Oslob Whale Shark Swimming

Oslob whale shark swimming is one of the popular activities now available in Cebu and it’s waiting for you today!

Swim with the largest sharks in the oceans, the gentle giants who have now taken up residence here in Cebu

Located near the town of Oslob, around 2.5 hours north of Cebu City

On this page we will help you plan your trip by giving you the information on how to get to Oslob, where to stay and other attractions you might be of interest

You can swim or snorkel with these amazing creatures, take pictures or videos and have the bragging rights with your friends and family​

Oslob Whale Shark Swimming Pictures

oslob whale shark swimming

Picture of a whale shark enjoying a quiet swim without tourists 😉

oslob whale shark swimming

Picture of a couple of divers with a whale shark

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Picture of a whale shark under the water

 More Information

  • Where is The Oslob Whale Shark Swimming Located?

Located in the north or Cebu Island, close to the town of Oslob

 oslob whale shark swimming location map

  • How Much Does It Cost?

The costs have changed several times just in the last year, the entrance fee quoted on this site is correct as from 26th January 2016​

Price For Local: 500 php (includes snorkel and life jacket)

Price For Tourist: 1000 php (includes snorkel and life jacket)​

  • Best Time To Visit

Although the center is open from 7am to 1pm,, we have been advised that the best time to visit to get 100% guarantee to see the sharks is BEFORE 10am

  • I can’t swim, can i still do this activity?

Yes, of course you can, you don’t need to know how to swim, everyone is provided with a life vest so you will float on the water

  • Can I book a tour and get picked up from my hotel or resort?

yes, there are tours that will pick you up from where you are staying and take you to Oslob,

during this tour you also go to Tumalog Waterfall after your swim before going back to your accommodation, prices for this tour are 6000 Peso per person.

Take a look at the Cebu Island Tours Page

  • Can I go there and back in 1 day from Cebu City?

Yes, you can do the trip yourself in 1 day, the first bus leaves Cebu City at 3am and every 30 mins after that.

So it is possible to get the 3am bus leaving Cebu City and arrive at the whale shark swimming between 6am and 7am, do your swim, visit Tumalog Falls and be back in Cebu City by 6pm that day

  • How much will it cost for 2 people to visit the whale shark Swimming, Tumalog Falls, going by bus from Cebu City and staying 1 night in hotel?

Ok, so lets have a look at how much it cost me to go, i was on a budget and i’m sure you are too,

The taxi from Mactan Island to the Cebu North Bus Terminal was: 400 php

avatarThe bus fare from Cebu City to Oslob Town was : 150 php each (300 php total)

Our hotel cost was, staying at Lagunde Beach Resort for 1 night was: 1600 php

Cost of evening meal at the beach resort was: 500 php

We got a lift from the resort to oslob town where we hired a Habal Habal to take us to the whale sharks, wait flr us to finish and then take us to Tumalog Falls and then back to Oslob to get the bus back to Cebu: 300 Peso

The Cost to do the Whale Shark Swimming was: 1000 php for me (tourist rate) and 500 php for my partner (local rate) Total cost (1500 php)

Entrance fee to the Tumalog waterfall was 20 php each (total 40 php)

The fare going back to Cebu City from Oslob was: 150 php each (300 total)

So our total cost for our trip WAS: 4940 Php

 

Getting To Oslob

 Located near the town of Oslob, South Cebu, it’s about 2.5 – 3 hours away from Cebu City depending on the traffic getting out of the city

  • By Bus

getting bus in cebu

Getting a bus from the South Cebu Bus Terminal, the journey will take around 3 hours from Cebu to Oslob

The fare for one way by bus will be around 150 php per person​. You will need to get to the Cebu SOUTH Bus Terminal, see location map below:

south cebu bus terminal

You will need to take to OSLOB/BATO bus, you can either depart at your hotel/resort if it’s on the main highway road or depart at the whale shark swimming (just let the ticket guy know where your getting off)

If your unsure about where to stop for your hotel, you can depart at Oslob town and get a Habal Habal to your hotel

The FIRST bus leaves CEBU at 3am and runs every 30 minutes after that. Visit Here For More Bus Timetable Info

  • By Taxi

getting taxi in cebu

You can take a taxi to Oslob from anywhere in Cebu, coming from Cebu City, expect the price to be around 2000 php one way, it’s best to negotiate with the driver the fare before getting into the taxi

  • Take A Tour

Get picked up from your hotel or resort early in the morning for a 3 hour drive to Oslob, swim with the whale Sharks in the morning, discover Aquinid waterfall after before heading back to be dropped off at your hotel or resort again

11 Places To Stay In Oslob?

where to stay oslob

Because the best time to swim with the sharks is early in the morning, maybe you might want to arrive the night before and stay somewhere nearby

Here is a list of the closest places to stay near to the Oslob Whale Shark Swimming

oslob whale shark swimming luzmin beachfront cottages

Luzmin Beachfront Cottages

Offering guests a nice balcony view of the sea, shared kitchen for all guests

Located on the south side of Oslob town and situated on the main highway, the cottages are only 11km away from the whale shark venue making it easy to arrive by bus or car

Rooms available are:

  • Quadruple Room (good for 4 pax) 2000 php
  • Dormitory Rooms (good for 6 pax) 2500 php

oslob whale shark swimming gt seaside inn

GT Seaside Inn

Located in the town of Oslob, a short walk from the bus station there, also it’s only 9km from the whale shark venue

The inn is a very cheap option to stay at with rooms available of:

  • Double Rooms From 1600 php
  • Family Room good for 4 pax) 3500 php

The best thing about here is you can reserve the inn through booking.com and pay cash on arrival (great for those with no credit card)

down south 118 beach resort oslob

Down South 118 Beach Resort

One of the popular beach resorts in Oslob, located just a few km from the town and 6km from the whale sharks

The resort has a private beach, outdoor pool and restaurant

Rooms available:

  • Sea View Double Rooms From: 2200 php

oslob whale shark swimming sebastian hotel

Hotel Sebastian

Located in the town of Oslob, only 9km from the whale shark venue and short walk from the bus terminal in the town.

Having a swimming pool, restaurant and viewing deck with views of the mountains in one direction and the sea in the other

The hotel has 2 room types available:

  • Double Rooms From: 3500 php
  • Family Rooms (good for 4 pax) From: 4500 php

oslob whale shark swimming germaroze guesthouse

Germaroze Guesthouse

Located a 2km north of Oslob town and 7km to the whale shark venue

The guesthouse offers guests, outdoor pool and restaurant with rooms available of:

  • Double Room From: 1400 php
  • Family Room (good for 4 pax) From 2000 php

oslob whale shark swimming new village lodge

New Village Lodge

Located in the town of Oslob close to the bus terminal, only 9km from the whale sharks

The lodge does not have a restaurant or pool to use, but being in the town your close to many local places to eat

It does have many types of rooms available to cater for all budgets though:

  • Double Rooms From 1500 php
  • Triple (good for 3 pax) Rooms From 2000 php
  • Quadruple Rooms (good for 4 pax) From: 2500 php
  • Family Rooms (good for 8pax) From: 2500 php

Oslob Garden Stay Beach Resort

oslob whale shark swimming sashas lodge

Sascha’s Resort

Located just north of Oslob town, the resort is only 9km from the whale sharks

The resort offers a restaurant and outdoor pool with rooms being available:

  • Double Rooms From: 1300 php
  • Family Rooms (good for 4 pax) From: 1900 php

oslob whale shark swimming lagunde resort

Lagunde Beach Resort

When i did the whale shark swimming i stayed here, i found it to be the best price for the rooms at the time

With the location being only 2 km north of Oslob town and 12km from the whale sharks

The resort has a restaurant and outdoor pool, with rooms available of:

  • Double Rooms From: 1600 php
  • Standard Cottage From: 1900 php
  • Deluxe Cottage (good for 4 pax) From: 2700 php
  • Family Rooms (good for 8 pax) From: 4800 php
  • 2 Bed House (good for 6 pax) From: 6400 php

oslob whale shark swimming lagnasons place

Lagnason’ Place

Located just 2 km north of Oslob town center and 12km from the whale shark swimming

There is a an outdoor pool, a snack bar but no restaurant, but has a shared kitchen for guests to cook themselves

Rooms available are:

  • Double Rooms From: 1300 php
  • Family Rooms (good for 4 pax) From: 2000 php

oslob whale shark swimming seafari resort

Seafari Resort Oslob

Located right next to the whale shark venue, you can actually walk from here to the whale sharks

The resort has an outdoor pool for guests, restaurant, spa and garden for relaxing

Rooms available here are:

  • Oslob Fan Room From: 2300 php
  • Standard Twin Room From: 2500 php
  • Family Room (good for 4 pax) From: 5200 php

 

Nearest Tourist Spots In Oslob

If your staying in Oslob, then there are several places close by that you can visit after your shark experience

cebu tourist attractions tumalog falls

Tumalog Falls

Located just down the road from the Oslob Whale Shark Swimming, the road going to the falls is kinda long

maybe it’s best to go to Oslob town and get a Habal Habal (motorbike) to take you there

sumilon bluewater resort oslob

Sumilon Island

cebu attractions kawasan falls

Kawasan Falls

If your planning on visiting Kawasan Falls after the Oslob Whale Shark Swimming, you can take a look at our page on how to get to the falls

remember the falls is located in Badian and expect a 1.5 hour trip to get there

Resources

Hotel Pictures And Information Sourced From:

  • Agoda.com
  • Booking.com


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