Swimming with the Whalesharks

You can't find it anywhere in the Philippines, moreso in the world. Only in Oslob, Cebu can you experience as close an encounter with the gentle giants, more popularly known to locals as "Butanding"or "Tuki". The whalesharks that you will encounter here vary in sizes from 5 to 10 meters long. By close encounter, I mean as close as 1 meter distance from the fish. Sometimes, their fins hit you if you are unaware that they are coming your way. If your concern is being eaten by these creatures, don't you worry because they are harmless. They are filter feeders and they dont eat anything bigger than krill or baby shrimps. The only thing that's scary about them is their last name - Shark.

If you do this adventure, you better bring your own underwater camera, so you can document this awesome experience. Although if you don't have one, you can rent it in the whaleshark area. Make sure not to put on sunscreen, so as not to pollute the water, so it pays to be there early in the morning so the sun won't burn your skin that much.

This activity is open everyday from 6:00am to 12:00nn. This way, the whalesharks are given time to look for their own food and not dependent on feeding alone.  After registration, there will be a short orientation/briefing on the do's and don'ts, to protect the whalesharks from harm done by irresponsible guests. Be sure to follow these rule because they are strictly implemented and fines are imposed. After the orientation, a banca will take you to the area where the whalesharks are waiting for you. The encounter lasts for 30 minutes. While there, you will also see hundreds of different fishes sharing the food given to the whalesharks.

Kids 4 years old and below are free of charge and kids 5 years old and above already pay in full as adults.

If you have some more questions about this activity, feel free to comment below or message us directly, and we will be more than happy to attend to your concerns. We also offer tour packages for Oslob adventures at reasonably low prices.