According to the internet, the whale shark is the largest known fish species that feeds on plankton, krill and other small sea creature by filter-feeding. In the Philippines, the whale sharks or commonly known as the “Butanding” have been sighted from the northern to the southern region of the country. Whale shark watching has been one of the main tourist attraction in the country, especially in the region where the sightings are more rampant. One of these spots is in Oslob, Cebu.
Summer is one of the most sought after vacation days , this is the time to be a little shade darker and be a little bit adventurous. For summer 2014, we decided to visit some tourist spot here in Cebu and this surely includes the Oslob Whale Shark Watching spot.
We went there last May 2, 2014– it’s a Friday. We opted on a Friday trip thinking that the spot won’t be that bombarded with a lot of tourists– we’ve never been so wrong. Oslob Whale Shark Watching attracts not only the foreigners but also the local tourists, summing up to a great number of watchers for the whale sharks.
To get there from Cebu City, you need to go to the South Bus Terminal and hop on a bus going to Bato; or, you can also ask which bus would go to to Oslob. The Cebu City to Oslob trip can take around 3-4 hours, depending on the traffic density. It’s advisable to catch the first trip (around 2AM) or the second trip (around 3AM) when going to Oslob. The Oslob Whale shark watching has a limited time frame of activity around 6 AM to 12 noon; or, if the whale sharks are a little bit late, it would be from 8AM to 2:00 PM. The fare from Cebu to Oslob is around 154 PHP (3 USD).
For the drop zone, usually the bus would stop at some resorts where they can provide banca or small boat for the whale shark watching. We were dropped at Aaron Resort. Here’s the rate for Oslob Whale Shark watching at Aaron Resort:
- 100 PHP (2 USD) -> Entrance fee with locker.
- 500 PHP (10USD) -> Swimming with the Whale Shark.
- 550 PHP (11USD) -> Underwater camera rent. If you don’t have an underwater camera, you can rent from them.
After securing our boat, we went to the assembly area where a mandatory orientation will be held. An explanation of the do’s and dont’s where given which are these:
- Don’t touch the whale shark.
- Don’t put on
too muchsun block.
- Do swim around 4 feet from the whale shark.
- Don’t feed the whale shark.
I really can’t remember everything but that’s the gist of what I got from the orientation. Then, off we go. To a one of a kind Oslob Whale Shark watching experience!
*** Reminders: The Oslob Whale Shark watching would last around 30 minutes only, so enjoy it as much as you can. Watch the whale shark and be amazed at its majestic size and please just don’t touch it. Just don’t, okay? It’s advisable to wear rash guard since the water might be filled with jelly fish, some plankton or krill that might trigger some rashes. I got some rash after but it’s not really that serious. It’s just itchy but it got fine after one week.
They also offer diving but we’ve never tried it, so I don’t really know the price range.
*Photos are not all mine. Some were taken using Princess’ camera and others from the camera we rented. 🙂
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