OSLOB WHALE SHARK | YOUR ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE

OSLOB WHALE SHARK

OSLOB WHALE SHARK | YOUR ULTIMATE 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 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 WHALE SHARK TRAVEL GUIDE :  THINGS TO DO  

Here’s 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.

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The author, swimming with the whale shark

  1. 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.

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  1. 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.

  1. 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.

 OSLOB TRAVEL GUIDE. sumilon island

Beach front of Bluewater Island Resort.  (Photo from the resort’s site: http://www.bluewatersumilon.com.ph/)

  1. 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.

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The author while Canyooning in Badian

  1. 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.

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MB’s Sunrise View. While waiting for our lunch

OSLOB WHALE SHARK 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.

  1. 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 1am. The earliest bus trips are non-air-conditioned.

  1. 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.

 MORE PHOTOS

Kawasan Falls in Badian (Station 1)

Kawasan Falls in Badian – Station 3

Canyoneering in Badian

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13 Comments:

  1. I never had a chance to visit Oslob but with your guide I could organise a trip in a few minutes! This is fantastic and very informative post! Iga

  2. Love that you ended up in the water lol. My favorite part of most any trip. Sorry the service was slow for food. Glad it was good though. The opposite would have been worse (fast service/not so good food), ha. Bright side of everything. 😉 🙂

  3. I’ve never been, but love to travel. I think I would love the Whale Shark watching and canooing

  4. I live in the neighboring town of Oslob. I have been there many times but haven’t really tried whale watching. Hopefully will be able to before the year ends.

  5. I’d love to see whale sharks in real life, what a beautiful part of the world

  6. I have always wanted to go back to Cebu, this will be a lovely addition to our itinerary once we decide to visit. Swimming with whale shark must be a very awesome experience, too, I want to try it!!!

  7. One on my list. Never had a chance to visit this place when I went to Cebu. But the canyoneering is definitely a must try.

    Anyway, I am interviewing top pinoy travel bloggers and I found you. Are you open for an interview? Kindly let me know if you’re interested, email is jacarandatravels@gmail.com. Thank you 🙂

  8. I like to try canyoneering and swimming at Kawasan falls. They do have a lot of great attractions in Oslob.

  9. Seems great to visit this place because of the unique activities especially the whale watching. Exploring this place is a must for travelers. On my part, I just read and enjoy what I could digest with lots of beautiful places in the Philippines.

  10. We’re supposed to go here last month but we changed our mind because of the long travel. I’m planning to go here if ever we will go to Dumaguete, baka mas madali magside trip.

  11. Wow! The Php 500 fee to go whale watching is extremely inexpensive for that kind of experience. Swimming in the water of Kawasan Falls in Badian also looks really amazing.

  12. I went to Oslob but haven’t tried to check their heritage. Looks interesting! You did canyoneering too? Lucky! I am planning that too but hindi pa natutuloy haha Sumilon island is one of my bucketlist. 🙂

  13. A very helpful guide to Oslob. I must say that even though I have been to Oslob twice, there are still places I havent been. Sumilon island and the heritage park are on my list!

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13 Comments:

  1. I never had a chance to visit Oslob but with your guide I could organise a trip in a few minutes! This is fantastic and very informative post! Iga

  2. Love that you ended up in the water lol. My favorite part of most any trip. Sorry the service was slow for food. Glad it was good though. The opposite would have been worse (fast service/not so good food), ha. Bright side of everything. 😉 🙂

  3. I’ve never been, but love to travel. I think I would love the Whale Shark watching and canooing

  4. I live in the neighboring town of Oslob. I have been there many times but haven’t really tried whale watching. Hopefully will be able to before the year ends.

  5. I’d love to see whale sharks in real life, what a beautiful part of the world

  6. I have always wanted to go back to Cebu, this will be a lovely addition to our itinerary once we decide to visit. Swimming with whale shark must be a very awesome experience, too, I want to try it!!!

  7. One on my list. Never had a chance to visit this place when I went to Cebu. But the canyoneering is definitely a must try.

    Anyway, I am interviewing top pinoy travel bloggers and I found you. Are you open for an interview? Kindly let me know if you’re interested, email is jacarandatravels@gmail.com. Thank you 🙂

  8. I like to try canyoneering and swimming at Kawasan falls. They do have a lot of great attractions in Oslob.

  9. Seems great to visit this place because of the unique activities especially the whale watching. Exploring this place is a must for travelers. On my part, I just read and enjoy what I could digest with lots of beautiful places in the Philippines.

  10. We’re supposed to go here last month but we changed our mind because of the long travel. I’m planning to go here if ever we will go to Dumaguete, baka mas madali magside trip.

  11. Wow! The Php 500 fee to go whale watching is extremely inexpensive for that kind of experience. Swimming in the water of Kawasan Falls in Badian also looks really amazing.

  12. I went to Oslob but haven’t tried to check their heritage. Looks interesting! You did canyoneering too? Lucky! I am planning that too but hindi pa natutuloy haha Sumilon island is one of my bucketlist. 🙂

  13. A very helpful guide to Oslob. I must say that even though I have been to Oslob twice, there are still places I havent been. Sumilon island and the heritage park are on my list!

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