Most of the people who loves/ wants to surf normally go directly to Urbiztondo Beach in San Juan, La Union as this is one of easiest way to access among surfing spots in the Philippines. It is considered the surfing capital of Northern Luzon, other surfing spots are in Baler Aurora and Siargao.

If you’re a non-surfer it’s not a problem since the province have plenty of attractions and activities to offer. One of which is trekking to Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel, La Union. I wrote down instructions below on how to get to the falls and estimated budget if you’d like to do this activity + activity rentals, other attractions and where to eat suggestions.

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Take a bus from Manila bound to La Union for about 5-7 hour ride depending on traffic condition. If you’re coming from the South/NAIA Airport, then go to Partas Bus Terminal in Pasay, fare is Php453. They also have one in Cubao if you’re in Quezon City area. There are also other bus terminals like Viron, Dominion, Philippine Rabit etc., within Metro Manila that you can choose from.

  • If your accommodation is in San Fernando, take a bus going to San Fernando and get off to the terminal.
  • If your accommodation is in San Juan, take a bus going to Vigan or Laoag and ask the conductor (driver assistant) to drop you off at Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan.

When you get off to your accommodation, you can hop in to a Jeepney bound to San Gabriel, around Php17-20. Tell the driver that you’re going to Tangadan Falls. After getting off, go to the Municipal Hall and register (Php30/ per person). They will provide you an authorized guide that you can hire for (Php500) good for 1-6 persons.

Cliff Jump Trail to Tangadan FallsCliff Jump Trail to Tangadan Falls_2Cliff Jump Trail to Tangadan Falls_1Cliff Jumping on the way to Tangadan Falls

Starting from San Gabriel, Municipal Hall, you have 3 options going to Tangadan Falls.

  1. Using private vehicle: Normally done by tours, they go straight to Tangadan falls trail-head and trek down to the waterfalls for 10-15 mins.
  2. Using Habalhabal (motorbike): Hire a habal-habal to Tangadan falls trail-head (Php300/ per person, round trip) and trek down to the waterfalls for 10-15 mins. *Remember that you also need to pay for your guide, so that’s another 300.
  3. Using Tricycle + Trek: Hire a tricycle for (Php50/ 2 persons) for about 10mins going to Tangadan Falls jumping-off point. It’s an easy trek that would take about 1 and a half hour to the waterfalls.


  • It is important to register (until 2pm). This is necessary just in case something happen. After registering they’ll provide an authorized guide (wearing proper guide shirts). They will not allow you to hike if you arrived late in the afternoon unless you have a private vehicle that could take you to the trail-head.
  • The guide is mandatory, so you should hire one. It’s cheaper if you’re in a group of 4-6 person as you divide the guide fee.

I was travelling with my good friend Duy so we shared the cost of guide/tricycle fee, we took the third option. Below are the travel expenses to Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel, La Union.

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Travel Expenses Activities Single Group
Php40 Roundtrip jeepney fare from San Juan to San Gabriel. Php670 Php370 (for 2 or less if you’re in a group of 4-6)
Php100 Roundtrip tricycle fare from Municipal Hall to Tangadan Falls jumping-off point
Php30 Entrance Fee
Php500 Guide Fee

And that’s how you go to Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel, La Union!

We stayed in Urbiztondo Beach for about 3 nights with Php1000/ room accommodation. There are a lot of options, just take a pick according to your budget. Originally, we plan to surf, the waves are good on our arrival date but it subsides in the next days so we end up just eating, chilling, watching sunset and stand-up board paddling (that turned out to be sitting ’cause of unfriendly waves. haha!


  • If you’d like to learn Surfing, rate is Php400/ 1 hour with surfboard and instructor.
  • If you already know how to surf, Surfboard rentals is Php200/ 1 hour and Php500/ half day.
  • Paddle board rentals is Php200/ 1 hour.

Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan, La UnionSunset, Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan, La UnionSurfer, Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan, La UnionSunset Standup Paddling, Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan, La UnionPhotos from Urbiztondo beach.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS: Aside from Surfing and Tangadan Falls there are also other places/activities to visit in La Union like Churches, Macho Temple, Balay na Bato, Pebble Beach and other places that I’m probably not aware of. haha!

WHERE TO EAT: In terms of places to eat, i can suggest Surf Shack Resto Bar, Mad Monkeys, Coffee Library and Flotsam & Jetsam being my favorite because of good food, chill and nice ambiance.

That’s it, thanks for reading. Just Say Hi if you have questions.

Cebu South and About

I got loads of request to post something about South of Cebu and the kind of activities that they can do, so here it is.

South of Cebu is famous for the following places/activities.

  • Oslob: Whaleshark Watching, a close encounter with the gentle giant. Locals call them Butanding.
  • Badian: Kawasan Falls, a Gatorade haven and pit stop of Canyoneering.
  • Dalaguete: Osmeña Peak, the highest point in Cebu.
  • Moalboal (mo-ahl-bo-ahl):
    • Panagsama Beach: Snorkeling, Diving, Sardine Run
    • White Beach (Basdaku), for the beach bum.

Well aside from that, you guys can also do Chasing Waterfalls like Tumalog Falls (near Oslob), Aguinid Falls (Samboan), Dao Falls (Santander), Binalayan Hidden Falls (Samboan), Cambais Falls (Alegria), Bugnawan Falls (Ginatilan) among others and Trekking (Mt. Lanaya, my personal choice).

Mt LanayaMt. Lanaya (I did went to Tumalog Falls and Dao Falls, can’t find my pictures though)


  1. From Cebu-Mactan International Airport take Mybus (operates from 7AM-9PM) to SM City Cebu Php25.
  2. From SM City Cebu ride a jeep #10M or #12L Php7 and ask the driver to let you off South Bus terminal.
  3. Ride a CERES bus from Cebu South Bus Terminal to Oslob, Kawasan, Dalaguete or Moalboal. There are two routes Bato via Barili and Bato via Oslob. Ensure to hop in a bus Bato via Barili if you’re planning to go (Moalboal or Kawasan) and Bato via Oslob for (Dalaguete or Oslob). It will take 2-4 hours depending on traffic conditions. *If going back to City, just head back to where you got off and wait for the bus that says Cebu, it will bring you back to Cebu South Bus Terminal.

Below are the photos of me, my siblings and my friends during the above mentioned activities.

You can ask the boatman guide to take a good pictures for you.Whaleshark EncounterWhaleshark Encounter_1Whaleshark Encounter. Photo Credits to my friend @mikeglogger

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Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetKawasan Falls_Alexandra_RussiaKawasan Falls. Photo Credits to myself and my friend @aleksei_indiana_petrakov

Osmena PeakOsmena Peak_SunsetOsmeña Peak during the day and sunset.

So here’s a 1 day quick, packed itinerary on the most visited places.

02:30AM Wake Up (Assuming you’re in Cebu City)
03:00AM ETD Cebu South Bus Terminal Php190
06:30AM ETA Oslob (Whaleshark, 10min briefing; 30mins swimming) /Breakfast Php500/100
08:00AM ETD Oslob to Bato Php60
08:30AM ETA Bato
09:00AM ETD Bato Php90
10:30AM ETA Badian (Matutinao, Kawasan Falls Starting Point)
11:00AM Start Canyoneering activity
02:00PM End Trail in Kawasan Falls
02:30PM Arrival in Matutinao (20mins walk from Kawasan falls)/Lunch Php1500
03:00PM ETD Matutinao to Dalaguete (Osmeña Peak) via habal-habal.
04:00PM ETA Osmena peak trail head. Pay hiker’s registration fee/Hire guide. Php20/50
04:30PM ETA Osmena Peak summit. Photo op, Sunset.
06:00PM Hike Down
06:30PM ETD Dalaguete Junction
07:30PM ETA Dalaguete Junction (pay habal-habal driver) Php700
08:00PM ETD to Cebu City Php110
11:00PM ETA to Cebu City




  • ETD (Estimated Time of Departure); ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival).
  • Whaleshark Fee Php500 (local); Php1000 (tourist).
  • You don’t need to book canyoneering, just head to Matutinao Beach Resort. If you’re a single traveler they normally ask additional Php500, so if you want to save you can just wait a while. After all It’s more fun to have new friends, right?
  • Canyoneering Fee include gears, lunch, snacks and transport to registration area.
  • If you don’t want to do canyoneering (which I suggest you must, I did it thrice), you can directly walk to Kawasan Falls from Matutinao Bus drop-off for 20mins. Entrance Fee Php20 (local), Php40 (tourist).

If you feel like you can’t achieve the above day tour (which I did) then here’s a 2-day itinerary, because there is always a second option, a second chance, you just have to make it better this time. LOL.

05:00AM Wake Up (Assuming you’re in Cebu City)
06:00AM ETD Cebu South Bus Terminal/Breakfast Php100+/100
09:00AM ETA Badian (Matutinao, Kawasan Falls Starting Point)
10:00AM Start Canyoneering activity
01:00PM End Trail in Kawasan Falls
01:30PM Arrival in Matutinao (20mins walk from Kawasan falls)/Lunch Php1500
02:30PM ETD Matutinao to Dalaguete (Osmeña Peak) via habal-habal.
03:30PM ETA Osmena peak trail head. Pay hiker’s registration fee/Hire guide. Php20/50
04:00PM ETA Osmena Peak summit. Photo op, Sunset.
05:30PM Hike Down
06:00PM ETD Dalaguete Junction
07:00PM ETA Dalaguete Junction (pay habal-habal driver) Php700
07:30PM ETD to Oslob Php100
08:30PM ETA to Oslob
Sleeping time (see below WHERE TO STAY)
0530AM Wake Up (You’re in Oslob)
0600AM Swimming with Whaleshark, 10min briefing; 30mins swimming)/Breakfast Php500
0700AM Chasing Waterfalls (Tumalog Falls) within Oslob area Php150
0900AM ETD Oslob to Bato Php60
0930AM ETA Bato
1000AM ETD Bato to Moalboal Php100+
1130AM ETA Moalboal proper
1200NN Panagsama Beach or White Beach Basdaku/Lunch (refer to NOTE below) Php100/100
0600PM Back to Cebu; Php200+
Camp around or
Check-in to hostels.
Total Php3780


  • Moalboal is kind of divided into two:
    • Panagsama Beach, where you can snorkel, dive, drink and dine. If you’d like to swim with Sardines (Sardine Run) you can swim  from the shore for about 30m or go to Pescador Island via boat, rent starts at Php1800 depends on how you bargain, you can also merge with other travelers to divide rentals.
    • White Beach (Basdaku), when you’re kind of a beach bum, and that’s me.
  • From Moalboal bus stop take tricycle, Php150 or Motorbike (habal-habal), Php100 to Panagsama Beach or White Beach (Basdaku) depending on your activity preference. Entrance fee is on the way Php25.
  • If you camp in Basdaku, be a responsible camper by throwing your garbage to proper bins not in the ocean. You need to pay for taking a shower next to the stores Php10.

White Beach_Basdaku_CampWhite Beach_Basdaku_1White Beach_BasdakuSome of my pictures in Moalboal White Beach (Basdaku).


I always prefer the cheapest option, but if you’d like a fancy accommodation they are always right next to the shore. But if you’re in a tight budget then i can suggest the following:

  • OSLOB: Sharky Located just few steps away from whaleshark briefing area. They have (a) Shared Room (350/bed/pax); (b) Bongalow Houses (900/room).
  • MOALBOAL: Moalboal Backpacker Lodge in Panagsama Beach, prices starts at Php350, they have plenty of options.

And viola! South of Cebu checked! Please comeback soon for I’m about to write North of Cebu Adventure! Thanks for reading, have fun!