Wandering Oslob, South Cebu

After our Cebu City escapade, another adventure awaited us at South Cebu. We traveled for almost 3 hours just to catch the earliest whale shark encounter in Oslob. This activity has been quite popular with locals and foreigners that’s why people often flock down here to experience swimming with the gentle giants.

Tuki, as what the locals called them, is not as dangerous as they look. Their sizes can reach up to 40 feet and can weigh up to 20 metric tons. Another place that has this kind of activity is in Donsol, Sorsogon but the difference is, they don’t feed them to get closer just like what they do in Oslob.

airplane GETTING THERE:

From Cebu:
– Go to South Cebu Terminal
– Ride a bus bound to Oslob, South Cebu
– Tell the conductor to drop you off at Whale Shark Watching in Brgy. Tan-awan

From Dumaguete:
– Go to Sibulan Port
– At the port, ride a ferry bound to Lilo-an Port
– From Lilo-an Port, ride a bus going to Oslob Cebu
– Tell the conductor to drop you off at Whale Shark Watching in Brgy. Tan-awan

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You can easily see the signage of the resort

We left Cebu City at 3:00am because it is the earliest time of bus schedule bound to the south. We arrived in Brgy. Tan-awan Oslob at 6:00 in the morning. There are lots of resorts that offer the activity. We dropped near the MB’s Sunrise View Resort so we went directly inside. We asked the people at the front desk about the Whale Shark Watching and paid P500 plus P100 for locker fee each. They also have underwater cameras for hire if tourist don’t bring their own.

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MB’s Sunrise View Resort
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On the way to the activity area

After changing our clothes, we went to the Whale Shark Activity Area just few minutes walk away from MB Sunrise. There is a short briefing before the actual activity because they need to explain the do’s and don’t s of the trip. After 15-minutes, our number was called and we were ready to ride the boat.

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Briefing area
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The orientation lasts for about 3-4 minutes
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Whale Shark watching activity

Just nearby the shore, there were I think 3-4 whale shark who were fed by the local so they would come closer to humans. It saddened me, and I felt guilty knowing they were somewhat abused. Sometimes they were paddled or touched by those stubborn tourists even though there was a briefing ahead of the activity.

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Just one decent photo out of hundreds hehe

It was hard to get closer to the whales because I was really a frustrated swimmer. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to swim because they provide life vests. However, I removed mine because I was struggling to go underwater to get a decent shot with the Butanding. Good thing, the guide helped me to have one perfect shot underwater. Another thing on my bucket lists was ticked off.

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The activity lasted for about 30mins to give way to the other tourists. We went to the restaurant / local carinderia after which is near the shore to eat breakfast. Menu starts from P100, a bit pricey for just breakfast meal. I suggest that you check out restos outside, I guess they are cheaper.

Swimming with the Whale Shark was fun, indeed. I hope locals will continue to take care of the Butandings and remind everyone to be a responsible tourist every time.

Popular Side Trips in Oslob:

1. Tumalog Falls
After the whale shark encounter, I looked for a trip to Tumalog Falls. There were habal-habal drivers outside the resorts offering their services. The falls is just 30 minutes away from Oslob. Haggle the price if possible.

It was little bit scary to ride in habal-habal going to the falls because of the stiff road and cliff. It was hard to trust the driver, actually. After 30 minutes, we arrived in an area just near the falls. There were habal-habal motorcycles again. Its up to you if you want to ride them or just walk down to the falls. We opted to ride  because I thought it was far. The fee is P50 each.

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Road down Tumalog Falls

Tumalog Falls is majestic in person. Because of the weather, the falls didn’t have too much water. The level was up to my knees only. People said that this changes especially during summer. This reminded me very much of  Batu Caves in Malaysia, I don’t know but I think because of the rock formation and soil.

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After getting too many photos, we left Tumalog to go to MB Sunrise. It was again, a 30-minute bumpy ride.  We then refreshed ourselves and got ready to go to Dumaguete.

2. Sumilon Island
Another side trip in Oslob Cebu is Sumilon Island. There are two-ways to get there and experience their famous sand bar.

  1. Rent a boat for P1,500 which is good for large groups of people.
  2. Avail of the day-trip package at Bluewater Sumilon http://www.bluewatersumilon.com.ph/offers/ for P1,500 (Weekdays) and P2,000 (Weekends and Holidays). According to the blogs I have read, the tour and meal package were actually worth the price.

3. Oslob Cuartel
4. Baluarte in Poblacion
5. Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception in Poblacion


It was nice to experience Oslob in a short day trip. Next time that we visit here, we are going to explore other places in South Cebu most especially the Canyonering in Badian which is more than a hour away from Oslob. Till we see you again, Oslob Cebu!

phone CONTACT + GUIDE

MB’s Sunrise View Resort
Barangay Tan-awan, Oslob, Cebu Philippines, 6000
www.mbsunriseviewresort.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WhaleSharkinOslobCebu
Contact No.: +63 939 388 7108 /+63 915 427 6245

Buewater Sumilon Island Resort
Sumilon Island, Bancogon, Oslob, Cebu, Philippines, 6025
www.bluewatersumilon.com.ph
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BluewaterSumilon
Phone: (63 32) 318 3129 / 318 9098 / Mobile: 0917 631 7512 / 0998 964 1879

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