Whale Shark Snorkeling + Lunch at Blue Water Sumilon, the clearest water in Cebu, carefully selected by the hotel chef.

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The encounter rate is 99%! This plan is for those who want to spend a relaxing time at the sandbar of Sumilon Island, which is said to have the highest transparency in Cebu Island, spend time at the hotel facilities, and enjoy lunch prepared by the chef of Blue Water Sumilon Hotel, in addition to the popular Whale Shark Snorkeling tour with early morning departure by word of mouth. The tour includes a visit to a marine sanctuary where you can see many tropical fish. You can also enjoy snorkeling with many tropical fish in a marine reserve.

  • Days of Week


  • Duration

    15 hours

  • Adult (ages 12+)

    USD 190.00

  • Child (ages 6-11)

    USD 170.00

  • Infant (ages 5 & under)

    USD 0.00


  • Highlight #1

    Encounter rate is 99%! Snorkel with whale sharks

  • Highlight #2

    No.1 in transparency in Cebu Island! Relaxing in Sumilon Island

  • Highlight #3

    Chef from Bluewater Smilon prepares lunch


  • Schedule

    • 2:30 - 3:00

      ホテルお迎え (滞在ホテルにより時間は前後します)

      We will head for Oslob with stops along the way.

    • 6:00 - 7:00

      Arrive at Oslob, the southern tip of Cebu Island

      Briefing on precautions before snorkeling

    • 7:00

      Now it's time to go to the sea! Whale shark snorkeling (about 30 minutes)

      In Oslob, where whale sharks abound, you have a 99% chance of encountering a whale shark! Put on a snorkeling mask and dive into the blue world, and there you will see a huge whale shark!

    • Swimming in the water together in the morning sun...

      At first you may be surprised, but rest assured that these sharks are plankton-eating, have no large teeth, move slowly, and are often found in the surface layer, making them less dangerous to humans! If you are lucky, you may be able to swim at sunrise!

    • Commemorative selfies can be taken ...

      If you have an underwater camera, you can take commemorative photos with whale sharks! If you bring an underwater camera into the ocean, a fee of 250 pesos per camera will be charged.

    • 8:00

      End of snorkeling

      There is a simple shower at the whale shark point. Those who wish to take a shower may do so.

    • 8:15

      Arrive at the port for Sumilon Island and depart for Sumilon Island

    • Landing on Sumilon Island

      It is the first marine reserve in the Philippines and is famous for the clarity of its waters. The island offers beautiful scenery with sandbars, beaches, and lagoons that appear in different shapes and locations depending on the season.

    • You can spend your time relaxing.

      You have access to the beach, pool (Pulo swimming pool) and sand bar. It is one of the best places to relax and enjoy your time at your leisure.

    • You can take the most beautiful photos on the beach for Instagram.

      ターコイズブルーの海に白い砂浜は南国のビーチのイメージそのもの! ホワイトサンドバーに出会えたら絶好のインスタチャンス!ビーチもプールも島全体がインスタスポットです。

    • Snorkeling and other activities are also available.

      On Sumilon Island, visitors can enjoy beach volleyball, kayaking, paddle boating, beach volleyball, feeding tropical fish, and more. Activities are on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to change without notice. *Snorkeling requires local payment.

    • 12:00

      Lunch prepared by the hotel chef at Blue Water Smilon. Buffet on weekends and selected set menus on weekdays.

      *Meal plans are subject to change without notice.

    • 14:00

      Departure from Sumilon Island after a short rest after lunch.

    • 14:45

      Arrive at the main island of Cebu and depart for your hotel.

    • 18:00 - 19:00

      Arrival at the hotel

      Arrival time depends on the weather and traffic conditions of the day.

Plan Information

  • What's Included

    • Round-trip transfer fee from hotel
    • Japanese-speaking guide fee
    • Life vest (life jacket), snorkel, snorkel mask in Oslob
    • Outrigger boat fee
    • Boat fare to/from Sumilon Island
    • Lunch at Sumilon Island
    • Activities on Sumilon Island
    • Admission and entrance fee for each
  • What's Not Included

    • Snorkeling on Sumilon Island paid separately
  • What to Bring

    • Swimsuit
    • Flip-flops
    • Change of clothes
    • Towel
    • Jacket or other covering
    • Countermeasures against heat stroke
    • Insect repellent measures
    • Additional Beverage Charge
    • Breakfast fee
    • Some cash
  • Additional Info

    • Tour times and order may change depending on the situation on the day of the tour. The itinerary may be changed depending on the hotel where the guest is staying.
    • Rates are per person.
    • Infants (0-5 years old) may participate under the supervision and responsibility of a parent or guardian, with a maximum of one infant per adult.
    • Infants (0-5 years old) do not have seats and meals. If you wish to have a seat and meals, please apply for the child fare (6-11 years old).
    • If we are over capacity on the day of the tour, or if the luggage cannot be accommodated, we may arrange an additional vehicle (for a fee) separately. If you have large loads such as large cardboard boxes, golf bags, baby strollers, wheelchairs, diving equipment, etc., please let us know in advance at the time of booking.
    • Breakfast is not included; please bring your own. If it is difficult to prepare breakfast, we can stop at a fast food restaurant along the way (drive-through). Please let the guide know on the day of the tour.
    • Vehicles will be shared with other passengers.
    • The road may be very bumpy during the trip, so those who are prone to car sickness are advised to bring an anti-sickness medicine.
    • It can be chilly on the water, so please bring a cloak.
    • A long-distance pick-up surcharge will apply for hotels north of Cebu City. Please pay at the hotel on the day of the tour. Some hotels may not be able to provide this service.
    • A long-distance pick-up surcharge will apply for hotels north of Cebu City. Please pay at the hotel on the day of the tour. Some hotels may not be able to provide this service.
    • [Snorkeling common precautions]
    • A liability waiver form must be submitted at the time of tour participation. Please print it out in advance, sign it and bring it with you so that we can guide you smoothly on the day of the tour. If you do not bring the form with you in advance, you will be asked to fill it out in your car on the day of the event.
    • 1. Confirmation 2. Waiver of Liability Agreement
    • The following persons are not eligible to participate
    • Those with diseases of the ear, nose, and throat system, respiratory system, or circulatory system
    • Pregnant
    • In addition, those who fall under the following categories are not allowed to participate in the program without consulting and obtaining permission from a professional physician.
    • The following symptoms or history of symptoms are also required: high blood pressure, low blood pressure, consciousness disorder, Meniere's disease, depression, mania, convulsive seizure, hernia, cerebrospinal disease, cardiovascular disease, habitual seizure, pneumothorax, alcohol or drug dependence, lung disease, major surgery, bowel obstruction, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, etc. Epilepsy, etc.
    • A gratuity will be charged to the local guide. The standard tip is 100 pesos per guide. Please pay the tip directly to the guide on the day of the tour.
    • Do not consume alcoholic beverages beforehand
    • Please stay with your pre-determined buddy (pair).
    • Be sure to look up at the surface of the water about once every 10 seconds to keep an eye on the boat you were on, the boats around you, etc.
    • If you have any physical problems or are tired from swimming, please ask a nearby staff member for help.
    • [Snorkeling precautions for whale sharks]
    • Locker fee of 50 pesos (upon request, luggage other than valuables can be stored in the car)
    • Snorkel rental is included, but a mouthpiece fee of 100 pesos per person is required.
    • Fins for use with whale shark snorkeling can be rented for 150 pesos per set.
    • Bring your own camera (GoPro) fee of 250 pesos (only if requested, required for GoPro rental plan)
    • Do not turn on lights such as camera or video flashes.
    • Contact with whale sharks is very dangerous. Do not block the direction of travel and do not approach within 5 meters.
    • For environmental protection reasons, the use of sunscreen is prohibited during whale shark snorkeling.
    • For bookings of 9 or more people, we may split into several boats for the whale shark tour.
    • Although there is a fairly high probability that you will see whale sharks, there are cases where you may not see whale sharks due to the weather or waves of the day.
    • There is a possibility that the Philippine government will raise the entry fee for the Oslob area. Please note that there is a possibility that the tour fee will be increased after the booking is confirmed.
    • Krill is used to feed the whale sharks. Although there have been no reports of accidents, those with strong allergies to crustaceans are advised to take precautionary measures such as taking medication beforehand.
  • Minimum Participants

    • 2
  • Cancellation Policies

    USD 60.00

    10 days before to 12:00


    1 day before to 16:00

    After 16:00, 1 day before


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  • Adult (ages 12+)

    USD 190.00

  • Child (ages 6-11)

    USD 170.00

  • Infant (ages 5 & under)

    USD 0.00