Oslob: Swimming with the Gentle Giants

One of the main attractions in Oslob is swimming with the whale sharks. I really enjoy swimming except when I’m in the deep part of the water or I can’t see what’s under the water. In short, I have a “Thalassophobia”. I honestly have a lot of fears but I am trying my best to overcome some of my fears.

Around 5am we took a private van going to Oslob. After 3 hours, we arrived at the place. Upon the arrival, we registered and had a short orientation. The short orientation was about the rules and regulations when swimming with the whale sharks.

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Few minutes after, a guy took us to a small boat. We were not allowed to put lotion and bring some stuffs. We were able to take pictures and swim with the whale sharks for 30 minutes.13051651_570590673102376_2180812042370481138_n11220119_570592516435525_2875164920224584919_n13043724_570587199769390_5184953058553128391_n13062154_570586276436149_2538817552384414054_n

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Kuya:”ikaw una ha, 1, 2, 3″ *then pushed he me down*.

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The experience was really great! Though at first I was really scared because the whale sharks are really big & we were in the deep part of the water, I still manage to face my fear (slight lang) haha.

Rates:

Whale shark watching: P300

Swimming with the whale shark: P500

CD for the pictures: P250

Note: Please follow the rules and regulations and always listen to your guide.

meh

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40 thoughts on “Oslob: Swimming with the Gentle Giants

  1. That’s a really awesome experience, you can’t miss this when you’re in such a place. I’m sure it’s something you will never forget.

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    1. Thank you! We didn’t hurt the whale sharks but based on my research the treatment of the care takers is not good enough & I saw pictures of the some tourists touching or kicking the whale sharks but yes we are not allowed to touch them πŸ™‚

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  2. I have been to Donsol two times already but unfortunately I have not a single photograph to prove that I had seen and swum with the whale sharks. I think I should go to Oslob to finally get my photo proofs. – Fred

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  3. I have been to Oslob and swam with the gentle giants. It was a fulfilling experience. But I saw a trending photo of a girl standing on a whale shark’s back and it kinda saddens me. It made me want to stop luring those creatures in shallow waters for public viewing.

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  4. It’s a great experience to personally encounter the biggest marine mammal on earth. I’m thinking of bringing my 7 year old daughter, do you think she can appreciate the trip to Oslob to see the whales face to face?

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  5. Now this is something to give a try indeed! I’ve been going in and out in Cebu but I havne’t get the chance to visit Oslob yet which is one of the places I always pass whenever I go home to NEgros. Thanks for indicating the prices here at least I know now how much would it cost in case our plan will be done then.

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  6. I have the same problem as you have I love to be in the water, but I get somewhat panicked when I can’t feel or see the bottom. However this seems like a great experience and I would love to push my fears aside to do this. It really looks like an experience to never forget.

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  7. This is one of the things I would love to do. I don’t know if that would still be enjoyable for me since I can’t swim but, I bet with life vest, I can do it. hehehe. These whales are really wonderful! I bet you had fun!

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  8. This must be an unforgettable experience for you. I’ve been staying in Cebu for more than 7 years and I’ve been planning to try that kind of swimming with Butantading. I simply can’t find a perfect time to go there. I hope the soonest I can visit the spot.

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