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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.

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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.  

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You can buy the lechon in the Cafeteria or Carinderia section at the back of Carcar Market.

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Buy from Guiling’s Special Lechon at P280/kilo of Lechon.

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Tip: bring your own tupperware container so that you can seal the freshness of the Lechon and get more of the Lechon drippings 🙂 

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Buy the big puso of rice (P70 for 10 pcs).

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Buy Chicharon from Mat-Mat – choose from the stall located in the rotunda or the one in front of the market.

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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.

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

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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.

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The best time to go is at 6am when there are less crowd. Most of the crowd arrive 8am until 1pm.

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The boats can accommodate 4-6 persons. You need to wear your lifevest.

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I like their new system where they line up all the boats like multiple rows of viewing gallery.

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The butanding (being fed by the fisherman) goes back and forth and you can watch it under the water with your snorkel.

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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

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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.)

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

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

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Otherwise, once the crowd arrives, you won’t enjoy it anymore.

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Bring your own banig, towel, merienda, drinking water and tungkod for trekking.

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

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

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