Kawayan Marine Malabuyoc // Photo by Neaj Krystal
In the southwestern part of the island of Cebu, approximately 126 km from the city is a sleepy little town called Malabuyoc. It may be quite simple and quiet here but there are nice things to see and do here. The town has natural attractions such as hot springs and waterfalls.
For those who plan to visit the town of Malabuyoc and are looking for accommodation, the perfect little place for you would be Kawayan Marine Resort. The place has 11 guest rooms that are basic and standard – not too fancy, not shabby either.
The term Kawayan translates to bamboo, and that’s what the owners have used in the construction of this resort. Hence the name. Not only are guests able to have a refreshing time here, just relaxing and enjoying the ocean view from the resort. There are also a lot of water activities you guys can enjoy and arrange with the management.
I personally love the fact that they went for a rustic, native vibe for the place. It doesn’t appear too commercialized or too much. Because I believe you really don’t need all those fancy things when you want to enjoy yourself at the beach. Just a simple room with a bed and a restroom for breaks should be enough.
At the Kawayan Marine Resort, they can also cook meals for you like breakfast, with an additional charge. I like that guests can enjoy their meals, right by the beach and sip their yummy coffee enjoying the fresh sea breeze.
I spoke with one of their management staff and I asked about the diving activity at the resort, he told me they no longer offer it. Since they have moved their diving shop along with all their equipment to Mactan. However, guests can still go diving in the area – provided that they take their own equipments with them.
There are a lot of things one can do while staying here, like dolphin watching Tanon Strait, go kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling and discover colorful fishes, corals, and giant clams. Go explore caves, go hiking and tour the town’s mountains, springs, and waterfalls; as well as of the neighboring towns.
At night, you’ll get to enjoy stargazing and the sound of waves rushing to shore will put you to sleep in the cozy and spacious bamboo rooms built on stilts above the sea. Sounds absolutely relaxing.
As for the rates, the fan rooms including the ones that are above the water/ floating ones – Php 1,000 a night. The Kawayan Marine Malabuyoc currently only has one airconditioned room and the rate is Php 1,500 a night. All the rooms are good for 3 persons.
The hostel offers tours to the falls and other natural attractions for Php 500. Guests can also rent the kayak for Php 200 an hour, and the canoe for Php 100 an hour.
- all above rates are exclusive of breakfast or meals
- extra person charge is Php 100 per person
- common toilet and bath
- rates are subject to change without prior notice
- check-in time is 2 to 4 PM
- check-out time is 12 NN
- the front desk is open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM
- if you are planning to arrive after 5 PM, please contact the property in advance
- Dolphin-watching (boat capacity is 20 persons not including the boat crew)
- Dolphin-watching with a stop-over at Bais White Sandbar (boat capacity is 20 persons not including the boat crew)
- Local tours – they will take you to see old Spanish churches, convents, and watchtowers, magnificent waterfalls, gushing rivers, placid lakes and pools ideal for swimming, mystic caves and springs
Read: Malabuyoc Travel Guide
- 11 guestrooms
- On the beach
- Dining area
- Local Tour Packages
- Breakfast available
- Daily housekeeping
- Limited hour front desk
- Free parking
How to get there
The Kawayan Marine Resort is located in Sto. Nino, Malabuyoc, Cebu. It’s approximately 126 km from the city proper and takes 3 to 4 hours to get there.
BUS: At the South Bus Terminal, get on a bus bound for Bato – Barili. The bus ride takes 3 to 4 hours with a 15-minute stopover at Barili or Moalboal. Just tell the conductor that you’d like to be dropped off at the Kawayan Marine Resort in Sto. Nino, Malabuyoc.
CAR: The easier and more convenient way of getting there is through a private vehicle. Just search for Kawayan Marine Malabuyoc on Google Maps or Waze and follow the directions. There is ample parking space on the resort for guests.
For more information and inquiries, please visit their Facebook page – Kawayan Marine Malabuyoc. Better yet, give them a call for faster transactions at 0906 128 9374. I suggest giving them a call so you can arrange your booking and they will be able to answer your questions right away.
You may also check their website – https://kawayanmarine.wordpress.com/
We hope you enjoy your trip down south and please be mindful and clean as you go. Peace!