Whale Shark Watching activity can be done in Oslob, Cebu, Philippines.
Whale Sharks are considered and said to be as the living species of the
‘largest fish in the world’. (Wow!)
Whale sharks can be seen in a small barangay Tan-awan, which is 10 km
away from the center town of Oslob. Whale shark watching in Cebu
started last September 2011 and it became popular all over the world
when the news hit in the internet last November 2011. By December 2011,
local fishermen’s interact with the whale sharks by feeding them that
result to flocking of tourist to the beach of Tan-awan. Large numbers
of tourists began arriving in Oslob not just to see the whale sharks
being fed but also to snorkel or dive with them. for more exciting sea
It all started in September 2015.
It was my first time going to Cebu and one of our itineraries is to
experience Whale Shark Watching which located in Oslob on the eastern
side of the southernmost tip of Cebu Island.
I was accompanied by my friend/travel buddy, Frecy. Our second day in
Cebu was already planned for our Whale Shark watching experience. This
was going to be our first-ever interaction with the whale sharks! (Whoa
whoa whoa) So we felt very excited that we couldn’t sleep at all.
Yet we woke up at very early in the morning and directly headed to the
South Bus Terminal station at 3:30 am. As far as I could remember we
left after 30 minutes.
Since we didn’t get enough of sleep, we had just slept most of the time
while we were on the bus. Then, there was a vendor who got on the bus
and offered us that so-called snack “TORTA” Then, we had a little
conversation with Kuya (referring to the vendor) since it was our first
time in Cebu, we asked him to teach us some Bisaya words. He taught us
this line, “Taramis ta~torta” (which basically means “Delicious Torta?”
hahaha omg) After that short conversation, we killed time sight-seeing
outside the window bus.I was in awe cause I had been seeing other
wonderful places as well as the sea yet we couldn’t stopover. (hihi)
Finally! After three hours of traveling, we’ve reached Brgy. Tan-awan
where we could start our whale shark watching activity. We chose to stay at MB’s
Sunrise View Resort and inquired about Whale Shark watching. They told us to pay Php500 (since we are local tourists); and even offered us to rent an underwater camera since we didn’t own any. We rented it for 600php. (They’ll give you soft copies of your photos and videos including CD right after you bring the camera back.) (The rental cost sounds reasonable enough.)
When everything was all set, we headed to the whale shark watching briefing area before we proceed to the watching site. During the short brief introduction about the said activity, they would inform you the things that you should and shouldn’t do in order to protect the whale sharks. After a few minutes, we were already on the
boat with the other tourist and the two boatmen as well. Later on, we had finally reached the whale watching site and our boatmen started to feed them. We were asked to interact and swim with them in the span of 30 minutes.
As I mentioned above earlier, this was going to be my first time so
when I was already seeing the whale sharks for real, I felt the chills
in my spine. The fact that they were just underneath us, I could
totally tell that they were absolutely enormous! I was in awe after
seeing them. Due to the fact that the whale shark is such an enormous
marine life, I felt extremely frightened after seeing it though I was
still intensely enthusiastic thinking that I’d be interacting with
My friend and I realized that thirty minutes wasn’t that long to spend
staying in the boat, so even though we couldn’t swim at all, we decided
to plunge ourselves into the sea. (Best thing we did was that we rented
life vests lol)
I was completely amazed by the crystal clear water, the different species I could see underwater and of course with the whale sharks that were passing beside us.
With the help of Kuya (one of our boatmen), he took us a lot of
pictures with the whale sharks and since Frecy and I both couldn’t
swim, we were just clinging on the boat. Yet I could certainly say that
the whale sharks are breathtakingly gigantic especially whenever they
open their big mouths.
Our experience in whale watching was truly remarkable for us! It was
not just about swimming with the whale sharks but also, how you could
see or meet them in the most behave manner.
We should be a little sensitive when it comes to interacting them so
that we can preserve and protect them as well. I think that’s one of
the most important thing to consider. 🙂
Still, I suggest you to list down “Whale Shark Watching activity in
your bucket list! I am certain that you won’t regret it!