Oslob

This area has so much to offer from waterfalls, coral islands and relics dating back over 500 years.

Oslob is a small village south of Cebu, near the southern tip of Cebu Island. It has recently started blossoming into a tourist stop due to whale sharks that swim close to the coast.

Sumilon Island is a 24-hectare (59-acre) coral island off the coast of Bancogon, Oslob. The island is famous it’s exceptional beauty, clear water, dive sites, stunning reefs and abundance of marine wildlife. A popular attraction in Sumilon Island is its sandbar because of its changing shapes and shifting locations around the island depending on the season. There is also a natural lagoon.

The Cuartel was intended to house Spanish troops. Building commenced in 1860 but was never finished with Spanish occupation ceasing 1898. What remains is the unfinished barracks, made from thick coral blocks.

Baluarte is one of seven fortified watchtowers were built along the coastline of Oslob in 1788 as a defensive system against Moro attacks. The defense system worked, as in 1815 the pirate attack was successfully repelled and the raiders never came back again. Baluarte is still standing today and serves as a historic piece in the local.

The Church of Immaculate Conception was established in 1690 and became an independent parish in 1848 with the Immaculate Conception as its patroness. The present-day church of cut coral stone was started in 1830 and finished 18 years later. The church was burnt down in WWII, restored in 1955 only to be gutted by fire in 2008. The fire spared the image of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, which housed in a glass case in what remains.