Swimming with the Whale sharks in the Philippines is an experience not to be missed. We took the bus from Cebu city to Oslob in the south part of the island. After a shower to remove sunscreen and a briefing by staff, we boarded our small “banka” or paddle boat for the ride out from shore (motor boats are prohibited). There is the option to just watch or snorkel, snorkelling is the way to go!!
Diving into the water, nothing can describe the feeling of seeing these creatures gliding through the water. The largest I saw was about 5 times my size (around 25ft/6m) and apparently they grow even larger up to 40ft/12m. At first it was frightening to see them coming towards you “OMG“, but they are so graceful and friendly that it doesn’t take long to really enjoy the experience. Our presence didn’t seem to bother them and we swam with the group of 5 or 6 whale sharks for nearly an hour.I rented an underwater camera and have some great shots of the experience.
The bus trip is about 3 hours, so to make the most of the day, we went to the nearby Tumalog falls. We hired a bike and 10 minutes later we were in a completely different part of paradise. Swimming with the whale sharks at Oslob Cebu is truly an awe inspiring experience not to be missed.