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Whale Shark Encounter and Sumilon Sandbar with Kawasan Falls

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From US$155.00

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  • 16 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience a few of Cebu’s most exciting attractions on this jam-packed private tour. First, head out onto the water to observe the world’s largest fish—the whale shark—in its natural habitat. Then it’s time for a bit of relaxing as you visit Tumalog Falls, Sumilon Island, and Kawasan Falls. Swin, sunbathe on the sand, and take photos of these incredible locations.
  • Breakfast and lunch are included in your tour
  • Upgrade your tour to snorkel with whale sharks
  • A private tour means a personalized experience
  • Enjoy round-trip transfers from the Cebu area
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What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Private transportation
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Local Tour Guide in all the spots mentioned above
  • Towels
  • Snorkeling or Swimming Fee with the whale sharks
  • Camera Rental, you can rent one from us and can be paid on the day of the tour

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

04:00 am

Pickup details

We can pick up from any hotels in Cebu City, Mactan, or even in the South of Cebu. We also offer pickup from the airport, sea port or any residences within Cebu or Mactan area.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveller Tips

As others have described here, I'd advise taking a change of clothes and some aqua/water shoes.
81 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Both tour guides were just amazing Rudy and the guy in kawasan both full of energy and very helpfull
Kristian_Y, Feb 2023
Whale sharks and Kawasan falls are just what you expect from this booking but its even more when you do it.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
hi, thank you so much for your wonderful review about our Whale Shark Encounter and Sumilon Sandbar with Kawasan Falls tour package, we appreciate it. Hope to see you again in Cebu.
Great Day!
Thereasa_M, Jan 2023
I was not able to swim with the whale sharks do to weather. However, Josef was an amazing driver / guide and he did everything possible to make the best of the rest of the trip. He is a fantastic driver and made sure I was comfortable/ happy all day.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you so much for reviewing our Whale Shark Encounter and Sumilon Sandbar with Kawasan Falls tour package. We hope to see you again in Cebu.
The whole trip was...
Michael_P, Dec 2022
The whole trip was amazing. I would say the Whale Shark encounter was the highlight of our all day trip, but the last stop at Tumalog Falls was absolutely breathtaking! It is worth noting that our guide for the day, Diana Rose, was much more than fantastic and was very helpful throughout our experience. You should really give that girl a raise in salary!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Hi Michael, thank you so much for you review, we appreciate it. We hope to see you again in Cebu soon.
Amazing experience. Our...
Keiron_R, Nov 2022
Amazing experience. Our tour guide was fantastic. Would recommend this tour! The drive from our resort was a little long but totally worth it!!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi, thank you so much for your feedback, we appreciate it so much ..
Lifetime experience with amazing guides
Raphal_D, Oct 2022
I don’t provide feedback often, although in this case it is definitely worth. The tour content is as good as described on the web and the logistics very well manage by the tour operators ( information about optional additional cost upfront, share driver contact number day before, answer specific questions, etc… ). Beside the trip itself, the staff make it fabulous and magical. They as simply amazing! It is all about kindness and friendliness. They are caring at all time : - I stay in Mactan ( island next to CEBU city), my driver, Obet, was here to pick me up 30 mins earlier than expected with smile and positive energy. The journey to Oslob is about 3h30 but along the way there is nice local scenes to discover by the windows. Also Obet speaks good English which is good to get some information about Philippines culture. - Once arrived at Oslob, Julie Ann, my guide for the first part of the day was waiting for me. She is a sunshine ! She brings me to breakfast and debrief me about the agenda which consists of seing the Whaleshark, visite the Sumilon bar ( small island 15 mins by boat) then take a motorcycle to visit the Tumalog fall and eventually eat lunch. Julie Ann makes the entire experience enjoyable, helping with the photo, making sure I’m comfortable and safe, advising on what best to do to experience the situation the best. - After lunch back to road (1h30) with Obet to visit the Kawasan Falls with canyoning option ( please do not let got the option !! It is only 1200 pesos and a lifetime experience). This time Arjay was waiting for me : a young man with lots of energy, and once again, full of heart and kindness. After a short motorcycle ride to climb the mountain, the trail start (3-4hours). A little bit of walk with beautiful surroundings, then you reach the falls : a preserved environment that only the Typhon has slightly damage. From there it is lot of enjoyment with sources water, jumping cliffs from 5 to 12 meters, swimming racing against Arjay ( too fast for me ! ). Arjay helps with the picture but also we had a great connection which makes is converse all the way about our respective life. Once again, like for Obet and Julie, Arjay level of english is very good which makes it easy to create a good relationship. - Eventually the day has to have a ends, and i meet once again Obet who was waiting for me, for the ride back to my hotel ( with the evening traffic, took 4h30) Something worth to mention : all the people who take care of me were full of candour and kindness; they are not looking for money, they simply want to do their job the best they can. I was lucky to have a perfect weather but even with some rain, i’m sure this day trip is worth the money. I understand they adjust with alternative experience in the same area. Thank you to the tour operators but most importantly to Obet, Julie Ann and Arjay for your kindness and professionalism. You were all the real sunshines of my day !
Response from Host, Oct 2022
nice, thank you so much for this wonderful review, appreciate it so much, will surely let Julie Ann, Obet and Arjay know about this.
The ultimate day of adventure!
Hannah_P, Oct 2022
What an amazing experience! Start to finish, this trip was so well organised and our tour guides (and amazing driver Arnold) were so safe, kind and friendly. We decided to upgrade to canyoneering which was a great decision and we made memories that will last a lifetime!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you so much for your feedback, we appreciate it so much. Hope to see you again soon.
Outstanding Experience & Outstanding Guide!
Ralph_K, Sept 2022
Diane was absolutely the most amazing tour guide! She’s was so helpful with my dad and helping the family navigate with him. She is very warmth and loving :). She will make sure you have a wonderful experience! I highly recommend her to anyone!
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Hi Ralph, thank you so much for your review. It is our goal for you to have the best tour experience in Cebu.
Just do it!
Irene_R, Aug 2022
Amazing experience! Unforgetteble! Prepare for a very looonngg day, but everlasting memories! The whales, beach and waterfalls….everything was beauty at its finest.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi Irene, thank you so much for your feedback, appreciate it so much. Hope to see you again in Cebu.
A once in a lifetime experience
BartenNuria_H, Jul 2022
Fantastic experience! Diving with the whale sharks is really something special! Also the visit to the sand-bar and the falls were spectacular!! All in all an unforgetable experience, totally recomendable!! Many thanks to our tour guide and our driver Richard, who did an excellent job!!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you so much for your review, we appreciate it. WE are committed in giving you an unforgettable experience in Cebu.
Awesomeness with desire for more knowledge
Richard_L, Jul 2022
Great great experience woukd not change anything except I wish the driver knew more and was able to tell us things about the area and what we passed on our 3 hour drive as it was silent woukd do the drive again fir the experience same for the tour person
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi Richard, thank you so much for your feedback, we appreciate it.
Excellent Tour and Guides
IrvingAriel_M, Jul 2022
Our tour guide, Dianne (from Cebu Tours), was excellent! She stayed and guided us all throughout the tour. She was very helpful, super friendly, and went beyond expectations! The tour driver was also very accommodating and helpful. The tour was very enjoyable and memorable! Highly recommended!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We appreciate it so much. We are committed to give you the best experience in Cebu and in Bohol. We hope to see you again in Cebu.
Simple tour set up. Shark and waterfalls are interesting.
Brooke_D, Jul 2022
Background, I'm from California, US. It's a long drive from Cebu City. The driver was on time but speak very little English. The waterfalls were beautiful, but not much information about the formation, evolution, or history from the tour guide. It's best to bring plastic shoes to walk on dead coral and muddy trails. The tour guide was very resourceful and tentative. I travel solo and she was able to get me to swim with the shark in a shorter wait time. The cooked food was very bad. I ate fruit and drink water. Toilet facilities are basic squatting and no flushing toilet or toilet paper. I don't think it is worth the money, but I'm glad to support tourism in Phillippines.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi Sir, we are very sorry about your experience. The toilet should have a toilet paper there, I think it was consumed before you use the toilet and we have a specific toilet exclusive for our guests. May I asked if what food they served during your tour? You should have a chicken adobo, pancit, chopsuey and soup with rice and drinks. If not, then we can raise this in our kitchen. Anyway, thank you so much for your feedback, this will help us improve our service and we will make sure that everything will be better on our next future guests.
Surreal experience with Whale Sharks
albert_e, Jul 2022
Definitely the whale Shark encounter. It was surreal. I do not know any other place in the world where visitors are guaranteed a whale sharks sighting, let alone getting so close
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi, thank you for your feedback, appreciate. We hope to see you again in Cebu in the future.
Must try!
Charlie_L, Jun 2022
It was an amazing experience to swim with whale sharks which were right in front of us! Our tour guide Dianne is a very nice lady who took care of us very well. I especially like the video she took in front of the falls! However, I would expect better food during lunch with this price. The car was also filled with smell like gas and we kept the window open in the whole trip.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi, thank you for your feedback. We appreciate it. We are sorry about the car as the driver did not mention about this. We will have it check asap. As for the food, we will also ask the restaurant to have the foods adjusted, 'cuz they have mentioned lately that prices for foods are getting more expensive cuz of the fuel prices that continues to go up every week.
Once in a lifetime
julia_S, Jun 2022
Cheryl was so nice and helped us with everything. The whale shark experience was amazing and really enjoyed the whole package.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thank you so much Maam for your feedback. Hope to see you again.
Amazing experience
abbas17, Jun 2022
Great service from start to finish: email communications, timely pick up from the hotel, my guide Dianne was the best and friendlest, very helpful and making sure everything is taken care of. Swimming with the whale sharks is something to do at least once in your life. They even threw in an unscheduled sidetrip to a waterfall as a bonus. Highly recommended!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. :) WE hope to see you again.
Best tour ever!
Tom_Y, May 2022
The tour started with swimming with the world"s largest fish...the whale shark. The tour took us out to where they are located. They come to a certain location for a few hours in the morning because they get fed in their natural habitat. They don't bite because they just suck up krill and plankton. It was incredible to swim next to them and see them up close and personal....never to be forgotten. The Tumalog Falls, the Sumilon Island and the Inambakan Falls gave us the chance to see the bountiful beauty of Mother Nature. Julie Ann was the best guide watching over us to see the sights and stay safe. Our driver, Angelo, was the best driver I have ever experience in my life. Thanks to both of them for the best tour ever!!
Response from Host, May 2022
Hi Sir Tom, thank you so much for your wonderful review. Appreciate it so much and we hope to see you again in Cebu.
A must see place
Bj_E, May 2022
Super experience, loved it , well worth seeing , 30 minutes in the water with the whale sharks was incredible
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you so much Sir for your feedback appreciate it.
Vanessa_N, Apr 2022
Best tour we’ve done in the Philippines! Swimming with whale sharks is unforgettable and Tumalog falls were magical. Kasawan Falls was closed from the entrance but you could get there by canyoneering. This was offered at an additional 1,000 pesos per person. So glad we did it! The canyoneering was the highlight of the falls. Our guide Paula was great, everything went smoothly. Sandbar was just okay for us, but we live in Guam where the beaches are unmatched.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you Ms Vanessa for your wonderful review. :) Hope to see you again.
TracieK, Apr 2022
My friend and I had an amazing time through this tour! Our tour guide Paula was amazing. She was extremely positive, attentive, and gave us the best experience. We missed her when we had to separate. She also took photos for us everywhere, as well as held our things when we needed to go on excursions. The whale shark experience was incredible! But you will need to be a good swimmer, the waterfalls were all unreal! We also opted in for canyoneering that entailed 5 hours but included very beautiful sitings. Our tour guide here was also amazing.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hi, thank you so much for your feedback, we appreciate it so much. Hope to see you again .


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