Recently, Boracay Island is in the news again and all for the wrong reasons. President Rodrigo Duterte wants to close the island from tourists calling it a “cesspool.” Thankfully for Cebuanos, swimming in clear blue waters and walking on fine white sand is just a jeep or bus ride away.
Here are Cebu’s pride of white sand beaches that will take your breath away:
1. Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island
Malapascua Island takes pride in its lovely stretch of white sand beaches and thresher shark dives. If you are not a diver, you can still enjoy the fresh waters of Malapascua in Bounty Beach. Complete with palm trees, warm, clear waters, soft sand, and friendly locals, there is no way your stay will be forgotten.
2. Paradise Beach, Bantayan Island
Bantayan Island is a paradise and this gorgeous spot in a secluded area in Santa Fe can explain why. You can get lucky and have the place to yourself to simply bask under the sun.
3. Sumilon Island
Sumilon Island is most popular for its very private luxurious overnight stay, which can cost about $316 to $514 a night. But this price is definitely worth it, especially with world-class accommodation, rich waters, and lovely ambiance.
4. Santiago Bay Camotes Island
Camotes is another island blessed with white sand beaches and Santiago Bay and Garden Resort is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. The resort offers great views of Camotes Islands and the clear, calm, and shallow water that anyone can enjoy. To top it all off, Santiago Bay offers one of the best sunset views ever.
5. Bakhaw Beach, Camotes Island
If you are looking for a less crowded beach in Camotes, Bakhaw Beach is the place to go. You can choose to stay under the shade of palm trees or rent one of the cottages available. Famous for day trips, you can simply bring in the food that you will need through the day and enjoy the beach.
6. Tingko Beach, Alcoy
Tourists flock to Alcoy’s Tingko Beach in the summer. Situated just along the highway, it is one of the best places to visit if you want to have a quick dip on your way to other destinations. There are private resorts around the area but nothing beats the vibe of the public beach.
7. Badian Island Resort
Badian Island Resort is for the upmarket with rates starting from $252 to $395 but your money will all be worth it. Some of the expensive rooms come with private plunge pools and other amenities to savor. This is a tranquil place that continues to give.
8. White Beach, Moalboal
Moalboal has Panagsama Beach and White Beach. Panagsama is more rocky than sandy while White Beach has a long stretch of white sand. Apart from swimming, the beach also offers snorkelling opportunities that any adventure-seekers should not let pass.
10. Santa Fe Beaches, Bantayan Island
Travel videos of Cebu will never be complete without a shot of the pristine white sand beaches of Santa Fe, Bantayan. A long list of beach resorts could accommodate tourists according to their budget. You can choose which of these to stay in but it is guaranteed that your photos will all be #IGWorthy.
10. Virgin Island, Bantayan Island
Go for a 30-minute boat ride from Bantayan and be ready to indulge in the beauty of Virgin Island. The white sand and the color of the water will make you feel like it is heaven. With accommodations to make everyone’s stay better, what is there not to love in this island?
Cebu is definitely blessed with wonderful white sand beaches. Make sure to check them out and see why Cebu is world-class.