Exploring the Town of Argao in a Day


There are a lot of tourist attractions that you can see when you visit Cebu. There’s Magellan’s Cross, Mactan Shrine, Taoist Temple, Tops and many more. These places are within the city limits. But if you want to see more of Cebu, you have to go out of your way and check out the beaches that surround the island.

Blessed with beautiful beaches north to south, east and west, Cebu is definitely a haven for tourists and locals alike. And for someone who doesn’t have the luxury of time to witness everything that Cebu has to offer, here’s one itinerary that you could consider when dropping by the Queen City of the South.

You have to go to the South Bus Terminal along N. Bacalso Ave and look for buses that goes to the town of Argao. Yes, I will take you to Argao, a town rich in culture, history, and other interesting places…

So, to start the day – probably 6am, you need to go to the South Bus Terminal and look for buses that plies the route going to Argao. There are airconditioned and non-airconditioned buses to choose from. And a few kilometers on the same road, you can find the Citilink Terminal if you’d rather ride a van for hire (v-hire) to bring you to Argao.

Carcar rotundaCarcar rotunda

While on the road, you will see a lot of beautiful old churches which you’ll surely admire. Before reaching the town of Argao, you’ll pass by the town of Carcar. You will know you’ve reached this place when you’d see a lot of peddlers hopping on your bus (considering you took the bus to reach Argao) trying hard to sell you ampao (rice crispies), chicharon (fried pork rinds) and those colorful bukayos (sweet young coconut). These are delicacies which this town is known for and everything is a must try too! And if you happen to bring a private vehicle, I would suggest you stop over their public market and buy lechon for Carcar is one of the towns in Cebu that sells the best tasting lechon ever! (the thought of their lechon makes me hungry already *sigh*) You can feast your stomach with lechon on the road to Argao or you can simply eat them during lunch time too πŸ˜‰

St Michael Archangel Church in ArgaoΒ St. Michael the Archangel: a 200-yr old+ church in Argao

After 2 hours and some minutes, your bus conductor will announce your arrival in Argao. First thing you can do is visit their 200-year old church, the church of San Miguel Arcangel, which is just a few meters from the main road.

Argao Church altar

In case the church is closed, you can try your luck by opening the side door entrance to the church to see its interiors. If that won’t work, then you can secretly go to the sacristy and get in from there πŸ˜† Just be sure to observe proper silence while inside the church, ok?

Argao Church

You can also check out the town plaza which is just located beside the church. After that, you can hire a trike to take you to the Riverstone Castle.

Riverstone CastleRiverstone Castle in Argao

The Riverstone Castle is a place where you can spend the night for family outings or simply drop by during the day for photo shoots.

crocodile in Riverstone Castlea crocodile lives underneath the castle’s pathway

This castle is made of stone and on top, there are rooms for rent which is ideal for group outings or team buildings. Me and my colleagues stayed here for a night when we had our department’s strategic planning. There’s also a pool inside the castle grounds, a number of caged animals (crocodile and an eagle to name a few), a play ground and a videoke machine!

inside the castle

Inside the Riverstone Castle

After checking out the Riverstone Castle, you can either wait for a trike to bring you back to the town proper (which may take forever) or simply ride a habal-habal, a regular motorcycle which is so flexible it could carry 4-5 passengers in it πŸ˜† Ask the driver to take you to the town center and take your lunch there.

habal habalthe flexible habal-habal

By this time, your stomachs might probably be grumbling for food. This is where the lechon you bought in Carcar would come in handy, in case you did buy one and if you haven’t eaten everything yet. There are a lot of food stalls in the town proper. You can buy puso (hanging rice), pork or chicken barbeque and lechon too. Yes, Argao also sells lechon πŸ˜† Lechon is everywhere in Cebu! There are also eateries in the area if your tummy is sensitive to these types of food.Β When you’re done with your lunch, be sure to buy drinks and chips and hire a trike to take you to Mahayahay Beach.

Mahayahay Beach in Argao

Mahayahay Beach is no extraordinary beach. In fact, you will get disappointed with it once you see its brown to black sands. So what’s so significant about it? Nothing. It’s just a beach. hehehe.

Mahayahay Beach

And for a beach bum like me, I’d really prefer white sands over black ones. When swimming in the waters, I’d prefer seeing where my feet lands which explains my preference for white over black. But when I tried swimming in the beach waters of Mahayahay, I was in for a surprise! Not only did I like it but in fact, I really, really liked it! I guess I was too judgemental when I saw those black sands. hehehe. It’s all sandy, except for a few small rocks. There’s not even any sea urchin in there (i think).

big waves will push you back to the shoreline

Besides, the waves in this part of the province tend to get rough at times and you’d have a hard time swimming away from the shore. You’ll just be washed back in its shorelines. It’s up to you how you’d take those strong waves. In our case, we simply enjoyed them and let them push our backs to the shorelines no matter how hard we resisted them.

skimboarding in Argaoskimboarding, the youth’s past time in Argao

The best thing about this beach is that this is one of the best places in Cebu to go skimboarding (as if i know how. lol). At around 3-4 in the afternoon, you will start seeing kids going out and racing towards the shoreline with their skimboards on their side. And you will see young kids who are gracefully skimming their way towards those big waves. Before you know it, the shoreline will be packed with skimboarders.


Oh, I forgot. If you are into skimboarding, you can either bring your skimboard here or rent one in this place. But you have to secure a skimboard as soon as you arrive in Mahayahay Beach. Tendency is that when the kids go out and play, they won’t be too eager to have their skimboards rented.

skimboarders waiting for the right timing to attack the waves

After you’ve had enough of skimming, you can then start heading back to the city. This could be somewhere around 5pm to 6pm.

Argao Tortadon’t forget to eat torta from Argao

Wait, before you go back to the city, you should head to the nearest torta store in Argao. Argao is home to the best torta in Cebu. You can even bring this back home for pasalubong if you want to πŸ˜‰

There. There are still a lot of interesting places to visit in Argao. It’s for you to discover these when you get here. For now, you just have to wait for the next bus that will bring you back home.Β You’ll arrive in the city probably around 8:30pm and you can then grab a late dinner in one of the cheap food places in Cebu such as the famous Larshian place in Fuente Osmena for more grilled food, or head to Casa Verde at Ramos Street and have a taste at one of the best-tasting baby back ribs in Cebu. Yum!

The city of Cebu and its province holds a lot of Best One Day Itineraries in the Philippines. You can head to the next neighboring beaches north, south, and west of Argao. You can also rent a boat and hop on to the different islands that surround the island of Mactan. This time, I think you are ready to plan your own adventure πŸ™‚

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This is my entry to Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival themed Best One Day Itineraries which is hosted by theΒ Travel Photographer Karlo de Leon of 4AM Chronicles. Click on the Blog Carnival Logo on the left to see more interesting posts regarding the Philippines’ Best One Day Itineraries.


    • thanks claire. let us know if you get here in Cebu so that we can meet you and perhaps join you in your trip! πŸ™‚

  1. shame on me for not exploring my hometown! im pretty sure ill call you once ive decided to tour our beautiful province πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing doi. really great way of promoting CEBU, you should work for the governor!hahaha

    • hahaha. funny man ka carla oi. but yes, please call me if you decide to go on a roadtrip. kuyog ko! (if i’m not busy) πŸ˜†

  2. bag-o ra ni doi? ingna ko next time ha, kay hapit na mi mahuman sa finals, tapos among OJT kay taman ra cguro mga end of april or early may. πŸ™‚ basig pwede pod ko’g weekends. hehehe

    • lol. saksak sinagol ni dwin. but the one from mahayahay was way back in 2009 pa, kato before ta gakuyog diri. wa man ko copy ato na pics gud, starring ta ka diri! πŸ˜† ngayo pako ato ni ed. if naa sad ka laag, ingni ko kay if free ko, mokuyog jud ko. basta dayon ta atong sa May ha πŸ˜€

  3. doy surprisingly i haven’t been to argao! hahaha.. hoy when man ta magkuyog manlaag aber? ganahan ta ko balik pud sa dalaguete and the whole south cebu roadtrip hmmm

    • hahaha. adto cille! unya na ko molaag if ma replenish na ang funds. but ok rasad kaayo nako imo ko ilibre! hehe. as for dalaguete ato i engganyo si cheddie yap? πŸ˜† nahan ko moadto santander cille. wa pako ka laag didto jud. plan nya ta!

    • hehehe. share2x kami ng pics ni ed chyng coz we went here together kaya naka watermark sa kanya ang pics from his cam πŸ™‚ Argao is also a heritage town eh and there are a lot of things to see here like pottery, tablea making and i think meron din ata weaving aside from those mentioned above. best part ang beach and the skimboarding!

    • sa baba ng castle mo lang ma fe-feel ang castle-y effect nya. sa taas, although meron din stones, di na masyado. it’s nice to have photos taken there πŸ™‚

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  5. ang dami pa talagang pwedeng puntahan sa Cebu… we were confined lang sa Metro Cebu on our trip there 2 years ago… sana makabalik ako soon to see the other side of the province… thank you for sharing… =D

    • mervin, you will really not appreciate Cebu that much if you just stay within the city. Although the city has a lot in store for you too, bitin ang trip nyo if you won’t go out and have fun on any of the beaches in Cebu πŸ™‚ email mo ko if you happen to drop by in our place para maging “trying hard” tour guide niyo ako πŸ˜†

  6. last year 2013,im in cebu ..plan ko sana pumunta sa Argao kaso ..maulan nun time na un..sayang…hoping this year ay matuloy ako pumunta uli ng cebu..then i visit Argao..

  7. Cool pictures. It’s also good to visit Argao by scooter or motorbike. If you do not own one, it’s okay. You can rent from book2wheel.com . They offer motorbikes in a very affordable price. Check them out.


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