Maravilla Beach: Travel Guide To Tabuelan’s Public White Sand Beach


Truly, Cebu has never run out of places to go and explore. The Island of Cebu has long been known for owning a long list of white sand beaches, stunning waterfalls, challenging mountain to climb and a lot more. Probably, staying a month on the Island of Cebu would never be enough, since it has so much to propose. I’ve explored some of the white sand beaches in the south and southwestern part of Cebu in the last 4 years, since I’ve engaged in my adventurous life. I’ve also been to the Northern beaches of Cebu, but just lately, I’ve explored the town of Tabuelan, which is located in the Northwestern part of Cebu.

Tabuelan is one of the serene towns of Cebu, it has long been quiet, but just recently, this town has started to spread its name around the Island of Cebu for owning a white sand beach. This white sand beach that I’m talking about is the beautiful Maravilla beach. It is likely the most promising tourist destination in the Northwestern part of Cebu. It owns a long stretch of white sand beach and a turquoise water that will surely entice you to drench yourself. Though, this beach does not own the finest and the powdery white sand comparing it to the white sand beaches that I’ve been to. But, Maravilla beach can be a perfect place to distress and experience fun without having to worry about spending too much. You can actually opt to just sit back and relax while gazing into the stunning sunset when the sun rest below the horizon.

It was already 6 PM when my friends and I resolved to get to Tabuelan’s Public White Sand Beach or known for many as Maravilla Beach. We were supposed to take a Bus from the Northern Bus Terminal of Cebu bound for Tabuelan, but since we were quite a lot during that time, we decided to simply rent a Van from Ayala Terminal bound for Maravilla beach in Tabuelan, Cebu. We took the different route that will go through the winding road in Transcentral Highway to Balamban and Tabuelan. Truly, the ride was like riding in a roller coaster, since Transcentral Highway has a curved or spiral road that have instilled the kid in us that night.

After almost 3 hours of drive, we finally arrived at the Maravilla beach. I was actually shocked when we arrived cause the beach was crowded and a lot of beach goers and campers that night. Probably because it was weekends during our sojourn. Thus, we look for a space where we can set up our camping tent. And luckily, there was even enough space to set up our 3 camping tents despite the crowd. We had our dinner along the beach and after our dinner, I decided to amble around the beach while listening to waves kissing the coast. I have run across some friends as well that night who happened to be at the Maravilla beach.

On the next morning after I was lulled into a deep slumber, I resolved to get out of my tent and check the beach. Truly, Maravilla beach has a white sand beach and a turquoise water. Then, I walked around and sadly, I saw some campers who are irresponsible of their garbage. I saw left over plastics on the sand, but my sadness turned to a grin when I saw volunteers who pick up the garbage on the beach. I’ve talked to one of the volunteers and he told me that they actually do this almost every morning as their way of showing their love to their town’s beautiful gem. So, kudos for the volunteers. But I hope that beach goers will practice Leave No Trace to really preserve the innate beauty of Maravilla Beach.

Shortly enough after ambling around the beach, I decided to get a dip in the turquoise waters of Maravilla White Sand Beach. At first, when I stepped on the white sand beach, then I slowly moved to the deeper part, I was stepping along the small rocks. But, as soon as I continue to walk further, I was slowly getting wet and I can actually feel the sandy bed kissing my feet. What I like about Maravilla beach is that, the water is shallow. You really get to walk a bit far to get to the deepest part of the ocean; which I think it’s what makes it a beach friendly, especially for children or for those that are still practicing on how to swim.

I was contriving to go to the deepest part of the beach; and get to see the underneath beauty of the ocean, but I didn’t bring any snorkelling gear that time. Perchance, on my next visit I will surely do it. After truly enjoying swimming, my friends called me as it time to fix our tent since they require to have no camping tent on the beach by 9:30 AM. Hence, we fix our tent, clean the place and took a bath before heading back to Cebu City.

Truly, Maravilla White sand beach is a great place for a quick getaway with family and friends. Aside from its just a 3 hour drive from Cebu City. I love how they manage to maintain the innate beauty of the beach. There’s more to see in Tabuelan actually, but that time, I wasn’t in my adventurous spirit, maybe because I was with a bunch of friends. And I can’t simply leave them to explore the other tourist attractions of Tabuelan. Probably, next time when I get the chance again.

 

HOW TO GET TO TABUELAN WHITE SAND BEACH

There are daily flights to Cebu from Manila, Davao and other part of the Philippines with Major Airlines (Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia). From the Mactan Cebu International Airport, ride a taxi going to North Bus Terminal.

Tips:

There’s a MyBus outside the airport near the exit gate on the right side. From the Airport, the drop off point is in SM Cebu. The fare is Php 25.00. Trip schedules are from 7:00AM to 9:00PM with a 30 minute interval.

FROM NORTH BUS TERMINAL

Ride any Bus/Vhire bound for Tabuelan. Travel time is approximately 3 hours and the fare is around Php 100.00 – Php 120.00 per person. Drop off at Tabuelan Public Market – where you can buy ahead your food. From the Public Market, ride a motorbike or habal2x going to Maravilla Brgy Hall. Motorcycle fare is around Php 40.00 – Php 50.00 per person. And once you arrive at the Barangay Hall, you scarcely have to walk to the beach for about a minute or two.

 

MARAVILLA BEACH TRAVEL TIPS

  • If you’re planning to stay overnight, you can bring your own camping tent and just camp on the beach. And during my visit, there’s no entrance fee yet, but they collect Php 100.00 per camping tent for a tent space.
  • Just in case you didn’t bring your camping tent, there are also Tent for rent, simply ask the locals where to rent.
  • You can spend many activities on Maravilla beach such as walking on the shoreline, swimming and snorkeling.
  • During the afternoon when the sun goes down, experience the stunning view of sunset.
  • There is an available toilet and bathroom near the Brgy. Hall, which operates for 24 hours. They collect Php 5.00 if you urinate and shit, and Php 10.00 if you take a bath.
  • There is a food canteen near the beach, and in the evening, there are also food stalls that sell BBQ.
  • There is also an available parking space just in front of the Brgy. Hall. For Four wheel vehicle they charge Php 20.00 and for motorcycle they charge Php 5.00.
  • Please remember to practice Leave No Trace (LNT) behind. Take good care of our mother nature. Just enjoy and be responsible enough.

 

WHERE TO STAY

Maravilla Beach Club

Contact Numbers: +639478907974
Address: Can-ambay, Tabuelan, Cebu.

Social Media: Facebook Page

• Room Rates: Php 2,000 good for 2pax (max of 3). All rooms are the same.

Sunset Paradise Beach Resort

About The Resort: A beachfront Resort that offers a perfect place for recreational activities. This Resort has the perfect spot to see the stunning sunset.

Contact Number: +639275538419
Address: Tabunok, Tabuelan, Cebu.

Social Media: Facebook Page

Bethlehem De Paradise Resort

About The Resort: It is located just a few metres away from the white sand beach of Tabuelan, Cebu. It’s actually a serene and a homey place that is great for your loved ones. They also own a swimming pool where you can take a dip and relax.

Contact Numbers: +639395354198‬ / +639204570330
Address: Maravilla, Tabuelan

Social Media: Facebook Page 

The Tree Sunset Resort

Contact number: 0995 904 4505
Address: Maravilla, Tabuelan, Cebu.

Social Media: Facebook Page

BEACH KUBO:
– Overnight: Php1,000 per night, good for 4pax
– Day use: Php 700 per day, good for 6pax

TREE HOUSE:
– Overnight: Php 1,500 per night, good for 6pax
– Day use: Php 1,200 per day, good for 6pax

AIRCONDITIONED ROOM:
– Overnight: Php 3,500 per night, good for 6pax
– Day use: Php 3,000 per day, good for 10pax

Durhan White Beach Resort

About The Resort: It is located near the white sand beach and surrounded by palm trees, this relaxed resort is 4 km from Tabuelan Ferry Port and 46 km from Central Cebu Protected Landscape, a national park.

Basic rooms offer free Wi-Fi and cable TV; some are beachfront, and have air-conditioning and balconies. Houses provide ceiling fans, fridges and gas stoves.

Amenities include open-air huts, and a casual restaurant overlooking the beach. There’s also a chapel. Fees for utilities may apply.

Contact Numbers: +639224035450 / +63932-607-0935 (032) 461 9318 / (032) 512 8870 /
Address: Antonio Y De Pio National Hwy, Tabuelan, Cebu.

Social Media: Facebook Page

• Room Rates: Php 1,000 /night (4 heads), Php 1,800 /night (2 heads), Php 2,000 /night (3 heads), Php 3,000 /night (6 heads), Php 1,800 / night (2 heads)

Hawaiian Beach Resort

About The Resort: It is actually a beachfront Resort that has cottages for a quick getaway and rooms for an overnight stay.

Address: Tabunok, Tabuelan, Cebu.

 

POSSIBLE TRAVEL EXPENSES

North Bus Terminal to Tabuelan Public Market – Php 110.00
Tabuelan Public Market to Maravilla Beach (Motorcycle) – Php 50.00
Food (Water, Dinner & Breakfast) – Php 250.00
Tent Space for an overnight stay – Php 100.00
Tabuelan to North Bus Terminal – Php 110.00

OVER ALL TOTAL – Php 620.00

18 thoughts on “Maravilla Beach: Travel Guide To Tabuelan’s Public White Sand Beach

  1. Planning to visit Maravilla soon. 🙂 This is a very comprehensive travel guide, Padz.

    Lately, this beach gets crowded on weekends so we’re planning to go there on a weekday.

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  2. For sure, Cebu will not run out of attractions for its visitors. Aside from the bigger and more famous ones, it has other small surprises like the Maravilla Beach. I’m surprised to see tents and I suppose camping and staying overnight are part of the adventures you can do there.

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  3. Maravilla Beach sounds and looks maravillosa! I What I wouldn’t give to be on that sandy white beach right now, and wading into the water after. It’s good to know that the waters are shallow too; as it makes it safe for families with young children. One beach I’d really like to see one day.

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  4. I am amazed how many beautiful beaches there are in the Philippines, they look amazing. So good you are including resort recommendations and how to get there etc. I hope I can visit the Philippines soon. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. The accommodation seem to be really economical here. And the white and fine sand of the beach is really a treat to the feet. Beautiful beach indeed!!

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  6. I like to options to camp on the beach over night. I would like to do that. Maybe my next trip will be Philiphines, since I am not so far now 🙂

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  7. Wow.. lovely experience. I went nostalgic for one of my lakeside camping trip. I am looking forward to beach side camping after reading your article with the backdrop of waves crashing. I also appreciate the point brought out by you regarding the garbage made on the beach. Our Mumbai beach also faces same issue especially during festivals like Ganpati Visarjan.

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  8. I’ve been to Cebu but I haven’t heard about this beach! I truly love the sand quality — it’s almost like a fine, powdery, white beach. I think I’d go back to Cebu perhaps to see this and Bantayan Island!

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  9. It’s a shame when a beach like this becomes so popular because it kinda loses its magic in my opinion! Also, shame on the campers who drop their litter all over. It reminds me of the situation I faced in Coral Island in Thailand.

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  10. Cebu reminds me a lot of the islands in the Caribbean. Beautiful white sand beaches, mountains to climb, and waterfalls. Unfortunately it faces the same global issues of rude people who leave their trash on some of the best beaches. Good thing there are volunteers who were willing to pitch in and clean up! Maravilla beach looks fabulous!

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  11. The white sands, gorgeous sea and camping on the beach!!! Sounds to good go be true. So many amazing tips i will use here and i am in love with the sign to the beach it’s just too pretty

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  12. I’m really proud of my province. It has plenty of white sand beaches. It’s good that there are still public and affordable white sand beaches in the province so those who are not well-off can also enjoy them. I plan to bring my family to the beach this summer as well.

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  13. This beach is very beautiful. I confess I didn’t know it yet (I’m injured) but I fell in love with the beauty and the amount of attractions it has. I loved your tour guide💕

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