The town of Oslob straddles the open sea and the mountains of Cebu. The way to this seaside town is photogenic, especially in the early morning.
OSLOB TRAVEL GUIDE
Getting to Oslob
Your route: Your location >> South Bus Terminal, Cebu City >> Oslob
- Go to the South Bus Terminal in Cebu City, which is ~30 minutes from the Mactan airport (~P300), then hop on an Oslob-bound bus (~P150, 3 hours).
- If you want to go whaleshark watching straight away, ask to be dropped off at Bgy. Tan-awan, which is conveniently along the highway.
- We recommend taking the earliest trip, around 4:30 AM, to bypass the early morning traffic getting out of the city. Cebu has terrible traffic conditions you would want to steer clear of.
- Oslob = one highway and its two sides. There’s no “going around town” to speak of. You can rent a habal-habal to take you to the tourist spots, such as Tumalog Falls and the heritage area.
THE WHALESHARKS OR TUKI
The whalesharks have been Oslob’s ticket to tourism of late. The town’s fisherfolk feed these giants with krill to keep them in the area, a practice that is seen as ultimately harmful to these creatures. Read more about this experience here.
Update, as of February 2016:
We have been unable to update this blog often since 2015. But we’d like to drop this quick note to our readers who are planning to go to Oslob: we had the opportunity to visit Oslob and do the whaleshark watching again in May 2015, but our experience was markedly different from the first one we had in 2013. While we were able to freely swim around the waters the first time, this last visit had us simply clinging to the rig of our small boat, waiting for the whaleshark to pass by our boat. It was not as pleasant an experience as we had the first time, and something we feel is not worth recommending to others.
Tumalog Falls is a quick drive uphill, but one you’re not advised to do yourself. Hire a habal-habal driver to do it instead, so you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the sea and nearby Sumilon Island. From there, walk the remaining distance to the falls (~5 minutes). Read more about Tumalog Falls here.
TUMALOG FALLS: COSTS
Habal-habal ride: P120 each, roundtrip
Entrance fee to Tumalog Falls: P20 each