I did a random road trip that accidentally ended in Tabuelan. I was hoping to go farther, (Tabuelan was not my destination) however, since I had limited travel time, I decided to spend my weekend in that small town.
Located in the Northern Part of Cebu, a 3-hour drive away from Cebu City, Tabuelan is a quiet town with a small bus terminal and a public market. I was not familiar with the place but I heard that they have beautiful beaches which stirred-up my curiosity.
How to get there from Cebu City:
From North bus terminal, take a regular bus or van.
Bus fare: 70.00 – 80.00
Van fare: 100.00
When you get to town, take a motorcycle ( habal-habal ) for 25.00 – 30.00 pesos going to the beach. Maravilla is a town next from Tabuelan. It’s a 10-minute habal–habal ride.
Where to stay:
Tourism Center: A tourism center is located near the Barangay Hall. They have rooms available for 2000.00 – 2500.00.
Room for rent: If you are traveling solo, you can find a cheap tourist inn near the public market from 300.00 non-aircon – 600.00 aircon. (cheapest option for solo travelers)
Cottage: I met Lola Brenda, she has a room for rent with free cottage and kitchen for 1500.00 only. Good for 10 – 20 people or more. Water and electricity, free. (recommended for group travel)
Contact No: 0930-687-0897
The owner of the contact number is Rodel. Tell him that you are inquiring for the cottage rental.
There are no tricycles, jeeps or buses available going to Maravilla. Take a motorcycle (habal-habal) going to the beach for however, watch out for cheeky drivers, they will change you more. A driver snatched 50.00 from me.
Tip: Tabuelan is good for group travel. Accommodations are designed for group travelers to split expenses. Not recommended for solo travelers.