WHAT TO DO IN OSLOB CEBU – AN OVERNIGHT STAY
Oslob, Cebu is a small coastal town with a population of 30,000 people. It is a hub of activity with several tourist attractions to offer to the hoards of visitors who stop by. It is most well known for being one of the best spots to swim with whale sharks. However, there are also several other attractions to check out in Oslob.
CEBU TO OSLOB
I originally arrived in Cebu and caught a 3-hour bus through Moalboal and all the way to Alegria where I stayed for a few nights. I visited Mainit Hot Springs, Kawasan Falls and Osmena Peak. A motorbike taxi then drove me to Oslob. The journey took about 1.5 hours and was a scenic coastal drive almost the whole way.
WHERE TO STAY IN OSLOB
Ideally if you are coming to Oslob to swim with whale sharks you want a place by the ocean and near the whale shark tours. The tours begin at sunrise so it helps to be nice and close.
Best Value Budget option: Casa Bonita Inn
Mid-Range option: Ocean View Lodging House
Luxury option: Germaroze
WHAT TO DO IN OSLOB CEBU
I was in Oslob for 24 hours and managed to fit in two of the most popular attractions in the region that I highly recommend. I swam with the whale sharks and visited Sumilon Island, Oslob.
At sunset we lined up on the beach with many other tourists eager to share the water with the huge whale sharks. The whole experience cost about 1000 Pesos or $23 USD. Before we dove we were told that touching the sharks is a criminal offense and that it will result in a huge fine or jail time. We paddled out 50 meters before plunging into the ocean and there they were! Huge whale sharks only yards away from us. Swimming with them was amazing but the water became very crowded and inevitably people bumped into sharks and sharks bumped into people. I think the number of people in the water needs to reduced and a guide probably needs to be in the water keeping tourists in safe areas for both themselves and the sharks. Overall it was an amazing experience although I think a few improvements can be made for the sustainability of the tourism industry in Oslob and for the wellbeing of the Sharks.
SUMILON ISLAND, OSLOB
The island is only a 15-20 minute boat ride from Oslob and I managed to get on board for free after I made friends with the captain at lunch. When I arrived at Sumilon Island there was a 50 Pesos or $1 USD entrance fee. A group of holiday-makers played in the water and their kids were having the time of the life. The sand was some of the whitest I had seen so far in the Philippines and contrasted beautifully against the clear water and surrounding reefs. This is a great spot to hang out for the afternoon with a bunch of friends. You feel like you are in the middle of the ocean, totally isolated and separated from all of the commotions back on Cebu.
OSLOB WHERE TO STAY
We stayed at Sharky Hostel for only 350 Pesos or $7USD per night. It was right next to the Whale Shark tour meeting point and only 30 seconds to the beach. The owners were very helpful in booking the tours and even arranged for our boat to Bohol
OSLOB TO BOHOL
We were under the impression we might have to travel north to Dumaguete and then catch a ferry south to Bohol. However our hostel owner managed to organize for us to arrive via a small boat directly from Oslob to Bohol in under two hours. It only cost 800 Pesos or $ 16USD.