The whale shark snorkeling in Oslob is an awesome but very controversial thing. I personally loved it. These animals are something truely special. They are the biggest fish species on earth and fascinate a lot of people. Especially scuba divers like me usually can not get enough of them, because they are so beautiful. You will rarely have the opportunity to see them, so it really is very unique to dive or swim with them.
Whale Shark Snorkeling in Oslob
This post is about a very tense topic I think. I want to try to keep this relevant point/ argument out of this post, because I guess everyone has to make his/ her own opinion about it. I will say what I think in the end though. The topic that I mean is using animals for tourism purposes. Especially feeding them is the main point to discuss here.
But anyway, I rather want to focus on the activity itself and show my appreciation that I could see such beautiful creatures at the whale shark snorkeling in Oslob.
Whale Shark Snorkeling in Oslob: General information, costs and how to get there
The whale shark snorkeling in Oslob can be found on the southern east cost of Cebu. Cebu nearly lies in the middle of the Philippines. You can reach Oslob by bus. That’s almost the only way besides taking a scooter. It will take you about 4 hours from Cebu City and 1 from the most southern point of Cebu Island (costs: 3$ ruffly – either way).
The whale shark snorkeling in Oslob is one of the bigger tourist attractions in the Philippines and especially on Cebu Island. You will find many hostels an hotels in the area for decent prices as well as restaurant, bars, and street food shops. We stayed at MB`s Sunrise view, which I can definitely recommend. Very nice staff and comfortable rooms.
Oslob itself is a small village. For the local community it is pretty important though, because it is a pivotal point and a fisherman’s place. A Filipino told me so 🙂
The journey itself is quite nice, because of the beautifully shaped landscape.
Whale Shark Snorkeling in Oslob: Highlights and other things to do
Of course the whale shark snorkeling in Oslob is the main attraction in the whole area. The process is the following:
You go there (preferly early in the morning = way less people), you watch a safety movie, you jump into the water, take a couple videos and pictures with the whale sharks and that’s it. Sounds pretty boring right?
No. It is really great! Honestly it is awesome. If you like unique animals and fun adventures, than this is for you. Even though it is very touristic and really crowded, it is just a cool experience. Whale sharks can get up to a length of 18m. Just massive!
When my girlfriend and me jumped into the water, it was a moment of pure amazement and fascination. You will not believe what you see. These animals are just massive. The first one I have seen had a length of about 8m. I was blown away by it. I mean 8m… how crazy is that?
They get even bigger
When I raised my head out the water, the Asian boat driver was like:,, What are you looking at?” I said:,, That one (the 8m one).” He was like:,, Mate are you stupid? Look there!” So I got down again and looked left of me. In the distance I could see the siluette of a giant. It swam towards me. I could really not believe what I was seeing. This thing was about 12m 🙂 Just gigantic. Absolutely crazy…
And it was so gentle. Such a lovely animal. I could not imagine how a 18m would look like. Just brilliant. It really is. After 30 minutes it’s all over. Time goes by really fast. We all know that it does in general, but in the water with these beautiful creatures the time goes by like it’s nothing. One finger snap and it’s finished…
But there is a lot of other stuff to do near Oslob. It’s also possible to spend a day on Sumilon Island, which is a small paradise island close to Oslob. A day trip is pretty expensive though, because it is a private island (about 30 $). You can also sleep there, but because Sumilon Island is a private island, sleeping there is even more expensive.
Other highlights in the area besides whale shark snorkeling in Oslob are the Kawasan Falls Canyoning tour and the Tumalog Falls. I have only done the first one and it was brilliant. So there is enough to do for every kind of interest.
Whale Shark Snorkeling in Oslob: What I have learned
As said, the whale shark snorkeling in Oslob is controversial. Nevertheless I did it without having regrets. Reason being is, I quickly realized on the Philippines trip again, that you should just always do what you want to do. ,,Just do it” is one of many travel lessons that I have learned on my travels so far. It does not really matter what others say. Of course it is not good, that the whale sharks get fed. But, if I don’t do it, it does not make it any better really.
Either everyone stops the whale shark snorkeling in Oslob, the goverment stops it (which they won’t for obvious reasons) or the Filipinos stop it themself. But then everyone would lose their job, which is also not a good thing. It has positives and negatives I think. So think twice before you judge 😉
Because of all these problems, I decided to “just do it”. This time I am not recommending anything. It’s up to you whether you wanna do it or not. I can only say for myself, that it is an exciting experience and I learned/ got reminded of something important again 🙂
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