Swim with the Famous Oslob Whale Sharks

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Ever - wondered how it feels to swim with sharks? Well, if you can't afford a South African Shark Cage Dive and Great whites scare you a lot (who isn't?). Then Oslob Whale Shark Diving is the perfect experience for you.

Oslob is located in the southern part of Cebu. This is a 3 - 4 hour drive from Cebu City. This part of the province boasts awesome marine life. Great for scuba diving, swimming, beach bumming, and island hopping. 

Oslob Whale Sharks

As per the locals, these baby whale sharks has always been in the area. They were even considered as 'pests' since these gentle giants are scaring away the fishes. And fishing is the common livelihood in the place.

But everything changed when a foreign tourist hired a fisherman to bring him near these young whale sharks. And that is how the famous Oslob Whale sharks attracted more tourist.

Whale Shark in Oslob, Cebu, Philippines

Person swimming with whale shark in Oslob, Cebu, Philippines

How to get there?

  • From Mactan International Airport, hail a cab that will take you to Cebu South Bus Terminal. Hop on a bus plying the Bato - Oslob route. The fare is Php 155.
  • Inform the ticket guy/driver to drop you off Tan-awan, Oslob or simply, Whale Shark. The bus ride will last for about 3-4 hours. 
Most of the time, buses will drop you off at a resort that offers the whale shark experience. You'll have to pay Php 100 on top of the Php 500 (local tourist) and Php 1000 (foreign tourist) whale shark watching fee. The Php 100 includes free use of lockers, restrooms, shower, and transportation going to the briefing center.

But you can just walk directly to the Whale Shark Watching Briefing Station and skip the resort fees.

Alternatively, you can also book a plane ticket to Dumaguete airport because it's geographically nearer to Oslob than Mactan airport.

Where to Stay?

Oslob offers a variety of accommodations. Below are a few places to check.

Hotel Sebastian
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Seafari Resort Oslob
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Sascha's Resort Oslob
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For discounted Oslob accommodations, please see the links below:
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Whale Shark Experience 

Once registered, you'll have to wait for your boat. Whale shark viewing is about 30 minutes. 

There are few things that the tourists should remember before the activity. 
  • Sunscreen application is strictly prohibited
  • Do not touch the shark
  • No more than 6 tourists per shark
  • Keep a minimum distance of 4 metres from the shark
  • No flash photography 
  • No feeding from boats
  • Throw trash or any rubbish in proper bins
Swim with the Famous Oslob Whale Sharks

Swim with the Famous Oslob Whale Sharks







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