Oslob Whale Shark Watching

Tan-awan, Oslob, Cebu

Oslob Whale Shark Watching
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Louise S.
4.0 Stars
2

The town of Oslob is known to be the home of the Whale Sharks or locally known as Butanding. Tourists from around the globe come to Cebu just to check this off their bucket list. The Philippines is truly blessed with wonderful spots, like the beaches of Oslob.

July 31, 2015 – From Robe ‘s Pension House at 4 in the morning, my group and I rode a taxi to South Bus Terminal (Php 60.00) and took a Ceres Bus going to Oslob (Php 156.00). It took us 4-hours to get to Tan-awan Oslob, so we had ample time to sleep.

We got off the bus and entered inside MB Sunrise View Resort. The facilities, aside from the whale shark snorkel for 45 minutes (Php 500.00), such as the use of locker and shower rooms (Php 100.00) are the reasons why people prefer MB Sunrise View Resort over others.

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Marjorie S.
5.0 Stars

It’s 3 hours away from Cebu City.
Some people told me they don’t want to try this activity because it’s “malansa” because of the food that the whalesharks eat. When we got there and tried it, my God! It was so overwhelming!!!! It was humongous! It looks so calm on the surface but the moment we dipped in the water woah we saw how big it is!!!!!!!! 128051🦈 btw the smell is tolerable, it smells like sea but a bit more intense. Anyway when you’re there you wouldn’t really mind the smell.

3:00AM - Ride a bus in the Cebu South Bus Terminal going to Oslob
6:30AM - arrive at Oslob Whaleshark watching (there are so many resorts in the area where you can pay for the boatride. We went to Aaron resort. It’s just along the highway. And we were able to use the locker and the restrooms)
7:30AM - after the briefing and waiting in the line we were able to ride a boat and see these wonderful creatures!!!
8:00AM - rinse and shower

Then go to Sumilon island it’s just 15 minutes away from the whaleshark watching area.

We are three in the group. We paid P600.00 each for the whaleshark watching and P500.00 for the boat ride to Sumilon island. The price includes the use of locker, restroom, and transfers going to the boat ride and back to the resort.

Tip128161: you are not allowed to put sunblock so make sure you arrive there early so the sun is still skin-friendly. They are closed during Black Friday and on a normal day it’s only up until 12noon.

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Nikki C.
4.0 Stars
4

This will be my second time to visit these gentle giants. 128051 Along with my friends and brother, I accompanied them to this place. With a kind friend who lend her GoPro during our trip, I was sure that this time I will have a good shot of this magnificent creatures ♥️.

As the start of our week long trip, we headed early in the morning to catch these giants. We rented a private van for the entirety of our trip with my brother and another friend alternately driving. Our group of 8 sojourn our first itinerary with the sun on our side. 128522

After paying for the fees, 300php just to watch + life vest and 500php (locals) or 1000php (foreigners) to swim + life vest and snorkeling set, we were directed to listen to a short lecture about the do’s and don’t’s. I only remember that you can’t use any sunblock or hair conditioner, no touching of the whale sharks, you should be in a certain meters away from it and stay clear of the feeding path of the whale sharks. If you don’t have a decent camera to capture the experience, they have a GoPro rental area (additional 1000php to rent and they will extract it and place them in a compact disc). Duration for the whole experience is still good for 30mins only.

In 2015, I remember seeing a big whale shark as big and long as the Ceres bus. Now I inquired about it with the kuya bankero, he said that that was the last time they saw that big one. Since then, it has never come back to visit the feeding grounds.

Overall, even it was a second time, it was and will be worth the try to see them up close 128521 - be it on the boat or with them underwater 128051 128166

*video in my ig feed*
*there were soooo many Chinese that time we went probably because of the Chunjie or Spring Festival 很多中国人*

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Scy L.
5.0 Stars
5

We are spending 3 nights and 4 days in Cebu, on a rented car road tripping along the Southern part of the island in searh of adventure!

If you still have not read the first day and night we were here, better check the first part of this three part series here: http://www.lunarsaddictions.com/2017/07/south-cebu-adventure-day-1-part-1-of-3.html

And so let us proceed to the most exciting experience you can get in Cebu!

We awoke early the next day at around 5:30 A.M. to prepare for our whaleshark watching experience. The resort we were staying at is just a few feet away from the official registration site. The resort will also offer to assist you. The official government fee is Five Hundred. (P500) Pesos for locals and a bit more for foreigners. It already includes registration, fees and gears like snorkel and lifevest, plus the short boat ride. So do not fall for travel agencies charging you thousands of Pesos!
Just to be clear, the rate is for swimming and snorkeling with the whalesharks. If you'll just stay on the boat and watch them, it will cost you less. You can also scuba dive with them, but the rate is totally different. If you can swim or move around, snorkeling is the best option. Rate is for this year 2017.

I've got to tell you that no words can describe how awesome that was! The magnificent creatures are so huge! While some will even grow bigger in size. We were so awestruck! This gentle giants would never harm you. I really can't tell you how great the feeling is when you see them up close! No touching them though. And please wash off or don't wear any sunblock as the chemicals will harm the ecological balance. Please be responsbile. I could not stress how important this is. We are the keepers of all life in our planet. Nurture our future and keep everything clean and safe. The guides feed the fish, which has a pro and con, but I do not want this to be a sermon. Let's continue. You'll be surprised how close the fishes are to the shore. Just maybe less than 20 meters away from the shoreline.

My advise is, get there early. They open at 6 o'clock in the morning until 12 o'clock noon. They only let you be with the sharks for 30 minutes because there are a lot of tourist in line. We went there on June and it still flocked with tourist! In addition, if you get there early, you can still explore the rest of southern Cebu afterwards. There is a nearby falls called Tumalog Falls.

Wish we have more photos but we were too busy looking at the sharks. We do have a video though that needs to be uploaded on Youtube! You can check out part 1 of the video on my channel (check blog link above).

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Sandy V.
5.0 Stars
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Jon B.
5.0 Stars

We met again Mr. Butanding. FYI, ang dami ko nainom na tubig alat sa kakahabol.. buti pa si Butanding, inaabangan at hinahabol samantalang siya hindi (hugot) kidding aside.

It was unplanned trip because I was just lone wolf of pack.. My friends, they don't know how to swim so i thought it was boring for me to visit alone but it turned out be the most memorable vacay experience. I'm a swimmer so not a big deal where to look out for the best spot to take photos dahil sobrang daming tao minsan hindi butanding makuwanan mo kundi tao.

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Ruth D.
5.0 Stars
4

This visit was from 3 years ago but since I got a recommendation from EJ B, might as well write a review. 128517 Excuse the photos as they're screenshots from my 2014 videos. 128556

I didn't swim with the whale sharks but being near them was already beyond amazing. Just like Beast in Beauty and the Beast, there's gentleness in them, just wanting to be fed by the locals.128011

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EJ B.
5.0 Stars
5

It's a 3-4 hours bus ride coming from Cebu City or 2.5 hours for a private car/van before you could reach the Whale Shark Watching Site in Tam-awan, Oslob, Cebu.

Early in the morning, around 6AM we parked our car and the staff approached and assisted us to buy tickets for Whale Shark watching for Php500.00 per head.

We attended a 10-minutes orientation that we need to know about the Whale Shark and Do's and Don't before heading to the boat.

"Whale Shark is known as the largest species of fish. Yes! It's a huge fish... really a big one."

As we wait for our boat most of the visitors were foreigners wanting a glimpse or swim with the giant fish.

When we reached our main point in the middle of the sea or the vicinity where we can swim or watch the Whale Shark, we were advise to jump off from our boat. Ooppss! Gosh! I can't... first it was too scary seeing the giant fish with the size of a mini coaster with huge mouth thinking that it can swallow me all the way. Second, I don't know how to swim.

But "kuya" (boat man) encourage me to jump telling me that I will float with or without the life-vest because of the salt in the sea and the harmless giant fish will not hurt me. They are harmless. With the encouragement I took the plunge and face my fear... Naks! 128514

The 30-minutes swim with the Whale Shark is one of the best experience I will never forget. Awesome!

#JohnkulotsAdventures 12851510084

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Herl C.
5.0 Stars
7

After our Cebu City escapade, we went to the South for some adventures. Our trip wouldn't be completed without paying a visit to the Gentle Giants of Oslob. This got me excited so much!

128205HOW TO GET THERE:
From Cebu City, we went to the South Cebu Bus Terminal. From there, we rode a bus bound to Oslob. We dropped off at Brgy. Tan-awan and went to MB Sunrise View Resort. It is just one of those resorts that offer that kind of activity.

128176BUDGET:
P500 - Whale Shark Watching Fee
P100 - Locker Fee
P100 - Food
P165 - Bus Fare

We traveled 3:00 in the morning because it is the earliest time that buses depart. We just slept all through out the trip and we arrived in Brgy. Tan-awan after traveling for three hours.

We went to MB Sunrise Resort and asked the people there for the activity. We paid, left our things on the lockers and got ourselves ready for the adventure.

128161TIP: Earliest Whale Shark encounter starts at 6:00am so be there early to avoid lots of tourist.

Our activity started off with short briefing and registration. We waited for several minutes until our names were called. We got our lifevest and goggles provided to be ready. We rode the boat and our adventure started!

It was scary at first, seeing the whalesharks in person because they were so huge! Coming closer is also prohibited. I had a hard time getting a decent photo because I don't know how to swim. The struggle was real! 128557 But thanks to our guide who helped me to survive. He let me swim and got a nice multishots with the Butanding. It was one of the best experiences in my bucket lists!

The activity lasted for 30 minutes per boat only to get another tourists the chance to see the whale sharks too.

I hope that they take care of the Whale Sharks because they really are treasures. I've been reading news that there's a petition for stopping this activity. I don't want to go against them but I clearly saw how it helped boom the tourism in Oslob.

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Liezzy M.
5.0 Stars
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bucket list ✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
worthy experience 128076🏼

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Ig Plummer S.
5.0 Stars

Late Review: been wanting to try this and I was so happy in so many forms the moment I stepped into the boat. I just kinda feel they are in a way trapped. Best experience and something to check off my bucket list.

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Carolina E.
5.0 Stars

Best experience ever

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Nicko R.
3.0 Stars

The experience of being near the giant fishes was amazing. The facilities needs a lot of improvement especially the shower area and bathrooms. There is no water in the outdoor showers and they have very limited slots. The step by step procedure is not well organized. I can easily imagine that the whale sharks get stressed.

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Nicko R.
5.0 Stars

Don't just watch them, get in the sea with them! This is such an amazing experience. Don't forget to take your underwater camera or go pro with you. You'll have awesome pictures. I suggest that you go there as early as you can so that you'll have an awesome experience.

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Christa U.
4.0 Stars
5

There’s something to be said about things you know you want to do but are, at the same time, things that frighten you.

Whale-shark watching, is one of the things I’ve been dying to do for the last few years, and an opportunity came to me a few weeks ago when me and my cousins traveled to Cebu, and passed by Oslob on the way home.

When it comes to whale-shark watching, being early is one of the keys to having a good experience.. That means of course, talking to the resort ahead of time and having them reserve a slot for you with those in-charge of the whale sharks area. But, it also means waking up early (we had to be ready by 6) to head off to the drop off point, so that there aren’t so many other people around, and also the sun doesn’t beat down on you while you’re in the water.

When swimming with the whale sharks, locally called butanding, it's important to listen carefully to the pre-dive seminar as they give important instructions such as how far to be from the whale shark when you go out to sea. Also, as whale sharks are in near proximity and are being fed by the local fishermen, it is of utmost relevance to remember NOT to wear sunblock lotion, as it can dissolve in the water and mix in with the butanding's feeding, which will harm them and other nearby sea creatures.

Each session with the butanding is 30 minutes long, but feels much shorter. The best is to try and dive with the butanding and get as many close-up shots as possible. I was very frightened to be so close to them at first, but I tried my best to overcome that fear since I really wanted to swim with them and get nice shots.

Things you can bring to enhance the experience:
- Gopro or underwater camera for awesome photos!
- your own underwater goggles (with grade if you require it)

For souvenirs, basically photos, we paid for unlimited photos (Php500) to be taken with the butanding during our session. Usually, souvenir photos are put in a cd, but during our trip the computer somehow had problems copying the images into a cd! Luckily we had a flashdrive, BUT we didn't check properly and apparently the photos weren't copied into the flashdrive after we left the resort. We just got lucky that Oslob and Dumaguete aren't far so arrangements were made to get our photos. For future visitors, MAKE SURE to check the computer as your photos are being copied into the cd or flashdrive, or check before you leave your Oslob resort.

A last note: Some days, the sea can be murky (as with our trip), so photos and the sea weren't as clear and beautiful underwater. Somehow, it's a matter of luck or coincidence if you happen upon a day with clear waters where you can see even the far off whale sharks from underwater.

I would definitely want to go back!!

PS. Guess who was wearing their looloo shirt during the dive!!!

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Brent Kennart B.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Ninya G.
5.0 Stars

Butandings/whale sharks are not-so-scary ceatures. Fishermen feed them with small shrimps that stinks a lot to follow them near the tourists. I'm not a good swimmer but our guide help me to have a good picture underwater. 500 pesos rate for 30mins. encounter is worth it. 128076🏼 #50ksummergiveaway

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Dada M.
5.0 Stars

gods creation at its best! priceless :) swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob:) for only 500php you can have one of a kind experience, masasabi mo na lang WOW DEFINITELY A MUST IN CEBU!

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Josette P.
4.0 Stars

The experience to swim with the butandings is a huge check to my list! I understand that it is bad for them, and I am sorry for enjoying it still. But let me tell you, the struggle is real. It is no joke to be out there in the middle of the sea for 30 mins, with semi strong waves, and just swim with them for a few minutes. They have precautionary measures before the actual encounter, and one must make sure to follow them. You also need to head out to the nearest falls or rinse yourself right cause you'll smell a lot like 'alamang' after.

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Denise Katrina D.
5.0 Stars

You get to swim with these gentle beasts!
Simply amazing!!!

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