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The municipality of Alcoy in Central Philippines has a welcoming beauty that will exceed your expectations. Beyond its white powdery coast and crystal clear blue waters, Alcoy offers simplicity with the locals’ way of life and its other tourist attractions.
Alcoy, named after Alcoi, a city in Spain, is mainly an agricultural town with the rest of the communities depending on backyard farming and fishing for a living. It is also internationally known for its dolomite mines. The town is blessed with spectacular coastline and underwater display that amazes both locals and tourists. Exploring Alcoy is also a great start for your Southern Cebu adventure.
The best way to get to Cebu is through a plane. Philippine Airlines, AirAsia, and Cebu Pacific Air have daily trips available from Manila to Mactan International Airport with an hour and 20 minutes flight duration. The ideal time for your arrival in Mactan is early morning, late at night, or on weekends to avoid the heavy traffic during rush hours from Mactan to Cebu City. From South City Bus Terminal, ride a bus to Oslob. Another option for entry is Dumaguete which is nearer to Southern Cebu. Ride a tricycle to Sibulan Port then a ferry to Liloan, Santander. From there, take a bus to Oslob or Badian.
Ferry trips from Manila to Cebu are available via Carlos Gothong Lines leaving on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 2GO Travels departing on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. It takes approximately 22 to 23 hours of sea travel to reach Cebu International Port. You can also take the the “Roll On - Roll Off” or RORO route via Manila-Sorsogon-Masbate-Cebu.
Alcoy can be reached in two to three hours from the Cebu South Bus Terminal in Cebu City. It is also a bus ride away from Santander.
Alcoy is mainly accessible by a bus.You can also ride a jeep, a motorcycle or habal-habal, or tricycle or cycle rickshaw to roam around town.
The famous Tingko Beach is what most tourists come to Alcoy for. Its stretch of beautiful beach lined with coconut palm groves as shade is worth of a #nofilter #endlesssummer post shared on your social media yet at an affordable cost. If you want to take a stroll away from the beach, you can visit the two baluwartis or old Spanish watchtowers that are the oldest surviving Spanish structures in town. For divers and adventurers who would like to explore Alcoy’s hidden dive spots, Dive Spot Asia and Alcoy Fun Divers are reliable and impressive to-go dive centers in Southern Cebu.
Outdoor activities are more fun to experience in Alcoy. Don’t miss the chance snorkeling or scuba diving, even for the beginners, to discover and explore the equally magnificent underwater scenery of the rich marine biodiversity. Say hello to different familiar and unusual marine animals.
Taking a groufie or two with your squad or playing an outdoor sport like beach volleyball or ultimate frisbee will make your stay at the white sands of Tingko Beach more enjoyable. Photo enthusiasts can find interesting subjects in this lovely beach strip.
Mark your calendar every last Saturday of August and experience the Siloy Festival. This celebration promotes the Mag-abo forest with its famous Black Shama or Siloy and commemorates Saint Rose of Lima, the town’s patroness.
For casual dining, Bodo’s Bamboo Bar Resort or Triple B has an accessible restaurant on top of the hill overlooking Bohol Sea, Siquijor, Panglao, and Bohol Islands. It is famous for its great European and Filipino dishes especially its signature pizza.
If you are in tight budget, you may go to poblacion and buy a more affordable pizza at FMJ Pizza Plus in different flavors including Hawaiian, Pepperoni, and German Sausage which is good for sharing.
Open only on Thursdays, this astig Crossed Pistons Saloon in Guiwang offers drinks, billiard, and rock music to its guests. It is the Cebu-South chapter of Outlaws MC Phillippines, a chapter of The Outlaws, one of the largest motorcycle clubs worldwide.
A number of beach resorts are available around Tingko Beach such as Voda Krasna Beach Resort, Antig Tingko Beach Resort, Meili Beach Resort and Kai Nani Ponte for a more exclusive, convenient, and secure place to stay.
But if you are in a carefree and adventurous mood, and on a tight budget too, you can camp by the beach for 200 pesos where you can sleep to the sound of the waves and wake up to a spectacular sunrise!
Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen and your other sun protectors too for your prolonged sun exposure.
For snorkelers and freedivers, bring your own gears because there is no equipment for rent at the Tingko public beach.
Don’t hesitate to scout the public market for cheaper meals.