The Karancho beach resort in Maribago in Mactan is private and affordable and can be a jump-off point to any of the smaller islets that ring the island city of Lapu-Lapu and municipality of Cordova.
Entrance fee to Karancho is only 20 pesos for adults and 10 pesos for kids. Cottages cost from 500 pesos (about $10) to 1,500 pesos.
The resort is located beside the Cebu White Sands in Maribago. What's great about the resort is that it isn't as crowded compared to more popular beach destinations like Tambuli or Hadsan.
Since there is no restaurant inside the resort, beach goers must bring their own food and drinks. Karancho has several grills offered for use to customers who may want to do the grilling inside the resort. (Click on photos to view larger image
Those who want to go island hopping to any of the sattelite islets off Cordova, including Gilutungan, Lava, Tongo, and Nalusuan, or Lapu-Lapu City islands Olango, Pangan-an, Caohagan, and two Caubian islets can rent any of several outrigger boats parked some distance away from the resort's shore. A tour to any one of nearby islets using the outrigger boats costs 1,500 pesos (about $30), a tour to two islets costs 2,500 pesos, and a tour to three islets costs 3,000 pesos. The prices are for a tour group of 10 to 15 people. The outrigger boats, however, can carry 30 passengers.
There are also smaller boats in Karancho for anyone who want to take a ride to a man-made island nearby. The small boats can carry only four passengers and can be rented at 150 pesos (about $3) each.
Mactan is made up of the city of Lapu-Lapu, which occupies four-fifths of the entire island, and the town of Cordova, which used to be a barangay of Lapu-Lapu. The village of Maribago, where most of the white sand beach resorts are located, is part of Lapu-Lapu City.
To get there
A taxi from Cebu City to Karancho costs around 200 pesos.
Another way is to take the van-for-hire in the SM and Ayala terminals to Lapu-Lapu--fare is 25 per person--and disembark at the city center. From the city center, take a tricycle to Maribago (cost of the tricycle ride if there are no other passengers is from 50 to 60 pesos).
Another option is to take the jeepney to Maribago (just look for the jeepney with the signboard Maribago) from the city center. Jeepney fare is at 10 pesos per person.
For inquiries, call the resort at (63-32) 495-2455, 340-9708, 340-8072 or send e-mail to [email protected]