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Swimming With Whale Sharks – Up close and personal in Oslob, Cebu

Oslob, Cebu is now popular for the whale sharks that frequent the beach area of Brgy. Tan.awan, A few kilometers away from Oslob. Oslob is one of the provinces in Cebu. Located at the southern point of the island, Famous for its churches, The Baluarte (Spanish for watchtower), Sumilon Island and just recently swimming with Whale Sharks.

How to get to Oslob, Cebu:

Travel from cebu city to oslob
Travel from Cebu City to Oslob

If you start from Cebu City the only way to arrive there is by driving or taking a bus. From the Mactan Airport, you would need to go to the South Bus Terminal (About a 30-minute ride from the airport). Once you are there ride a bus bound to Oslob. This would take you about 2 in a half hour to 3 hours depending on the traffic for about 150.00 pesos per person. Cebu has very bad traffic so try to be mindful of rush hours.

The travel would take you about 2 in a half hour to 3 hours depending on the traffic for about 150.00 pesos per person. Cebu has very bad traffic so try to be mindful of rush hours. Make sure to tell the driver to drop you off at Brgy. Tan.awan at the whale shark diving area which is just along the highway, You’ll never miss it.

You can even go to Oslob via Dumaguete. If you are flying to Dumaguete or already in there, This is the fastest and easiest route. From Sibulan Port you can ride a boat directly to Oslob which is about 15 minutes away.

Best to make sure you go ahead and confirm any reservation you have or sign up for the next pump boat to board. Before going you will be sitting in an area to be brief on what are the rules and regulation.

Swimming with whale sharks Oslob Cebu
Swimming with whale sharks Oslob Cebu

Some of the rules and regulation when swimming with whale sharks.

Do not touch the whale sharks This may cause the fish to swim away or worse react violently. Make sure you have enough distance from the fish.

Talking about distance –  The only allow about a minimum of 4 meters of swimming distance. I don’t about this though because the fish actually swim directly at me and unintendedly step on it.

Don’t use any flash – They are easily startled so lay off some of that shiny bling.

No overcrowding – Once again the fish health is number 1 priority. Only 6 swimmers are allowed per fish.

Bring your trash with you – Make sure you don’t litter as the fish may accidentally swallow some. Please, don’t be that kind of person.

The fishermen will throw food around the boat to attract the fish. If you are wondering, They are feeding them krill. It is a type of fish that looks like a tiny shrimp. This action has prompted several questions due to the fact that the animal has now been relying on the fishermen for food. This may impact how the fish migrate and mature.

If you have any question just comment below. Thanks for reading.

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This is amazing. Swimming with the whale sharks is indeed awesome. This is just so great!

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