The Philippines & ASEAN #1 Food & Travel Blog on Awesome Food & Travel Experiences shared through our Awesome Family Adventures!
Subscribe to www.OurAwesomePlanet.com via email.
Enter your Email Address and click Subscribe!:

Sumilon, Oslob: Do-It-Yourself Travel Guide (Read this First!)

Instagram

Oslob Whale Watching-29.jpg

I would like to share with you my travel notes on our trips to Sumilon Island in Oslob, Cebu.

Read this first specially for those travelers who are organizing their own itinerary. This guide includes tips, recommendations, cost information, and schedules that you would need to create your own awesome experience.

Related Blog Posts:

Check out the Sumilon, Oslob: Do-It-Yourself Travel Guide:

1. Carcar Stopover

Oslob is about 3-4 hours drive southeast of Cebu City. I would recommend to stop over in the beautiful city of Carcar for a restroom stop in Jollibee and to buy Cebu Lechon and their famous Chicharon.  

George Tapan Workshop Cebu to Sumilon Island-2.jpg
You can buy the lechon in the Cafeteria or Carinderia section at the back of Carcar Market.

George Tapan Workshop Cebu to Sumilon Island-7.jpg
Buy from Guiling's Special Lechon at P280/kilo of Lechon.

George Tapan Workshop Cebu to Sumilon Island-24.jpg
Tip: bring your own tupperware container so that you can seal the freshness of the Lechon and get more of the Lechon drippings :) 

George Tapan Workshop Cebu to Sumilon Island-25.jpg
Buy the big puso of rice (P70 for 10 pcs).

George Tapan Workshop Cebu to Sumilon Island-15.jpg
Buy Chicharon from Mat-Mat - choose from the stall located in the rotunda or the one in front of the market.

George Tapan Workshop Cebu to Sumilon Island-13.jpg
Carcar Chicharon (P500 per kilo) is deadlier with big crunchy pieces of skin, fat and pork meat. It's a nice pasalubong :)

2. Butanding Watching in Oslob

Read this first: Butanding Watching, Is it Really More FUN in Oslob?

Please Note: Feeding of whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu and elsewhere considered an irresponsible tourism practice by Green Fins and COBSEA - Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia, United Nations Environment Programme. see: COBSEA Official Letter.

Oslob Whale Watching-36.jpg
The Whale Watching Operators in Oslob are now color-coded. Go for the Blue Operator which is also what Bluewater Sumilon Resort uses.

Oslob Whale Watching-3.jpg
You have to attend an orientation first before going into the water.

Butanding Watching is P300/head and +P200/head if you will snorkel. Underwater photography is allowed but with no flash and additional Underwater camera fee of P100. Snorkel rental is P100.

Oslob Whale Watching-7.jpg
The best time to go is at 6am when there are less crowd. Most of the crowd arrive 8am until 1pm.

Oslob Whale Watching-23.jpg
The boats can accommodate 4-6 persons. You need to wear your lifevest.

Oslob Whale Watching-13.jpg
I like their new system where they line up all the boats like multiple rows of viewing gallery.

Oslob Whale Watching-14.jpg
The butanding (being fed by the fisherman) goes back and forth and you can watch it under the water with your snorkel.

Oslob Whale Watching-22.jpg
30 minutes is more than enough to enjoy watching the butanding up close and personal.

3. Trekking to Tumalog Falls:

Read this first: The Raw Beauty of Tumalog Falls in Oslob, Cebu

Tumalog Falls-28.jpg
There are only two ways to go to Tumalog Falls - via a private van or via habal habal (P100/person).

(Note: Bluewater Resort charges P2,500 for a Tumalog Waterfalls excursion.)

Tumalog Falls-10.jpg
You have to go early in the morning before 9 so that you can enjoy the falls and have your own fashion shoot.

Tumalog Falls-14.jpg
Tip: Watch the Butanding first early in the morning, then have breakfast and go to Tumalog falls right after.

Tumalog Falls-25.jpg
Otherwise, once the crowd arrives, you won't enjoy it anymore.

Tumalog Falls-22.jpg
Bring your own banig, towel, merienda, drinking water and tungkod for trekking.

Next: Sumilon, Oslob: Do-It-Yourself Travel Guide (Part 2)

Live an Awesome Life,

anton  signature 
Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com

Like Our Awesome Planet on Facebook and follow me @antondiaz on twitter for the latest secrets on food and travel in the Philippines. Also, checkout antondiaz on Pinterest  for the latest awesome food and travel photos! :)

If you have tips on awesome food and travel destinations, please email me at anton@diaz.ph.

Thank you for following and supporting Our Awesome Planet

Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals and travel expenses to Sumilon Island in Oslob.

P.S. If you have been to Oslob, please share your own tips or link your blog posts in the comment section.

Butanding

 

Search restaurant menus and get freebies all over the metro.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR AWESOME PLANET VIA EMAIL. ENTER YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS:

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341bfbd553ef0168eae31824970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Sumilon, Oslob: Do-It-Yourself Travel Guide (Read this First!):

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Just a question, if the butandings are fed by the fishermen, doesn't it make the fish "dependent" on it, and thus would disturb the fish's natural behavior?

Yes and the fish are babies when they got used to it.

It is a bit controversial and I discussed it in the blog post:

Butanding Watching, Is it Really More FUN in Oslob?
http://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awesome/2012/04/sumilon-oslob-do-it-yourself-travel-guide.html

Hi Anton, it's very irresponsible to promote whale watching in Oslob until they have undertaken measures for responsible interaction for visitors. Please note: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150693672814001&set=a.206074589000.130523.201382544000&type=1&theater

Hi Ivan,

Thanks for sharing that link. Will put that link in the blog post so that people are aware and decide for themselves.

Anton

Hi Anton,

If I remember correctly, snorkel fee is only P20 (not 200).

and for the rest of the fees:
Underwater camera - P100
Snorkel rent - P100

Going to Tumalog falls via habal-habal costs P100/person

and typo? "Most of the crowd arrive 8pm until 1pm."

Hope this helps :)


Thanks for the correction! They increased the snorkel fee recently to discourage people or give premium to snorklers.

Sent from my iPhone

Hi Anton! I'm an avid reader of your blog, and I'm located in Vancouver Canada. :) I'm planning a trip to Cebu for Sinulog and I wanted to go to Oslob for the whale sharks after. I see you've had a lot of experience so I was wondering if you could share some information with me!

I heard that the buses from Cebu city (to Oslob) leaves at around 3am? So is it recommended to be at the bus terminal by 3am so we can make it to the whale sharks? Would I have to make a reservation to see the whale sharks? Is there a specific resort that we would have to go to, to see this?

Looking forward to hearing from you! :)

No need for reservation if you are only seeing the whale sharks. Go for the blue color resort :)


anton

Hi Anton,
How long will the Tumalog Trekking take?

Thanks,
Jhoan

Hi Jhoan - the trek is short about 20-30 minutes from the gate/parking area.


Anton

http://sowhatright.blogspot.com/2012/11/0405-0612-conquered-oslob-and-sumilon.html
for travel information :D

Overall, our entire trip is really relaxing and astonishing. Seeing those Whale Sharks (Gentle Giants) swimming near you is a breathe-taking experience. I really love it! I would come back to Oslob every vacation

Hi Anton,
Is it advisable to bring kids for this trip? We plan to go on a family vacation. The kids are ages 4-9


Yes its more fun with kids :)

Live an Awesome Life,


Anton Diaz
Founder and Digital Publisher
www.OurAwesomePlanet.com

hi anton,

is there many carenderia for lunch after whale watching?

hi anton, since our time is limited & we are 50pax, do we need to reserve at least 9boats?

hello, this is a very informative post!. I and hubby were really looking forward to a sulit yet very affordable honeymoon. Plans like travelling abroad like HK or Singapore and even Bali were an unending debate for us. Then, i thought of suggesting about spending it with him to the south and thought of Oslob resorts. While i was browsing over the internet, I totally remebered the Butandings in Oslob and fortunately read this blog and saw your fun pix as well.Thanks also for the tips and what to expect on the trip. I'm taking notes as well. Hope to be with hubby this year and at last celebrate our one of a kind honeymoon not far away from home. =D

Good to catch your blog here. I plan to bring a group of hoteliers and travel agents from Pampanga to Oslob (butanding and heritage sites).

I appreciate your do-it-yourself tour information.

Kind regards,

Ronaldo Tiotuico
Regional Director
Department of Tourism - Central Luzon
www.visitmyphilippines.com
email: tourismregion3@gmail.com

Hi. What resort is nice for an overnight stay?

So after swimming with the whale sharks I need to take a motorcycle to the falls right? How long would it take me to walk from the sharks to the falls? Too far to walk?


Definitely too far too walk.

Live an Awesome Life,


Anton Diaz
Founder and Digital Publisher
www.OurAwesomePlanet.com

Hi, great post! How do we go back from Oslob to Cebu City?

You think the wahle shark watching is banned by May 2014, cause we plan to go there by then?

Thank you.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.