Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cebu: 5 Things to Do in Oslob

Oslob is a 4th class municipality situated in the southern edge of Cebu Province. This laid back town became popular for whale shark watching which gives tourists the opportunity to swim with the gentle giants locally known as tuki. But there's more to Oslob than just swimming with the whale sharks. It is also home to a white beach island and a number of heritage structures from the Spanish colonization era.

This Oslob Travel Guide contains useful information on how to get there, things to do and sample itinerary expenses to help you plan your trip...

How to Get There:

It is recommended to leave Cebu City at 3 AM or earlier so you can do all five things featured in this guide. From the Cebu City South Terminal, ride the Ceres bus going to Bato via Liloan. Travel time is about 3 hours and fare is Php155.00. Inform the bus driver that you're going to Oslob's Whale Shark Watching so that you will be dropped off in Barangay Tan-awan.

Things to Do:

1. Whale Shark Watching

Upon arriving in Barangay Tan-awan, there is no need to enter a resort unless you want to pay Php100.00 for entrance, use of locker, boat assistance and transportation to the briefing station. You may eat breakfast first in any of the carinderia and food stalls along the highway then walk your way  to the Whale Shark Watching Briefing Station (ask directions from locals).

Whale Shark Watching Fees:

Local Tourists:
Php500.00 - Snorkeling/Swimming with the Whale Sharks with life jacket
Php300.00 - Whale watching (in the boat only, no swimming) with life jacket

Foreign Tourists:
Php1,000.00 - Snorkeling/Swimming with the Whale Sharks with life jacket

Listen carefully and follow the do's and don'ts of whale shark watching during the briefing. Wearing of rashguard is recommended as use of sunblock is prohibited.

Whale shark watching is good for 30 minutes only and is offered daily from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Underwater camera is available for rent at Php500.00 (can be shared by group) and digital photos will be transferred to your flash disk if you bring one. If you don't have a flash disk or memory card, the photos will be given to you via compact disc.

2. Swimming and Beach Bumming in Sumilon Island Sandbar

After whale shark watching, you may booked a boat to Sumilon Island at the briefing center. Round trip boat rate is Php 1,500 for up to 5 persons. Buy food and drinks at  the carinderias and food stalls along the highway before proceeding to the island.

Sumilon Island is privately owned by Bluewater Island Resort but non-guests are given access to the sandbar. The beautiful sandbar boasts of white sands and turquoise waters bounded by rocky cliffs.

From Barangay Tan-awan, boat ride to Sumilon is only 10-15 minutes. Upon arriving in the island, instruct your boatman what time you want to be picked up for return to the mainland.

After swimming and beach bumming we left Sumilon at about 2 PM, changed clothes and hired a tricyle to take us back to Oslob Town Proper, about 10 kilometers away. Other transportation options are habal-habal motorcycles and Cebu City-bound buses.

A stroll at Oslob Heritage Park was next on our itinerary.

3. The Cuartel

An unfinished building made of coral blocks, This was intended to be a barracks for Spanish soldiers assigned in Oslob. Construction started in 1860 but remained unfinished at the end of Spanish colonization in 1898.

4. Ruins of the Baluarte

The Baluarte (or watchtower) was built in 1788 and is one of the seven watchtowers built along the coastline of Oslob. It was utilized by the Spanish guards to observe the surrounding area in looking out for Moro invaders.

5. Church of the Immaculate Conception

Made of cut coral stones, construction of this church started in 1830 and was finished 18 years later. It was burned downed thrice: during the World War II in 1945, in 1955 and in 2008 which gutted the church's interior but spared the image of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception inside a glass case.

From the Heritage Park, you may walk back to the main highway and wait for passing buses bound for Cebu City. In our case, we took a bus ride up to the town of Dalaguete only as we planned to climb OsmeƱa Peak the next day.

Sample Itinerary and Summary of Expenses

3 AM: Bus ride to Oslob - Php155.00
6 AM: Arrival in Oslob; breakfast - Php100.00
7 AM: Whale Shark Watching - Php500.00
            Waterproof Camera Rental - Php500 / 5 persons = Php100/person
8:00 AM: Booked island hopping to Sumilon - Php1,500 / 5 persons = Php300/person
             Buy food and drinks for lunch: Php150.00
9:00 AM-1:00 PM: Sumilon Island - Php50.00 (Environmental Fee)
1:30 PM: Back to Barangay Tan-awan
                 Tricylce ride to Oslob Poblacion (Php20.00/person)
2:00 PM-4:00 PM: Oslob Heritage Park (Cuartel, Baluarte, Church of Immaculate Conception)
5:00 PM: Bus ride back to Cebu City - Php155.00
8:00 PM: Arrival in Cebu City    

Total Expenses: Php1,530/person


  1. South Cebu is one of my favorite province. There's just so many good places to visit and things to do! !

    1. Agree. Kompleto jud from beaches to waterfalls and heritage sites.

  2. You missed the Tumalog falls.

    1. We're supposed to go there but the local guide told us the falls dried up...

  3. Oslob is excellent location. The architecture they are following is excellent and its compulsory watchable place as per my view. Thank you for sharing HD pictures

  4. This is a very helpful post. We have a lot of guests asking us for tips and guides on the best places to visit in Cebu. I would definitely be recommending your website to them. Please keep posting on the wonderful travel experience you may have had with tips particularly in Cebu. Thanks!

  5. I agree on the first comment, south part of Cebu is full of paradise tourist destinations.
    Perfect for travel itinerary planning

  6. Great! These things are indeed a great fulfillment to truly experience Oslob, not just the Whale Sharks. Thanks for this.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing your experience! I always love to swim with whale shark once in my life and thanks to your writing, now I know there is such an amazing island near Cebu. Is it attached filter or not?


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