Whale sharks are the most gigantic creatures I have seen so far. My big regret is not to be able to swim with them because I was too frantic to be sucked into their huge mouth. Even though the guides assured that these are friendly creatures incapable of harming humans, I still didn’t plunge into the water. So if you have plans, dive, swim & enjoy. Don’t be a scaredy-cat like me.
Here are a few tips if you wish to have a close encounter with the whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu, Philippines:
Wake up early. You should be in Cebu South Bus Terminal at 3 AM.
Travel Time: 3-4 hrs from Cebu City proper to Oslob so you’ll reach there at around 7 AM.
Tell the bus conductor to drop you off at the whale shark area in Tan-awan, Oslob.
Bus Fare: non-air-conditioned = Php 150; air-conditioned = Php 155
When you reach there, expect a lot of people lining up to pay the fees.
Whale Watching Only
Php 300.00 = Local guest (with boat ride)
Php 500.00 = Foreign guest (with boat ride)