We departed from Arona Beach on Bonao Island for Oslob. We bought a ticket of 700 pesos at the Arona Beach Visitor Center, which is the green cabin in the picture below. We started at 5:30 in the morning. We got up very early, but the ship owner was always soliciting passengers. He wanted to wait until the boat was full. A boat could take about 150 people. It didn't leave until about 7:00. During the journey, the seascape was very beautiful and there was a chance to see dolphins. Arrive at Cebu Island in about an hour. Because the boat is relatively large, it can not be near the diving area. When the boat disembarks, there are local boats ferrying to the shore, but it takes 20 pesos for one person. Those who do not want to ferry can only jump into the sea and wade ashore by themselves. There are already many jumbos waiting for us on the shore. The jumbos here have to be driven by four people. For example, we can only carry a lot of luggage in our hands. One person from 20 pesos will drive you to Oslo whale shark viewing spot. The Turkish Turkish bus traveled for about 20 minutes, and the coastline was as pleasant as the blue sea and sky. It was 8:30 when it arrived. Next, I bought tickets. There were 500 pesos for whale shark watching on board, 1000 pesos for snorkeling. One person who wanted to scuba diving was told to bring his own equipment. Who traveled with his diving equipment? How many times, he had to give up diving and go snorkeling instead. Lease 100 pesos for frog shoes and 100 pesos for lockers. Change your clothes and have a car to take you to the real launching point. First listen to the lecturer to explain the precautions. You can't touch the whale shark from time to time. You must keep away from the whale shark. It is said that it hurts to be swept by the tail of the whale shark. The explanation is in English, which is barely half understood by me. Then there was a long queue. It was estimated that there were only 10 boats launching at the same time, each with 10 people. It was not until about 10:15 that we arrived and rowed to the whale sharks in a boat. The real viewing time was estimated to be only 10-12 minutes. We were lucky that day. There were seven whale sharks. The boatman said there would be at least three, and more often 11-12. Whale sharks are so huge that they deserve to be the largest fish in the world. They are of great use in underwater cameras. There are no whale sharks on display in many aquariums in China. There are only skeletons in museums. This is the first time that I have seen live whale sharks at close range. There's a trick. There are several boats that are specially responsible for feeding. Just keep up with those boats and you can see whale sharks. Happy shark viewing time soon arrived. The boatman rushed ashore in a moment. It was said that tipping the boatman could give him more time to watch. We planned to go to Sumiron Island near Oslob to play. We changed our clothes and drove 20 pesos and 1 person to the dock of Sumiron Island. The boat arrived at the dock at 11:00 and left. We had to wait for the boat at 12:30. It was not easy to see a whale shark. We were all on the way.
best experience in the Philippines! this is something you can not and should not miss. book at a good hotel so that you can be on the first boat in the morning to swim with the whale sharks. we really enjoyed this activity. there were 4 whale sharks that morning and they swam very close to us. an unforgettable experience. take a bus from Cebu city or moalboal and go to oslob and to this activity the next morning!
Oslob whale sharks watching is one of the necessary places to go to the Philippines. I live in USDA dormitory-hotel next to Santa Carlos University in Suwu. It is a slightly 2-star hotel. Staff service at the front desk is better. There is no pure water supply in the hotel. Only soap, bath towels and a paper ball are provided. The water is not very hot, the air conditioning is very cold, and the sheets are very thin. It's acceptable. The good thing about this hotel is that it's close to the scenic spots and the traffic is convenient. It only takes 10 minutes to walk to the southern passenger station by mobile navigation. People do business 24 hours in the night street of Suwu. They go to the bus station at 4 o'clock in the morning. Some people sell tofu flowers on the street. It's delicious. There's Similu in it, p10/cup. I went to Oslob with a local person (my teacher). When I bought tickets, I showed my Chinese student ID. My teacher helped me to ask the conductor if he could buy a student ticket. Fortunately, the ticket to Oslob at Suwu South Bus Station was P150 / person, and the student ticket was p120 / person. It takes about 3 hours to get to Oslob. Bus to Oslob is air-conditioned. It's not very hot in the morning. It's OK. After arriving at Oslob, we have to buy tickets. Because whale sharks come to Oslob in the morning and they will return to the Philippine Sea after noon, we need to hurry up. Local divers and whale sharks take pictures of p500/person, foreigners are p1000/person, and their underwater cameras are p550/part, and they can take two pictures. There are also taxes and fees for p100. Tour time is about 30 minutes, shuttle bus, and whale shark photography is really shocking, great! It's worth a try. After playing, give the camera back to the staff, and they will copy the photos in the camera to a CD for you.
we went there early in the morning around 6am and we were among the first to hop on the boat. There's a sudden scary feeling when you see these beautiful creatures but it's worth it. anyone traveling to Philippines should do snorkling with these shark whales. i highly recommend it. - from Nepal
I have an appointment with whale sharks. Whale shark watching is a must-see for Cebu. Even if the strategy mentions that this "gentle ocean giant" is 6 meters long or even 20 meters long, it still feels shocked to swim and dance with whale sharks and experience it. Especially when the whale shark is swarming with a group of fish and approaching you gently, it opens its big mouth, it is still a little afraid to be sucked into its mouth. Whale watching is worth more than it deserves.
The sea's were rough the first day of our trip to Cebu and it was touch and go to even get the ticket. Somehow because of somebody backing out we had first dibs on their boat so of course I jumped at the chance to snorkel with these animals for an extra 500 peso only.The cost is 500 peso just to watch with an extra 500 to snorkel or if you want to dive with certification it would be a total of 1500. This is all subject to change depending on the trip agency you book with if your not willing to wait in line at 4:30amSo... the whale sharks... WOW! These are some creatures! It seemingly dwarves the Great White in comparison which would be second in line for biggest shark. The patterns on each shark are unique and you are encouraged to share a photo of the left side of any whale shark you encouter to help scientists and biologists to identify them individually.At one point we were surrounded by four enormous but gentle giants and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Ill be back again for sure!
One of the best part of my trip. Whether you’re a professional swimmer or not. It is an experience you want to try being in Cebu.
It was such a beautiful experience swimming with these gentle giants. The process was not difficult either, just take a bus to Oslob, tell the bus conductor you are going to swim with the whales and the bus will drop you off at the exact location, you pay, take a shower, be instructed on the rules and then you are off. It is better to leave early in the morning.
Swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob is an absolutly once in a lifetime experience. If there is only one thing you do while in the Phillipines - let it be this. For the people completely new to this, whale sharks, while still considered sharks, are filter feeders (feed on tiny shrimp) and barely have teeth and pose no threat to people. They are beautiful, gentle giants. While you have to wake up a little early to do this from Cebu City, most tour guides have someone wait in line the night before to get an early slot so go. you get on a boat (or can dive if you’re certified - extra 2,000PHP :) or pay a little extra for a designated divemaster if you are not certified)Local fishermen will feed the whale sharks so there is usually no risk that you won’t see them.