Swim with the whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu
The town of Oslob in Cebu is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. Oslob is known for being the home of whale sharks, where you can also encounter these so-called “gentle giant” creatures.
Get up close and personal with the whale sharks of Oslob/IMAGE Andrey Samsonov via flickr
Oslob is a place where you can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere as you swim against the waves and enjoy a perfectly fine afternoon. But aside from that, it is a place where tourists go to see real-life whale sharks. There are various island hopping tours which do whale sharks encounter and guaranteed that you will be seeing them from sunrise to noon. Since it is a popular tourist attraction, more tourists come here to interact with the whale sharks. However, you need to be very careful so as not to endanger these sea creatures’ lives because some human activities such as feeding them may harm them.
Aside from the whale sharks, you can also see other colorful sea creatures underwater/IMAGE Andrey Samsonov via flickr
For those who want to do the whale shark interaction, you also need to follow the instructions from guides in the orientation. Some island hopping tours do diving and snorkeling with the whale sharks but within the allowable distance. You can also take photos of these creatures so that you can have a remembrance of this enjoyable wildlife interaction in Oslob.
Swim with the gentle giant in Oslob!/IMAGE Paolo Lora via flickr
To go to Oslob from Cebu City, you need to head to the South Bus Terminal and ride a bus which is about a 3hour ride going to Bato via Liloan. Drop off at Brgy. Tan-awan. Go to the Whale Shark Briefing Station and register then pay for the necessary environmental fees. The whale-shark watching usually lasts up to 30 minutes only, so be sure to get there early as these can only be seen in the morning.
Have fun at Oslob!
Address: Tan-awan, Oslob, Cebu
Peak hours: 6:00 am to 12:00 nn