Aloha
Natalio Bacalso Avenue, Oslob 6023 Philippines
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#8 of 11 hostels in Oslob
3.3 of 5 bubbles
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HOTEL STYLE
Family
Budget
Languages Spoken
English, Filipino
Property amenities
Free parking
Free wifi in the business center
Bar / lounge
Beach
Snorkeling
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Massage
Non-smoking hotel
Electric vehicle charging station
Secured parking
Karaoke
Shared lounge / TV area
Room features
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Bath / shower

Location

Natalio Bacalso Avenue, Oslob 6023 Philippines
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 64 out of 100
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Joe wrote a review Jun 2023
Santa Clara, California12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent location right next to the whale shark watching your. Staff was very friendly. Rooms were basic but good enough for a short stay. Very good value for the money and easy to take a bus back to cebu when you need to leave. The snorkeling equipment was great
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: “Oslob” is a big area. From corner to corner it is about 25km long so not all places are close to...
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Maryam wrote a review Aug 2018
Doha, Qatar131 contributions9 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is very close to the whale shark, maybe 5 minutes walk you're already in the site for whaleshark watching. The hotel also have free breakfast (which is a good thing!), the room is small but is clean and new. Sheets are good also, they also offer lunch, dinner and snacks and the food is great. Great service as well. And the vicinity has a very scenic view, a nice beach nearby, u can watch sunrise and sunset there.
One thing is that, on the rooms there is no wifi, only on public places. If it has wifi there, I'll make it 5 stars...
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Goncalo M wrote a review Jun 2018
Saint-Prex, Switzerland618 contributions63 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for 1 night, to go watch the whale sharks.
Good:
Ideal Location (2 mins from entrance to whale sharks)
Owner sent someone with us to help us get quickly through the process (no extra charge)
Mostly clean
Nice common area with cut grass and direct beach access (after the whale shark operation stops around 12:00 you could go swimming on your own to the spot where they area (50mts offshore)
Owner was friendly and gave good tips

Could be better:
Noisy AC
Room and toilet very basic
No Wi-Fi in rooms
Breakfast could include fresh fruit/juice (plenty of fruit and cheap around but not offered).
No food after 9pm
Loud music in the morning (they did stop once we asked).
Value for money (45€, was not a bargain all considered and that’s why I rate it average

Tips:
There is a 24h mini market shop almost across the street in case you forget smtg (snorkel mask included). It has basics not always available in small places like milk, cereal. Also a food stall.
In the morning there are sellers outside (ripe mangos, pineapple and coconut water).
Go early to the whale sharks (we went at 7, and it seemed to be more crowded as of 8-8:30 until 11)
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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Lloydy_Jersey12 wrote a review Sep 2023
Sydney, Australia100 contributions19 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We LOVED our stay at Aloha. Location, location, location for whale sharks, it's right next door to where all the action is. We saw the whale sharks early then sat by the beach, eating breakfast, watching the other tour groups go out. The room is basic but perfect, all you need for an overnight stay. Comfy beds, warm shower, a lovely balcony and a beautiful view. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly. We arrived early and they minded our bags. Left very late the next day and they minded our bags again and helped us organise transport back to Cebu. If you have the time, don't day-trip Oslob, stay overnight and enjoy breakfast by the beach.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: If you have the time, visit Tumalog Falls too. Amazing
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Keralyn L wrote a review Oct 2018
Brisbane, Australia60 contributions40 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 4nights and could not fault anything about this small budget accommodation. Firstly do not expect 5 star in the sense of luxury, what you will get though is 5 star service from staff, 5 star location and an exceptionally clean and tidy property with attentive staff. As described in previously reviews it is next door to the whale centre, and staff go with you at the time you choose to assist you buying tickets and waiting for your number to be called. The staff are also very helpful in booking other tours for you, such as Sumlin Island, Canyoneering, Ferry tickets to Bohol, massages nothing is to much trouble. They provide a substantial breakfast which is often served after you have swam with the whale sharks on the beachfront, and some drinks are available in a fridge in the reception area. They do not have a restaurant on the property they can provide meals that they order in, but there is plenty of options to eat outside. We loved our stay here and would highly recommend it to others.
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Date of stay: September 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Amy wrote a review Mar 2019
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my friend went to Oslob for whaleshark watching few days ago. 200 pesos entrance fee is a bit much for just a couple of hours stay. There's only one open cottage so we have no choice but to lay down under the tree to get some shade while waiting. They can keep your belongings at the front desk thinking its safe. After the activity, I left my shoes and my friend's make up kit and I called Jake who helped us organizing our tours thinking he's one of the staff. I asked him to send our things at the canyoneering office but when i called him the day after, he said that my shoes were gone. He said he put our stuff back at front desk but only my friend make up kit was recovered. I contacted the resort owner but she doesn't seem to care and was not willing to help. I worked in an island resort for couple of years, I know whow customers should be treated. I also know that its not her fault but its her responsibility to train her staff not to stole customer's belonging especially when they knew that customers want them back. If you plan to stay at this resort, good luck!
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Miguel P wrote a review Aug 2018
21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Two things...

1. We were paying customers. We had rented the small, and only cabana in the resort. The staff, specifically the front desk lady, woke up my napping friend, and took over the cabana just to use the karaoke machine, which could be heard by other resorts in the beach as early as 9:30AM. All other staff joined in, basically taking over our spot for no apparent reason.

We were looking forward to a quiet morning.

2. A foreign tourist made several follow-ups to his in-house guide on his schedule for the Whale Shark activity. His guide, who was next to 4 other guides, ignored him each time he asked. They were too busy singing and choosing songs. They hardly even acknowledged he was making an inquiry. No eye contact. The tourist gave up and decided to walk away.

After this, we too decided to leave. Us paying customers seemed like the staff of the resort after this incident.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Maryam wrote a review Mar 2018
Doha, Qatar131 contributions9 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is very close to the whale shark, maybe 5 minutes walk you're already in the site for whaleshark watching. The hotel also have free breakfast (which is a good thing!), the room is small but is clean and new. Sheets are good also, they also ofer lucch, dinner and snacks and the food is great. Great service as well. And the vicinity has a very scenic view, a nice beach nearby, u can watch sunrise and sunset there.
One thing is that, on the rooms there is no wifi, only on public places. If it has wifi there, I'll make it 5 stars...
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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skydeli wrote a review Feb 2018
8 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We plan to stay in Aloha but it was fully booked, I saw 8,7 on booking com looks good .. finally I stayed in the place next door .. but it was too close to Aloha .. the owner doesnt respect other people who wants to sleep they have started karaoke at 9 pm at it still going after 10 pm people screaming not singing nightmare I asked our security to talk with them that is after 10 and other people who came here need to wake up at 5 to see whale sharks 1 min little quite and again music they dont care ... it is the worst night Philippines what about people staying there also ... for sure they came here because of the whale sharks .. everybody need to get up early staff from other places turist but No they have a party ... its max rude without respect for other people

I highly not recommend to stay there if someone wants to sleep .. Karaoke is still going on ..
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Mike W wrote a review Nov 2017
13 contributions3 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Didn't know what to expect from this place as very few reviews. At first I was shocked but when I got the city slicker out of my system and started to think back packer things didn't seem too bad. Room is very very basic. A/c was a small unit on the wall and was very noisy. Combined toilet and shower again basic but functional.

Owners were very nice which makes it hard to give a bad review. I spent ages searching for a room near the whale watching and to be honest I don't think you'll find much better in the area. I get the impression they are all very basic accomodations

The whale watching is a 2 minute walk and lived up to all my expectations. Incidentally I went watching mid week at 9am. It was busy but I was on a boat within 10 minutes of arriving. Wet shoes highly recommended.

So to sum up.....room very basic but good enough for a nights sleep. Owners very friendly and breakfast was a pleasant surprise given the accomodation.
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Traveled solo
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Lloydy_Jersey12 wrote a tip Sep 2023
Sydney, Australia100 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you have the time, visit Tumalog Falls too. Amazing "
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Joe wrote a tip Jun 2023
Santa Clara, California12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"“Oslob” is a big area. From corner to corner it is about 25km long so not all places are close to the whale sharks. This place is RIGHTthere"
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₱1,467 - ₱2,523 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aloha
Which popular attractions are close to Aloha?
Nearby attractions include Tumalog Falls (2.8 km) and Sumilon Island (3.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Aloha?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a lounge, free parking, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at Aloha?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Aloha?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Aloha?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chez Tonton, La Terrasse, and Caferoniq.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Aloha?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Filipino.
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