Travel Guide: 11 Spots You Shouldn’t Miss in Samboan Cebu
Looking for a paradise town in Southern Cebu? The King of Sinulog is off to the town known as the “People’s Paradise”, filled with historical landmarks, unspoiled waterfalls, caves and lakes and welcoming people, the municipality of Samboan Cebu.
Samboan is an abbreviation of the term, “Sinamboang”, which is a style of fishing commonly used by local fishermen in the fishing villages way back.
How to get there
The municipality of Samboan lies on the southernmost tip of the island of Cebu and is about 140 kilometers from Cebu City, about a 4-hour travel by bus.
We’ll start off by dropping off at their town center and continue our adventure from there. Read on as I share to you 11 spots you shouldn’t miss when in Samboan.
Samboan Public Market
This is where all produce and livestock from the mountain and coastal barangays are dropped off and is commonly referred to as ‘tabo sa banay’.
Surrounding this area are also food stalls, bakeries and several commercial shops and establishments that provide sources of livelihood among the townsfolk.
This is a landmark kiosk dedicated to the volunteer guards during World War II.
St. Michael The Archangel Parish Church
This church was built during the year 1798 using the money from the Royal Treasury of Spain.
Grotto of The Virgin Mary and Via Crucis
These are beautiful sculptures of the Stations of the Cross located inside the municipal plaza depicting the Passion of Christ where churchgoers flock during Holy Week for penance. The statue of the miraculous St. Joseph, St. Jude and the Virgin Mary is also found here.
Museo de Samboan
This used to be the municipal jail converted to a municipal hall. When the new municipal hall was built, this building was then converted as the town’s two-storey museum, a fitting repository of cultural treasures and heritage memorabilia displaying stoneware and pottery, wooden implements and tools, celadons and religious artifacts.
Some of the relics exhibited – such as Chinese pottery – date back to even before the Spanish colonial period. Paintings of local artists are also displayed in several galleries. The Museo de Samboan was inaugurated during the town’s fiesta celebration in 2010.
Escala de Jacob
Built in 1878 upon the instruction of then parish priest Fr. Toribio Gerzon, the hand-carved staircase of flat stones and lime was intended to make it easier for parishioners in the low-lying areas to attend mass.
It was named after the biblical ancestor of the 12 tribes of Israel who in his dream saw a ladder extending all the way from earth to heaven, this flight of 147 steps goes all the way down to the coastal highway. Before the coastal highway was constructed, it used to begin on the seashore up to the town center located on a plateau over 200 feet high.
Campanario de Antigua
This served as an early warning system of Samboanons for pirate raids during the Spanish colonial era. Located over 200 feet above sea level, used for its foundation and walls were coral stone slabs and terracotta tiles for the roof as well.
This is considered the tallest and the most well-preserved watchtower in Cebu. Visitors may go up to the watchtower’s third level for a breathtaking vista of Tañon Strait and Negros.
A combination of river trek and mini upstream canyoneering, a favorite of adventure-seekers and nature-lovers alike, Aguinid Falls was named after a popular haciendero in the area born in the 1880s who went missing and his body was never found.
The waterfall with a lot of names. One is ‘Binalayan’, which in the Cebuano dialect means ‘a place where houses were built’. Another name is ‘Bonbon’, which means ‘fine sand’ because it is located in Barangay Bonbon. Another name is Hidden Falls, because it is tucked away like a secret. Lastly, it is also nicknamed as Triple Drop Falls because of its three water outlets.
Worthy to be referred to as the queen of Cebu’s waterfalls, the path to Dau Falls passes through beautiful gorges and picturesque river beds with cascading waters overshadowed by high trees, dense foliage and wavy rock formations.
It’s not actually a lake but more of like a semi-closed lagoon facing Tañon Strait, surrounded by dense mangroves and palms and frequented by migratory birds.
So what are you waiting for? Come to Samboan in Southern Cebu and experience everything this quaint little town has to offer.