April 7, 2013

The Adventurer's Guide to Oslob, Cebu

(Note: The Adventurer's Guide is a new feature in this blog. This travel guide series aims to give you quality and relevant travel information and tips regarding the featured destination.)

The first travel destinations that will be featured are the towns in Southern Cebu. It's because just recently I backpacked around Southern Cebu in 2 days- the cheapest way possible. I also calculated all my travel expenses while exploring the southern part of Cebu.

The Destination: Oslob, Cebu
Oslob is a municipality in the southeastern part of the province of Cebu. It is about 113 kilometers away from Cebu City. Oslob is now getting very famous as a travel destination in Cebu because of its whale-shark watching activities. But more importantly, Oslob has a lot of heritage sites and structures which you can visit.

Cebu City to Oslob - PhP140-150 (ordinary bus, approximately 3 hours travel time)

Places to Explore
1. Calle Aragones
It is the oldest street in Oslob and was named after Fr. Jose Aragones. It was built in 1879. This famous street is beside the church and leads to the Cuartel.

2. Cuartel 
Also known as barracks or headquarters, the Cuartel was used during the Spanish times. The construction of the building was stopped because of the arrival of the Americans. Coral stones were used during the construction of this structure.

3. Baluarte
Also known as a watchtower or lantawan, this Baluarte was built in 1788. It is one of the seven watchtowers in Oslob. The Baluarte is within the Municipal Heritage Park.

4. Municipal Heritage Park
The park comprises the heritage sites of Oslob: the Cuartel, Baluarte, the church and its walls and gates.

5. Church Walls and Gates
These were constructed in 1875 to protect the town from the Moro raids.

6. Whale-shark Watching
Located in Brgy. Tan-awan, the whale-shark (butanding / tuki) watching experience is now a very famous tourist attraction in Oslob. Though the experience there was unforgettable and exhilarating, I am not recommending it anymore.

-- If you are from Cebu City, you can ride a bus to Oslob. Tell the driver's aide (konduktor) to drop you in Tan-awan or in the junction near the Registration Booth.
-- During our time in February 2012, we paid PhP300. I have heard that today the fee is PhP500. Life jacket, snorkel and diving equipment are not included in the fee.

7. Tumalog Falls
Tumalog Falls is one of the unique waterfalls that you will see in the Philippines. Located in Sitio Tumalog, the falls is a one of a kind!

-- Ride a motorcycle (habal-habal) going there. Fare is PhP80-100, vice versa.
-- Prepare for an exciting ride.

8. You can also explore these places: Sumilon Island, Mainit Spring.

Travel Tips:
1. Take the early morning bus from Cebu City's South Bus Terminal to avoid traffic. You can choose between aircon and ordinary buses.
2. You can tell the driver's aide (konduktor) to drop you in the junction that will lead you to the municipal hall.
3. You can explore Oslob's heritage on foot.
4. There are a lot of inns and resorts along the coastal part of Oslob.
5. There are markers that will help you while exploring the town.

Where is Oslob, Cebu on the map?
Map by: Wikipedia

I hope this Adventurer's Guide is helpful to you.

I marvel at the beauty of Tumalog Falls!

If you have questions and inquiries, comment below or e-mail me at rokx_iphe@yahoo.com.

View my previous posts of Oslob, Cebu:
-- Save the “Gentle Giants” in Oslob, Cebu
-- Discover the Beauty of Tumalog Falls in Cebu
-- Travel Photo: A Unique Waterfalls
-- Tumalog Falls (The Second Time)
-- Oslob's Magnificent "Cuartel" and "Baluarte"


  1. Tumalog Falls is heaven!!!!!! ^_^

    1. Hello! Thanks for leaving a comment here! That's really true. The falls is so unique and beautiful.. A great place to refresh this summer! :)

  2. The Tumalog falls looks awesome! sarap magbabad ngayong mainit ang panahon!

    1. Yeah, that's right! Tumalog Falls is a wonderful summer getaway. Parang shower lang ang falls, sarap maligo! :)

  3. Yep, for Filipinos, rate is 500 and 1,000 for foreigners (as of March 2013).. :) which includes snorkeling gears, life jacket and camera fee.. Oslob's a really simple and nice town.. pwedeng pwede pang bakasyon at sobrang linis ng tubig! :)

    1. Thanks for your leaving your comment here, Jeff! Oh, so that's the new rate for the whaleshark watching, its so expensive na! Yeah, Oslob is a great travel destination because of its historic and natural attractions. :)

    2. another example of racial discrimination...foreigners have lots of money and filipinas have a right to some of it

  4. your blog is amazing! Thx so much!

    1. You are welcome. Thank you so much for your appreciation! :)

  5. Love your blogpost! Helped me a lot in planning our trip to Cebu this March. :)

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you will enjoy your trip to Cebu! Don't forget to share your experiences too.. :)

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    1. Thanks do! Hope you will have a fun time there!

  7. Bai perfect!!! It seems that Ill do all of this except for the Sumilon and Whale Shark watching... Freat job here ;)

    1. Ok Bai! Historic sites and Tumalog Falls in Oslob are great. You will really enjoy! :)

  8. WoW! Such an amazing places. Thanks for such an informative post. =)

  9. Great! what an informative post. Thanks for posting.=)

  10. I'm interested to visit everything listed here below:
    Calle Aragones
    Oslob Cuartel
    Municipal Heritage Park
    Whale Shark Watching
    Tumalog Falls
    8. You can also explore these places: Sumilon Island, Mainit Spring.

    Do you think 1 day is enough to do all of this?

    Also is there a island hopping in oslob ?

  11. Hey Ephraim, thanks for this post! I'm going to Philippines next month so this info is really useful for me.

  12. saan po pwede makahanap ng pinakamalapit na hotel sa Oslob? saka tour guide?

  13. Hi! I was wondering what is in Sumilon Island, Mainit Spring? Is it a hot spring like Hidden Valley Laguna? Sorry if Hidden Valley Laguna is my only example. I am from Manila, and that is the only hot spring I have experienced. I will be going to Cebu next month to visit my friends. Do you have any advice where to go for hot springs? Thanks!

  14. Why wouldn't you recommend whale shark watching, btw. Just being curious :)