Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hidden Beach, Aloguinsan Cebu

I am a Cebuano and I've been to a lot of local destinations for quite some time now. I never expected there are more than just savory lechon or 'puso' that can describe Cebu's flavor as a whole and more than just Moalboal or Bantayan Island that can describe beaches in Cebu as a whole. There are a lot of hidden splendid yet to be uncovered in our humble island (I'm pretty sure all other places in the Philippines too). 

Forgive me if I'm a little bias in this entry, I just can't help myself but admire my own place. I've been to different destinations outside Cebu but for a budget tripper like me and my wife, we asked ourselves why do we need to spend a lot when we can find stunning places nearby with less cost?

Hidden Beach, Aloguinsan Cebu
Hidden Beach, Aloguinsan Cebu

I never tire researching worthy-to-visit local Cebu destinations, especially hidden beaches. Aloguinsan was one of the results that came up from google when I was searching for hidden beaches in Cebu. Aloguinsan is located south of Cebu where you can find the famous Bojo river. Bojo river is amazing, you can ride a boat and cruise the entire river with a scenic view and magnificent rock formations (that's gonna be my next destination).

Hidden Beach, Aloguinsan Cebu
Hidden beach in Aloguinsan on other hand sure was hidden from civilization that you'll never expect a long dirt road with barely visible shore can lead you to a white sand beach.
the unpaved dirt road going to the place.
The humble signage.
The sand may not be as fine and as white as Moalboal and Tingko, but what I like about the place is how flourishing the shore was. It's full of life. I saw numerous hermit crabs, different colored star fish and sea urchins around.

best place to find hermit crabs

there are just plenty of starfish everywhere

careful not to step on these

rare blue starfish

sea shell


I admire healthy and clean beaches there are a lot of sea creatures here unlike Lambug, and that makes Hidden Beach in Aloguinsan one of my favorite local destination. 




My 2 cents:
  • How to get there? There are few bus trips from Cebu Bus Terminal straight to Aloguinsan, other alternatives are: 
    • Bus from Cebu to Mantalongon and Motorcycle (habal2x)  from Mantalongon to Aloguinsan.
    • Bus from Cebu to Toledo and jeepney from Toledo to Aloguinsan.
    • Bus from Cebu to Pinamungajan and jeepney from Pinamungajan to Aloguinsan.
    • You can the ride a motorcycle or tricycle from the main road to Hidden Beach Resort. 
    • Rent a tricycle from Toledo City to Hidden Beach and back for only P600 to P800, just don't forget to feed the driver. 
  • Accomodation. very cheap, overnight stay in a simple room/hut with electricity and bed will cost you P500. Entrance fee P15, cottages/stalls P150 to P300.
Small room but no limit to how many can clutter inside.

  • Food. It is always best to bring your own, but you can still buy meat or ready to eat food and supplies (water, etc) from markets on your drop off locations. Grilling is allowed in the place. 
  • Other head's up. Since the main entrance going to the place is secluded, you can ask your tricycle/motorcycle driver to pick you up when going home. And be very cautious in stepping in the water, a lot of sea urchins or better yet wear beach shoes. 
  • Contact them at (0939) 476-9012





43 comments:

  1. hindi ka bias, bro, you're just telling the truth, The place is a great one to visit. Parang maganda rin ang surrounding bukid nya.

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    1. Maganda din pang trekking sir.. :D

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    2. As of this writing this beach is not so hidden after all.. Lol

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  2. Been here too. Right after Canigao Island we visited this place. By the way my father was born in Matalom, Leyte. Canigao Island is owned by my ancestor's and given to Matalom Municipality to managethe island. Leyte-Cebu is just a neighboring area, so we just ride on our little boat to visit another island. Hehehehehe....

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    1. I love Canigao, I will sure visit YOUR island next time.. too bad your ancestors made a huge mistake in giving it away (sorry for being selfish). but i guess that should have brought you a ton of fortune.

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  3. Another great find. The starfish and crabs really make the beach worth visiting.

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    1. Not to mention the sea urchins I stepped :(

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    2. Good thing we avoided this beach pala! Sayang maganda siya picturesque but it is too natiral with the sea urchins and all hahaha

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  4. Looks like you guys enjoyed the place. It is a great spot to unwind and deal with the summer heat.

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  5. this places really deserve to be visited. .hope to be there one day and feel its relaxing ambiance.

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  6. Let me plan a visit on this wonderful Cebu location. Thanks for sharing Mark. :)

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    1. Yahhh..me & my friends have plan to visit Aloguinsan one day...we've been to Moalboal last Holy week and it was so nice..I hope this upcoming holidays we could find another paradise in cebu @ Aloguinsan, Cebu.....:)

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  7. love the beach! super love those seacreature shots as well! so clear and wonderufl! xx

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    1. I knew there are a lot of crustaceans around, so I never regretted bring a huge DSLR camera, tho it was heavy but it sure payed off.

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  8. Lovely bwach, perfect for relaxation with friends and family.

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  9. form the looks of the pix, they are really hidden treasures of Cebu... Cebu is a lovely place indeed and truly with great finds... :)

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  10. I love that it's still undisturbed... i hope that this beach would stay hidden or would be saved from commercialization even if discovered

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  11. The place does not look like it's packed with people. What are the activities that can be done there aside from swimming and maybe snorkeling?

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    1. Because the place is so simple, it barely has any activities you can try. I think you are used to famous beaches like boracay and the like but this one is a humble and laid-back type.... :D

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  12. Cebu really has a lot of good beaches, must visit. I love your photos here Mark :)

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    1. Thank you nanardxz sir. I am even still in search for hidden beaches in Cebu. There sure are a lot more.

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  13. Not bad for a secluded beach. I mean, the hidden gems are actually the ones that are worth seeing. This may definitely bring me back to Cebu.

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  14. I really like secluded beaches. It makes it more elusive to people who wants to spend some peace and quiet just listening to the waves.

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  15. A nice serene place. Hope to plant my feet on this beach.

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  16. another beautiful place to visit..The beach looks very clean and private! Yahweh bless

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  17. Wow, I've never seen a blue starfish pa! Cool!

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  18. Never heard of this beach. A hidden gem indeed :)

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  19. is there any numbers where i can contact this resort?

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  20. i tried to contact but it says the number i dialed is incorrect :(

    i have plans to go there, taas pa ang lakaw padung sa beach? makasud ra ba ang barangay bus padung sa hidden beach resort bisag duol lang sa place?

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    1. Daku ra man ilang dirt road, so maka sulod ra jud ang brgy. bus until sa front gate nila.... try daw ni nga number Doren.. :D 09394769012

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  21. i love that place. I`ve gone there before! It`s my hometown. :)

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    1. I love this place too! wow, you have all the reasons to go home every weekend.. :) thanks for dropping by

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  22. We were chit chatting about our next destination and my mom brought this up: Visit Aloguinsan. I find it amusing based from your pictures, yet all the more when various beach species were found on your photos. Naexcite na nuon ko! =D

    Thanks bro for the post;

    #itsmorefuninthephilippines

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    1. You're absolutely welcome bro... yeah... the reason why this is one of the places i like the most is because of the flourishing surrounding... very nice jud cya.. :) salamat sa pag visit!!!

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    2. Hi,mark,i just wanna ask ,how to contact them para sa reservation? Here's my fb acount kimy692003@yahoo.com 
      tnx, reply asap!

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  23. Hi,mark,i just wanna ask ,how to contact them para sa reservation? Heres my fb acount kimy692003@yahoo.com
    tnx,

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    1. Hi Kimay...

      thanks for dropping by.... I will message you back in FB asap.. :)

      they actually have an FB page https://www.facebook.com/hiddenbeachresortofaloguinsan

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  24. Hi,mark,i just wanna ask ,how to contact them para sa reservation? Heres my fb acount kimy692003@yahoo.com
    tnx,

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  25. hi.. we are planning to go there using private vehicle... makasud ra? naa ray kaparkingan? thanks

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  26. Mark Joseph Gesite, is the phone number updated? We are planning to go here this April. Please PM me the details. Thanks!

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