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Cebu Oslob Whale Shark Watching & Moalboal Sardine Run Tour with Lunch & Transfers from Cebu City

Diver Swimming with Whale Shark | Cebu to Oslob Day Tour
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Cebu, Philippines
13 hours
English, Tagalog
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Swim with the whale sharks in Oslob and experience the sardine run in Moalboal during your trip to Cebu when you join this tour. For those who love the water and appreciate the beauty of marine life, this South Cebu tour is the perfect day trip from the city. This package includes hotel pick-up and drop-off, transfers, and service of a guide.

The tour begins with an early morning pickup from your Mactan or Cebu hotel. You need to get there early to avoid the crowds, and travel time can take upward of three hours. Once you arrive in Oslob, you’ll be given light snacks and briefed on how the activity will go, including what to do and what not to do to make sure responsible tourism practices are observed. After the short orientation, you will be taken to a paddleboat that will take you to the whale watching site, less than 10 minutes from the shore. You can opt to watch the butanding or tuki, as the whale sharks are locally called, from your boat, or go snorkeling or free diving for a more memorable experience.

Don’t forget your underwater camera! The whale sharks in Oslob are mostly young ones, 18 to 25 feet (5-8 meters) in length, and will be focused on eating krill on the surface of the water. Keep your distance and do not touch them. You can swim with them for half an hour or so.

When the whale watching activity is done, you will proceed to Moalboal, a small coastal town about an hour and a half from Oslob, for another bucket-list item: a sardine run. Off the coast of Panagsama Beach, there are millions of sardines forming gigantic bait balls. Seeing them swim in unison is something you definitely won’t forget.

After swimming with the sardines, you get back on the boat to go to Pescador Island for snorkeling. The area has a vibrant marine life that includes colorful corals and a wide assortment of colorful tropical fish. Life jackets will be provided for safety. If you're lucky, you may get to see dolphins on your way to Pescador. They sometimes like to greet visitors by leaping out of the water and swimming near the boats.   

From Pescador Island, your guide will give you a brief orientation about your next destination: Turtle Point. There, you will have a chance to see sea turtles swimming gracefully in their natural habitat. Your island-hopping adventure ends with a sumptuous lunch at a local restaurant, after which you will be taken back to your Mactan or Cebu hotel.

Grab your swim gear and experience South Cebu's wonderful marine life in this day tour package to Oslob and Moalboal. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Whaleshark Encounter and Moalboal Island Hopping Day Tour with Air-conditioned Vehicle, Local Tour Guide Assistance, Compete Safety Gear, Boat Transfers, and Meals
Whaleshark Viewing and Snorkeling
Moalboal Island Hopping: Turtle Point, Pescador Island, Sardine Run Local
Lunch in Moalboal
Free Hotel Pick-up and Drop Off within Cebu City and Mactan Only


Island Hopping
Water Activities

What to bring

Camera, Phone, Charger, and Power Bank
Extra Money in Philippine Peso Currency
Personal Drinking Water and or Snacks
Personal Medicine
Personal Sanitizing Alcohol and Facemask
Vaccination Card and Valid ID

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RULES WHILE VIEWING WHALE SHARKS IN OSLOB (Guests are to bring their own snorkeling gears)

1. All whale shark watchers must undergo orientation at the Briefing Center on the rules for interaction with whale sharks.

2. No feeding of whale sharks by unauthorized personnel.

3. Do not touch, ride, or chase a whale shark.

4. Do not restrict the normal movement or behavior of the shark.

5. Do not use flash photography.

6. Do not create a splash when entering the water.

7. Do not wear sunscreen if you are going to enter the water.

8. Motorboats are prohibited in the area. Only paddleboats are allowed.

9. Viewing is limited to 30 minutes.

10. Maintain a minimum distance of 5m from the head, 6m from the tail (this differs from the 2m from the head, and 5m from the tail stated in the ordinance).

Guests are expected to be honest and transparent with their medical conditions. For safety purposes, expectant mothers, guests with heart or blood pressure conditions, back and neck disorders, motion sickness, and dizziness are strictly not allowed to join the tour.

Activities not indicated are to be paid on site should guests want to avail themselves.

Special pick-up and drop-off fees will apply for guests staying outside Cebu City or Mactan. Vehicle types to be used are as follows subject to availability:

Car for 1-2pax

Van for 3-6pax

Coaster for 7-10pax

and Bus for 12-20pax

The operator may cancel the tour in case of force majeure or unforeseen circumstances like weather conditions. In this case, you will be given the option to reschedule or request a full refund. Note that being late by 15-30 minutes without any advice is considered a no-show. Tour cancellation requests must be made 48 hours before your scheduled tour subject to approval.

This tour is not available on December 24, 25, 31, January 1, 18, 19, and April 9, 10, 11, 12

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