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Cebu City: Whale Shark Swimming & Kawasan Falls Canyoneering

1. Cebu City: Whale Shark Swimming & Kawasan Falls Canyoneering

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime swimming experience with whale sharks. Your private guide will take you on a scenic journey from Cebu's East Coast to the town of Oslob to capture a sight of this magnificent fish. Snorkel and swim alongside these gentle giants in their natural habitat. After swimming alongside your new fish friends, you'll arrive at Badian for lunch before your canyoneering adventure. You'll travel to the jump-off point and swim, climb, rappel, and more all over Badian's picturesque cliffs—don't miss an opportunity to jump off cliffs as high as thirty feet.  Come down from your heart-pounding jumps with a relaxing swim in the beautiful waters of the beautiful and serene Kawasan Falls. You'll be brought back to your hotel carrying priceless memories and the thrill of adventure in your heart.

Oslob: Whale Sharks, Tumalog Falls, and Monkeys Private Tour

2. Oslob: Whale Sharks, Tumalog Falls, and Monkeys Private Tour

Unlike other tours, this is a private small group tour exclusive to few guests - meaning you'll have the added comfort of space in our commercial Van along with extra time spent between activities since this isn't a large group of 12 plus people like other tours. Discover the beautiful town of Oslob on a private day trip from Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, or Cebu City. Join an unforgettable adventure that combines the wonders of nature with an up-close encounter with gentle giants, exhilarating waterfalls, charming monkeys, and a traditional local treat. UPDATE: Due to Tumalog Falls closure by local govermenment - we'll be upgrading to Dayhag Falls All snorkelling gear and life vests come free of charge and you'll have the added assistance of an experienced swimmer and environmentalist alongside to assist you in the water with floatation devices, so even non-swimmers can enjoy this experience - you'll also have the opportunity to rent a GoPro at a small fee with your guide taking professional pictures and videos, so let the team know if you'd like to capture these memories. The Oslob monkeys are playful and gentle unlike the other breed of monkeys found in Bali which are aggressive and steal belongings - Children particularly love to play with Oslob monkeys and they’ll even gently rub your arm as a sign of politeness before giving them bananas supplied by us. We can assure you’ll enjoy our native monkey species. Your journey toward the beautiful town of Oslob, located in the southeastern part of Cebu, begins with hotel pickup. Arriving at Oslob, you'll be welcomed by the sight of the azure sea. Experience growing excitement as you prepare for the highlight of the tour: swimming with whale sharks. After your whale shark encounter, continue the adventure with a visit to Tumalog Falls. Nestled amidst lush greenery, Tumalog Falls captivates visitors with its curtain-like cascade that creates a mesmerizing effect. Cool off in its refreshing turquoise waters and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Next on the itinerary is a visit to a local monkey sanctuary, where you can interact with playful primates. The sanctuary is dedicated to the conservation and rehabilitation of monkeys, and your guide will share insightful information about these intelligent creatures and their importance in the ecosystem. As the day draws to a close, you'll be treated to authentic Filipino Fresh Coconut provided they're in season and some are available. After seeing the best of Oslob, get driven back to your pickup location for drop-off. Please note: - Tumalog Falls is closed every 2nd Wednesday of the month by local authorities for cleaning and maintenance - however, we can offer suitable alternatives if need be. - In courtesy to other travellers and to ensure a timely arrival of the Whale Shark Snorkelling schedule, we maintain a waiting period of no longer than 20 minutes of your nominated pickup time at your hotel/stay as a part of our terms and conditions.

Bohol Countryside Joiners Tour From Cebu City

3. Bohol Countryside Joiners Tour From Cebu City

Discover the culture and natural beauty of Bohol with this small-group full-day tour from Cebu. Highlights include the Chocolate Hills Natural Monument, Bilar Mahogany Forest, Tarsier Conservation Area, Loboc River Cruise, and Baclayon Church. Includes round-trip transfers by land and ferry, and a driver who can also assist as a guide. Embark on a seamless and enjoyable journey with just two ferry rides to the captivating island of Bohol, where the iconic Chocolate Hills await your amazement. These 1,268 hills, revered as a Philippine Geographical Monument, present a captivating rolling landscape. Delight in the enchanting presence of the tarsier, a minuscule primate found exclusively in Bohol, adding a touch of amusement to your visit. Explore a meticulously cultivated man-made forest, a sanctuary for rare and endangered flora and fauna. Pause at Baclayon Church, a cherished heritage that lays claim to being the oldest stone church in the country. As the pinnacle of your day unfolds, relish a scenic cruise along the Loboc River, indulging in a delectable lunch served aboard a floating raft.

Cebu: Kawasan Falls Canyoneering & Cliff Jump Private Tour

4. Cebu: Kawasan Falls Canyoneering & Cliff Jump Private Tour

*Please note that this tour has two (2) options. The first is the Kawasan falls swimming tour which is a simple swimming Kawasan falls, family friendly and open for all ages. The second option is Kawasan canyoneering tour which involves jumping in the cliffs and waterfalls in Badian, minimum of at least 7 years old to join this activity. Visit one of the most beautiful falls in the Philippines. Located in Badian, Kawasan Falls is famous for it's 3-layered waterfall. If you've got a taste for a real, heart-stopping adventure in the heart of Cebu, canyoning at the famous cliffs of Badian is the answer. Start your day with a comfortable pick-up from your hotel to Badian. You will be given some time to find a place to have breakfast. Meet up with your friendly guide and learn the basic safety procedures of canyoneering to fully enjoy the tour. The day will be filled with picturesque scenes of the waterfalls and thrilling adventures through Cebu's natural sites. Test your nerves as you trek through creeks and streams along Badian River, as you weave through caves and through rapid rivers. Many exciting activities await you such as the opportunity to jump and rappel from cliffs and swim through canyons. After canyoneering, unwind by Kawasan Falls, Cebu’s famous 3-tiered waterfall before enjoying a hearty lunch by the crystal-blue pools and lush forests. The falls are in turquoise color and perfect for amazing photos. Afterward, if you're feeling adventurous, take the opportunity to jump from 7 cliff-diving points that reach up to 6 meters high into the deep blue water.

Cebu: Whale Sharks, Tumalog Falls & Sumilon Island Day Tour

5. Cebu: Whale Sharks, Tumalog Falls & Sumilon Island Day Tour

On this day tour, experience the ultimate adventure in the stunning natural beauty of Cebu. Enjoy the convenience of van transportation and local lunch. During your immersive nature day, swim with whale sharks, explore the rainforest, and snorkel along a sandbar. Begin your tour with pickup from Cebu, Talisay, Lapu-Lapu, or Mandaue. Then, head over to Oslob to swim in the pristine waters that are home to magnificent whale sharks. Marvel at these gentle giants of the sea. Next, take a short drive to Tumalog Falls. You'll be enchanted by the cascading waterfall. Take a dip in the cool, refreshing waters and bask in the serenity of the surrounding lush rainforest. Afterwards, explore Sumilon Island's stunning sandbar, stretching endlessly into the sparkling sea. Here, enjoy ample time discover the island's rich marine life with your snorkel, or simply savor the tranquility of this secluded paradise. Return to the SM City Cebu Travellers' Lounge to conclude your tour at the end of the day.

From Cebu: Whale Shark Tour and Tumalog Falls Private Tour

6. From Cebu: Whale Shark Tour and Tumalog Falls Private Tour

Travel via private car charter to Oslob where you'll get up close to the friendly whale sharks on your trip to Cebu. This slow-moving filter-feeding carpet shark is one of the largest known fish species - and a true sight to behold. On the trip, get to snorkel and swim with the whale sharks. To begin your adventure, wake up bright and where you will be picked up in your hotel lobby at 3 AM. Take a scenic drive along the Southern Cebu coastline. Once you arrive in Oslob, get your snorkeling gear and hop in the water for your whale shark encounter. After a briefing regarding what to look for and basic safety rules, enjoy your time in the beautiful ocean filled with amazing sea creatures. Take your time to get used to the water and snorkeling gears and have a truly unique experience of making friends with Oslob's famous whale sharks. At the end of the experience, enjoy a local lunch to recharge your energy.  Return back to your accommodation in Cebu by around 1-2 PM with a convenient private transfer. Upgrade your tour to include a 1-hour full body relaxing massage. Choose from the signature Swedish, Shiatsu, or Thai Massage. Soothe your mind and energize your body after a long day of traveling. Alternatively, after your Whale Shark experience, upgrade your tour to visit Tumalog Falls. Your tour guide will take you for a hike and motorcycle ride to see unique rock formations and clear water falling from the top. Return to Cebu City/Mactan by 4 PM.

Cebu: Moalboal Sardine Run and Turtle Snorkeling Adventure

7. Cebu: Moalboal Sardine Run and Turtle Snorkeling Adventure

Swim among thousands of fish and watch the sardine run in Moalboal. Snorkel alongside sea turtles in their natural habitat. Dine on delicious seafood in a seaside restaurant. Bask in the sun on White Sand Beach or Mantayupan Falls and delve into free local treats at secret spots along the way - such as, coconut, fresh corn, bibingka and anything else that's available during your tour. Unlike other tours, this is a private small group tour exclusive to few guests - meaning you'll have the added comfort of space in our commercial vehicle along with extra time spent between activities since this isn't a large group of 10 plus people like other tours. UPDATE: We've now upgraded this tour from Bas-Daku Beach to the overwhelming preferred and stunning Mantayupan Falls - Catch this once in a lifetime experience and bathe in the tropical waters of the majestic Mantayupan Falls Start your day with a transfer from Cebu City or Lapu-Lapu. Then, arrive in Moalboal and dive into the crystal clear waters to see the sardine run. Watch thousands of sardines swimming together and appreciate this magnificent natural wonder. Within the same majestic ecosystem, you'll encounter wild Green & Hawksbill sea turtles as they frolic in the tropical waters of Moalboal. All snorkelling gear and life vests come free of charge and you'll have the added assistance of an experienced swimmer and environmentalist alongside to assist you in the water with floatation devices, so even non-swimmers can enjoy this experience - you'll also have the opportunity to rent a GoPro at a small fee with your guide taking professional pictures and videos, so let the team know if you'd like to capture these memories. Swim alongside a majestic school of sardines and wild Green & Hawksbill sea turtles in their natural habitat with your guide. Admire the delicate ecosystem and observe these animals in their natural habitat. Next, you have an option to eat a delicious local lunch and savor some tasty seafood at a beautiful seaside restaurant (fee to be shouldered by guest). And don't worry, if you decide to have lunch our team will wait for you as long as you wish :) Lastly, Relax in the sun on White Sand Beach (Bas Daku) and bathe in the calm waters as you gaze upon the horizon of neighbouring island of Negros - Take the opportunity to meet some locals and play some volleyball if you wish. Finally, board your private transportation and return to your stay in Cebu City or Lapu-Lapu City.

Shared Tours: Whaleshark Swimming & Kawasan Canyoneering

8. Shared Tours: Whaleshark Swimming & Kawasan Canyoneering

This is a Shared Tour which is available every Monday, Tues Thursday Friday, Saturday & Sunday Only. This activity requires a minimum of 4 participants. If the minimum requirement is not met, you can book an alternative date or request a full refund. You will be contacted at least 1 day before your scheduled tour. You will be joining in with other individuals and groups for the tour. Airport pick up and luggage is not allowed, only hand carry bags. If you wish to be in your own private vehicle, please book Oslob & Badian: Whaleshark Wonders & Thrilling Canyoneering Private Tour. Pick up time starts early at 2:00 am (16hrs duration due to congestion of traffic going back to your hotel), depending on your pick-up location. Will send driver details and pick up the schedule one day before the tour. Please be ready 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. The driver will only give a grace period of 10 minutes, before proceeding to the next pickup location. Tour operators will not be responsible for guests not being able to join the tour if guests do not show up at the pickup location and scheduled pickup time. Guests will be declared no show and are not entitled to a refund. Drop off time is estimated at 6-8pm. Drop off location is the same as your pickup location or any location along the way to the city. Afterall, embark on a comfortable group transfer to Oslob, immersing yourself in the scenic landscapes as you make your way to the Whale Shark watching site. Arrive at Oslob just in time for sunrise, setting the perfect backdrop for the upcoming encounter with the majestic Whale Sharks. Receive a detailed briefing from the experienced guides, learning about the behavior of Whale Sharks and the essential guidelines for a responsible and respectful interaction. Board a traditional outrigger boat with your newfound friends, creating a sense of camaraderie as you embark on this aquatic adventure together. Transit to Badian where you share stories and laughter during the scenic journey to Badian, appreciating the changing landscapes from the coastal beauty of Oslob to the lush surroundings leading to your next adventure. Arrive at the canyoneering starting point in Badian, where the group bonds over the shared excitement of exploring picturesque canyons and natural rock formations. Navigate through the canyons, taking on thrilling cliff-jumping challenges of varying heights. Cheer on your fellow participants as they embrace each adrenaline-pumping leap. Dive into refreshing pools, swim through natural water formations, and trek together through the stunning landscapes, creating shared memories amidst the beauty of Badian. Reach the grand finale at Kawasan Falls, where the entire group celebrates the culmination of the canyoneering adventure with exhilarating jumps into the crystal-clear pools. Enjoy a well-deserved lunch near Kawasan Falls, sharing reflections on the day's experiences.

Cebu Island Hopping with Lunch

9. Cebu Island Hopping with Lunch

Experience the fun of island hopping in the province of Cebu, one of the most beautiful regions in the Philippines. Start your tour by riding in a banca, or a motorized canoe. Feel the breeze and fresh air as we travel to the Gilutungan Marine Sanctuary, enjoying snacks and drinks on the way. When we arrive at the shore, hop off the boat to see the abundant marine life, and the variety of corals and reef dwellers. Feel free to feed the fish with your hands for a close encounter with the local wildlife. As we leave Gilutanga, enjoy a delicious meal of local specialties as we move along to our next destination, the Caohagan Island. Take your pick of diving or dining (or both!) enjoying the clear waters and the delicious food on offer at the buffet. From here we will carry on to the next island, Sulpa, with more chances for both diving and dining. As the waters around Sulpa are deeper with more lively marine life, take the chance to use one of our snorkels and goggles free of charge, and explore the clear and beautiful waters. We will then return to Cebu City, giving you a chance to relax and take in your surroundings after this unique island-hopping experience.

Cebu: Oslob Whale Sharks, Moalboal Sardine Run & Sea Turtles

10. Cebu: Oslob Whale Sharks, Moalboal Sardine Run & Sea Turtles

Enjoy a fantastic day tour for both family and friends where you can swim with whale sharks in Oslob and experience the natural beauty of the region. Swim around coral reefs and admire sea turtles. Oslob is one of the only places where you can see wild whale sharks feeding. Snorkel with whale sharks in the wild on a tour with a 99% sighting rate. Admire the sight of whale sharks over 10 meters in length swimming gracefully and feeding with their large mouths. Move on to swimming around beautiful coral reefs, adorable sea turtles, and large schools of powerful sardines in Moalboal, a premier snorkeling spot. Experience the mysterious scene of adorable sea turtles swimming gracefully and small sardines migrating as one huge life form in a school.

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4.6
(193 reviews)

An absolute must for anyone coming to the Philippines. We saw 5-6 whale sharks and were constantly surrounded by whale sharks during the approximately 45 minutes in the sea. The Kawasan Canyoneering afterwards is in no way inferior to the experience. A combination of adrenaline and one of, if not the most beautiful panorama I have experienced in the Philippines with incredibly clear and crystal blue water. It was worth every penny and getting up early. For the Kawasan Canyoneering I chose the zipline option, which I recommend to everyone as it further enriches the experience and saves you a 30-40 minute hike to the starting point.

Fantastic tour, it was super well organised and our tour guide was very friendly and accommodating. The river cruise was definitely the highlight, beautiful scenic views and a good chance to try the local food and watch a dance performance. The whole day went smoothly and the transportation around the island in the air conditioned van was super convenient. Would definitely recommend this tour! Thank you :)

The guide Maxine was very good and explained the activity to us in detail, giving us all the necessary priorities. Tumalog waterfalls were closed and as an alternative they took us snorkeling at Sumilion Island: fantastic experience.

it was wondwrful, price is totaly iver rated, not even drinking water include? if we didnt bring our own water we would got dehydrated...

I had a great day on this trip - we packed so much in -it was easy and relaxing, a really smooth outing and felt really authentic