As promised, here is the second part of the blog for my Cebu trip. It feels great, knowing that I spent the 1st day of being 26 doing something I really love – Traveling!
Early morning of June 14, 2017, I took the bus going to Oslob from Cebu City. You need to go to Cebu South Station and there you will find the buses going to different places including Oslob.
When I arrived in Oslob, it was already noon. Just in time for lunch!
Where did I stay in Oslob?
I stayed in Hotel Sebastian. It’s not as grandiose as Henry Hotel. But hey, I went to Oslob not for anything but to see and explore its natural wonders. Although there are 3 things I like about Hotel Sebastian:
1. The hotel itself is small but they still managed to have their own restaurant inside which I find very convenient.
2. The restaurant, which is located by the sea, has an AMAZING view. Of course, amazing is an overrated word so to prove that, I am posting some photos below.
3. They offered me transportation services/tour packages. I actually availed some. I like the fact that I didn’t need to worry about the transfer from one place to another.
After I had lunch and some photoshoot session, I went outside the hotel for some walk. Oh, didn’t I mention? Tourist spots are just nearby! So by just walking, I was able to visit some historic places in Oslob:
1. Immaculate Concepcion Parish Church
This century-old church was burned twice but it was restored and still existing up to this day.
The building of Cuartel has started during Spanish era in the Philippines to serve as barracks for the soldiers but construction was put on hold when Americans arrived. It remains unfinished for more than a century.
A form of defense system which they used to see approaching invaders during war times.
I’m so glad the water is clear and I didn’t see any trace of waste. I spent about an hour here doing nothing but just appreciate the beauty of nature while contemplating about life.
Day 2 in Oslob was all about experiencing nature THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE. Here are the highlights:
- Whale shark watching
Go to Brgy. Tan-awan and before anything else, you need to attend the briefing and orientation
Although everything you need to know will be taught during the orientation, here are some reminders:
- You should not put sunblock lotion before going to the water.
- You are not allowed to touch the whale sharks.
- You are not allowed to bring a camera. I’M KIDDING OKAY.
Encounter with whale sharks is limited to 30 minutes only per person. I understand that taking photos is our way to keep good memories and souvenirs but if you want the best experience, you must directly watch these creatures rather than seeing them through the lens of a camera. I mean, 10 minutes of trying to capture the best shot should be enough.
2. Tumalog falls
I took the famous habal-habal ride again to get there. Anyway, the curtain-like waterfalls of Tumalog and the old giant trees gave me the “Jurassic Park” feels.
3. Sumilon Island beach
This has to be one of the most underrated beaches I’ve ever seen. Maybe because many people only recognize Oslob for having whale sharks. Well, in fact, they have really great beaches. Sumilon is so divine. Its clear water and white sand are almost too good to be true
As mentioned in my previous blog, I’m sharing my actual and complete itinerary for this whole Cebu trip.
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