Get up close with the world’s largest fish the whale sharks, the gentle giants in Oslob Cebu Philippines. Swimming with a whale shark is a unique wildlife interaction that will last forever.
Oslob, a place where you can experience the exhilarating whale shark interaction.At the South tip of the island of Cebu lies Barangay Tan-awan in the town of Oslob. It may be just an ordinary community before but became very famous because of the arrival of the whale sharks referred by many as the “gentle giants”.
They are locally called as “butanding” or “tuki”.
These whale sharks started coming to the beaches of barangay Tan-awan to find food. The residents fed them and these giants got used to the routine and keep coming back everyday. It eventually paved the way for tourism to rise in that area.
Today, many visitors from all over the country and even abroad come to Oslob to witness these beautiful creatures. Tourists find it so amazing to swim with very huge, yet harmless creatures.
Whale sharks can be seen in a small barangay Tan-awan, which is 10 km away from the center town of Oslob. Whale shark watching in Cebu started last September 2011 and it became popular all over the world when the news hit in the internet last November 2011. By December 2011, local fishermen's interact with the whale sharks by feeding them that result to flocking of tourist to the beach of Tan-awan.
This quiet fishing town has recently boomed in popularity, making it home to interacting with whale sharks. It all started when the local fishermen from a small village called Tan-awan started feeding these gentle giants. After that, the amazing creatures never left to continue on their regular migratory route.
Oslob, Cebu is a small coastal town with a population of 30,000 people. It is a hub of activity with several tourist attractions to offer to the hoards of visitors who stop by. It is most well known for being one of the best spots to swim with whale sharks. However, there are also several other attractions to check out in Oslob.
You can both snorkel or opt to dive with these gentle giants. Feeding time only happens until noon. Although harmless and exhilarating swimming next to creatures as large as a bus.
Has swimming with whale sharks been a dream of yours? Well, your dream might just come true in the small, unassuming town of Oslob, Cebu.
BY BUS: From the South Bus Terminal (near Emall), ride a Ceres bus going to “Bato-Oslob”. All buses bound for Oslob operate 24/7. Bus fare is ₱155 /head (one-way). Inform the driver to drop you off at the main Whale Shark activity site.
BY CAR: Road trips are fun, especially if you’re going south. Make sure to navigate via Waze or Google Maps and set your destination to “Oslob Whale Shark Watching”.
BY VAN RENTAL / TRAVEL AGENCY: If you want a hassle-free trip and want to make the most out of your vacation, it’s best to book a travel agency. You can check out our trusted travel partner: SquadPH Tours and Travels. They offer affordable tour packages with options for 1 Day up to 3D/2N tours.
Swim with whale sharks – The prices are regulated by the local government and are different for locals and foreigners. The feeding area is actually just a couple of meters away from the beach (it’s so close,
that you can actually swim there!)
Watching (1 ticket is good for 30 mins)
Php 300.00 – Local guest (inclusive boat ride)
Php 500.00 – Foreign guest (inclusive boat ride)
Snorkelling (1 ticket is good for 30 mins)
Php 500.00 – Local guest (inclusive boat ride and snorkelling gear)
Php 1, 000. 00 – Foreign guest (inclusive boat ride and snorkelling gear)
Scuba Diving (1 ticket is good for 1 hour)
Php 600.00 – Local guest (diving gears are not included)
Php 1, 500. 00 – Foreign guest (diving gears are not included)