To swim with dolphins and other sea creatures is one of my wildest dream ever for I’m not a diver nor a good swimmer. When I did my research of what to do while touring Cebu, I happened to read about the famous Oslob Whale shark watching and I hurriedly asked my friend if we can include that activity in our itinerary. Good thing she agreed though she hate deep blue water.
Our second day in Cebu was full of excitement knowing that we will spend our early morning sun together with Oslob’s Butanding locally known as Tuki. From Dalaguete the other day, we ride a yellow “Ceres” bus and told the driver to drop us to Oslob beach resort. Luckily we met a passenger, a local of Oslob, who help us have a place to stay that night. Our landlady was kind enough to lend us a vacant room for only P300.00. The house is located just beside the beach resort and in front of Barangay Hall and Church. Variety of mouth-watering foods are available inside the resort but we opt to stay in a Burger kiosk grabbing two cups of coffee from a vending machine nearby. A very satisfying dinner for only P25.00. 🙂
We woke up as early as six o’clock in the morning and had our mini cupcakes and another cup of coffee (courtesy of our favorite vending machine) before we head inside the resort where staff/vendors arranged our whale shark watching for the day. Since we don’t have underwater camera to capture this once in a lifetime event, we rent one which is also available in the area for P500.00 (unlimited shots for both of us to be shot by our boatmen). After the talking, we ride our designated boat and go straight to the registration and briefing area. Secure your ticket from a staff after listening to three to five minutes of lecture by paying P500.00 per head (for those who opt to stay in the boat, P300 will be charged per head). As instructed all participants, even professional swimmers, are expected to always wear their life vest for safety reasons. Applying of sunblock is not allowed on the whole duration of the activity for its chemical components may harm the gentle giants. After the briefing and payment processing, the ticket will be the proof of your registration and they will provide a vest and pair of goggles for you to surely enjoy the activity.
Each participant is given a thirty minutes interaction with the whale shark. If anyone will prefer to take off their vest to swim closer (minimum of 4 meters away from them) and have an even good shot together with the whale shark, kindly approach your guide so they can give enough attention with you. Just like what we did! For those who do not know how to swim, worry no more cause guides are there to help you have a closer encounter with those gentle giants. Just give your trust to them!
After exactly thirty minutes, our boatmen told us that we have to paddle back to shore and have to bid goodbye to those creatures. We took our copies of picture and hurried back to our transient house to prepare our next activity.
NOTE: Whale shark watching is until twelve noon only. Be advice to register early in the morning to make sure that you will not miss this activity when touring Cebu. Click our itinerary and expenses for your reference.