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Skimboarding in Argao

3 December 2010 17,555 views 11 Comments

Are you a fan of skimboarding? Well if you are the type who can’t resist getting on each skim board you see every time you visit the beach and try those skimming moves, then you are definitely one skimboarding junkie.

Cebu has many great beaches where you can skimboard like the ones in Moalboal. However, there are two major places famous to those who love to skimboard. These beaches are found on opposite ends. One is in the town of Lilo-an, 2 towns up north of the city of Mandaue and the other one is down south in Argao.

Both beaches have black sands. I’ve never seen how rough the waves of Lilo-an beaches could get. In Argao, the waves are quite big, well not big enough for the real surfing thingy. Just imagine this – you’ll be thrown back to the shoreline if you try to swim in the waters. You’ll definitely have a hard time fighting off those waves if you’re not an expert swimmer.

skimboarding in Argao, Cebu
a local kid finding skimboarding as a past time on a late afternoon

How to get to Mahayahay Beach in Argao?

Mahayahay Beach, Argao Cebu

Just go to the South Bus Terminal along N. Bacalso St. and ride a bus going to Argao. There are airconditioned and non-airconditioned buses available for you to choose from. You can also ride a van for hire (v-hire) if you are in a hurry to go to the place. This you can find at the Citilink Terminal, just a walking distance after the South Bus Terminal. The tendency is with buses, there will be stop overs along the way to get more passengers whereas there won’t be any stop overs with a vhire. When you get to the town proper of Argao, you can ride a trike going to Mahayahay Beach or you can ask the bus/van driver if they can drop you off at the corner leading to the beach. It may take you a 2-hour drive to reach the area when using a private vehicle.


cottages at the beach front

On lean days, weekdays mostly, you can rent cottages like this for less than the standard rate of P200. Depending on your haggling skills, you can haggle for as low as P50 or even lower.


lifeguard house and volleyball net

There’s an area on the beach where incidents of drowning has happened due to the swirling current (“lilo”) which is why it is wise to ask the locals first what part of the beach is safe for swimming and skimming.

skimboard for rent in Argao
a skimboard like this can be rented for P100 a day

If you come to Argao without a skimboard, don’t fret. You can always rent one depending on the availability of the skim boards, the season and the time. Usually, they ran out of skim boards in the afternoon since most kids will be out by the beach playing with the tides too.


cebu road trippers’ foot


there are also surfboards in the area

Here’s a couple of kids skimming in the area…

Skimboarding Competition in Argao usually happens every September so to those who love to go on skimming out there, you might want to check this side of the province if you want to join or if you simply want to check out the competition.

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Doi is a certified zombie. After being introduced to the world of blogging, social media and online marketing, she has used all the means necessary to enhance this new found passion and use it to her advantage. Her nature to explore new places and share it with the rest of the world is what keeps this wanderer going and seeking for more exciting trips and adventures.

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11 Comments »

  • fetus said:

    watch out kama-o na ko mo ing-ani!!! weeeee….
    fetus recently posted..Tattered- Old- and Rugged

  • doi said:

    weow! let me see nya da moves! i-video nko dwin! 🙂

  • The Photoblogger said:

    Wow, doi, these are some really good pictures of Skimboarders.
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  • doi said:

    yeah, those were really greay shots thanks to edcel’s photography skills 😀

  • pinaytraveljunkie said:

    sounds fun! i haven’t really learned how to skimboard yet, but will definitely recommend this to my friends…
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  • doi said:

    thanks gay! 🙂 it was nice watching those kids skimboard. i really wish i could skim too. hehehe

  • Skimboarding is a popular water sport in the beaches of Argao in Cebu | loQal - Sports and Fitness | Philippines said:

    […] and Edcel of Cebu Road Trip.com wrote that if you want to see some wave action, an annual skimboarding competition takes place […]

  • Exploring the Town of Argao in a Day | The Travelling Feet said:

    […] best thing about this beach is that this is one of the best places in Cebu to go skimboarding (as if i know how. lol). At around 3-4 in the afternoon, you will start seeing kids going out and […]

  • AJ said:

    This site is far from comatose. Mas updated pa nga ito sa blog ko. :)))) Keep it up, Doi and Ed! Btw, I didn’t mean any malisha sa other comment ko. Cute lang ng boses nyo together – parang Chico and Delamar. 😉
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  • ed said:

    @AJ: haha, it’s alright AJ! cool lang kami lahat dito! thanks for visiting CRT! at naway maupdate namin toh parati 😀

  • Penfires! said:

    the waves look cool! but I doubt if it can be conquered easily hehe

    love the gif image \o/
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