8 Gorgeous Cebu Islands to Visit this Summer

Are you feeling a little stressed out? 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 Cebu Islands that you can check out this summer. 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 summer end without a quick visit to any of these lovely Cebu islands!

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