8 Gorgeous Cebu Islands to Visit this Summer

Are you feeling a little stressed out? Are you thinking of ticking an item or two off your bucket list? Or are you just itching to go out on an unforgettable adventure?

Well, today is your lucky day!

This week, TheCebuano lists down some of the most gorgeous destinations that you can check out this season. If you want a “me time” that involves boat rides, adventures, and lots of swimming, and is guaranteed to wash the blues away, read on! This list is especially made just for you!

Without further ado, here are 8 amazing Cebu Islands you definitely have to visit this summer.


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1. Sumilon Island

Location: Oslob – South Cebu
Travel Time: 4 hours from the city
Boat Ride: 15 minutes from mainland
Why Visit: • Whale-shark watching
• Trekking
• Wildlife
• Glamping
• Pristine beaches
•  Heritage
•  Infinity Pool
• Salt-water lagoon
•  Mini-forest
Budget: Around Php 1,500 – Php 2,000 for a day tour inclusive of boat-transfers, lunch, selected resort amenities and services, and locker for your belongings.
Perfect for: • Couples
• Family
• Groups
Nearby Spots: • Tumalog Falls
• Oslob Plaza and Cuartel
• Oslob Town Center


 

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2. Bantayan Island

Location: Bantayan Island – North Cebu
Travel Time: 5 hours from the city
Boat Ride: 1 to 2 hours from San Remigio
Why Visit: • Amazing beaches
• Unique culture
• Excellent heritage structures
• Holy Week celebrations
• Beach parties
• Dried fish and other local products
Budget: Around Php 400 for boat transfers. Rooms range from around Php 500 to Php 5,000. You can pitch a tent for less than Php 500.
Perfect for: • Groups
• Families
Nearby Spots: • San Remigio
• Virgin Island
• Bogo City


 

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3. Funtastic Island (Gibitngil Island)

Location: Medellin – North Cebu
Travel Time: 5 hours from the city
Boat Ride: 30 minutes from mainland
Why Visit: • White beach
• Rock formations
• Cliff diving
• Zipline
Budget: Boat transfer is from Php 1,000 (small boat) to Php 1,500 (big boat.) Entrance fee is around Php 10. Cottages range from Php 100 to Php 500.
Perfect for: • Groups
• Families
Nearby Spots: • Medellin Town Center
• Daanbantayan


 

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4. Silion Island (Virgin Island)

Location: Bantayan Island – North Cebu
Travel Time:
Boat Ride: 15 minutes from Santa Fe
Why Visit: • Unspoiled beaches
• Peace and quiet
• Pocket beaches for a unique beach experience
Budget: Boat rent is around Php 1,000. Entrance fee is around Php 100 per person. Cottage rent is Php 100. If your boat doesn’t dock, you have to pay only Php 200.
Perfect for: • Small Groups
• Families
Nearby Spots: • Bantayan Island
• San Remigio Town Center


 

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5. Pacijan Island (Camotes)

Location: Camotes Group of Islands
Travel Time:
Boat Ride: 2 hours from Danao City
Why Visit: • Lake Danao
• Timubo Spring
• Mangodlong Rock Resort
• Santiago Bay
• Rock formations
• Pristine beaches
Budget: Boat transfer is around Php 400 round trip. Accommodations start from around Php 500 to Php 1,500. Arrange tours with local habal-habal drivers. Rate is around Php 300 to Php 500.
Perfect for: • Couples
• Small Groups
• Families
Nearby Spots: • Nearby Camotes Islands
• Danao City


 

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6. Saragossa Island (Badian Island)

(photos by Aubrey A.)

Location: Badian, South Cebu
Travel Time: 4 hours from the city
Boat Ride: 20 minutes from mainland
Why Visit: • Watersports
• Peace and quiet
• Privacy and exclusivity
• Amazing beaches
• Unique resort facilities
Budget: Rate starts at around Php 10,000 for an overnight stay for two.
Perfect for: • Couples
• Smaller Groups
• Families
Nearby Spots: • Badian Town Center
• Alegria
• Kawasan Falls
• Moalboal

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7. Olango Group of Islands

Location: Olango Island
Travel Time: 30 minutes from Lapu-Lapu City
Boat Ride: 15 minutes from mainland
Why Visit: • Laid-back atmosphere
• Marine sanctuary
• Diving
• Bird sanctuary / bird watching
• Mangrove forests
• Mudflats
Budget: Round-trip boat transfer is only less than Php 100. Entrance fees to most spots cost only from Php 10 to Php 20.
Perfect for: • Couples
• Small Groups
• Day Trekkers
Nearby Spots: • Mactan Island
• Nalusuan Island
• Pandanon Island


 

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8. Malapascua Island

Location: Daanbantayan – North Cebu
Travel Time: 5 hours from the city
Boat Ride: 1 hour from the mainland
Why Visit: • Thresher sharks
• Sardine run
• Lovely beaches
Budget: Boat fare from Maya to Malapascua is only PhP50. If you’re patient, you can also get a room for only PhP 500.
Perfect for: • Couples
• Divers
• Small Groups
• Families
Nearby Spots: • Daanbantayan
• Medellin
• Bogo City



 

What are you waiting for? Start planning and make this summer break your best one yet! Don’t let the season end without a quick visit to any of these lovely Cebu islands!

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