How To Get There: Magic Beach, Lambug, Badian Cebu

We actually visited Lambug Beach twice this year. The first time was in March with a bit of planning, and the next one was a spontaneous lets-go-to-Lambug-this-weekend kind of trip last July! I knooooow, this is a long overdue post but then again – the whole new-blog-new-domain thing, remember?

So I’ll try to share everything I can remember from both trips! 🙂

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves because before the everything part, we have to talk about the getting there part.

Lambug Beach is located in Badian, Cebu. Though considered a public beach, it is definitely not like any of the public beaches  you see in the Cebu City areas (Talisay, Catarman, to name a few). Lambug beach is a long stretch of white sand and blue water! Personally, I think the reason why it’s not a “go-to” destination just yet is because there are no big fancy resorts built there.  But we’ll talk about resorts and accommodations some other day.

So going back, since we are going to the town of Badian, which is South part of Cebu province, our starting point is the Cebu City South Bus Terminal. Today, there are a few bus franchises operating with trips tot he south. For our trip, we still chose the famous one, Ceres Liner. Ceres has air-conditioned and non-AC buses leaving every 30 minutes (or earlier if its already full).

We took the air-conditioned bus with the BATO-BARILI signage.
Air-conditioned Ceres Bus – 129 pesos / pax

Now, if you’re not a fan of buses (wait, if you really want to travel, you better start re-evaluating your life in that department! Hehe Bus rides will make up a big part of your future trips. Just sayin’. ), other commute options are V-Hire and the good-ol-Taxi. I don’t know with you but I’d rather not blow my entire budget on transpo alone by traveling via taxi!

However, with the V-Hire vans, the fares are fairly close to that of the bus — an additional 20-30 pesos per pax.

You might be thinking now, what ride should I take?

Of course, each of us have preferences. We all have our own levels of tolerance when it comes to convenience and comfort, and priority when it comes to budget, expenses and time.

The Pros and Cons.

Bus
✓ the cheapest option – AC or non-AC, bus fare is still cheaper compared to V-Hire or Taxi.
✓ comfort of bigger legroom – buses nowadays have wider seats, bigger legrooms per seat and wider aisles
✓ entertainment – DVD players and WIFI routers installed – which means movie marathon and unlimited internet access while traveling.

x longer travel time –  travel time to Badian can take as short as 2 hours to as long as 3.5 hours, and by bus it might take just that.
x it’s a Public Utility Vehicle – meaning you will be travelling (or sitting) with strangers during the trip. There will be crying babies, smelly and/or loud-snoring seatmates. Again, different people different level of tolerance.

V-Hire
✓ shorter travel time – trip might take only 2 – 2.5 hours.

x smaller or no leg room – there were actually trips when I literally couldn’t move my legs in a van since some drivers are trying to fit 5 people in a 4-seater row.
x AC not sufficient – again, because of the headcount inside the van, the AC on older vans couldn’t handle the load. More people means more CO2 expelled with not enough cold air circulating inside.

Taxi
✓ faster, shorter travel time –  no unnecessary stops, basically a private trip.
✓ private – no smelly seatmates, and it’s technically your own private ride

x much, much pricier than the other two options – some drivers would ask for somewhere around 1000 – 1500 pesos / trip or more

So yeah, the decision is on you, as long as you’re on your way to Badian. 🙂
Bus – South Bus Terminal, N. Bacalso St. Cebu City
V-Hire – V-HIre Terminal, Junquera St. Cebu City (beside USC-Main)
Taxi – anywhere (you can also arrange for Grab or Uber, just negotiate)

Now, 2 – 3.5 hours later, what’s next?

Since we rode the Ceres bus, we dropped off at the Lambug Corner. The Bato-Barili bus route will go straight the Main Road to the rest of Badian town, while the road to Lambug beach is off to the right side towards an inside road.

long and winding road to Lambug Beach

In the corner is an open air native restaurant, so if you’re seeing that, then you dropped off at the right place!

Since the beach is still far from the drop off point, we rode a tricycle for 30 pesos/pax. The trike will take you straight to the beach’s entrance (or starting point?)

You know you’re on the right track if you pass by the Cebu International Golf & Dive Resort. (I lost my photo of this! )

asphalt road, in fairness 🙂

 

After around 10-15 minutes of this view, you’d finally arrive!

Okay now, my photos are definitely not doing this place any justice! You have to trust me on this when I say the place is so much more picturesque in reality! 🙂 This was taken I think late afternoon on the second day, not at the time of arrival, and certainly not during high tide. (Can’t find the other photos, long overdue post, remember?) *wink*

SO NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE, WHAT NOW?

Of course, we’ll talk about the BEACH, the accommodations, and the food in another day! 🙂

Update: Check out the details of the trip and accommodation here!

Keep grinding,