Cebu, Philippines · 2 hotels available
Badian City showcases not only beaches but also stunning views of nature and magnificent waterfalls. This is the perfect destination for those who are looking for a one-of-a-kind nature tripping.
Badian is famous for its majestic Kawasan Falls, which is one of the most popular tourist destination in Cebu. The city never gets short in other attractions. It also offers a relaxing beach life at the Badian Island Beach and Resort Spa and there’s Pescador Island for the divers who want to witness the hidden wealth of Badian’s marine reserve. Indeed, the province of Cebu is becoming one of the most favorite travel destinations in the Visayas region not only because of its pristine beaches but because it has hidden paradises that surprise many travelers and backpackers.
Take direct flights from Manila to Cebu. There are also available flights from Davao, Clark, Puerto Princesa, Bacolod, Iloilo and other provincial airports going to Cebu. Once you’ve landed, there are buses in Mactan City bound to Bato. Choose the bus with a card sign Bato via Barili and tell the conductor to drop you off at Barangay Matutinao or Matutinao Church.
From Luzon, take a RORO bus in Batangas and it will pass by Masbate Province and Bicol Province, and then ride another RORO bound to Samar and Leyte and another RORO going to Cebu. There are buses in Mactan City bound to Bato. Ride the bus with a card sign Bato via Barili and tell the conductor to drop you off at Barangay Matutinao or Matutinao Church.
Motorcycle rental is available in going around the place. Most of the trail only require walking. A lot of locals will offer guiding services but according to many bloggers who have gone there, it is not necessary. But if you want to be sure you’ll not get lost, you may hire one.
The very popular Kawasan Falls ranks first as the most-visited attractions in Badian. Many travelers are attracted to its luscious greenery and turquoise water. Entrance fee is P20 where you can swim in the cold waters of Kawasan. However, Badian is not limited to Kawasan Falls.
Badian Island Resort, which is the only beach resort in the town, has been delighting the tourists with its scenery since the 80s. There’s also the Pescador Island which is every diver’s dream spot. It is rich in marine reserve and is recommended for those who are snorkeling for the first time.
Kawasan Falls is best known for canyoneering or canyoning activities so it should be included in your bucket list. Swimming and sightseeing in Kawasan falls are also priceless activities. It only costs P20 to enter the falls. However, your tour guide fee, if you’ll get one, should be considered differently.
Diving and snorkeling at Pescador Island are also a must-try activity when in Badian. The place is gifted with magnificent soft corals that can be viewed in the upper plateau. Another diving paradise of Cebu is in Moalboal, which is a neighbor town of Badian. It will let you explore the underwater world and meet the gigantic kings of the sea. They also celebrate the Kagasangan Festival on May 15 of every year in honor of their Patron Saint, San Juan Nepomuceno.
Fruits, vegetables, and seafood are abundant in Badian. But if you are a traveler who seeks a quick meal fix, there is a café style eatery opposite the Badian Market that offers noodles, siomai (pork dumplings deep in hot, spicy sauce) and more fried goods. There are also a lot of bakeries around which will surely satisfy those who have a sweet tooth. Also, high-end cafes and restaurants are located five to eight kilometers away from Badian.
Badian is a tranquil place and you will only experience nightlife in the nearby town of Moalboal. There’s Chili Bar which offers the best pizza in town. This is a great venue for music and drinking while looking at the exquisite view of the beach.
If you want an exclusive experience in Badian, there’s Badian Island Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel which is family friendly and also good for business trips. For budget-conscious travelers, there are other hotels in Baidan that will surely for your budget like Lambug Beach Homestay and accommodation offerings in Kawasan Falls.
Badian is just one among the many attractions in Cebu. Plan your itinerary very well and identify the purpose of your visit.
Do research on when it is necessary to get a tour guide. Some places are good to go even without a guide.
Pack light if you’re not planning to get a shuttle service.
Try local foods because it is one of the most amazing experiences in every place that you will visit.
Learn a few of conversational phrases in their dialect and speak with the locals.