While Mactan Island is the undisputed resort capital of Cebu, what with the presence there of world-class resorts like Shangri-la Mactan and Plantation Bay, there are other equally well-known resorts in Cebu far from the hustle and bustle of Metro Cebu. One of these top-class resorts (that have high-resolution satellite imagery in Google Maps) is the Alegre Beach Resort located a couple of hours north of Cebu City in the town of Sogod.
Sitting on top of limestone cliffs overlooking the Camotes Sea, Alegre Beach Resort offers, what visitors say, a rustic and rural tropical getaway. There are plenty of stairs going down to the beach that has fine white sands, though not as fine or as white as Boracay’s White Beach. If you like a place that’s not too busy, very secluded and intimate, you should go to Malapascua Island off the northern tip of Cebu. But Alegre appears to be a good alternative if you want a Cebu resort that’s more accessible.
According to their official website (which is quite pretty, by the way), the amenities and activities you can indulge in their resort are the same as what you can expect in any other top-class beach resorts in the country. They have spacious cabanas, a nice swimming pool overlooking the sea, and plenty of watersports to be done like the usual kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, and fishing. They also offer biking and trekking in the surrounding forests as well as a boat cruise where, fauna permitting, you can spot dolphins. According to this online article, Alegre Beach Resort has made their sea waters a marine sanctuary. This makes the snorkeling and scuba diving, and even just plain swimming, a fishy experience. Hehehe.