WHALE SHARK WATCHING| OSLOB TRAVEL GUIDE
Oslob, Cebu became very popular because of its Whale Shark Watching Adventure which they offer to various tourists visiting the place. But apart from whale shark watching, Oslob also offers other activities which would make one’s visit to Oslob more fun and memorable. These activities include a visit to the Heritage Site of Oslob, snorkeling or diving at Sumilon Island or a trip to Tumalog Falls. Not only that, when you are in Oslob, it would only take a few hours to reach another town of Cebu which is Badian. Badian is known for their Canyoneering Adventures offering.
OSLOB TRAVEL GUIDE: THINGS TO DO
Here are my suggested “Things to do” should you visit Oslob, Cebu. In one day you can cover three activities depending on the time that you will start. So I suggest arriving at the place early to cover more activities in a day.
The author, swimming with the whale shark
- Whale Shark Watching
One of the main attractions of Oslob, Cebu is the whale shark watching. A fee of PHP 500/person is required for this activity. The fee includes a life vest, a “Bangka” ride and a snorkeling paraphernalia. An underwater camera is available for rent at PHP 500.00. This adventure would only take around 30 minutes. Don’t forget to bring your rash guard.
- Tumalog Falls
After your 30 minute adventure with the whale sharks, you can proceed to the Tumalog Falls which is approximately 15 minutes away from the whale watching area. Habal-habal can take you to the drop off point of Tumalog Falls at PHP 30 -50/person. You just have to negotiate well with the driver regarding their fees. Once you reach the drop-off point, get ready to take about 20 minutes walk on the road to get to the site. Another option is to take a habal-habal ride where commuters are charged P50 round trip fare for a solo back ride. During summer, the water can get very low at the falls which affect, of course how it looks. So better ask first if the Tumalog Falls is nice to see on the date of your visit.
- Oslob Heritage Park
After your Tumalog Falls Adventure, you can ask the habal-habal driver to bring you to the Oslob Heritage Park. In this park you can take to see the following all in one place: Immaculate Conception Church, Cuartel, Bay walk, Oslob Museum, Old Mortuary Chapel, Baluarte Ruins and the Baywalk.
Church of the Immaculate Conception. One of the oldest churches in the country… The church building which is made of coral stones was constructed in 1830 and was finished 18 years later. The buttresses that were added were constructed between 1848 and 1850. The adjacent bell tower was built in 1858.
The Cuartel. An unfinished building made of coral blocks resembling a Spanish-era barracks. It was constructed at about 1860, but remained unfinished at the end of Spanish occupation in 1898.
Oslob Museum. A small museum housing some important old pieces from the place is also available without an entrance fee at the heritage Park of Oslob. No cameras are allowed inside this museum.
Old Mortuary Chapel. This old chapel is found right in front of the Immaculate Conception Church. The small old chapel has a pediment decorated with a relief of a human skeleton.
Baluarte Ruins. The ruins of an Old Baluarte (Spanish word for watchtower) can also be found at the Heritage Park of Oslob. The tower, which was built in 1788 was intended to guard the place against the invasion of the Moros.
Baywalk. The place wherein you can relax and unwind and enjoy the scenery especially in the late afternoon is the Baywalk. It is said that this Baywalk was destroyed by a super typhoon few years back, but it is now fully restored.
Beach front of Bluewater Island Resort. (Photo from the resort’s site: http://www.bluewatersumilon.com.ph/)
- Sumilon Island
Should you be staying at Oslob for 2 days or more, It would be best if you can visit the Sumilon Island. This 24-hectare (59-acre) coral island is hosts the Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort which developed the island into an eco-friendly haven.Sumilon Island boasts of its four major dive sites: Garden Eel Plaza, Nikki’s Wall, Coral Landscape and Julie’s Rock. Sumilon Island also has a sandbar which is changing shapes and shifting locations around the island depending on the season. Natural lagoons with high mangroves and natural caves used by fishermen to seek refuge during storms and a lake can also be found on the Island.
It would be nice to note that Sumilon Island is the first marine protected area in the Philippines under the guidance of the Silliman University Marine Reserve of Dumaguete City. Sumilon Island can be reached by boat from Oslob. Another route to Sumilon Island is via Dumaguete City since it is also close to the island.
The author while Canyooning in Badian
- Side Trip to Badian for Canyoneering
While in Oslob Cebu, you can maximize your trip by visiting Badian for the Canyoneering. From Oslob, just ask the locals for direction on how to reach the Bato Terminal. From Bato Terminal, you take the Ceres Bus to Badian. Please click here to read my experience at Badian and to get some tips on where to stay. – Badian Canyoneering Adventure
OSLOB TRAVEL GUIDE: LIST OF RESORTS AND HOTEL
Oslob, Cebu is just a very small place yet it offers various places to stay like Inns and Resorts depending on your budget. Please click here for the list of Hotels and Resorts in Oslob, Cebu.
MB’s Sunrise View. While waiting for our lunch
OSLOB TRAVEL GUIDE: WHERE TO EAT
I didn’t see any free standing restaurants in the place. Of course, simple eateries are available in the place and almost all resorts have their own restaurants as well.We tried the restaurant of MB’s Sunrise View…the food were just fine but the service were terribly slow. Maybe this is one aspect which Oslob needs to enhance. So I hope that the Department of Tourism would help Oslob on this matter.
OSLOB WHALE SHARK TRAVEL GUIDE: GETTING THERE
Two Airports are near the place: the Mactan Cebu International Airport or the Dumaguete Airport. For tourists coming from other countries, Oslob is part of Cebu Island in the Visayas so you can fly directly to Cebu International Airport. If you are already in the Philippines you can also fly into Dumaguete Airport.
- How to get Oslob from Cebu City
Ride a bus to Oslob at Cebu South Bus Terminal. You can leave the city as early as 1 am. The earliest bus trips are non-air-conditioned.
- How to get to Oslob from Dumaguete City
If you’re from Dumaguete City or flying in from Manila to Dumaguete to get to Oslob, travel is also quite fast and easy. From Dumaguete airport, hire a tricycle to take you to Sibulan Port or take the Ceres bus passing by Sibulan. From Sibulan take the Ferry or Fast Craft to Liloan Port. From Liloan, ride the bus that will take you to Oslob. Ceres buses are just outside the port waiting for passengers.
Kawasan Falls in Badian (Station 1)
Kawasan Falls in Badian – Station 3
Canyoneering in Badian