There’s something to be said about moving away from the bustle of the city. Almost always, this is where the finest of nature’s treasures can be found.
Take, for example, the humble area of Oslob. Far from the humdrum of metro Cebu, the town of Tan-awan in Oslob is blessed with one of the rarest sights in the world. Whale sharks, the biggest water creatures, flock to this small town in order to feed. News about this phenomenon broke last 2011, and since then whale shark watching has become an instant attraction in Barangay Tan-awan.
Unlike Donsol, the only other place in the country where you can reliably get a view of these gentle ocean giants, Oslob lets you see the whale sharks being fed. It’s a marvelous sight, seeing the tuki (as they’re locally called) following the little feeder boats around. Aside from nourishing the creatures, this also makes sure the tuki will keep coming back to the area year after year.
While the tourists can get…well, touristy, most of the time, Oslob adheres to its strict policies that protect the whale sharks. Part of the attraction is seeing all these measures in place, set against the backdrop of the warm smiles from the people of this Cebuano jewel.
Watching the whale sharks or swimming or diving with them is a very enjoyable experience. But we must not forget that whale sharks are sensitive creatures needing our care too. To protect the whale sharks, please follow the guidelines. These applies to visitors and tour operators.
Oslob Whale Shark Watching Guidelines
– All whale shark watchers must undergo orientation at the Briefing Center on the rules for interaction with whale sharks
– Do not feed nor touch the whale shark as they are not commonly exposed to the types of bacteria that humans can have. Touching and feeding the whale sharks means you are putting these lovely creatures at risk to vulnerable infection. Though feeding of whale sharks in Oslob is practiced but please do your part, act responsibly.
– Do not restrict the whale sharks from their normal movement.
– Do not use flash photography
– Do not create splash when entering the water.
– Motor boats are not allowed in the area except for paddle boats.
– Viewing is limited to 30 minutes
Whale Shark Watching Schedule
Whale shark watching is open daily from 6:0AM to 12:30PM only. Whale shark watching is closed on Good Friday .
Whale Shark Watching Fee
Watching (30 minutes)
Php 300.00 – Local guest (inclusive boat ride)
Php 500.00 – Foreign guest (inclusive boat ride)
Snorkeling (30 minutes)
Php 500.00 – Local guest (inclusive boat ride and snorkeling gears)
Php 1, 000. 00 – Foreign guest (inclusive boat ride and snorkeling gears)
Scuba Diving (1 hour)
Php 600.00 – Local guest (diving gears are not included)
Php 1, 500. 00 – Foreign guest (diving gears are not included)