Cebu is one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines, and for good reason. Home to hundreds of hidden waterfalls, pristine beaches, and diverse marine life, Cebu attracts travelers from all corners of the world. Northern Cebu is an often overlooked destination, but it shouldn’t be. World-class diving, island hopping, and some of the best beaches in the Philippines are all located in this region, and I’ve rounded up the 19 best beach resorts in North Cebu in this blog post.
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Don’t want to read the whole article? No worries, here are the top 3 luxury beach resorts in North Cebu, one from each main location.
Which Region in North Cebu is Best for You?
For the purposes of this guide, North Cebu is the Northernmost tip of Cebu Island proper, as well as its two most popular island destinations, Malapascua and Bantayan. All three locations can be visited within a week.
Northern mainland Cebu is a popular destination for locals looking for a weekend escape, or international travelers en route to either of the islands listed below. Either way, you’ll find yourself away from the crowds and enjoying some much-needed R&R. Plus, these North Cebu beach resorts are only a few hour’s drive from the second largest international airport in the Philippines (if you can avoid Cebu City traffic)!
Malapascua is renowned for its Thresher Shark dives! If you’re a scuba diver, this island is a must-see in the Philippines. And even if you aren’t, there are plenty of dive resorts on the island hosting Discover Scuba Dives and certifications. For everyone else, there’s easily accessible snorkeling, swimming, and of course, sunbathing on the beach.
Bantayan is known for having some of the best white-sand beaches and island hopping in the Philippines. Reminiscent of Boracay before the crowds, take an island-hopping trip to Virgin or Hilantagan Island, or watch the sunset at Paradise Beach. Either way, you’ll enjoy the natural beauty of the Philippines without the tourist traffic of other postcard places.
Best Beach Resorts in North Cebu
I’ve broken up the best beach resorts in North Cebu by region below, starting with a table including all the properties. I’ve also included my top picks for luxury and affordable beach resorts in each area.
Here is the comparison table of the Top 12 Best Luxury Resorts in Cebu.
|Cebu R Resort||Mainland|
|El Salvador Beach Resort||Mainland|
|Hagnaya Beach Resort||Mainland|
|Suba Beach Nipa Huts||Mainland|
|J & C Beach Resort||Mainland|
|Blanco Beach Resort||Malapascua|
|Ocean Vida Resort||Malapascua|
|Tepanee Beach Resort||Malapascua|
|Amihan Beach Cabanas||Bantayan|
|Marlin’s Beach Resort||Bantayan|
|Anika Island Resort||Bantayan|
Best Beach Resorts in Mainland North Cebu
A few hours’ drive from the hustle and bustle of Cebu City, you’ll find wide-open beaches and private getaways. Here’s a roundup of the best beach resorts in the area.
Kandaya Resort: Featuring a stunning beachfront infinity pool, Kandaya Resort is the top pick for luxury accommodation in mainland north Cebu. Activities on offer include horseback riding, tennis, paddle boarding, and snorkeling off the resort’s white sandy beach. Island hopping activities are available, as well as a spa and fitness center. If you find yourself near Daanbantayan, this is the luxury beach resort for you.
Golden Sands Destination Resorts
Featuring both an expansive beachfront and a private lagoon, Golden Sands is a great luxury beach resort in Northern Cebu. Guests can choose to stay in a lagoon-front villa or dine beside the water. Free biking and kayaking are also available, as well as guided hikes.
Cebu R Resort Tabuelan
Cebu R Resort is a well-designed, modern beach resort located in Tabuelan. Its proximity to the port makes it a great choice for travelers coming from Escalante, and it offers all the amenities you’d expect from a new beach resort. The superior villa comes equipped with your own private plunge pool and ocean views and is the perfect private getaway in North Cebu.
El Salvador Beach Resort
El Salvador Beach Resort: If your definition of North Cebu is just north of Cebu City, this beach resort in Danao is an affordable option. A bit more of a tropical garden than a traditional beach resort, El Salvador offers a spa, swimming pool, Wifi, and impeccable service right on the water. It’s one of the few resorts located off the main highway leading out of Cebu City, and a great pick for those in transit, or wanting a convenient getaway from the City.
Hagnaya Beach Resort and Restaurant
Hagnaya Beach Resort is a top pick for families. The pool includes kiddie water slides and a lifeguard on duty, and the grounds are home to lush palm trees and life-sized dinosaurs. Maybe not the most romantic getaway, but your kids will surely love it.
Suba Beach Nipa Huts
Suba Beach Nipa Huts is my top pick for backpackers and adventurous travelers. These native-style cottages will make you feel like a true island local with the beach in your backyard. The ferry to Malapascua is also a short 5-minute drive away, so it’s a great layover destination. The showers and restrooms here are shared, however, but if you don’t mind that, this is a great budget beach resort in North Cebu.
J & C Beach Resort
Facing the beachfront in San Remigio, J & C Beach Resort is another affordable beach resort in North Cebu. The resort features an outdoor swimming pool and garden and offers an à la carte or Asian-style breakfast.
That’s it for my selection of the best beach resorts in Mainland North Cebu. In the next section, I’ll cover the best hotels on Malapascua Island.
Best Beach Resorts in Malapascua
One of the world’s premier dive locations, no ocean lover’s trip to the Philippines is complete without a visit to Malapascua Island. Experience its famous Thresher Shark dives, white sandy beaches, and idyllic island vibes from one of the great beach resorts below.
Blanco Beach Resort
Blanco Beach Resort is a boutique family-owned property located 100m from Logon Beach. Surrounded by water on both sides, and a convenient walk from both the port and great Italian food, this is my number one choice for luxury beach resorts in Malapascua. There are a few flights of stairs to get around the property, however, so if you need handicap accessibility, this may not be for you.
Ocean Vida Resort
Ocean Vida Resort is a conveniently located resort right on Bounty Beach. It’s close to the ferry as well as the dive shops and has a great restaurant with bean bags right on the beach. Ocean Vida’s sister property (Buena Vida) also offers yoga classes and massages that can’t be missed. The only thing better than their location is their top-notch service.
Tepanee Beach Resort
Tepanee Beach Resort is a private beach getaway with colorful accommodations and rustic bamboo-frame beds. You’ll find beach beds and umbrellas on the resort’s private beach, and you can book scuba diving, snorkeling, and island hopping tours in-house.
Malapascua Exotic Island Resort
This Dive Resort is an excellent option if you want to spend your time on Malapascua scuba diving. The divemasters and hotel staff are both professional and extremely friendly and welcoming. They were the first dive resort on the island and pioneered the Thresher Shark dives.
Buena Vida Resort and Spa
The sister property of Ocean Vida, Buena Vida is your wellness getaway in North Cebu. Rest and recharge with invigorating yoga classes and amazing massages. Spend an evening tucked away in the jacuzzi, or join the nightlife scene at Ocean Vida a few minute’s walk away. If you want a quiet, relaxing resort in Malapascua that’s still close to the action, this is your best bet.
Aabana Beach & Watersport Resort
Aabana Resort sits at the secluded end of Bounty Beach and is a great affordable beach resort in North Cebu. Highlights include the complimentary breakfast, beach hammocks, and traditional-style accommodation. The staff here are very welcoming and can help arrange a private transfer back to the mainland by boat.
Hippocampus Beach Resort
Hippocampus Beach Resort is great if you’re interested in water sports, this is a great base for your stay on Malapascua Island. Hippocampus Beach Resort has an in-house scuba diving school, as well as a kite-surfing school. The great service here is another reason this beachfront resort tops many “where to stay in Malapascua” lists.
There are many great beach resorts to choose from in Malapascua, but these were my top seven. Between the budget, dive, and more luxury-style accommodations, hopefully, you found the best beach resort for you.
Best Beach Resorts in Bantayan
Bantayan Island is one of the most underrated spots in the Philippines. Located off the North coast of Cebu, this budding eco-tourism island offers snorkeling, island-hopping, cliff diving, and even skydiving. Bantayan’s gorgeous white beaches are also home to some of the best beach resorts in North Cebu.
Amihan Beach Cabanas
One of my quick picks for the best beach resorts in North Cebu, Amihan Beach Cabanas has it all. Stunning turquoise waters, cocktails on the beach, beautiful decor, and a convenient location without sacrificing privacy. If you’re looking for the most idyllic resort in Bantayan, look no further.
Coral Blue Oriental Villas and Suites
Coral Blue is one of the few luxury beach resorts in Bantayan. With only 18 bamboo cottages, it offers an intimate experience for its lucky guests. The entire property is done in a rustic island style and is located on a private stretch of sand. The result? You’ll be feeling castaway in the best way possible.
Marlin’s Beach Resort
Marlin’s Beach Resort combines a great location, welcoming staff, and good food. Located on the white sands of Santa Fe Beach, MJ square and its restaurants and bars are a short walk away. The staff here will be more than happy to arrange your island-hopping excursions and help you make the most of your time in Bantayan.
Anika Island Resort
Anika Island Resort sits on one of the best white sandy beaches in North Cebu and has a unique eco-conscious setup. Each of its 40 units is built from a recycled container van. The resort also has a great pool, welcoming staff, and affordable food options.
Pearl of Santa Fe
If you prefer staying at a serviced apartment versus a proper beach resort, the Pearl of Santa Fe is a great option. These three-bedroom units come with a fully equipped kitchen, and look out over turquoise blue waters. This property sits on a cliff with beach stairs though, so if you need accessible beach access, you might want something else.
That’s my round-up of the best Beach Resorts in North Cebu. Whether you’re planning a luxury getaway or an affordable island-hopping adventure, I hope this guide helped pick the best beach resort in North Cebu for you!