Literally Lost in Lambug Beach, Badian Cebu

Lambug White Beach in Badian

Lambug Beach – Badian’s Little Boracay

Checking my newsfeed, a friend of mine just posted his recent experience in Lambug Beach, a hidden virgin beach in Badian Cebu. It is not yet touristy and I hope it remains as is to preserve this paradise. Unlike Boracay and nearby Moalboal, this place is still undeveloped. There are no commercial resorts yet, just nipa cottages, and some privately owned lots.

Lambug Beach, Badian Cebu
Lambug Beach, Badian Cebu

Asking for directions
Asking for directions

This beach is perfect for backpackers on a budget since there are also barbecue stalls, eateries, and sari-sari stores in the area. Its wide stretch of sand is also perfect for games under the sun like Frisbee, kite-flying, and beach volleyball.

Coral trekking spot
Coral trekking spot

How to get to Lambug Beach, Badian Cebu

Since I needed some beach therapy, I decided it was about time for me to go on a solo trip weekend. After a 3-hour ride from Cebu South Bus Terminal and a 15-minute motorcycle ride from Badian Proper to Lambug port, I finally arrived in little Boracay.

Big coral stones
Big coral stones in Lambug Beach, Badian Cebu

Secluded beachfront
Secluded beachfront in Badian Cebu

The view from inside my tent
The view from inside my tent

Sunset along Lambug beach
Sunset along Lambug beach

After a 10-minute walk along the beachfront, I came across a private lot owned by ate Josephine with Nipa cottages and huge Talisay trees perfect for shade. She told me that I could pitch my tent for 100 pesos a night. Though this was a good deal, I still used my charm to haggle. I reasoned that I was alone and was on a tight budget. I got a 50% discount! And for only 10 pesos, I could take a bath and use their outdoor comfort room. Nice!

Borrowed this wooden goggles
Borrowed this wooden goggles

Salu-salo with Josephine's family
Salu-salo with Josephine’s family

Her place was perfect since it was well-lit at night, away from all the noise of videoke and other people who’ll probably drink till morning. So I thanked her and also got to know a little about her life here in Lambug. She told me that she has five children and his husband drives a GT tourist van and though their income is barely enough to cover their day to day expenses, she always thanks the Lord for the blessings she receives.

Fishermen on their way out to sea
Fishermen on their way out to sea

The Hunter Hotel under a Talisay tree
The Hunter Hotel under a Talisay tree

After settling down, I locked my tent and went sight-seeing and came across huge coral boulders. Seeing this as a dead-end and I didn’t want to get wet, I decided to climb these sharp coral stones to see where it leads to. Coral trekking is exhilarating and dangerous. Once I got to the topmost rock, I saw the splendid view of the entire Lambug Beach shoreline. The silence was also perfect for some alone time.

Found this little guy after swimming
Found this little guy after swimming

After a few minutes, I was curious as to where the shore will end so I explored onward and halfway found a secluded beachfront. The sea was calling me so I decided to go for a swim. I then continued my journey and found the end of the shoreline. There were lots of docked fishing boats in the area. I came across some fishermen who were on their way to the sea and since I was dead-tired and the tide was already high, I asked if there was an alternate route back to Josephine’s place. He told me to follow the concrete path behind the bushes.

Huge boulders and coral stones along the way
Huge boulders and coral stones along the way

On the way, I came across some local residents drinking Emperador by the side streets. I asked them where I could ride a motorcycle back to Josephine’s place, one guy stood up and told me that there was a shortcut and just decided to walk with me back to my tent. His name was Jun and he was formerly a security guard in Cebu City and he was also Josephine’s kompadre. This was a demonstration of a random act of kindness from a complete stranger! So I thanked him and insisted that I give him some cash for a little pulutan when he gets back to his drinking buddies.

Left over sea urchins
Left over sea urchins at Lambug Beach Badian Cebu

My guide back to my tent
My guide back to my tent

It was getting dark and I was hungry from that little adventure. So I bought some barbecue for dinner and went back to Josephine’s to borrow some utensils. She invited me to go eat with her family and we had a fun salu-salo. I also got to know her husband who just arrived from a long drive. After dinner, I went out and got to know some new people who were also camping beside me. After a few drinks and chitchat, I went back to my tent and got a good sleep.

Acoustic sessions
Acoustic sessions at Lambug Beach Cebu

The following day, I thanked Josephine before bidding myself goodbye. I gave her a little extra for my accommodation and told her that I will be back soon. Because I was alone most of the time, I was forced to go out of my comfort zone and reach out to strangers for company. Though we all have different personalities and backgrounds, in the end, we all have similar aspirations. When I travel, I try to see the best in people and go for the decision that will make for a good story.

Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others. Till next time strangers!

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  1. Michele Garcia says

    We are taking an extensive trip across the South this summer with my family and our last stop will be there. I’m sure it’s getting dark when we reach there, so we need to stay for just one night for our safety.Is there any home or place where we can stay? An if we prefer to stay in a tent, I am now wondering “It is really safe to sleep in a tent? What if there is a predator lurk in the ground?Sorry if that sounds like a stupid question, because I get paranoid about that

    1. Karlo says

      Hello Michele! Sorry about the very very late reply. Yes, there are privately owned mini-resorts in the area you could rent for under Php 2000 a night (family rooms good for 4) and no, the beach is predator-free. 🙂

      1. Michele Garcia says

        Thanks Karlo!

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