whale shark watching + Sumilon Island Sandbar

Overview

Experience a full day of adventures in Oslob with whale sharks and Sumilon island’s public sand bar.

Sumilon Island is one of the famous attractions of Oslob before whale sharks do. The island is the first marine protected area in the Philippines and has been protected as a marine sanctuary since 1974.  Just a 10 minutes boat ride from Bangcogon Oslob mainland, is a beautiful yet small island surrounded by a reef with crystal clear waters, different species of marine life, and just one private resort manage by Bluewater Sumilon island resort.

What's Included

Not Included

Estimated Itinerary

The final pick-up time may change during peak and monsoon seasons on which early pick-up time is required.

What to Expect

boat ride in whale sharks

Ride a paddle boat

snorkeling with whale sharks cebu tours

Swim with the gentle giants

Ride an outrigger boat to Sumilon island

sumilon island sand bar aerial

Relaxing and snorkeling in a beach 

Do sunbathe and take instagrammable photos

Tour Tips

  • Avoid crowds on weekdays and Philippines Holidays
  • The best time to experience the shifting sandbar is during low tide, please check the tide forecast when you make a booking.
  • Bring extra clothes for change and any sun protection

Activity Policy​

Unavailable Dates

Sumilon island sandbar is closed every Wednesday of the month which is scheduled for clean up.

Child Rate

  • 2 years old below – Free of charge
  • 3 years old – Less Php 500 per child

Whale Shark No Sighting Policy

There is a possibility that whale sharks may not be seen during the tour or activity was suspended due to unpredictable nature, inclement weather, and other environmental factors that are beyond our control. In such an occurrence, we regret to inform you that there will be no refund on the used transportation charges.

Cancellation

Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to departure time, otherwise will be based on our Terms and Conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can book and pay online by selecting pick up the location first, reservation date, and lastly, the number of persons, then press the book now button to continue in checkout.

We clearly stated that the price per person varies on group size; the displayed price is the cheapest offer for large groups (ex. 12 persons).

Yes, but you must select the farthest pick-up or drop-off location upon booking. Surcharge may be collected depending on the distance or detour. Contact us before booking if you need to clarify surcharge fees.

Clothes for change (optional), comfortable swimwear attire, snorkel tube (optional), and underwater camera (if available).

Yes, but you need to note during the reservation to check if fitted on the car.

Yes, there are underwater cameras for rent onsite for Php 500 on average. We recommend bringing your own memory card or USB for faster transfer of photos and videos.

Yes, you can update us later on your hotel for your pick-up location.

It means we have received your order, and it is already confirmed.

Yes, kindly ask your driver if you need any stopovers on the way to your hotel.

We recommend visiting Oslob during the dry season, the best months are March to May when the sea is very calm. 

As much as possible, we do not recommend booking this tour during super peak seasons due to the long queues for whale shark watching that take 2-3 hours of waiting time unless you have a lot of patience. The following seasons are Chinese New Year, Holy Week, All Souls Day, All Saints Day, and Christmas Week to New Year.

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Whale Shark Watching operation status based on February 12, 2024, up to date

Please be advised that with the ongoing Northeast Monsoon, whale shark watching activities are serving slowly, affecting whale shark sightings, or an early closure may be implemented for safety reasons. The Northeast Monsoon brings strong winds and rough seas, making visitors and boatmen unsafe and impacting marine life’s movement patterns, including whale sharks. While we strive to provide exceptional whale shark viewing opportunities, we want to highlight that due to reduced sightings, you may not experience the encounter during this period due to the unpredictable nature of marine conditions. We will monitor weather conditions closely and provide updates when operations return to normal. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding.