First stop Cebu; Moalboal is the perfect place to base yourself in Cebu. From here you can climb Osmena peak, go canyoneering at kawasan falls, head down to Oslob to swim with the whale sharks and plenty more!
We flew via Manila in to Cebu airport and headed straight to Moalboal.
This drive takes approximately 3 hours in a car or 4 hours in a bus. Our driver took just over two hours so it was a bumpy ride! We spent the afternoon of our first day relaxing by the pool and ventured out for dinner. There was surprisingly a lot of restaurants along the beach, from my (obviously bad) research I couldn’t find a lot about Moalboal online. The first night we ate at Cafe Cebuano which had the most amazing mango chicken salad, it also had the most amazing view of the sunset.
Day two wake up bright and early for a short hike up Osmena peak for sunrise. One thing you can’t miss in the Philippines is the sun rise and sun sets!
Once the sun was up we headed straight down and off to do canyoneering at Kawasan falls. This was definitely a highlight of the trip for me, not something I would usually do but an amazing way to get out of your comfort zone! After a brief walk through the bush we arrived at the start. After the first jump I was amped and ready for the rest! Definitely something you need to experience for your self, beautiful scenery, amazing water and jumping from cliffs and waterfalls 10+ meters high!
After canyoneering we had lunch by the ocean and headed back to moalboal for a relaxing afternoon
We wanted to relax a bit after canyoneering so we grabbed a tricycle and headed over to white beach. This is one of the most beautiful beaches we saw in Cebu, the sand was unbelievably white and the water unbelievably clear! If you can pull yourself away from this beach about 40 mins away was Lambug beach which the staff where we were staying suggested. They said it was less touristy and much more beautiful. I personally preferred white beach, but both were stunning beaches!
Day 4 head back to Cebu city and get a flight over to El Nido! This will take majority of the day, once your all checked in at your accommodation make sure you book in for a island hopping tour the next day.
There are four island hopping tours, A, B, C and D. On day 5 and 6 we did tour A and C, both amazing island tours, definitely can’t go to El Nido without seeing these islands. If you only have time for one I would recommend tour A which takes you to small and big lagoons which were my favourite part of El Nido.
The next day we headed up to Nacpan beach, this is one of the top beaches in the world. We hired a tricycle to take us up there, took about 45 minutes, and it was a bumpy ride so be prepared for that!
You can hire chairs with umbrellas here and there is a small restaurant so you can easily spend the day here!
For our last night in El Nido we took our tricycle back to El Nido and to Las Cabanas beach for the most amazing sunset I saw while in the Philippines! There’s a few bars along the beach to relax in and watch the sunset.
Our last day in the Philippines we got up early to watch one more sunrise over the bay before we had to catch our flight out.
The Philippines is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve visited and I can’t wait to go back and explore more.
The most amazing view from our hotel.