A Day at Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, Cebu

Checking-in at one of the high-end beach resorts in Mactan might be too pricey. But there is a good news for budget travelers because most of the beach resorts in Mactan Island offer day tours. Hence, one can still enjoy the amenities of these luxury resorts by availing their day tours. Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort is one of the high-end beach resorts in Mactan. It’s located at Buyong Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City and is only 15 minutes away from Cebu International Airport.

A day tour/ day pass in the resort costs Php 1,200 (27.91 USD) from Sundays to Wednesdays and Php 1,500 (34.88 USD) from Thursdays to Saturdays. It’s inclusive of Php 700 (16.28 USD) worth of consumables at the restaurant of the resort. But if you don’t want to avail the Php 700 (16.28 USD) consumable, then you can only pay for the resort’s entrance fee, which is Php 700 (16.28 USD) from Sundays to Wednesdays and Php 800 (18.60 USD) from Thursdays to Saturdays. For those who want to save money, you can just eat before coming to the resort and only pay for the resort’s entrance fee.

At the front desk

A day tour in the resort gives you the privilege to use the resort’s white-sand beach and three huge swimming pools from 8:00am-5:00pm. So make sure to come here early so you can enjoy a full day in the resort. It took 45 mins. by taxi from our pension house in Cebu City to the beach resort. We arrived here at around 10am and we proceeded to the front desk to pay for our day tours. The resort accepts cash and all major type of credit cards. After paying our day pass, the receptionist gave us a map of the entire beach resort. We went inside right away because I was so excited to see the place. The staffs were friendly and they greeted us with a warm smile. We headed to the beach first. I have heard that Maribago Bluewater has one of the best white sand beaches in Mactan Island and I was fascinated when I saw the beach.

The beach front is lovely although I heard that since the original sand in Mactan Island isn’t as white as Boracay or Bantayan, the resort extracted white sand from other islands and transfered it to the beach. The beach looks clean though and well-maintained. There are also lots of beach chairs for you to sit on and relax. Most of the guests that we saw in the resort were Koreans and Western tourists.

My nephew is already enjoying the beach

The resort covers a total of 10 hectares. It’s divided into 3 main sections: the beach wing, the garden wing and the amuma spa wing. The entire resort is native-styled as you can see from the design of the roofs. I was truly impressed by the resort because almost everything looks beautiful and well-maintained. The resort looks exactly as its pictures on its website.

Garden Wing

Shower Room

Amuma Spa Wing

Main Swimming Pool

Yup, there’s still a main swimming pool so you’ve got three big swimming pools to choose from. The main pool is located just beside Allegro restaurant.

Allegro Restaurant

Prices of food in Allegro Restaurant were a little bit scary biggrin One cup of rice is Php 40 (0.93 USD) Fortunately, we availed the Php 1,200 (USD 27.91) day pass that is inclusive of Php 700 (USD 16.28) worth of consumables, so each of us had Php 700(USD 16.28) for  the meals. But honestly speaking, with that large amount of consumables, we were expecting that we could buy a lot of food from lunch to merienda. We didn’t expect that we would consume everything in just one sitting because of the high prices in the restaurant. hehe.

Thankfully, when the food finally arrived they looked very presentable and delicious!

My lunch -- Adobo Rice Php 290 (6.74 USD)

Pinakbet Php 250 (5.82 USD)

Lechon Kawali Php 350 (8.14 USD)

Pinaputok na Tilapia Php 350 (8.14 USD)

Halo-Halo Espesyal Php 240 (5.58 USD)

Banana Split Php 250 (5.81 USD)

My nephew

We really enjoyed the food and I really liked eating on bamboo. It was my first time to experience that. biggrin

Spying on the resort's floating beds

The rooms regular rates start from  Php 15,000 – Php 30,000 (348.84 USD-697.67 USD) per night but they do have internet deals and promos. The last time I checked they do have a promo and room rates start from only Php 4,000 – Php 16,000 (93.02 USD- 372.09 USD) per night. Just check out their website for their current promos and internet deals. Overall, we really enjoyed our day tour at Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort. I highly recommend this resort if you wanna hangout to a relaxing and wonderful tropical beach in Mactan Island.

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort
Website: http://maribagobluewater.com.ph
Address: Buyong Maribago, Lapu-lapu City
Cebu, Philippines 6015
Phone: (63 32) 492 0100
Fax: (63 32) 492 1808
maribago@bluewater.com.ph

Day Tour:
Entrance fee with food (P700 worth of consumables) : Php  1,200 Sunday to Wednesday ; Php 1,500 Thursday to Saturday
Entrance fee only: Php 700 Sunday to Wednesday ; Php 800 Thursday to Saturday

MANILA SALES OFFICE

Rm. 704 Cityland Herrera Tower Rufino cor. Valero Sts. Salcedo Village,
Makati City, Philippines
Phone: (63 32) 817-5751 / 887-1348
Fax: (63 32) 893-5391
reservationsmanila@bluewater.com.ph

Related posts:
Part1: Sutukil and Mactan Shrine
Part2: Cebu Accommodations: Pacific Pensionne
Part4: Cebu Food Trip 

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45 comments on “A Day at Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, Cebu

  1. Grace says:

    Wow really posh looking! Was there a wedding on the that day? The purple table settings were popping out.

  2. dara poznar says:

    Oh my gosh, I want to live in the Spa Wing! That food looks out this world too… and I love the shark feeding sign, scary! Great post.
    dara

    • Hi Dara! Thanks for your comment. I liked the Spa Wing too. The place looks very relaxing. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try the spa there. Most of the food in the restaurant are traditional Filipino cuisine. Hope you can visit the Philippines someday. :-)

  3. chyng says:

    wow, splurging at its finest (again)
    gusto ko nyan!
    why did you pick this over Shang Mactan?

    • Lovely says:

      Hi Chyng! Mas mahal kasi yung day tour sa Shangrila. Nasa P2,000 plus ata. Pero pangarap ko din yang Mactan Shang. Hopefully, next time if ever makakabalik ako ng Cebu. Ma-try ko na yang Mactan Shang. Thanks for dropping by Chyng! :-)

  4. jaren says:

    hello! yung day tour price po ba e same ng sa adult and kids? pwede po ba walk in ? thanks!

    • Lovely says:

      Hello Jaren! Thanks for stopping by :-) Libre lang ang bata pero it depends ata sa age. Pero yung 5 year old nephew ko libre na. And yes, pwede ang walk-in. Nag-walk in lang di kami. Have a happy trip! :-)

  5. good thing nga madameng luxury resorts na nag-offer na ng day tour para naman kahet mga tulad ko na cnt afford eh mapag-ipunana yang day tour at ng makatuntong sa mga mamahaling resort na yan. Dapat nilibre ka nlng kase prinomte mu naman sila. hehe Sana yung Amanpulo mag offer din ng day tour. haha Thanks for sharing this Lovely, very helpful tips! =) Mukhang gusto ko yung food nila, sarap ng banan split tignan!

    • Lovely says:

      Hi Gael! Oo nga buti nalang may mga day tour yung mga resorts sa Mactan. Sakit din kasi sa bulsa mag-check in dun sa mga resorts. And buti nalang masarap din yung mga foods. Type na type din nung pamangkin ko yung banana split :-) Sana nga someday may manlibre din sakin na resorts kagaya mo. hehe. I just checked out the website of Amanpulo. Grabe ang ganda pala dun! How I wish magka-day tour din sila. Thanks for dropping by Gael. All the best to your trip to Malaysia! :-)

  6. Ishmael Ahab says:

    Good info. Now I know what resort to go when I am in Mactan Island. I am a budget traveler and day tour will surely fit my cheapskate personality. :-P

    • Lovely says:

      Thanks Ismael! These day tours are indeed helpful to budget travelers like us. At least we can have a chance to get inside these grand resorts. I really recommend this beach resort if you’re going back to Mactan again someday :-)

  7. Alden says:

    very nice blog you got here. i tried to contact Maribago’s manila office and asked if they accept day tour. sabi nila meron nga daw php120o inclusive of php700 consumable sa restaurant nila. Are you sure na pwedeng entrance fee lang na 700 ang babayaran kung ayaw ng consumable na food? we’re in a tight budget kasi. mejo mahal kung php1200. can you recommend any other resorts in Mactan which is cheaper pero maganda din? someone suggested Tambuli resort pero hesitant ako kasi walang matinong website tsaka according sa mga reviews sa internet mejo luma na daw.^_^

  8. Lovely says:

    Hello Alden :-) Yup, I’m sure na pwedeng entrance fee lang yung bayaran. In fact, when we went there last month, the receptionist first asked us if we would like to pay for the Php 700 entrance fee only or we would like to avail the Php 1,200 package which includes the P700 food consumables. Monday kami nagpunta nun.

    So far, Maribago Bluewater palang ang napupuntahan kong resort sa Mactan. But before coming to Cebu, I also researched for an affordable but good resort in Cebu. Hesitant din ako sa Tambuli kasi mukhang hindi updated yung website. Hehe. Ang pinagpilian ko lang nun ay Cebu White Sands at Maribago Bluewater. Sa White Sands Php 600 daw ang day tour which is inclusive of Php 200 consumable.

    Tingnan mo nalang kung anu yung mas agreeable sayo. As for me, I was really happy and satisfied about our day tour at Maribago Bluewater. Good luck and enjoy your trip! Thanks for stopping by Alden! :-)

  9. shaz says:

    wow.. luxury has a price indeed.
    really nice vacation..
    i thought dslr gamit mo.. ang nice ng kuha ng cam mo.. ano pla model ng cam mo?

    • Hi Shaz! Thanks a lot! :-) I’m using Sony Cybershot DSC-W220. But I edited my photos in Adobe photoshop. I just tweaked the saturation and levels to enhance the color. Pangarap ko din magka-DSLR but I’m still saving up for it. Ang mahal kasi hehe. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Shaz! Enjoy traveling :-)

  10. shaz says:

    its pla.

  11. Mo says:

    Wow this is a really nice post! We’re going to stay here on June and I’ve been searching endlessly on the internet for reviews on this resort, yours is the most recent one I found. :) I love the pictures (can’t believe na these pics were taken using a digicam, ang ganda). Your tips and detailed description are really helpful too! I hope we’ll enjoy our stay here as much as you did!

    • Thanks Mo! hehe I’m still a newbie in adobe photoshop but I’m really glad that it was able to improve my raw photos. Nice to hear you’ll be visiting Maribago Bluewater in June. I hope you’ll have a wonderful time during your stay in the resort. I really miss Cebu and I’m looking forward to read your post about your trip soon! Have a safe trip and thanks for visiting! :-)

  12. murray says:

    hello..it was indeed a very helpful review. im convinced to take advantage of the day tour package. where did u stay”? are there cabanas available? how much?

    • Hi Murray! We stayed on the beach chairs. There are a lot of beach chairs available near the beach and the swimming pool. Please see this picture that I’ve uploaded: http://mylovelylife88.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/blu99.jpg. There’s also a shower room and toilet located near the beach. I didn’t notice any cottages/ cabanas available for daytime rent though you might also try to ask them upon arriving in the resort. Thanks for visiting Murray and enjoy your trip! :-)

      • murray says:

        are there chairs w/ umbrella available for free. what if it rains that day? theres really no place to keep the valuables since u can just lounge on d beach chairs. right?

  13. Kia Sia says:

    Hi.. when you availed of the Day Tour, did you still make a reservation beforehand? o pwedeng walk in lang dun? Thank you! :)

  14. Sheilah says:

    Nice post…just what I have been researching for. One question though, is there any restrictions policy re swimming attire both for pools and the beach?

  15. WinjLyn says:

    We’ll be going there on october too! Thanks for your blog. i feel twice excited than before. Btw, may I know how much did it cost you for a cab ride from your accommodation to maribago blue waters? Thanks!

  16. cha says:

    i really like your blog. it gives me tips and ideas of what to expect from that place. thank you very much for the details. i like it. i will be visiting this place by nov. im looking forward to see the beauty of maribago. whoaaahhhhh.

  17. wrey says:

    nice post! we will be going to Bohol this coming June and when I saw this post, I’m planning to have a side trip to Maribago! Beautiful place! ^_^

  18. Duane Tan says:

    Hello po :) Plano sana namin ng mga kaibigan ko pumanta sa cebu and to visit this place :D, pwede ba hanggang gabi mag stay dito? mga as late as 9 pm? or 8 am-5 pm lang talaga? and hindi pwede mag dala ng food? :P please reply asap :) Thankyou, very informative blog btw :)

  19. nelie says:

    give me your email address…thank you

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  21. WAYIT says:

    So like per head is 1,200 for sunday-wednesday and 1,500 for thursday-sunday? Am i right? :)

  22. janieka says:

    Hi!! your photos are real cool!! and it makes me wanna go there now!! lol.. i was just wondering what month did you visit the resort? :)

  23. Chinsan says:

    Hello po… So, If pupunta po kami sa blue water beach resort.
    Ang babayaran po namin ay entrance fee,pwede po bang hindi nalang isama po yung resturant fee? then pag nasa loob na kami ng beach aahhh pwede po cottage lang ang babayaran namin hindi ang room rates?
    Thank you po….. =)

  24. nels says:

    Hello po… Madali lang po ba makakuha ng taxi from there pabalik ng cebu city? And how much wud it cost?

  25. Melvin says:

    Hi Good day, can i have the name and contact number of your Organizer??

    thanks…

  26. Vhinz says:

    wewiw.,does this site updated???bcoz theres no reply on my Comments….

  27. Anabelle C. Opamen says:

    Mga apat kming pupunta jan this coming holly week…pwede bang mag overnight?,magkano ang babayaran namin?at pwede bang mag dala kami ng aming pagkain?..plz asap

  28. Great article. I’m dealing with many of these issues as well..

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