Whale Shark Watching Cebu DIY Travel Guide

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Whale shark watching in Oslob is one of the most prominent tours in the province of Cebu. It offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to swim with the gentle giants of the sea.

This travel guide will provide you with all the necessary information you need to know about whale shark watching in Oslob, Cebu.

HOW TO GET TO OSLOB FROM CEBU CITY

  1. Ride a taxi or a jeepney from your hotel to South Bus Terminal situated a few meters away from Elizabeth Mall.
  2. Take a bus from South Bus Terminal bound for Oslob and tell the conductor to drop you in whale shark watching site.

Transportation Costs and Schedules

  • Earliest bus leaves at 2AM and there is a trip leaving every 30 minutes afterward. The last trip bound for Oslob leaves at 9PM.
  • The fare costs ₱180-P200.
  • Travel time: 4 hours

If you plan to just do a day tour to Oslob, we suggest that you leave Cebu City at 2AM.

OSLOB WHALE SHARK WATCHING

Important things to know:

  • Whaleshark visibility is best between 7AM to 9AM. Also, if you can do this tour on a weekday, then that’s better. The weekend crowd is unbelievable.
  • Whaleshark interaction is held only until 12:30PM each day.

OSLOB WHALE SHARK WATCHING PRICE

If you want to DIY whale shark watching in Oslob, take note of the following rates.

₱500 each for local tourists
₱500 each for local tourists
₱1000 each for foreign tourists
₱300 each for those who will just stay in the boat and watch the whale shark.
Note: Each batch has 30 minutes to watch or swim with the whale sharks. Children aged 0-7 are not allowed to swim or do snorkeling with whale sharks. They can only watch from the boat.

Including the bus fare (₱180-P200 per way) from Cebu to Oslob and back, you can set aside at least a budget of ₱1,000 to do the whale shark watching in a day from Cebu City. There are travel agencies like our partner Sole Adventours that offer affordable whale shark watching in Oslob and other Cebu tour packages. You can also book your tour below:

Klook.com

OTHER THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • The tour looks more like a zoo than an authentic nature exhibition. The place is small and crowded. If you really want a better and more authentic whale shark encounter in the wild, it’s best to go to Donsol in the province of Sorsogon. Donsol is known as the Whale Shark Capital of the Philippines.
  • When the whale watching site is full of tourists, expect the water to be itchy and murky due to the food they dump in order to attract the giant creatures.
  • Please avoid using sunscreens as there are chemicals in them that could pose danger to the whale sharks.
  • DO NOT TOUCH THE WHALE SHARKS as touching them may give the animals wounds or ailments.

WHERE TO STAY IN OSLOB

There are a lot of hotels and affordable accommodation within the whale shark watching site. We listed three options below:

Seafari Resort Oslob is home to 10 bedrooms. All are tastefully furnished and many even provide such comforts as television LCD/plasma screen, clothes rack, linens, sofa, towels. The hotel’s hot tub, outdoor pool, spa, massage, garden are ideal places to relax and unwind after a busy day. Whatever your purpose of visit, Seafari Resort Oslob is an excellent choice for your stay in Cebu. Room rate starts at ₱1,500 per night.


At Luna Oslob Travellers Inn, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the property offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour room service, 24-hour security, convenience store, daily housekeeping. Room rate starts at ₱800 per night.


Sascha’s Resort Oslob has tastefully furnished rooms providing comforts such as television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non-smoking rooms, and air-conditioning. Room rate starts at ₱800 per night.

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SIDE TRIP – TUMALOG FALLS

You will be done watching/swimming with the whale shark in Oslob, Cebu by lunchtime so if you still have enough energy, we suggest that you head to Tumalog Falls which is just around 15 minutes away from the whale shark watching site. You can ride a habal-habal to go there for ₱100 per person per way. If you know how to drive a motorcycle, we suggest renting your own as it will only cost ₱200- ₱300 per day.

Once you reach the Tumalog falls car park, you have to descend a steep concrete road leading to the waterfalls. It takes around 10 minutes to walk down. We suggest to simply ride a habal-habal or motorcycle which costs ₱50 roundtrip.

Tumalog Falls entrance fee: ₱20

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