo travel destinations in the country.
1) FAMILY PARK
Budget: ~50PHP (~1.07USD) per person, one way
You can’t stay here overnight but they allow guests up to around 9 or 10PM. We love the chance to put up our tent and still have some huge space for running around — it’s very rare in the city.
2) CHALET HILLS, BUSAY
Budget: ~100PHP (~2.13USD) per person, two way
When we had the chance to camp in Chalet Hills, we experienced how cold it was — and that was awesome because it wasn’t really that high up. Plus, there are no entrance fees to worry about.
3) MT BABAG
Budget: ~60PHP (~1.28USD) per person, two-way
#Hike2015 Bag a peak or go somewhere higher. –This weekend's peak with an awesome view to boot. There's a swing since we actually ended up in someone else's backyard. Wouldn't it be cool to own a place with such huge backyard too? #familytravelblog #heymissadventures #hiking #toddler @mtnmamatales @hikelikeawoman
You can’t camp here but the first time we did our trek here it was drizzling so we had the chance to enjoy the fog (the city is extremely hot) at 2 in the afternoon!
4) SIRAO PEAK
Budget: ~130PHP (~2.78USD) per person, two way
Sirao Peak is our go-to place for really quick treks. It’s pretty challenging with some levels of bouldering and many other types of terrain. Plus the entrance and exit points are pretty close to the city.
5) MT NAUPA, NAGA
Budget: ~90PHP (~1.7USD) per person, one way
Mt Naupa is close enough but not quite but it’s crazy cheap to get here anyway. It wasn’t too cool when we camped here but it was beautiful still. Plus it’s extremely easy to do a hike here as well (although we figured that out during our descent already).
6) PAYAG SA ASINAN, OLANGO ISLAND
Budget: ~120PHP (~2.56USD) per person, one way
For a quick getaway to the beach, this is among the best places I would recommend. It isn’t too crowded as the beaches in Lapu-Laput City and you can set up tent which is a big plus for us!
7) MT HAMBUBUYOG, GINATILAN
Budget: ~145PHP (~3USD) per person, one way
I still could not forget how grueling the trek to Mt Hambubuyog was even if it has been more than six months now. It was a fun trek and if you are looking for some challenge (you can definitely test your endurance and stamina here), this is the best place to try.
8) OSMENA PEAK
Budget: ~251PHP (~5.36USD) per person, one way
It’s a little over 500PHP but the place is beautiful and, being the highest peak in the province, is pretty cheap already. You can save a bit more (and get more of a challenge) if you walk from Mantalungon market. You can opt to do a Kawasan traverse from here or just head home right after seeing the peak.
We’ve mostly featured mountains here and in case you are just starting out with your hikes, treks and camps, here’s an introduction to mountain climbing post brought to you by Trail Adventours.
What other places do you suggest?
About the Author
Pam is an outdoors-loving millennial momma who loves to hike, trek and camp in the beaches and mountains with her partner and their 3-year-old daughter. When not exploring the great outdoors, she moonlights as a freelance writer specializing in the travel, parenting, personal finance and digital marketing niches. You can also follow her via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!
Wow! This is an Interesting List. Would love to definitely explore some of your list here that I haven’t been to.
Btw, I’ve started making my own list as well. You can check it out at http://www.iblogcebu.blogspot.com ;0)
Good pm. My nieces and nephews will come to Cebu for the summer vacation. Aside from the D” Family Park, I would like us to try camping at Mt. Naupa (since we are all first timers and they are still young 9-12 years old (5 sila lahat + me). Can we set up camp there overnight? Are there lots of campers too? Sana lang may masamahan kaming group para mas feeling safe kami. Medyo takot pa kami since first timer nga. Any tips? Thanks.
Hi, Ophelle. I totally forgot to invite you to our first ever kids’ climb at Mt Naupa. Are your nieces and nephews still around? We would love to join you if you want to bring them camping.
Hi Pam. I would love to have a climb with you and my kids nephews and nieces. We will be back in Cebu next year May of 2018.
Hi Lulu! Sounds like an awesome plan. We’ll free up our schedules by then. Let me know when! 😉
Hi Ms. Pam .. magtatanong lang po sana.. safe lng po ba dun sa Mt. Naupa kahit dalawa lang kayo ? Gusto ko po kasing pumunta dun kasama yung girlfriend ko po..
Yes po, it’s safe lang. There are also kids who can guide you (it’s pretty near so safe lang din sa kanila).
I’ve never tried camping before but this list makes me want to try camping soon! Thanks Pam. I had this crazy idea that Asha should have her own domain too – “Asha Goes To Asia” Haha
Haha. That IS an awesome idea, Mel. But I think we need a bigger travel fund to keep the content coming. HAHAHA.
I miss the outdoors! Huhu. I hope we get to go on another trekking adventure after my birthday trip with Mumu. Haha. 😛
We should go together, Kyu!
Plan ko to take a trip to Cebu, I hope you’ll be open to helping us out pick some places to take the boys to. Gusto ko yan. My boys need to learn to rough it!
Sure thing, May. Just come here and we’ll be your guide. 😉