Yes, it is unplanned in a way. For this weekend’s trip to Oslob, Cebu, we were just supposed to attend a family gathering and building blessing of Lighthouse Resort’s Backpacker’s Lounge building. It was a 2 days and 2 nights trip and stay in lighthouse resort in Oslob, Cebu. We arrived very late on a saturday night from Cebu City as traffic was worst when we left the city and it took us a little over 7 hours to get to Oslob Lighthouse Resort. Well, we’ve made some side trips along the way though. The first side trip was to rescue one of our tourist van in Argao to replace battery then we had to rush to lilo-an wharf in Santander, Cebu to fetch my in-laws who will be attending the gathering/event as well then another side trip to Oslob’s town proper around 10pm to grab some barbecues for our dinner.
On our second day, that was monday already, the only side trip in mind as of that time was to go to Simala Church. This Simala Church visit is a monthly thing for our family since around 2010. Upon reaching Dalaguete, Cebu my wife asked me if we can still have time to stop at Obong Springs and just take some pictures. No plans for swimming yet. Of course I said yes as it will just take probably 30 minutes tops to just take some pictures and travel time from the highway is just less than 10 minutes.
By the time we got to Obong Springs in Dalaguete, Cebu, kids unpacked their bags and changed clothes for the swim. Part of me is trying to stop the kids from swimming as it will eat up a lot of our time but instead, I ended up joining them after I took some pictures of the place.
Dipping and Swimming at Obong Cold Springs
There are 2 sources of waters supplying water for the pool from the opposing sides. The first one is the one you can see just below the big balite tree which is the one supplying for the cold and clear tap water and the other one is the sea water. So basically the water here is a mix of tap and salt water –brackish. Obviously waters here are not well mixed, that if you’ll swim near the balite tree, it is less salty than the one at the middle.
If you intend to stay here for longer than an hour, to fully enjoy your swim and stay here, schedule it on a weekday and not on a holiday as the place easily gets crowded since the place is getting more and more popular both locals and tourists already. If you will be in a bigger group, you can also rent cottages here or tables. You can even grill here if you prefer to just buy fresh meat/fish at the dalaguete market. Videokes for rent are available here as well.
Note: You can also visit Obong Cold Springs as a side trip after your Oslob tours or whale shark watching adventure in Oslob, Cebu or as a side trip for Osmeña Peak which is located as well in Dalaguete, Cebu