Oslob Tour | Southern Cebu Travel Guide

Oslob Tour | Southern Cebu Travel Guide

Most people believe that to get to Oslob, you have to enter thru Cebu City. That is completely false.

It’s actually faster to get there via Dumaguete. It will only take a 30-minute ferry ride to cross Dumaguete to Oslob vs the 2-hour land travel from Cebu City.

Remember this travel hack the moment you decide to explore this province. You’re welcome 🙂

Must read: Dumaguete & Southern Cebu Adventure for Only Php 8,000

JUMP-OFF POINT

We took advantage of Cebu Pacific’s seat sale months prior our trip and in order to save time, we flew in to Dumaguete and departed from Cebu. Plane ride to Dumaguete takes only 1 hour and 15 minutes.

From our hotel, we rode a tricycle to take us to Sibulan port so we can ride a ferry to reach Lilo-an port in Tan-awan, Cebu. We then rode another tricycle to get to the Whaleshark Watching Area.

WHAT WE DID

We had a lot on our plate that day and so we began our day by leaving Dumaguete for Tan-awan, Cebu at around 4:30 am.

Oh, the things you have to sacrifice when you’re traveling. Pero sa ngalan ng paglalakwatsa, gora!

Spots to visit:

Whaleshark Watching
This activity is a little bit controversial since I am seeing posts that the sharks are kawawa and what nots. But I am there and though I am quite afraid, it also makes me curious at the same time.

There was a long line and the organizers will just shout your number when it’s your turn. And once we were called, my heart started to pound faster. Takot talaga ko and I was so paranoid na mahigop ng whaleshark.

I was not sure why would I think that and even though the boatmen told me that it’ll be fine, I was still afraid. Pero bumaba ako ng bangka and did the activity. I just can’t look at the whaleshark talaga.

Also, for some reason, me and my travel crew weren’t in synced that day. How hard is it to do when the boatman calls: 1, 2 , 3 baba?! Goodness, we don’t have decent pictures na lahat kame nasa ilalim ng tubig!

Nakakatawa lang nung nakita namen ung sipaan moments under the sea edition! Kaloka!

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Told you. Di talaga kame sabay-sabay!

Sumilon Island
After having breakfast, we were then ushered by our guide to our boat. I talked directly to the boat owner months prior our trip and he even gave us a discount!

We were then going to Sumilon Island. Well, a part of the island since majority of such is being occupied by a famous luxury resort. Don’t worry, the remaining explorable island isn’t that bad. It’s actually impressive!

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My sister enjoying the clear waters of Sumilon.

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Tumalog Falls
This place was a revelation. I prejudged it poorly and I felt sorry about it after seeing the falls in person. The word enchanting wasn’t even enough to describe such and I wasn’t even exaggerating!

I was seeing photos of Tumalog Falls online and I silently told myself: hindi sya kagandahan. So, when our guide told us that this was part of the itinerary, I nodded and honestly not even looking forward to it.

But lo and behold, I was proven wrong…big time. May pasuspense pa eh, the falls is covered by greeneries and trees upon entering the vicinity kasi. When I saw it for the first time, I was mesmerized. Di ko madescribe pero grabe, iba.

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May not be photogenic but truly a great piece of nature in real life.

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Us admiring the enchanting Tumalog Falls.

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The fish spa area located by the entrance.

Cultural Heritage Park
We were ushered to go to the museum first. It wasn’t big but it was full of interesting artifacts. There were things that I wanted to examine closely but I can’t touch.

The park is surrounded by other historical architecture so make sure you walk around the locale. The Spanish Cuartel is definitely a beauty and a great spot for photo op.

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Some of the other areas that can be seen on the Heritage Park are as follows:

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Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion Church

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Baluarte with Fr. Julian Bernejo Statue at the front.

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With the stunning Spanish Cuartel as the background.

WHERE WE STAYED

Right after our Oslob tour, we went straight to Alegria and stayed at overnight at Batong Malunhaw Resort.

It is a local government operated resort and is only a 10-minute ride to the canyoneering starting point.

FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS

SUTUKIL – A combination of Cebuano words: sugba (stew), tuwa (grill) and kilawin (raw) in which the seafood will be cooked in these three ways.

The dish was surprisingly affordable and even enough for the 6 of us to share. Sulet!

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TRAVEL TIPS

• It is actually faster to get to Oslob via Dumaguete. The ferry from Sibulan to Lilo-an port only takes 30 minutes vs the 2-hour land travel from Cebu City.

• Be an early bird at the Whaleshark Watching Area so as to catch the not so strong waves.

• If on a budget, you may hang-out at the other side of the Sumilon Island with just paying the environment fee.

• At the drop-off point in Tumalog Falls, you still need to ride a habal-habal to get to the falls itself.

• There is a fish spa area by the falls’ entrance. Make sure that you check this one out as well.

CONTACTS

For our Oslob tour, we had helped in the form of Kuya Tekyoyou may contact him at 0923-699-4023 or 0908-770-0018.

As for our Alegria accommodation, you may contact Batong Malunhaw Resort at 0905-902-4632.

TRAVEL EXPENSE SUMMARY

Expenses

Total

Per Head

Trike from Harold’s to Sibulan port

300

50

Fast craft from Sibulan to Lilo-an port

372

62

Trike from Lilo-an port to Whaleshark area

300

50

Whaleshark snorkel (30mins)

3,000

500

Breakfast at SuTuKil

1,005

168

Boat Rental Sumilon Island

2,000

333

Entrance Fee Sumilon

300

50

Lunch at SuTuKil

600

100

Oslob Multicab City Tour

1,200

200

Bus fare from Tanawan to Bato Bus Terminal

120

20

Bus fare from Bato to Alegria

300

50

Habal-habal from Alegria drop-off to hotel

90

15

Dinner

1,380

230

Batong Malunhaw Resort (Alegria)

1,700

283

TOTAL

12,667

2,111

**Our Dumaguete-Southern Cebu tour has been done during our Central Visayas trip last Feb 17-21, 2016. Pics were taken using Nikon D3100Sony Cybershot TX30 and SJCAM SJ4000 WiFi.

 

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