Oslob Tour | Sumilon Island and Whaleshark Watching — Jea Wanders

One in all South Cebu’s main locations is the gorgeous coastal city of Oslob. We went right here proper after our Moalboal day tour to go to Sumilon Island earlier than sundown and go whaleshark watching the following morning. It’s really our second time right here (first time was 7 years in the past) but it surely truthfully felt like a brand new expertise!

We arrived at Oslob round 2pm. We didn’t have a booked keep so we simply seemed for it proper on the spot. A neighborhood safety guard (forgot his title huhu) directed us to Bangcogon Resort & Restaurant. He simply referred to as somebody on the telephone then after a couple of minutes a shuttle picked us up from the place we have been (thanks kuya!)


On the predominant street in Oslob the place the bus dropped us off
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At Bangcogon Resort, ready for our boat to Sumilon


We booked an in a single day keep and a ship experience to Sumilon Island (we paid 600 every for the roundtrip boat experience to Sumilon Island). A employees assisted us to our room then we modified garments and prepped for the tour instantly. We left for Sumilon Island and arrived there round 3pm.


Sumilon Island Tour

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Approaching Sumilon Island


The island lady in me obtained mesmerized as if it was my first time. Properly, would you blame me with such a surprising view? The sight of an island with lush vegetation, white sandy seaside, and vibrant turquoise water. A cliché description however distinctive precise expertise!


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Contact down Sumilon Island!
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All smiles regardless of the greyish sky!


Because the tour is simply till 4pm, we solely had an hour for exploration and film taking. It was excessive tide so the entire sandbar was not uncovered. Nonetheless, such a splendid sight!


Me and Diane on the sandbar space
Sundown time!
Seashore bum


We went as much as entry the bridge, solely to seek out out it’s closed. We simply savored the view from up there, and Jec requested me to return to the sandbar so he might take images.


View of the sandbar

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The bridge
Diane having fun with the waves
View of the unexposed sandbar


An hour has handed and we virtually misplaced observe of time. It was cloudy on the west aspect, blocking the view of the setting solar.

Our boatmen referred to as us because it was already time for departure. We solely had a little or no time at Sumilon Island however we tremendously recognize our time there.

We went again to Bangcogon Resort, washed up, and took some relaxation till meal time. Round 7pm, dinner was served!


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Beachfront eating at Bangcogon Resort & Restaurant


We had Sinigang na Hipon, Grilled Liempo, and a creamy rooster on prime of french fries that I forgot the title on the menu. Coolest half is that the rice was served in a tiny kaldero, someway making anybody really feel responsible as should you ate a full kaldero of rice!


Oslob Whaleshark Watching

The following morning we wakened round 5am to arrange for our whaleshark watching tour. The whaleshark watching in Oslob begins at 6am and ends at 12nn, and every session lasts about half-hour. We opted to reach for first batch as a result of we have to go away Oslob as early as potential for our Sirao Backyard go to.

After paying charges (we paid 500 every) and a short orientation, a paddle boat took us to the snorkeling/dive web site along with different vacationers. Our boat was not but docked however the whalesharks have been already exhibiting up! They really appear to be a shark when on the water’s floor due to their fin. Properly, they’re alike since they’re each fish, however whalesharks are mild and by no means attacked people. Additionally, they’ve white spots which might be distinctive for every one in every of them, identical to our fingerprints. How cool?!


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Spotty mild big
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My solely respectable picture with the whaleshark as I can not dive accurately
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Jec, Me, and Diane, along with different vacationers (prime left of the picture). I used to be really waving hello to the whaleshark.


Our native information was very sport for image taking and he’s the one to instruct us when to go below the water to take our images and movies. So we solely needed to take pleasure in our expertise and never thoughts the hassles of documenting it! He additionally stored on reminding us to by no means contact the whalesharks to guard them.

The whalesharks are inclined to swim near us as in the event that they take into account us as a specie of their very own. It’s humorous how we nonetheless get shocked and a bit panicky though we all know they’re innocent each time them come shut! Properly, I feel you’ll perceive solely after you witness their huge look in precise! There have been much more whalesharks that point in comparison with our expertise 7 years in the past (round 3 whalesharks solely). I feel they’re greater than 10!

They feed the whalesharks with alamang (tiny shrimps) to draw them. I’m not an skilled however for my part I don’t suppose it harms them. Possibly alamang received’t make them full so that they nonetheless must hunt within the wild after 12nn. In spite of everything, this tourism exercise tremendously helps within the native livelihood so long as it’s being regulated correctly by the native authorities.


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Boat experience again to the mainland


It was half-hour with the mild giants! After shopping for souvenirs and prepping up, we checked out early from Bangcogon Resort and left Oslob round 9am. We went straight to Sirao Backyard in Cebu Metropolis which I’ll share subsequent!


Journey Information

For individuals who are planning to go to Oslob quickly, right here’s a information that will help you arrange your South Cebu journey!


The way to get to Oslob?

From Cebu Metropolis:

Go to South Bus Terminal and take a bus going to Bato through Oslob. Journey time is roughly 4-5 hours. Take notice that you will need to take a bus going to “Bato through Oslob” and never “Bato through Baliri”.

Inform the bus attendant that you just’re going to Oslob. Certainly, they know the place to drop you off as they’re already used to guests going there.

From Moalboal/Badian:

In the event you’re in Moalboal or Badian, it’s a 2 to 3-hour journey to Oslob. You’ll be able to take a bus from the primary street, or lease a habal-habal (motorbike) for round 200 php.

Take a bus from Moalboal or Badian going to Bato (fare is round 40-50 php). Then from Bato, experience one other bus sure for Cebu Metropolis (these buses will move by Oslob). Journey time can be roughly 2 hours and fare is round 100 php.


The place to E book Sumilon Island Day Tour?

You’ll be able to guide a Sumilon Island tour from any resorts in Oslob, or it’s also possible to guide it on-line through Klook!

E book right here:

Bluewater Sumilon Day Tour in Cebu


The place to E book Oslob Whaleshark Watching?

You’ll be able to walk-in identical to we did, however it’s also possible to guide Whale Shark Watching+ Tumalog Falls with transfers from Cebu Metropolis through Klook!

E book right here:

Oslob Whale Shark Watching Day Tour from Cebu Metropolis


The place to E book a Keep in Oslob?

Stroll-in is feasible, however you’ll be able to take a look at and rating discounted lodging in Oslob while you guide on-line through Agoda.


Learn Subsequent:

Extra about our South Cebu Backpacking!


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