An Adventurer’s Guide to Oslob

Cebu landed on my Philippines itinerary to tick a major adventure off my bucket list, but little did I know that it has so much to offer. Here is quick guide to Cebu based out of my short trip to southern part of this island –

How to Reach Oslob?
Coming from Manila/Puerto Princessa?

Flight to Cebu City can be easily booked, either through SkyScanner or Cebu Pacific Air.

Coming from Bohol?
Book a ferry for just 600 PHP on Klook which takes around 2 hours.

Once you are in Cebu city, hop on a local bus to Oslob for just 50 PHP which takes 3-4 hours. The other option is to book a taxi which would cost you around 2500 PHP. 

How to get around once you are there?
Easiest way to get around is catching tricycles/tuk-tuk. You can also rent a motorbike for only 500 PHP per day.

Where to Stay?

Luxury – SouthSeas Beach Resort
Budget – Germaroze Inn

What to do?

Swim with Whale Sharks

These gentle giants are what marks Oslob on the map of Philippines. Every morning, this sleepy town is swamped with tourists to see upto 40-feet long whale sharks in their natural habitat. Make sure you don’t miss the amazing experience of swimming next to these beauties!

Price – 1000 PHP per person
Timing – 6 am to 12:30 pm daily

Canyoneering at Kawasan Falls

About 60 kms away from the home of Whale Sharks, are the cliffs of Badian where you can climb, jump, and swim through the rugged and scenic canyons. We booked both – a guided tour and a tuk-tuk to Badian a day in advance. The entire activity took roughly 4 hours where we hiked through the jungle, jumped from cliffs as high as 30 feet, glided through naturally carved water slides and at the end of the it,  arrived at the one of the most famous waterfalls – the beautiful Kawasan Falls!

Price – 1000 PHP per person (excluding transport)
Timing – 7:30 am to 2 pm daily

Snorkel at Sumilon Island Sandbar

This is a great spot to hang out for the afternoon where you can bask in the sun, relax on the white sand beach and swim with colorful fishes. It feels like you are in the middle of the ocean, totally isolated and separated from all the commotions back in Oslob. You can take a boat for 1500 PHP which can be split with other tourists. Don’t forget to bring your own food and water since there are absolutely no food stores on the island.

Entrance – 50 PHP per person
Timing – 8am to 5pm daily,

Visit Tumalog Falls

10-mins ride away from the whale shark area are the impressive Tumalog falls. This is an ideal detour to take before you head out to spend rest of your afternoon chilling at Sumilon Island Sandbar. You’ll have to jump on the back of a motorcycle for 50 PHP (one way) from the main road because it gets quite steep as you head towards the waterfall. It’s a small cascading waterfall with quite a unique setting and is surrounded by lush green trees giving you those jungle feels!

Entrance – 20 PHP per person

I hope this travel guide gives you a good idea of what to expect in this coastal town, and helps you to better plan your time there!

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