Oslob, Cebu: 5 Tourist Attractions of Oslob
Oslob instantaneously gained worldwide popularity in the tourism industry, thanks to the gigantic migratory fish that put the fishing town on the limelight. But even before these magnificent creatures came to the shores of southern Cebu, Oslob teems with attractions not to be left out in your itinerary. We checked out some Spanish-era structures, a majestic falls, and of course, swam with whale sharks to make the most out of this day-visit to Oslob.
We accidentally took a wrong turn which got us in Brgy. Mainit where we met his young man who was celebrating his birthday that day.
…so we celebrated his birthday with an ice cold bottle of Beer Na Beer Mucho King (you wouldn’t see much of this brand in Manila, add this on your list of things to do)
The cuartel was built to house Spanish troops assigned in Oslob, but when the Americans came to our doorstep, Spain left, and construction was terminated – forever. Nevertheless, the unfinished barracks, which is made up of thick coral blocks, remained intact after enduring another war, and, withstanding earthquakes and frequent typhoons.
The use of arches emphasized on the facade of Cuartel.
Parish Church of Immaculate Conception (Poblacion)
Remember Fr. Julian Bermejo from the previous Boljoon post – the guy who completed Boljoon’s church and the brains behind south Cebu’s defense network system? He is also the guy responsible for the construction of this 19th century Parish Church of Immaculate Conception. This church has suffered and survived fire damages during the Japanese occupation in 1942, and two other incidents which dated 1955 and 2008.
Parish Church of Immaculate Conception in Oslob.
Seven fortified watchtowers were installed along the coastline of Oslob as a defensive strategem against Moro attacks. The defense system prove efficiency in 1815 when a pirate offensive was successfully repelled that the raiders never came back again. One of those towers was Baluarte which today serves as a historic centerpiece on a lovely bay side park.
Baluarte was formerly a hexagonal structure but now in ruins with 3 sides yet still a beaut.
Tumalog Falls (Tumalog)
I thought Tumalog Falls was just another one of those typical waterfalls for the sake of having a new destination in guidebooks – but I thought wrong. Tucked deep within the mountains of Oslob is a breath-taking cascade of crystal waters pouring in a basin of cool water surrounded by a montage of greens. The raw grandeur of Tumalog Falls left me speechless and guilty of such accusation. We actually spent the rest of our afternoon, more than the time we spent in all other destinations combined.
Tumalog Falls is just so…
Whale Sharks (Tan-awan)
The migratory whale sharks, some refer to as butanding or tuki, came to Oslob waters since 2011 and has never left since. Amidst their colossal size, the filter-feeders’ diet consists of planktons and small fishes and prove no threat to man. The whale sharks opened doors to a new tourism opportunity where tourist are allowed to swim with the animals and observe them under supervision by the local tourism officers. The whale sharks were one of the most fascinating creatures I’ve seen so far in my entire life – or is it?
Okay ba? This photo was taken by our guide.
Seeing these graciously big whale sharks with my very own eyes was one of the best experiences I had, and will never forget. However, after being done with for 30 minutes, something felt wrong and for some reason, guilt. I’ve read blogs about the ill effects of this activity yet I was there having fun while I watch them lured by feeding which is supposedly unnatural for the whale sharks. I won’t stop you from experiencing it (because that would be hypocrisy), but before you head out there, ask yourself this question (which I should’ve asked myself), “are we making a better world for the whale sharks?”
Photo taken by Oslob guide.
Here are some fast facts that may help you in this trip.
1. There are Ceres buses coming from the South Bus Terminal which goes directly to Oslob. Some bus has “Whale Shark” signage on the windshield. It will take you directly to Tan-awan. Buses bound for Bato also passes by Tan-awan.
2. Whale shark watching is only until lunch time. Best to be there very early.
3. The whale shark watching activity cost P500.00 including boat, vests, and mask and snorkel rentals.
4. If you don’t have an underwater camera, you could also rent for another P500.00. They could give the files into a CD, or if copy in your USB if you happen to bring one.
4. A short briefing about the do’s and don’t’s is conducted before the activity. It is required.
5. If you’re going to the church, the cuartel, and baluarte, get off at Oslob town proper. It’s a walking distance from there.
6. Jump off point to Tumalog is just along the highway. You may choose to take the habal-habal or just hike all the way. The road was steep, so we decided to take the habal-habal going up, and walked all the way from the falls and back to the highway. It took us an hour (I think).
7. You do this all this in one day.
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