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“Very near whale shark interaction area”
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Aaron Beach Resort
Ranked #14 of 20 Oslob B&B and Inns
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“Very near whale shark interaction area”
Reviewed 12 May 2014 via mobile

My family and I stayed in rooms 2, 3, and 4 because they will only allow 2 persons per room. A child below 10 years old is considered one person.

My mom and I stayed in room #2. The shower didn't work. There was no water heater. There's no water coming out of the sink faucet. The toilet didn't flush. The only thing that worked was the faucet under the shower head. But they did provide a pail for flushing.

Room #3 still has no water heater but everything else in the bathroom worked as it should. But the room's door cannot be locked from the inside. My brother-in-law gave me the room key so I could lock them in from the outside and I handed the key back through the window.

Room #4 was the best room of the bunch. Everything worked and it even has a water heater for the shower. We all lined up to take our showers in this room. Water pressure was sketchy though. If other rooms open their faucet, the water stream drops to a trickle.

Food in the resort was also disappointing. If they got my clubhouse sandwich all wrong, I didn't stick around for dinner. We went over to Brumini resort a few meters down the highway and had our dinner there. There were several food stalls in their parking area that sell ready cooked food and they can also cook your food the way you want it. Dinner was good. We returned the following day to have our breakfast here as well. Brumini resort, I was told, has hot showers, wifi and satellite tv. There might be better resorts in the area but I can only give my opinion on Aaron and Brumini.

We went there to see the whale sharks and Aaron beach resort did provide good service regarding this. The boatmen were very friendly and they took charge of the rented underwater camera and advised us where to submerge ourselves to get good pictures with the gentle giants. Whale watching experience -- AMAZING!

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

We booked this resort knowing it was very basic. There didn’t seem to be too many options and it was next to the whaleshark interaction area and on the beach. There are 4 basic rooms which are lined up on a right angle from the beach. I had presumed they faced the beach, instead they faced a dusty stony carpark. When we arrived the area in front of the rooms was full of tents and cars. It was extremely busy. It’s the place where locals go for the weekend. The ones who didn’t sleep in tents slept in the beachfront gazebos. Everyone was cooking in front or eating takeaway, cleaning dishes, their teeth, etc from the tap. We could hear loud music and talking until at least 3am in the morning. The best thing about the room was the shower had really good water pressure and was a perfect temperature.

I was up at 5.45am to organize our whaleshark interaction before it got too busy. The whale shark interaction was extremely well organised. We paid a 1000 peso each and were taken by boat to the whaleshark briefing area next door. We received a comprehensive brief on what we could and could not do. Anyone who had applied sunscreen was asked to take a shower before going in the water to protect the whalesharks. Most people viewed the whalesharks from small outriggers which were tied to a line so as not to interfere with the whalesharks. All the boats in the whaleshark area were non motorised and just used to paddles to protect the whalesharks. A maximum of 6 people are allowed in the water with one whaleshark, but there was never that many people. There are a few outrigger boats which move along feeding the whalesharks , which was close enough for the people in the boats to view them, but far enough away so the whalesharks aren’t annoyed. If you touch a whaleshark the penalty is imprisonment and there are signs everywhere reminding people to protect the reef because that’s where the whaleshark main source of food comes from. We could see up to four large whalesharks at one time. They were in water shallow enough, so there is no need to go scuba diving even though we are divers. I had heard negative views about feeding whalesharks in Oslob, but really enjoyed the experience and thought it was really well arranged with the whalesharks interests in mind. It employs hundreds of hundreds of people in the village who understand the importance of sustainable fishing. While there is still illegal dynamite fishing and shark fishing still happening all over Asia, this is a Win/Win situation for this part of the Philippines.

We had booked four nights, but checked out at 9.00am the next morning and went to Moalboal. As much as I wanted to stay longer for more whaleshark interactions. We couldn’t get internet access to research other places in the area, but I would consider Eden Resort if I ever went back, even though it’s 30 minutes from the whaleshark interaction area. I would have liked to stay in Oslob longer, but it was just too busy on the weekend. They was no where to just hang out during the day, so most people seem to just stay one night. I’m presuming it would be quieter mid week.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

We booked here thinking that this might be the one place in the Philippines that will be a bit of a let down as the photos did not look very appealing. We got convinced at the airport to take a taxi to Oslob because the buses were this way and that way and what not what not. Here's my advise - take a taxi to the bus station (it takes 45min) and get on the next bus to Oslob. There are many and it will only cost 130 PhP instead of 2600php. It did not bother me but if you are on a budget of some sorts then take the bus. It will drop you off right in front of Aaron' s Resort and it is as fast as a taxi. The rooms are basic but comfortable and the setting is right on the beach. Romeo is the man to know there. If he is not busy taking orders, he is saving divers, organising tours or bikes or whale sharks, you name it. You can do a shark dive or snorkel any time until noon. I personally think that snorkeling here is better because the water is shallow and the sharks are mainly on the surface. It is better to go in the morning before the crowds arrive. At the same time I must add that most of the crowd stay in their respective boats because they probably can't swim. As a diver and lover of nature I have mixed feelings about this experience - on the one hand it is almost a man made attraction, but on the other it is an AMAZING experience. Stay at Aaron's for easy access.

Room Tip: Room #1 is closest to the beach.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

We had decided to swim with Whale sharks, and as we were is Cebu Oslob was the destination close to us. We travelled by bus from Cebu, which took 3hours, the bus was air conditioned, and although a bit dated was a comfortable ride (cost 155 pesos per person). Many people make the day trip from Cebu, but as its best to swim as early as possible (6:30 am has least people), we decided to find a place to stay for the night on arrival.

The first place we saw was opposite the bus stop and a friendly local named Romeo approached us, and asked if we needed a place to stay. We wanted to see the room, and he walked us across the road to Aaron Beach Resort. They have 4 small 1 room bungalows, which all have aircon and own bathroom. The accommodation is simple, but its clean and has excellent location to the whale shark area (200m off the shore).

Somewhat controversial, at Oslob they feed the whale sharks (their natural food of krill) from small boats, which means guaranteed viewing of these massive and majestic sea animals. We were able to see around 4 or 5 at one time, and they get very close! Even at 7am there are other groups that will be in same location, but due to the large number and strategic feeding you can get that special shot with you and the giant of the deep. You are allowed 30mins snorkling or 45 mins of scuba according to local law, we decided to snorkel and as the sharks are at the surface all the time this is the best way to see them. Saying that if you prefer to get the view from deeper then Aaron's does have scuba equipment, which on inspection looks ok for a shallow dive (5m to bottom). We were all done by 8am, and what a fantastic experience, all be it a little scary at times (they are harmless but watch for that huge tail). I would recommend the overnight stay, and for this Aarons is adequate enough, but remember they only have 4 rooms available so try to be first off the bus. Do go and swim early as the place is packed from and after 10am as the busses and vans start to arrive from Cebu with day trippers.

One negative aspect was the food at Aarons, we had some chicken and french fires. Better to go to the resort next door, where there are a few small local restaurants that will serve you some delicious catch of the day (try the Lapu Lapu on the grill).

Walk in price at Aarons was 1500 pesos for the night, which is reasonable for the accommodation we got, and snorkelling was 1000 pesos per person, which was well worth it for the experience. An underwater snap shot is a must, if you dont have your own, you can rent one and even get the boat driver to film or photograph you under the water.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manila
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

We stayed at Aaron's Beach Resort to see the whale sharks. We went via a bus commute from Cebu City (about 3 hrs. travel). It's along the highway. The bus driver and conductor knows it. The resort is very relaxing. There are cottages lined-up along the beach where just a few meters, you could see whale sharks swimming by. If you would like to swim with the gentle giants, you have to pay a fee and attend a brief seminar on whale shark interaction. The room was simple -- h/c shower, a/c. no tv. The bed was surprisingly comfortable, we slept well. The room rates are cheap. Food is satisfactory. You can rent diving/ snorkeling equipment and waterproof camera from their shop. We really enjoyed our stay at Aaron's Beach Resort. We'll definitely stay there when we come back to Oslob.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 1 December 2013 via mobile

We went here to see the whale sharks. Price in viewing or swimming with the sharks are the same with all the resorts. Service is well done. Meal can be served either on the shore, in the cottages or in your room. Just few minutes away from another island (through boat). Easy to see as they are just along the roadside.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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George Town, null, Cayman Islands
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Right next to the beach where you could see the whale shark swimming nearby.the area is right on the main road and if you are riding a bus from cebu city just tell the driver to drop you at the resort.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Aaron Beach Resort
Address: Tan-awan, Oslob 6025, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Oslob
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #14 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Oslob
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Clean freshly painted rooms by the sea. Shaded cottages under the coconut trees. ... more   less 

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