The Ultimate Travel Guide to Oslob, Cebu

Oslob is a small town near the southern tip of Cebu Island that encompasses 21 villages, including Tan-awan. It has become a domestic and international hotspot for tourism since 2011 due to the whale sharks that swim close to the coast.

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Oslob is a small town near the southern tip of Cebu Island that encompasses 21 villages, including Tan-awan. It has become a domestic and international hotspot for tourism since 2011 due to the whale sharks that swim close to the coast.

I have a few friends who already traveled here and according to them, the experience was extraordinary. I’ve traveled to Cebu several times but haven’t been to Oslob so around March 2019, I booked a flight via Cebu Pacific (I had a few unpleasant experiences with them but decided to give them another chance – this time, there was no flight cancellation/delay so yay!). For my accommodation, whenever I travel I ALWAYS opt to stay near the train stations or bus stops (or anywhere I can easily get a ride) so Guilly’s Place is a good choice. I rented a single-bed room since I only need a place to sleep in, take a bath and keep my backpack.

TOP ATTRACTIONS IN OSLOB

Swim and relax at Sumilon Island

Enjoy free time to swim and relax at this gloriously beautiful beach of white sands and clear blue waters. Sumilon is secluded island in the south-eastern tip of mainland Cebu, a 15-20 minutes boat ride.

For more details please click the link below:

TRAVEL GUIDE: SUMILON ISLAND, CEBU

You may book a day trip in Sumilon Island via the link below:

SUMILON ISLAND DAY PASS

Whale-Shark Watching in Tan-Awan

Oslob is one of the places where you can swim with these magnificent creatures. Whale shark watching here is open all year round.

TOURISTINCLUSIONSPRICE
Filipino Tourist Whale shark watching
(stay in the boat to watch)
₱300
Filipino Tourist Snorkeling with the Whale Sharks ₱500
Foreign Tourist Snorkeling with the Whale Shaks ₱1000

NOTE:

  • The activity is available daily from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM only, so be sure to get to the wharf before 6:00 AM.
  • It is only good for 30 minutes only.
  • You will be taken to the site by batch, usually 10 person per boat.
  • Avoid wearing sunscreen or essential oils.
  • Current conversion: ₱ 52.40 = 1 USD

For more details please click the link below:

TRAVEL GUIDE: WHALE SHARK WATCHING IN OSLOB, CEBU

NOTE:

  • Entrance fee: ₱ 50 or 1 USD
  • Open: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Boat fee: ₱ 1500-2500 per group – depending on the size of the boat (rate to be divided among passengers). You may also choose to join other groups.
  • Return trip: You don’t have to wait for the same boat. There are boats available every 1 hour, 30 mins. Last return trip departs at 4:30 PM.
  • You may bring packed lunch or snacks & water as there are no stores in Simulan Island’s public area. Food can be purchased at the stores at Oslob beachfront.

Admire the majestic Tumalog Falls

Tumalon Falls is one of the most beautiful falls I’ve seen, and it’s such a great wonder it’s not as popular as other waterfalls in the country.

NOTE:

  • Entrance fee: ₱20 per person
  • Transportation fare: ₱50 per person (habal-habal/motorbike)

Explore the history of Oslob

Aside from these exciting nature adventure, Oslob is also rich in history. What’s awesome is these sites are just steps away from each other. It is also just near the whale shark watching site!

Places to Visit:

  • Oslob Heritage Park – Inside you can see some preserved antiques.
  • Immaculate Conception Parish Church – One of the oldest churches in Cebu. Construction started in 1830 and was completed in 1848.
  • Cuartel – It is located on the right side of the Church, it is an unfinished building consisting of coral blocks resembling a Spanish-era barracks.
  • Baluarte – a ruin of one of the seven Spanish watchtower in Oslob which was built in 1788. It was built along the coastline of Oslob.
  • Calle Aragones – It is the oldest street in Oslob which also serves as the entrance that leads to the rest of the heritage park.

NOTE:

  • Tour around Oslob Heritage Park is FREE. Even the museum.
  • Getting there, you can hire a tricycle or arrange a transportation with your hotel/resort.

For more details please click the link below:

TRAVEL GUIDE: HISTORICAL SITES IN OSLOB, CEBU

HOW TO GET TO OSLOB, CEBU

From Cebu City

BY BUS: From the South Bus Terminal (near Elizabeth mall), ride a Ceres bus going to Bato (via Lilo-an). Bus fare is ₱155 per person (one-way). Inform the driver to drop you off at the main whale shark activity site or to the resort you’re heading.

From Badian/Kawasan Falls

BY BUS: Take a bus going to Bato (hop off at the last stop) and you have to ride another bus going to Cebu City (but hop off at Oslob). If you are doing whale shark snorkeling, please let the driver know that you would want to stop at Brumiri Resort or somewhere around that area, if not they will take you to Oslob central which is about maybe another 10 km away. Fare is ₱100.

From Oslob to Cebu City

BY BUS: Anywhere along the highway where the buses pass by is a drop-off point. No need to go to any bus terminals. Fare: Aircon buses is ₱190, regular buses is ₱170.

For a convenient travel you may book a shared van transfer through the link below:

SHARED VAN TRANSFERS BETWEEN OSLOB & CEBU CITY/MACTAN

RECOMMENDED 2-DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1

  • 4:00 AM –Bus ride to Oslob from South Bus Terminal
  • 6:30 AM – ETA Oslob (breakfast)
  • 7:30 AM – ETA Tumalog Falls (habal-habal/motorbike)
  • 8:30 AM – ETD Tumalog Falls (habal-habal/motorbike)
  • 9:00 AM – Depart for Sumilon Island
  • 9:30 AM – Sumilon Island Day Tour
  • 2:00 PM – Boat-ride from Sumilon Island back to Brumini Resort (last return trip departs at 4:30 PM.
  • 3:30 PM – Oslob Heritage Park: Cuartel, Baluarte, Immaculate Church, Oslob Museum (all of these are within in the vicinity)
  • 5:00 PM – Back to hotel/resort

DAY 2:

  • 4:00 AM – Head to the whale shark watching site (lite breakfast)
  • 6:00 AM – Start of registration and briefing (takes 10-15 minutes)
  • 7:00 AM – Whale shark watching activity (30 minutes only)
  • 8:00 AM – Head back to resort/hotel (rest/bath)
  • 10:20 AM – Check out
  • 10:30 AM – ETA Oslob Public Market for breakfast (my hotel is only 5-minutes walk away)
  • 11:30 AM – ETD from Oslob to Cebu City
  • 3:00 PM – ETA Cebu City

NOTE:

  • Buses in South Bus Terminal operates 24/7 (Ceres bus).
  • I’d suggest staying in Oslob the night before the whale shark watching activity as the queue is quite long. I went to the site at around 5:00 AM and I was at the 3rd boat for the day.
  • You may leave your backpacks at Brumiri Resort, ₱100 for locker rental and shower (10-15 minutes away from Tumalog Falls).

BUDGET/EXPENSES

Airfare (via Cebu Pacific) – ₱2,835.64 (bought this 5 months prior the trip)
Accommodation (Guilly’s Place) – ₱600 for 2 nights (bought this 4 months prior the trip)

DAY 1
Bus going to Oslob – ₱155
Breakfast near the whale shark watching site – ₱150
Locker Rental (at Brumiri Resort) – ₱100
Habal-habal/Motorbike Ride to and from Tumalog Falls – ₱120
Tumalog Falls Entrance Fee – ₱20
Boat-Ride to Sumilon Island – ₱150 ( ₱1,500 divided to 10 persons)
Sumilon Island Entrance Fee – ₱50
Boat ride from Sumilon Island to Mainland – ₱150 (₱1,500 divided to 10 persons)
Tricycle Ride from Brumiri Resort to hotel/resort – ₱10
SUB TOTAL: 905

DAY 2
Tricycle ride to whale shark watching site – ₱10
Whale shark watching fee – ₱500
Tricycle ride to hotel/resort – ₱10
Breakfast at Oslob Public Market – ₱200
Bus going to Cebu City – ₱190
SUB TOTAL: ₱ 910

TOTAL: ₱1,815
(not including airfare and accommodation)

WHERE TO STAY

Here is a list of various budget accommodations in Oslob Cebu. You may book your reservations via the links below. I recommend booking immediately to avail of their discounted rates.

CONCLUSION

I had tons of fun exploring Oslob. I am definitely coming back, particularly in Sumilon Island and avail their day tour package (like actually have access to their amenities). I originally planned to go to Osmeña Peak on my second day but… Well, I’m going back so there’s no need to rush!

Have you been to Oslob? What are the activities that you’ve enjoyed? Would you consider adding Oslob to your next travel destination? I’d like to know by commenting below! 😀

AND REMEMBER

“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time and burn nothing but calories!”

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