After arriving in the airport in Cebu we went straight to Oslob. We were looking for a taxi to the southern bus terminal, where there are buses to Oslob.
In the airport the information desk said ”go down to the taxi station” but we went out instead, and found a taxi driver there instead. We had to walk about 5 minutes to the taxi though, but it’s a lot cheaper than taking it from the proper airport terminal.
We dealed a taxi to take us the whole way, mostly because there was a lot of traffic and we weren’t that keen on arriving in Oslob about 8 hours later, haha. It takes at least 1 hour to get to the bus terminal from the airport, and a lot of more hours with bus to Oslob. Instead we paid 2500php and it took about 3 hours to Oslob, of which 2 where just to get out of Cebu. And we passed by maaaany buses to Oslob along the way, so glad we had taken the taxi. :)
Cebu is a big city with a lot of vehicles and the highway consists of two lanes, one in each direction. This highway is also the only road along the villages on the way down to Oslob, so there are buses, cars, bicicles and tricycles on the road. It took forever. It’s actually just about 100 km away….
The drive was quite bumpy. Our driver wasn’t the best, it felt like he was the only one honking all the time. The sun went down and he had his high beam on all the time. I understand it’s easier to see the pedestrians along the sides, but he got a lot of angry signals from the meeting traffic. Every time we passed by a church he touched the cross hanging in the mirror and prayed.
We finally arrived around 8pm and we were hungry and quite tired. We stayed at Germaroze Guesthouse, and it was beautiful! A big house just by the sea, with a huge saloon with sofas and tables and framed family pictures of kids and grandchildren. It felt like we were at my grandmother’s house or something. The room was fantastic too, clean, with AC, nicely decorated and the best was the big and comfortable bed. We were just above the ocean so we could hear the waves super clearly too.
But before enjoying the bed we walked about 700m to the center of the town to find some food. Cute kids along the way waiving and saying ”Hiiii”, but the town center was really… nothing. This is a small town, it has around 25.000 habitants. There were some stands outside with food – but ONLY meat – a couple of kiosks and one restaurant – for the tourists I guess, and they had 1 vegetarian plate. The food and the beer were super cheap, half price from Coron and El Nido!
Then we finally enjoyed a couple of hours nice sleep before waking up at 5.30.
We had coffee and buns we got in the bakery last night and enjoyed the beautiful sunrise.
We took a tricycle from the guesthouse to Tan-Awan, about 10 kms to the south of Oslob, where you can snorkel with whale sharks.
Whale sharks and the largest known extant fish species, and they are friendly, slow-moving filter feeding sharks who mostly eat plankton.
We had a briefing about the rules – don’t go closer than 4 meters, don’t touch them, don’t use flash on the camera, don’t wear sun lotion etc. After the briefing you pay for your ticket (good, so everyone does the briefing first – but of course there’s always one or two stupid who have to disobey). After that you get your snorkel and then you jump into a small boat and go out to the ocean.
You have about 30 minutes to snorkel with whale sharks. And wow! Amaaaazing creatures. Local fishermen feed them there in the morning so there is a 99% possibility to see whale sharks. And we did! They are so cute! And really big. They can reach about 12 meters, but the ones we saw was about 4-6 meters I think, but still, only the mouth was like 1 meter wide.
We saw maybe 3 or 4 sharks, difficult to say since they weren’t all there at the same time.
There were many tourists around, it felt a little chaotic sometimes, especially one older man that had to go really close (not respecting the 4m distance at all) and take selfies. I’m both amazed and feel a little bit sad that this is a tourist attraction, but the whale sharks are free to come and go, and they come, so it can’t be too bad for them I hope.
For the town Oslob it has put it on the map though, and you can see that there are many constructions going on around and new dive shops and hotels/guest houses opening.
We were finished about 7am in the morning, and took the same tricycle back – our driver Emanuel Luna who was very kind and chatty – waited for us during the whole time and guarded our bags :)
We had our second breakfast at the Germaroze guesthouse together with Dave and Lindsay from Holland who also did the snorkeling with us, and then we enjoyed our room a little longer, had a shower, packed our bags, slept a little bit – the check out wasn’t until 12 ;)
We checked out and took our bags and moved to the other side of the road waiting for the yellow Ceres bus going south down to Liloan. It passes by every 30 minutes and we waited for about 20 minutes, and you just wave at it for it to stop :) The bus ticket 32php each and took us to the southern tip of the Cebu island, from where we took a ferry over to Negros island for 62php each.
Next destination: Dauin, where we are going to dive and do the advanced open water diving course!