Oslob Whale Shark Watching

Tan-awan, Oslob, Cebu

Oslob Whale Shark Watching
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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.

#HenrysInstaxGiveAway

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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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Nikki C.
4.0 Stars

There's word around here in Cebu, that they will apparently be closing by next year.

So if you still want to experience a swim with these gentle giants, you may do so until this month nalang. 128522

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Rigor M.
5.0 Stars

If you're planning to visit the Queen City of The South, You should put this in your itenerary! I Had so much fun because I had a chance to see and meet the gentle giant of Oslob, The Tuki (whale shark).

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Loney J.
5.0 Stars

Off my bucket list!

This is a dream come true for me!
Swimming with the Whale Sharks128011

Apon arriving at Tan-awan Oslob I went to the Briefing Center. It cost 500 pesos for a local filipino and 1000 for the foreingers.

Good thing to those people who don't have underwater cam because you can rent it on the sight for 550 pesos 📸

I enjoyed swimming with them a lot but it's also tiring 128512

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Jon-erik P.
5.0 Stars

Swimming with whalesharks is one in my bucklist. This is one of the reasons why I booked a flight to cebu during a travel expo which luckily got it at a very low low price.

Our south cebu backpacking  advenrure started in Oslob. Going to Oslob is three to four hours bus ride from Cebu City depending on traffic. We took an early airconditioned bus at South Cebu Bus Terminal at around 3:30 am.

Upon arrival at Brgy. Tan-awan, the conductor of the bus led us to MB Sunrise View. One of the resorts that offer whaleshark watching. Its good that we arrive early..whaleshark watching is only done from 7am to 12 noon.  The resort offered us a package for about 600. 500 for the whaleshark and 100 for the sidetrip to Tumalog falls. Included  in the package is the use of the vests, snorkles.  Duration of the activity is only for 30 minutes. But if you just want to stay on the boat and dont want to swim, you can pay Php 300. This is boring though. They charge Php 150p for foreigners.

The time has come. Im very eager to see these gentle giants. We were briefed first on the do's and dont's. Some of the rules were:

Do not touch the shark. For safety purposes.
Do not use sunblock.  They might be poisoned.
No more than 6 tourists per shark.
Do not throw trash in the water. They might ingest some
Keep a minimum of 4 feet distance from the shark.
No flash photography. They are sensitive to light
No feeding from the tourist boats.  omly the fishermen are allowed.

The moment i saw these gentle giants, i was stunned by their presence. The biggest fish I've ever seen.  Me and my bestfriend quickly took a dip into the clear waters. We were amazed on how enormous their size and how happy we are interacting with them. We're in awe. We don't need to chase them since the fishermen are feeding them with kreels on some station points.  I can say that the vests restrict our movements. So we decided to take it off. Since i dont know how to swim, I was holding most of the time on the outrigger of the boat. Good thing i have my friend who can swim so he assisted me during the activity. And took some photos using my gopro camera.

Our time has passed. That was a very quick 30 minutes. I wanted more even it is very tiring.

When we got back at the resort, we reviewed our photos and  unfortunately, most of the shots are bad. Im  not happy with it including my friend.  So we decided to do it again. We paid another 500 pesos. We told to ourselves. "This is what we came for so lets do it again". This time we are the only passengers of the boat. Less tourists now.  We got to interact with the "tukis" or whalesharks better. There were times that the whalesharks are too near.
I even felt from my feet when suddenly it swam right beneath me. It had a thick hard body. Sorry it was not intentional.128522
Now, we captured better photos and videos. If you don't have underwater cameras, you can rent one from the resorts for about Php 500. And have it saved to your usb storage device or have it on a cd. The resort we had gave us free use to their shower rooms and locker. The resort also provide package tours like going to Sumilon Island for around Php 1500 per boat and to nearby waterfalls, Tumalog Falls an additional of Php100.

I highly recommend this if you are going to Cebu. It's a new way of appreciating mother nature's. It's an unforgettable experience.

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Valerie Faye B.
5.0 Stars

Underwater Tango

When I was freediving with the whalesharks of Oslob, I felt like I was really dancing with them.
There is a chasing part because the whalesharks keep on moving and swimming because they are being fed by the boatmen.

Here's the video I created when I was dancing with the whalesharks. 128071128071128071128522

127909 https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1191982824150022&id=100000149469638

It's a bit tiring but a lot more exciting! 128512
There are occasions that I will be surprised that the gentle giants are just behind me or sometimes underneath me.
But ofcourse I can't afford to panic, I need to relax to avoid stressing these wonderful creatures.

If you are planning to swim with the whalesharks there are rules provided like:

128073Any sunblock or lotion on skin should be rinsed away before swimming or diving to avoid seawater contamination, it will also create less harm to the whalesharks
128073no touching of whalesharks
128073no camera's with flash

Here are some ways on how to get there (which is also written on my first review)

Oslob is around 6-7 hours bus ride from Cebu International Airport. From airport you can ride a cab (45minutes to 1 hour) going to South Cebu Bus Station and from there you can ride a bus going directly to Oslob (5 hours)

If you dont have anything to keep or store then you can go directly to the whaleshark watching area. You need to register and attend a quick orientation about the dos and donts of the activity. After the orientation you will be assisted to your assigned boatman and boat.

You can check the almost complete video of my freediving with the whalesharks experience on /valeriefaye.bautista (fb account) and travelone_val (IG account)

I listed the prices below. Hope you visit the whalesharks in Oslob because they are so wonderful.

Taxi Fare - 200php-250php (airport to South Cebu bus station) 
Bus - 180php-220php (Cebu to Oslob) 
Whaleshark Watching - 500php (30 minutes) 
Resort Entrance (Optional) - 100php

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Kiel G.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Valerie Faye B.
5.0 Stars

It was really my dream to swim with the whalesharks without vest.
But that was just a dream, because everything came into reality when I went to Oslob, Cebu for whaleshark watching and freedive there.

Oslob is around 6-7 hours bus ride from Cebu International Airport. From airport you can ride a cab (45minutes to 1 hour) going to South Cebu Bus Station and from there you can ride a bus going directly to Oslob (5 hours)

The exact place to do whaleshark watching is along the road so you can always ask the driver to drop you at the exact location. There are resorts around the area that you can stay or leave your valuables. We went to Aaron's Resort to rent a locker and they offer a service-vehicle from the resort to the area for whaleshark watching. You dont need to bring big bags during whaleshark watching because the boats are small, it can accommodate around 8 persons only and your stuffs will definitely get wet.

If you dont have anything to keep or store then you can go directly to the whaleshark watching area. You need to register and attend a quick orientation about the dos and donts of the activity. After the orientation you will be assisted to your assigned boatman and boat.

The boatmen are so friendly, the photo I attached is actually a screengrab image from the video my boatman, Michael took when I was freediving with the whalesharks. He was sooo good in taking videos :)

You can check the almost complete video of my freediving with the whalesharks experience on /valeriefaye.bautista (fb account) and travelone_val (IG account)

I listed the prices below. Hope you visit the whalesharks in Oslob because they are so wonderful.

Taxi Fare - 200php-250php (airport to South Cebu bus station)
Bus - 180php-220php (Cebu to Oslob)
Whaleshark Watching - 500php (30 minutes)
Resort Entrance (Optional) - 100php

#loolooexploringpackgiveaways #freedive #loolooexplorepackgiveaways #loolooadventurepackgiveaways

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Crystal Marie C.
5.0 Stars

Thou shall not be afraid of whalesharks. I'm lucky to live just one town apart from Oslob for I can have the freedom to chase whalesharks whenever I want to. This is my fourth time here and I am pretty accustomed as to how to get a perfect selfie with these gentle giants hehehe. If you're planning to visit Oslob, do it now and I guarantee you that the 30 minutes for a 600 pesos fee is going to be worth it. Just be sure to go there early so you won't have a hard time lining since there's always an influx of tourists trying to experience this for even just once in a lifetime. You'll be sure provided with the proper gears too like the life jacket and the goggles but if you want to make sure you're using goggles that's of comfortable fit, I suggest you bring your own. As for the picture taking, if you happen to bring your own GoPro or any action camera, you can ask the banca guide to take photos for you. They are very well adept in giving you the perfect shot you wanted just don't forget to hand small tip afterwards, though not necessary but they'll be using their extra energy diving and chasing you so I guess it woudn't be a problem at all. A DLSR is a no-no not unless it's okay with your pocket to get one. I mean, it tends to be wavy sometimes and we might not know what will happen. After the chasing and all, Tumalog falls is a few distance away to relax and enjoy or if you want to go for another adventure, Aguinid falls is like a 20 mins. drive away. Enjoy guys! 128516 #totravelandkisstheearth

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Agnes S.
4.0 Stars

At first, I thought the Php500/person for ONLY 30 minutes was a bit pricey but man, it was so worth it!

Php500, includes orientation, boat, guides, snorkeling masks and a 30-min encounter with the whale sharks.

As they were leading us to our boat, I noticed that the sea water wasn't as clear and the smell was reminiscent of a fish section in a wet market. No kidding! We weren't that far from the shore when we saw whale sharks swimming towards us. They were almost as big as the boats--not as big as the ones in Donsol, though.

We were asked to jump the minute kuya saw opportunities to take photos. What I noticed was even though they said that as a general rule, you should be a 'whale shark' away from those whale sharks, those gentle giants were actually the ones swimming right at you, not minding if they'll knock you down with their tails--but they weren't scary at all.

When we got so tired of taking underwater photos, we got up but kuya said that we still have 15minutes left! Man, that was the longest 15 min of my life. These people didn't really mind the time and they won't let you just pay for nothing--makes sure that you get what you paid for.

So finally, we were able to kill those last 15 minutes, we went back to the shore and I noticed that as soon as we handed them the masks, they submerged it in water and dried it with a cloth. A plus points for those people taking care of those equipment. I'm a diver so my heart just jumped with joy when I saw how they took care of those masks.

They also have a nice al-fresco shower. Hindi tipid ang tubig!

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