For our second day in Cebu, I decided that we should go to Oslob. While there are other things that you can do in the city, E asked if we can go to the beach. What better way to spend a day frolicking in the sun than going to Oslob where you can have a close, very close, encounter with the whale sharks (locally called butanding).
I previously read blogs about Oslob and Whale Shark Watching. The advice most blogs had was to leave early and go there on a weekday. Weekends are usually jam packed with locals and tourists (local and foreign). So our timing was perfect! We went there on a Monday and left Robe’s at 5:30 am. The south bus terminal was just 3 blocks away from the hotel, but we were still sleepy so we opted to take a cab.
Once we got there, we boarded the bus to Oslob (I asked the conductors to point us to the aircon bus, but they pointed us to an ordinary one). The ride from Cebu City to Oslob usually takes 2 and a half to 3 hours depending on how many stops your bus will make.
Whale Shark Watching
We arrived in Oslob around 9:30 AM. We checked in at MB Sunrise (so we can leave our stuff and avail of the free shower and cottage use). The receptionist was nice to us, and explained the whole whale shark watching journey. We didn’t have waterproof cameras so we rented one for the four of us and just gave our SD card for use.
Before experiencing the whale shark encounters, the guides from MB Sunrise will first bring you to a separate place for briefing. The briefing was short and direct – don’t put sunblock, don’t throw anything, don’t swim too close to the whale sharks but if they come near you enjoy the experience, and last but not the least, do not touch them but if they come to you to bump you let them be.
Once we were in the water, I started panicking. Well because I was not an expert in snorkeling and the waves were just so big, well not surfing type of big. Our guide mentioned that that day was particularly windy compared to the day before. Well, eventually I got a hang of it thanks of course to E who never left my side.
Our guide jumped in and took our photos with the whale shark. One even touched me, well my leg and my back. I was surprised to feel it, it was rough. I honestly thought it was smooth, but it wasn’t. After 30 minutes we got back in the boat and went back to the resort.
I then asked the guy at the reception how far along Sumilon Island was. He mentioned that it was near, and we just had to ride a tricycle to get to the port. He offered to contact a driver for us and just asked us what time we will be leaving. I told him that we will leave a little after 11 AM.
Bluewater Resort – Sumilon Island
For our day tour in Sumilon Island, I told my friends that it is best if we avail of the day tour package. They agreed and by 11:30 AM we boarded the boat to Sumilon Island.
The place was so serene and breathtaking. I’ve been to other beaches before, but this was on top of my list. If you want some down time this is the place to be. We just paid P1500 per person for the day tour package. For that payment we got to kayak, trek, and swim! It even came with a free set lunch.
By 5:30 PM we boarded the boat again back to Oslob.
We got back to Robe’s around 9:30 PM and we were all hungry and tired. Since we already spent too much because of the Whale Shark Watching and Day Tour of Sumilon Island we ended up having dinner in Larsian.
Larsian is a BBQ place located in Fuente. It’s just behind BDO. The whole place is filled with different stalls. Most offer the same thing but some have freebies (free kimchi, free soup, free drinks). So it is best to go around first and think which freebie you want. E likes spicy food so we went to the stall with the free kimchi.
We ended up ordering 300 pesos worth of grilled food (chorizo, bbq, isaw, tocino, hotdog) and 100 worth of puso (rice) and drinks.
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