Hermit's Cove in Aloguinsan, Cebu

Spend a day getting lost in deep, unspoiled Cebu. Photo by @mattamtam

Hermit's Cove, an out of the way beach about three hours away from Cebu City, is one of the province's many beautiful beaches that have yet to be touched by major commercial developments. It's rustic and unspoiled, but still a local favorite and it's not unusual to find a crowd there, especially on weekends. The seabed is mostly sandy mixed with crushed corals, but the shore is clean and visitors can take refuge from the sun under the picturesque coconut trees lining the beach. There are basic amenities like a sari-sari store, shower area and toilet by the beach, but nothing fancy. Cottages are available for free, but overnight stays are no longer allowed. It is only open until 5 p.m. Entrance fee is P50 (US$1) per person.

How to get there
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific offer daily flights from Manila to Cebu. From the Mactan International Airport in Mactan, Cebu, take a taxi to the Cebu City South Bus Terminal and board a bus to Aloguinsan, which is around two hours away. Alight at the Aloguinsan Public Market and take a habal-habal or motorized taxi to Hermit's Cove. Travel time is 20-30 minutes.

Cover photo is a screengrab from @mattamtam on Instagram.

By Celia Nachura

Published October 2016