This is our top five of Cebu Island, Philippines.
5. Osmenja Peak
You can reach Osmenja Peak by what the locals call a Habal-Habal, a motorcycle that fits up to four people. After paying a very low entrance fee, it took us a 30 minutes' hike to get to the top. Suddenly, we didn't feel like we're in a tropical country anymore but rather somewhere in the Alps. We were greeted by flourishing green nature and a spectacular view. You truly feel on top of the world.
你可以搭乘當地人稱作 Habal-Habal 的摩托車抵達奧斯曼納山，這種摩托車最多可以載四個人。只需付非常便宜的入山費，再走三十分鐘，就能爬到山頂。突然間，我們感覺自己不是在熱帶國家，更像是站在阿爾卑斯山上。迎接我們的是綠意盎然的大自然與令人讚嘆的景致。你真的會覺得自己站在世界最頂端。
4. Kawasan Falls
Kawasan Falls is easily the most beautiful waterfall I have ever been to. The water has an amazing turquoise blue color, and we enjoyed the refreshing jump into the chilling water after a long day in the sun. There can be quite a few tourists at times, but that's nothing that the beauty of Kawasan Falls cannot make up for.
Moalboal's well-known for its marvelous diving spots and huge sardine swarms. And indeed, as soon as we entered the crystal clear water at Panagsama Beach, we were greeted by a thousands of sardines. We even found a gentle turtle and enjoyed swimming along it.
A friendly local woman surprised us by offering us a bucket full of sea urchins. They were not too bad, actually, especially if you combine it with vinegar—that's what I was told at least.
Beside sardines, we saw a variety of other fish, including some curious clownfish and of course, beautiful coral formations. If you want to see coral reefs, turtles, and thousands of fish, Moalboal is the place to go. With hostel prices as low as four U.S. dollars a night and cheap transportation, it is also very affordable.
Actually, Siquijor isn't part of Cebu. But since the island is located only a short ferry ride off the southernmost tip of Cebu, it's had to make the cut for this top five. Siquijor, which is most commonly known for the myths of healers and witchcraft surrounding the island, was indeed a magical place, not because of anything paranormal but rather its amazing beauty.
You can rent motorbikes as low as a few dollars per night to explore the island on your own. It only takes approximately three hours to get around the whole island. Our first stop was at Salagdoong Beach, which is known for its breathtaking shore, and to top it off, there is a jumping spot, where you can jump off a staggering 10-meter cliff straight into paradise.
Siquijor offers some great beaches, snorkeling spots, and a natural foot spa in front of the so-called "century-old tree." Since Siquijor is still relatively remote and unknown to most tourists, you can find some high-class accommodation for a low price. Our hotel, for example, only costs 12 bucks per night and offered an infinity pool and also included breakfast.
Oslob is a small fishing village, which gained a lot of attention for its huge whale sharks. Swimming with those gentle giants can be intimidating at first, but soon you'll find out that it's quite the opposite. Rather than you being threatened, it's the whale shark, who are endangered, and must be treated with great care. There's a huge controversy about swimming with the sharks since they're being fed. So everyone has to decide for themselves if they want to do this activity. However, in my experience, the boats and guides were very careful, and government officials were observing if the rules were obeyed.
All in all, swimming with those giants was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which I will never forget. You really feel small next to those huge creatures. While foreigners have to pay 20 dollars for 40 minutes of swimming, this activity isn't particularly low budget, considering other prices in the Philippines. But in my opinion, definitely worth it.
- 「彌補」- Make Up For
There can be quite a few tourists at times, but that's nothing that the beauty of Kawasan Falls cannot make up for.
- 「從各方面來說」- All In All
All in all, swimming with those giants was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which I will never forget.