Oslob is in Cebu's south around 120 kms away from the city
Resorts in Oslob
Oslob has a couple of resorts listed below. Other alternatives that you could try is the luxury resort of Sumilon Bluewater Resort it's about 15 minutes away (plus a short boat ride to the island). The town of Alcoy (less than an hour away) has a couple of resorts, or there are some resorts in Dalaguete (about 1 hour drive away) as well as Boljoon. A couple resorts in Oslob offering whale shark watching include Friendly Whale Shark Resort (cel 0915 597 2178/0920 854 0582 or 0923 6115 192. George and Jimmy's whale watching 09331976978 / 09239125952 (business hours only 8am-5pm ). They also offer accommodation, room rates ranges from 1500-3500 P depending on sizes and number of occupants (aircon). Oslob Garden Stay Resort (cell 0922 811 1575 or 0922 803 1946 and 0917 546 0898) has some rooms available check out their Facebook page for more details https://www.facebook.com/gardenstayresort . Another pension House in Oslob is Malonzo Pension House (Contact # Sun: 09223201153, Globe: 09156569437, landline (032)4819036), their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MalonzoPensionHouse. It's also possible to stay in Dumaguete (Negros) and make the trip back and forth. Another possibility is to stay in Lilo-an as there are a few resorts in the area.
Whales Sharks in Oslob
Oslob (or more exact, the small fishing village of Tan-awan) in Cebu’s south has become one of Cebu’s big tourist drawcards lately since the discovery of the whale sharks in Oslob in Sept 2011. Resorts offering whale watching tours have sprung up along the highway. Around 100 meters off shore a group of whale sharks can be seen. The numbers of whale sharks that can be seen vary day by day, but usually you can get to see at least a few every day (they seem to alternate) . Whale Shark tours begin at 6 am (until 1 pm) and after a mandatory briefing on how to behave around the whales (no flash photograph, no touching the whales). There is a limit on how many boats are allowed out at any given time and a maximum 30 minutes “tour” to enable as many people to see the whale sharks. Local fishermen in dugout canoes paddle around feeding (with brine shrimp) them. The hungry whale sharks follow the fishermen’s canoes around allowing everyone can get a view of the sharks. There is a bit of "people traffic" competing with you to see the whales which you can see in the video.
Prices have rapidly increased; the latest increase was in April 2012.
Whale watching inclusive of boat ride - (local tourist) 300
This price is when you stay in the boat
Whale watching w/ snorkelling and boat ride - (local tourist) 500
Whale watching w/ scuba diving (local tourist) 600
On top of this some resorts charge extra entry fee (up to 100 P), some hire of snorkel and life jacket.
Weekends and public holidays get crowded, so if you can avoid them we highly recommend this. There are stories of people waiting over 2 hours before they can get out on the boats.
8th of December (Oslob)
In celebration of the town's annual fiesta, "sadsad" is a form of merrymaking and thanksgiving for the blessings received for the past year from the town's patroness, the Immaculate Conception.
People Who've Been Here
How To Get Here
Located 117 kilometers away from Cebu City, Oslob can be reached by busses or by vans from the Cebu South Terminal. Pay approx 138 P for the regular bus and about 145P for the aircon bus. Expect the travel time of around 3 hours.
Long time ago, the place was once called “Bolocboloc” because of the spring located in the place in which the strong current of the water makes a boiling movement. Until now, the place is still surviving and is commonly called “Nigad” which is the name of the tree that grows near the spring. The place was like an oasis and became a favored place among the travelers because of its huge branches offering shades and the fresh waters to quench the thirst. Under the tree the name Oslob came to be. According to the story passed through generations orally, a couple was resting under the tree, eating boiled bananas while dipping it in vinegar and salt. Spanish guards then suddenly showed up asking, “Como se llama esto pueblo?” or “What is the name of this town?” when translated in English.
Last Updated (Sunday, 28 April 2013 09:23)