Oslob Whale Shark | Cebu Tourist Spots

Oslob is located at the Southern part of Cebu. And, to get there, you can either take a bus, a van or you could just bring your own transportation, whichevers comfortable and affordable that suits your budget.

Oslob is one of the top places that is a must go-to Cebu tourist destinations. One thing that Oslob is famous for is the whale shark watching wherein you can take a swim to see up close of the whale shark.

Whale shark watching is not the only thing you can do in Oslob. There are also a lot of activities and things you can go around and or near Oslob like diving, snorkeling, falls, etc.

If you’re thinking of staying for a couple of days and worrying about a place to stay, you shouldn’t. There are actually plenty of affordable hotels, motels and pension houses you can stay nearby.

Now, since the government already put Cebu province to Modified General Community Quarantine, easing some restrictions to open up tourism so Cebu’s economy can move forward. I can say we are surely and slowly moving to the new normal wherein though there are still few set of restrictions and policies in place to insure everyone’s safety.

WELCOME TO OSLOB WHALE SHARK WATCHING | CEBU
How to get there? How much does it cost?

➡️ From South Bus Terminal to Oslob – Php155.00

– Drop off, Brgy. Tan-awan

– Travel time | 3 hours

➡️ Whale watching

Local tourists

– In the boat only, no swimming + life jacket – Php300.00

– Snorkeling with the Whale Shark + Life JacketPhp500.00

Foreign tourists

– Snorkeling with the Whale Shark + Life Jacket – Php1,000.00

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Few of the listed prices above aren’t updated. I/ONSPOT doesn’t have any knowledge of any new updates regarding with the prices. If you have any complaints and comments please message me on my Facebook Page or email me at onspot.ph.blog@gmail.com

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Location: Oslob, Cebu
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The New & Iconic Sirao Flower Garden In Cebu City – The Little Amsterdam of Cebu

ROSES ARE RED. VIOLETS ARE BLUE. BUT, WHEN I SEE YOU I REMEMBER SIRAO CEBU.

Sirao Flower Garden is one of the many flower gardens in Cebu City that is listed on TOP 8 FLOWER GARDEN IN CEBU. It is one of the top iconic flower gardens that is visited by tourists and also, a favourite place for couples.

Not only Sirao Flower Garden gives you the vibe of being surrounded by beautiful flowers. It gives you also the feeling of “what it feels like to be in abroad”. After all, Sirao Flower Garden is also known as, “The Little amsterdam in Cebu City”. So, it does really surprise you of how majestic the place.

A sight to behold. A spot to unfold. A flower that blooms and glows. A place wherein peace can be told.

Welcome To Sirao Flower Garden In Cebu City | the Little Amsterdam of Cebu
How to get there? How much does it cost?
If by motorbikE

➡️ From J.Y. Square Mall, take a motorcycle (habal-habal) – Php100.00/head

–  Travel time | 30-45mins

If by van

➡️ From the Ayala Cebu PUV Terminal – Php50.00/head

– Ask the driver to drop you off near Sirao Flower Garden.

– Ride a motorcycle (habal-habal) going to the flower garden (it may take time to find one from this point) – Php20.00 – Php30.00/head

➡️ Entrance fee – Php50.00 – Php100.00/head

– Operating hours: 6AM to 6:30PM

HOW TO BE A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER
Location: Brgy. Sirao, Cebu City
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Lambug White Beach Badian In Southern Cebu

Lambug White Beach is located at Southern part of Cebu. It is one of the beautiful beaches in Cebu with obviously a white fine sand. It is one of many beaches in Cebu that is visited by tourists especially during summer.

There are a lot of beach resorts nearby that is in between costly and affordable. But, one thing I can tell you is, you definitely shouldn’t miss this, a conserved Cebu tourist spot.

You must be thinking now if only you’re living close to where there are beautiful beaches, and or beach resorts. You would definitely pack your bags, and stay overnight to one of the beaches near you.

Imagine going one of these beautiful beaches, set up a campfire, stare at the sky at night and then listen to the sound of waves, a perfect wholesome night. I know you miss it too right?

Question
After all this mess, what beautiful beaches/beach resorts are you planning on going first with your friends or special someone?
WELCOME TO LAMBUG WHITE BEACH
NO ENTRANCE FEE & TENTS ARE ALLOWED!
HOW TO GET THERE? HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

➡️ From the South Bus Terminal to Badian – Php140.00

– Drop off point, Lungsod of Lambug Badian

– Travel time, 3 hrs.

➡️ From Lungsod of Lambug Badian, ride a tricycle going to Lambug Beach – Php30.00/ head.

– Travel time, 20-30 mins.

FEES

➡️ Tent charge – Php50.00/head on weekdays, Php150.00/head on weekends (bring your own tent)

➡️ Cottage – Php500.00/day

➡️ Bus fare – Php140.00/head

➡️ Tricycle – Php30.00/head

If you brought your own car or motorcycle, there’s a parking fee but very minimal.

HOW TO BE A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER
Location: Brgy. Lambug, Badian Cebu (3hrs away from Cebu City)
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La Vue Cabine

Other way of an ideal getaway is a nice cold and relaxing mountain view with a pool. Now, if you aren’t thinking what I’m thinking, then you’re missing something big.

As they say, green color can make your eyes and mind relaxed, and no, not the other way around. So, what could there be other things can make you more relaxed than a mountain view full of green colors?

If you’re a ma planning a date, or a proposal at a romantic place. I just got the perfect place for you. A perfect spot kilometers away from Cebu City.

Welcome to La Vue Cabine
HOW TO GET THERE? HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

➡️ Ayala Center Mall V-hire Terminal to Cantipla Corner Transcentral Highway

– Drop off (Strawberry de Cantipla eco Farm or Unplug) – Php150.00

➡️ Take a motorcycle (habal-habal) from Cantipla to La Vue Cabine – Php60.00 – Php80.00

Should you wish to make an inquiry, please visit their Facebook Page.

HOW TO BE A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER
Location: Sitio Babag 2, Brgy. Pangamihan, Toledo CEbu
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Dr. Emilio Osmeña Botanical Garden

Terms of family or friends, it is always present and consistent during any bondings and gatherings. But, finding the right spot that fits all your needs on a trip isn’t always consistent.

So, what is really the ideal spot? A place with sunset? Can be…. A place with a view of the mountains? Maybe? A place with a pool? Could be… Then what is it really?

The ideal place perfect for any trips, where is affordable, a sunset view, a mountain view and a pool like what you’re currently seeing.

WELCOME TO Dr. Emilio Osmeña Botanical Garden
HOW TO GET THERE? HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

➡️ From JY Square Mall Lahug, take a motorcycle (habal-habal) Php100.00/head

➡️ Entrance fee Php100.00

➡️ Tent Php100.00 (24hrs) – You can bring your own tent though.

➡️ Sheds Php200.00 – The pool is open 24hrs

HOW TO BE A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER
Location: Brgy. Malubog Cebu
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Kinatarcan Island

Living within the City can be stressful especially dealing with traffic during rush hours.

Now, if you wanna take a break from your daily stressful city life. And, perhaps you wanna feel the freshly breeze in the morning while looking at the gentle sea waving and waiting for your “deeply” return.

I just got the right remedy for you. A perfect place for great bonding with friends and family. A place to leave all your worries and fears behind.

Welcome to Kinatarcan Island.
HOW TO GET THERE? HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

➡️ Take a bus from North Bus Terminal to Daanbantayan Proper – Php240.00

➡️ Tricycle from Daanbantayan Market/Terminal to Sea Port – Php10.00

➡️ Charter a boat going to Kinatarkan and back to Daanbantayan – Php100.00 – Cut off trip 12pm – Earliest time 7am

➡️ Registration fee at Barangay Hall – Php50.00

➡️ If you want to explore the island using motorcycle (habal-habal) – Php150.00 – Php250.00/head (still depends on how many places you wanna visit)

HOW TO BE A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER

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Location: Sta. Fe Bantayan Cebu
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Top 10 Places Worth To Visit In Philippines

Itching to travel? I feel you. Many of us want to explore new seas and go to different kinds of adventure but due to an unexpected situation, our travel is only but a throwback.

Right now, since all we can do is reminisce, and there aren’t really many things to do since you and I are stuck. Why don’t you plan your next trip? To continue your, “naudlot na drawing” with your friends.

I know there are many places to choose from. And, it is really hard to decide which is the best place for you. But now, I put together some of the best places that will help you find your safe haven with this TOP PLACES WORTH TO VISIT IN THE PHILIPPINES.

1. Palawan

Palawan is around 270 miles long and just 25 across at its widest point, with limestone cliffs extending directly from the ocean, the seascape is dramatic and striking. It is one of the Philippines pride and proud island.

A paradise, heaven or whatever you call it. It’s a treasure cove for exotic wildlife, world heritage sites and quaint fishing villages. Palawan has been voted the best island in the world in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2020.

It’s not the easiest to reach, but it’s definitely worth it when you get there.

Find out more activities and things to do at Palawan Tour.

2. Bohol

Bohol is a 1st class provincial island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. It is famous for its Chocolate Hills and tarsiers, which may be the world’s smallest primate.

It offers a lot of adrenaline-packed activities for adventure lovers like you and me, with the white sand beaches, world-class dive sites, and other activities, you will never ran out of choices to pick. For sunset lovers, enjoy and relax at the atmosphere of Panglao Island. It is one of priced treasure which it gives Bohol a unique charm.

Bohol is composed of one main island and 75 minor surrounding smaller islands, so it can be quite overwhelming to decide where to start.

Find out more activities and things to do at Bohol Tour. 

3. Cebu

Also known as, “Queen City of the South”. It is the very 1st Capital City of the Philippines. It is the “2nd City” of the Philippines after Manila.  Cebu is a 1st class highly urbanized city of Cebu in the Central Visayas Region.

When it comes to tourist spots in the Philippines, nothing is as diverse as Cebu. It is a home to a variety of cultural, historical and religious sites. Why is that? It is because Cebu is the country’s oldest city. It was the very first place of spanish settlement and considered the birthplace of Christianity in the Far East.

A great place that nestles spectacular marine life perfect for diving. Divers from different places travel to Cebu just for the diving hotspots like Malapascua to swim with thresher sharks and Oslob with whale sharks.

There are plenty to go around and places to visit in Cebu. One thing you shouldn’t miss while visiting Cebu is the known “Sinulog Festival” held every year in January making it a must add in your itinerary.

To help you plan for your trip, find out more activities and things to do at Cebu Tour.

4. Siargao Island

Siargao is a tear drop shaped island in the Philippine Sea situated 196 kilometers southeast of Tacloban in the province of Surigao del Norte.

It is known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. For surfers, Cloud 9 is one of the surfing spots in Siargao which is why this laidback island came into the radar of international travelers. For non-surfers, it can also be a good destination for a much needed island getaway.

The island also boasts delicious local and international cuisine for every discerning palate. There are plenty places and things to go around the island. So, planning one for your trip might be overwhelming.

Find out more activities and things to do at Siargao Tour.

5. Baguio

It is known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, owing to its cool climate which also makes it conducive for the growth of mossy plants, orchids and pine trees, to which it attributes its other name as the “City of Pines”.

When it comes to tourism, the city is one of the country’s top tourist destinations. During the year end holidays and summer, tourists from all over the country flock to the city to experience cold temperatures they rarely have in their home provinces.

There are more than 80 hotels and inns available, as well as numerous transient houses set up by the locals to accommodate thousands of tourists every year end and summer.

Find out more activities and things to do at Baguio Tour.

6. Boracay

Boracay is a small island in the Philippines, 7 km long and 1 km wide, located in the Western Visayas. It is famous for being one of the world’s top destinations for relaxation apart from its white sand.

In April 2018, the Philippine Government ordered a 6 month closure of the island for tourists to undertake major renovation works. This rehabilitation period, was used to restore the island to its former glory. It re-opened in October 2018, with a set of new rules meant to address a variety of issues and limited its number of daily visitors.

Please see Department of Tourism for more rules and regulations: http://www.tourism.gov.ph/

There are plenty of activities available on or near Boracay include scuba diving, windsurfing, cliff diving, and parasailing. The centre of the attraction is the dreamy 4km White Sand Beach, lined from one end to the other with hotels, restaurants, bars and dive shops several blocks deep.

Find out more activities and things to do at Boracay Tour.

7. Davao City

Davao is a 1st class highly urbanized city in the island of Mindanao, and one of the safest place in the Philippines. It is also one of the Philippines’ largest islands, and home to Mt. Apo, one of the highest mountains in the archipelago and a popular climbing destination. If you’re an experienced hiker, this one will prove to be a memorable hiking trip for you.

Davao is home to the Philippine Eagle. Also known as the Monkey-Eating Eagle, the Philippine Eagle is an endangered species endemic to the country. It is also famous for its fruits such as rambutan, lanzones, and durian that are must tries.

A trip here will treat you to a fun escapade to beaches, waterfalls, and food adventures. While there are many things to choose from, find out more activities and things to do at Davao City Tour.

8. Iligan City

Iligan is known as the “City of Majestic Waterfalls” because of the numerous waterfalls located within its area. The most well known is the Maria Cristina Falls. It is also the primary source of electric power of the city, 

Aside from Maria Cristina Falls, one of the city’s main attraction is Tinago Falls, located at Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan City. The 73 m high waterfalls is accessed by trekking down a series of winding staircase with 300 steps. The magazine Travel + Leisure named it as one of the “25 most awe-inspiring to see before you die.”

While the city is popularly known as the “City of Majestic Waterfalls” because of its 24 waterfalls located throughout the city, there are also other places you could visit.

Find out more activities and things to do at Iligan City Tour.

9. Vigan City

Vigan is one of the few Spanish colonial towns left in the Philippines whose old structures have mostly remained intact. Also, formerly known as “Ciudad Fernandina De Vigan”. Now, Vigan City is one of the New7Wonders Cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Spanish architecture that is still abundant in the area, mainly the Bahay na Bato houses and an Earthquake Baroque Church. Popular sites that still exists even now include Calle Crisologo, Syquia Mansion Museum, Padre Burgos House, and the National Museum of the Philippines.

Find out more activities and things to do at Vigan Tour

10. Camiguin IslanD

Camiguin is a peaceful island and the second smallest province in the country. It is famous to its sweet lanzones to where they dedicate and held Lazones Festival every year.

There are also many places to visit like springs, falls, beaches, snorkeling and the list goes on. The province also boasts three National Cultural Treasures, namely, the Old Bonbon Church ruins, the Sunken Cemetery of Catarman, and the Spanish-era watchtower which it is perfect for people who enjoys the sight of mystery and history.

For divers and snorkelers, Mantigue islet is the best area to dive and snorkel. It is a great island for relaxation with great vibe for tourists like you and me. A perfect place for getaway and free from city stress and hassle.

Find out more activities and things to do at Camiguin Tour.

7 Principles | Leave No Trace Guide

If you are considering on going a 3-7 day trip, you should always have a guide to follow to have a safe journey and to be a responsible traveller, from the time you step in adventure mode to back in reality mode.

Here are the 7 Principles to Leave No Trace

Being on a trip, or whatever adventure you are planning on is such an awesome thing to do, until something bad happens. It can ruin the whole purpose of having a peaceful, and relaxing trip.

It goes without saying, a trip or travel must be always? What? A time for yourself to enjoy without worrying anything, except if it’s your first time to travel (the feeling of getting anxious and thinking if you’re going on the right way, and worried if you’re lost).

What are the Things you Should Consider before Taking a Trip?
  • Identify and record the goals (expectations) of your trip.
  • Identify the skill and ability of trip participants.
  • Gain knowledge of the area you plan to visit from land managers, maps, and literature.
  • Choose equipment and clothing for comfort, safety, and Leave No Trace qualities.
  • Plan trip activities to match your goals, skills, and abilities.
  • Evaluate your trip upon return note changes you will make next time.
Other Elements to Consider
  • Weather
  • Terrain
  • Regulations/restrictions
  • Private land boundaries
  • Average hiking speed of group and anticipated food consumption (leftovers create waste which leaves a trace!)
  • Group size (does it meet regulations, trip purpose and Leave No Trace criteria?)

The idea of a trip is always outdoors. While on a trip, or camping;there is always one thing to consider, the place you are going. Ask before you go on this trip, is it safe to travel? Is it safe to hike on this area? Is there any chances of the ground collapsing? Chances of an accident happening are most likely very rare, only though if you’re not careful.

What are the Things to Remember in Choosing a Durable Surface?
  • Rock, sand and gravel
  • Ice and snow
  • Vegetation
  • Living soil
  • Desert puddles and mud holes
Other Things to Consider when Traveling Outdoors
  • Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Choosing a Campsite in High-use Areas
  • Camping in Undisturbed Remote Areas
  • Camping in River Corridors

“Pack it in, pack it out”. When going on a camp or a trip, food and other necessities are important. What is camping without marshmallows right? But, leaving your trash on the ground is a bad thing, not only to the nature, but also to the wildlife. Imagine, animals living around the area eating your trash and plastics. It will kill them and there deaths will be on your hands, sucks right?

Always dispose your trash on a a proper waste bin or if you can’t find one, take it home with you. Be a responsible traveller.

One of the most exciting part about going on a trip is the curiosity of knowing what kind place you are going. And, part of the adventure especially on a camp is finding interesting pieces like artifacts, and or human bones.

But, other than the human bones. As saying goes, “leave what you find.” In simple terms, mind your own business.

Seek adventure, but never seek other else that can destroy the nature. If you see something, take only pictures but never take the object, either harmless or dangerous.

It goes without saying, a real camper knows where and what materials to use to set up a fire without causing a damage. Please bear in mind that you’re not in your territory. If you’re going out camping, or taking a trip somewhere, always be extra careful because one missstep can cause serious damage.

The idea is already there, being in outdoors. Anything can happen especially when setting a fire on a camp. So, if you are travelling with a group or alone, there are still few restrictions you should follow.

Now, the question is.

Should You Build a Fire?
  • The most important consideration when deciding to use a fire is the potential damage to the backcountry.
  • What is the fire danger for the time of year and the location you have selected?
  • Are there administrative restrictions from the agency that manages the area?Is there sufficient wood so its removal will not be noticeable?
  • Does the harshness of alpine and desert growing conditions for trees and shrubs mean that the regeneration of wood sources cannot keep pace with the demand for firewood?
  • Do group members possess the skills to build a campfire that will Leave No Trace?

Think first before doing something rash. Like I said, anything can happen. That said, if you’re not careful. Be a responsible camper.

Firewood and Cleanup
  • Standing trees, dead or alive, are home to birds and insects, so leave them intact. Fallen trees also provide bird and animal shelter, increase water holding capacity of the soil, and recycle nutrients back into the environment through decomposition.
  • Stripping branches from standing or fallen trees detracts from an area’s natural appearance.
  • Avoid cutting or breaking branches from standing or downed trees. Dead and down wood burns easily, is easy to collect and leaves less impact.
  • Use small pieces of wood, no larger than the diameter of an adult wrist, that can be broken with your hands.
  • Gather wood over a wide area away from camp. Use dry driftwood on rivers and seashores.
  • Don’t bring firewood from home. Either buy it from a local source or gather it responsibly where allowed.
  • Burn all wood to white ash, grind small coals to ash between your gloved hands, thoroughly soak with water, and scatter the remains over a large area away from camp. Ashes may have to be packed out in river corridors.
  • Replace soil where you found it when cleaning up a mound or pan fire.
  • Scatter unused wood to keep the area as natural looking as possible.
  • Pack out any campfire litter. Plastic items and foil-lined wrappers should never be burned in a camp fire.
Safety
  • Provide adequate supervision for young people when using stoves or fires.
  • Follow all product and safety labels for stoves.
  • Use approved containers for fuel.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Keep wood and other fuel sources away from fire.
  • Thoroughly extinguish all fires.

The most important rule to follow whenever you’re going on an adventure is never ever destroy nor disturb an animals habitat. Never feed nor taunt them, I know some animals are cute but always respect them. They are on that area, forest and nature fo ra reason.

Help them survive rather than causing problems for them. If we humans don’t like to be disturbed by other person or our neighbours, how much more this animals that are only minding their own business. Imagine how would they feel.

You’re not alone, always remember that. Be considerate with other visitors. I am pretty you already know by just reading the statement alone.

How would you feel if a visitor before you destroyed the whole place? You will be disgusted and dissatisfied with what you are saying right? So, now that you know; wherever you are part on this earth right now, always bear in mind you are not alone.

Respect other tourists, campers and anyone from the group. Always follow the rules and regulations set by the authorities on the area and be aware of your surroundings. Like I said, anything can happen.

Be prepared, and never forget to never leave no trace. Take the memories you created with you but never take something out from the nature.

© 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: http://www.LNT.org