We started early in the morning from Cebu city to Oslob. You should take bus, which is very comfortable as well as cheap as compared to private taxis. We were very excited for experiencing the whale shark watching, but it was unfortunate that by the time we reached there, the whales had filled their stomach and left. You should plan to reach Oslob by 8 am at last to ensure that you do not miss out the action.
Now, started the orientation before you go for snorkeling to watch one of the most gentle and fascinating creatures. Please follow the below guidelines without fail:1. All whale shark watchers must undergo orientation at the Briefing Center on the rules for interaction with whale sharks2. No feeding of whale sharks by unauthorized personnel3. Do not touch, ride, or chase a whale shark4. Do not restrict normal movement or behavior of the shark5. Do not use flash photography6. Do not create splash when entering the water.7. Do not wear sunscreen if you are going to enter the water. (Most important, since the chemicals can harm them)8. Motor boats are prohibited in the area. Only paddle boats are allowed.9. Viewing is limited to 30 minutes10. Maintain a minimum distance of 5m from the head, 6m from the tail (this differs from the 2m from the head, and 5m from the tail stated in the ordinance)Read more at https://www.oslobwhalesharks.com/guide (Guidelines)After the orientation and getting our life-jackets, we were taken out to the open sea in a paddle boat which had around 10 members. The sky being a bit cloudy, we got worried about the visibility underwater, but eventually didn't affect much.
Swimming with whale sharks is the ultimate underwater adventure. If you’re going to the Philippines and are seeking thrill, then swimming with them is a must. Whale sharks are the world’s largest fish and can grow up to 12 meters in length and can weigh up to 20 tons. Despite their size, they are not aggressive and are harmless. They also have no teeth.My day started bright and early since the best time to see these gentle giants in the wild is early in the morning. I purchased a 30-minute diving package from Aaron’s Beach Resort for PHP 1000/USD 20. I was also provided with the necessary snorkeling gear. After a quick safety briefing, I was taken in to the sea in a small boat.I would never forget the first time I saw a whale shark. I knew they were big but did not realize their scale until I saw them up close. The shark was docile and was graciously swimming around, looking for food. Before I knew it, I was surrounded by four giant whale sharks. Although I was careful of keeping a distance of at least 4mt from the beasts, they did not seem to be aware of the rule! Extremely curious, a couple of them swam to almost touching distance of me. Trying hard not to freak out, I grabbed my GoPro and took a few photos of the sharks. I have photographed several wild animals in the past, but this was one of the most thrilling experiences I have ever had.
Day 3Moal boal to Oslob Journey took around 2 hours to reach oslob , The journey was awesome since we can watch the beach all along the travel . Once we reach Oslob town we decided to opt for the whale shark watching . We had to pay 1500 pesos for the snorkelling tour (30 min) with whale shark . Additionally we can take go pro for rent . It costs 500 pesos .( Tip - suggest you to carry a underwater camera , Rented one is good enough). It is an experience to remember for a lifetime so having pics will be better . It was such a huge giant fish around 30 ft in size . It is very safe since Whale shark do not harm humans . They first take using small boats into the middle of ocean ,and will provide snorkeling gears. Boat persons will help to take the pics under water .