8 months ago, I booked a flight to Singapore with my friend and my roommate. For some reason, my friend cancelled the trip because her passport will be at the Australian Embassy, since she is also planning a trip to Australia. That leaves me and my roommate to travel. Months before the travel, I prepared all necessary documents such as plane ticket, accommodation, certificate of employment (just in case), and passport. I also did research on what to do and what to see in Singapore. Everything was already falling into pieces, when a month before the travel, I noticed that my passport will already be expiring on April 7, 2015. As per Singaporean policy, passport must be valid 6 months until my return from travel. Our travel was October 7, 2015, therefore on my departure my passport will then be less than 6 months valid. I no longer have time to renew and Cebu does not have express passport renewal so I ended up cancelling my trip altogether. I was sulking with sadness for a couple of days. My vacation leave from work was already scheduled for my Singapore travel and I don’t want to cancel it either. What I did was to move to plan B. So, my plan B was to travel to Oslob then Dumaguete City. I prepared my itinerary a day before the trip. The next thing I knew I was already on board Ceres bus to Oslob.
We traveled around 2 PM. The travel took 4 hours, so when we arrived in Oslob, it was already dark. We just rest that night to prepare for whale watching the next day.
Being an early riser and due to too much excitement, I woke up at 4 AM. The place where we stayed is just close to the whale shark point. I was waiting for the sunrise while eating my breakfast and after few hours this was already my view. How surreal. I can even see whale fins from where I am standing. I guess it is just not me who is an early riser.
At 7AM we headed to the whale shark center to have our orientation of the do’s and don’ts during swimming with the whales. It’s all pretty much our initiative: no touching of the whale, do not move too close to the whale, no sun block and etc. The fee is P500.00 for local and P1, 000.00 for foreigners. I do not know why there is a difference when foreigners are still human like locals, but I do not dwell on it either. The fee already includes snorkelling gear. If you will not swim with the whale, the fee will be P350.00, but there is no fun there.
I knew they are harmless so I was not scared at all. I was still on the boat and I can already see them. When we arrived at the whale shark point I immediately jumped to the water and finally saw the wonder with my own eyes. There are baby whales and there are also big whales. Literally big, as big as the bus that we ride going to Oslob.
If the whale will come near you, it’s fine, you will not be penalized but you also do not have to panic. I love it when whales come near me coz the photographer will not have difficulty taking photos. We rented an underwater camera since we do not have one and I do not want to miss the opportunity for this encounter not to be documented. The underwater camera rental fee is P500.00 unlimited shots. The photographer will also be the boat man.
I am wearing a life vest because I don’t know how to swim. I totally envy those who can swim because they can sink underwater for a really nice shot with the whale. Unfortunately, I can’t, so it will be the photographer that needs to go under to take my picture. Haha!
That one is really big!
This smile is for the happiness I felt for this one of a kind experience.
After our swimming with the whales we went straight to Tumalog falls. Motorcycle going there costs P150.00 each. When you get to the location, you will need to ride another motorcycle to the falls (I don’t know why).Tourist have the option to go trekking to Tumalog fallls, but since we are in a hurry, we just took another motorcycle for another P50.00 each. I want to complain but I can’t blame them if it’s their livelihood.
This falls is really enchanting. It is like raindrops. Unlike other waterfalls that pour tons of water, this one does not and it is also shallow. You can even go under the waterfalls and can still stand. I really want to go on swimming but during this time, it was really cold because it’s raining and we no longer have the time since it was already 9AM and our boat going to Sumilon will leave at 9:30. I just content myself watching the scenic view.
We were just on time when we arrived at the port of Bluewater Sumilon Resort to catch the 9:30 AM boat. We will be going there for a day trip. Their day trip fee is P1,500.00 each. This already includes use of all amenities and lunch.
This is the island from afar, too small and too secluded.
When we get to the Island, we were greeted with the smiling and friendly staff.
This is the Sumilon Island map. There are a lot of activities to do for all guests to enjoy such as snorkeling, trekking, fish feeding, and boating.
This is the pool. I love the view here because I can see the mainland and it is just so nice to be on top of the world and appreciate nature. I also love to swim in the swimming pool than the beach because there is no sand here.
There is also couple’s pool; much like a Jacuzzi but it’s larger.
This is my view from the pool. It is just so magnificent you wish you have a pool that has a view like this.
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For lunch we had soup and skewered sausage wrapped in bacon as a starter.
Pork Belly in honey sauce with broccoli and cauliflower.
Fish fillet with broccoli and cauliflower.
For dessert we had Chocolate ala mode with cookies and cream ice cream and watermelon.
After our lunch we went for a tour to check what we can do for the rest of the day.
They have a playground. Surely kids will not be bored.
Badminton Area. I would really love to play but it was raining.
This is the dive shop. If you want to go for snorkeling, you can get you snorkeling gear here and they will give you instruction and take you to the snorkeling area. Since the waves are big we can’t risk going on snorkeling so we forget about that as well.
Since we can’t do a lot of activities due to bad weather, we went for fish feeding instead.
These are the fishes when you have not feed them yet.
And here they are after you tossed the bread to feed them.
After feeding them we went to catch them. We are allowed to go fishing but fishes need to be returned to the lake afterwards. So this is just for fun and to pass time. Here I am and the catch of the day.
We caught this little fish but since it’s still a baby, we tossed it back to the lake.
We got bored again so we went on trekking. We decided to go to the light house; we took the cane and started trekking.
This is the path for advanced trekking, it was on the edge of the cliff and since it is raining, stones are a bit slippery so we went back to change route.
Before we headed back, I was able to take a picture from the top with the nice view like this.
This is the beginner’s path for trekking. It’s not as difficult as the advanced but the soil is soft due to rain.
The beautiful cliff view.
After hours of trekking we finally arrived on our destination, to see the light house.
I made an attempt to climb, but it’s too slippery. I may not have problem ascending but I might have descending, so I just content myself looking at it.
This is the Baluarte. I don’t know what it means, but when I checked it is just all ruins.
The way to Yamashita Cave. We did not attempt to enter; I guess we’re too scared to see his treasures.
We dropped by the Grotto and saw Mama Mary there.
On our way back we also checked their Green house. They have lots of plants here. When building a resort with this island, it is just appropriate to have everything on this place to save a trip to mainland to buy vegetables.
The weather may not be at its best when we went to Oslob, but it did not hinder us doing all these activities that we truly enjoyed.