How to Get to Oslob for Whale Shark Watching

You have probably heard about it, but if you haven’t – you can watch, snorkel, or dive with whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu!

Ten (10) kilometers away from the town center of Oslob in Cebu is the small barangay of Tan-awan. There, whale shark watching is a hit among many tourists. Local and international travelers visit the town to get a closer look at these gentle giants. If, like them, you also want to see the whale sharks while enjoying a great swim in the clear waters, then you better visit them.

But first, here is a quick rundown of how it all began.

Oslob Whale Shark Watching started in September 2011. Very few knew about this attraction until the news hit the internet two months later. By December of that same year, local fishermen started interacting with the whale sharks by feeding them (which nowadays is highly discouraged). Large numbers of tourists then flocked to Tan-awan to do the same.

There are three access points to get to Oslob. And if you’re planning to watch whale sharks anytime soon, this guide on how to get you, there will come in handy.

1. How to get Oslob from Cebu City

Ride a bus to Oslob at Cebu South Bus Terminal. The terminal is beside Elizabeth Mall, or E Mall, as the locals call it. Don’t worry about getting on the wrong bus because there will be boards displayed clearly to guide you on which bus goes where. If you want to be sure, the guards and staffs are friendly and will be more than happy to offer assistance.

Bus Fare (as of December 2013), Cebu – Oslob (Ceres buses):

Air-conditioned –155 php
Non-air-conditioned – 150 php

You can leave the city as early as 1 am. The earliest bus trips are non-air-conditioned. See Ceres bus schedule via Oslob.

2. How to get to Oslob from Bohol

Those going to Oslob from Bohol must take a ferry to Cebu. Ferries offer speedy passenger services, and the trips are made daily from Tagbilaran to Cebu City. Several ferries are available for you, including Super Cat, Ocean Jet, Weesam Express, Kinswell Shipping Lines Inc., Starcraft, Sea Jet, and Lite Jet. These ferries will either dock at Cebu City Pier 4 or Pier 2. Kindly visit their respective websites for more precise info (rates, schedules, etc.).

From the pier, take a cab or jeep (if you’re familiar with Cebu City jeep routes) to the South Bus Terminal.

However, a private boat named Apekoptravel transports tourists from Panglao Island Bohol to Cuartel Beach in Poblacion Oslob. Once you arrive in Oslob, you can hire a local transport like a tricycle, or you can prebook a private car to go to the whale shark watching location.

3. How to get to Oslob from Dumaguete City

If you’re from Dumaguete City or flying from Manila to Dumaguete to get to Oslob, travel is also quite fast and easy. From Dumaguete airport, hire a tricycle to take you to Sibulan Port. Special trips will most likely cost somewhere between 60 Php – 100 PHP, depending on your haggling skills. Travel time is only 10-15 minutes.

Sibulan port is quite small, and there are limited seats for waiting passengers. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait too long because there are trips to Liloan Port every hour. Fast craft fare is 62 PHP (as of September 2013). Liloan Port in Cebu is located south of the province. From there, ride the bus that will take you North to Oslob. Ceres buses are just outside the port, waiting for passengers.

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