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Oslob Whale Shark Watching provided by Oslob Whale Sharks

Oslob Whale Shark Watching
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
10h
Hotel pickup offered
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 211464P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Private transportation
  • Lunch
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Side trip to Tumalog water falls
  • Entry/Admission - Tumalog Falls
Duration
10h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from any hotel, AirBnb or any accommodation within Cebu City, Mandaue City and Mactan island.
  • Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines The driver will meet you up at the hotel lobby.
  • Airports:
  • Mactan Intl Airport, Philippines
  • Ports:
  • Cebu Pier Area
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Private transportation
  • Lunch
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Side trip to Tumalog water falls
  • Entry/Admission - Tumalog Falls
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from any hotel, AirBnb or any accommodation within Cebu City, Mandaue City and Mactan island.
  • Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines The driver will meet you up at the hotel lobby.
  • Airports:
  • Mactan Intl Airport, Philippines
  • Ports:
  • Cebu Pier Area
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
10h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Cebu City
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Tumalog Falls
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    Take a shower at a curtain like falling water of Tumalog falls.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.0
37 reviews
Excellent
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Shanel M
3 contributions
We went to see the whale sharks and were surprised to see no line (pre-pandemic lines were hours long apparently). We showed up at 9am and by 9:30 we were in the water swimming with whale sharks. We saw so many, too many to count. You get so close to them that you have to be careful not to touch them as it is not allowed! They truly are gentle giants, beautiful animals. We found the price to be reasonable, 500 pesos each for over 30 minutes of swimming. Bring your own fins if you have any (they aren’t included but are available for rent). I was stung by a jellyfish while in the water, however so maybe wear a rash guard if you have one. It was a great experience overall, I’d recommend anybody to do it!
Written April 5, 2022
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HeartQissa
Ipswich, UK191 contributions
You do get to see the Whale sharks, it's all a bit fast and really crowded. All the boats are in a circle and they are fed in the middle so they get close enough for you to see. They only feed them in the morning to encourage them to also forage on their own. They also have a marine biologist monitoring them, but they are still altering and conditioning them even if partialy.
Written March 9, 2020
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Kevin Barnes
Stowmarket, UK30 contributions
An experience beyond expectation.
Despite the early start (4am) from Cebu City arrived to a crowded beach and what looked like chaos of people getting on to the boats. This was not the case you get given a number and once all the fishermen were back from their breakfast the queue reduced very quickly. The beach is very rocky so take flip flops and getting on the boat was a little tricky.
Once you are out with the sharks the experience is unforgetable. They say do not go within 4 meters of the sharks, forget it. You get in the water next to your boat (in a life jacket if you want) the feeding boats bring the whales next to the boat for you to view and they come extremely close, in fact they touch you or you have to get out of the way. With the whales about half an hour before you are taken back to the shore (100 metres). An experience that will stay with you for ever, strongly recommend!
Written January 16, 2020
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anisa j
Ireland53 contributions
Swimming with the whale sharks was one of the best experiences of my life! If we had more time while we were there, I would have done it again. There were a lot of controversial posts online saying that the whale sharks are harmed and to boycott this activity. After being there and doing it myself, I disagree. The activity is growing with more tourists wanting to swim with whale sharks and the locals are honestly trying their best to accommodate this. I think it’s amazing to see them in the wild and yes, they are being fed and some people argued that their patterns have changed but it’s better than hunting and killing them! You are not allowed to touch them and you have to keep a certain distance from them as well.
Advice: Get there very early! Best to use a tour group as they charge the same and handle everything for you. DO NOT wear sunblock before going as the chemicals can be harmful to the sharks and you can be fined.
Written February 12, 2020
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oscarette
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia48 contributions
Although we had our own transport, we bought tickets/transport through the local hotel as it cuts the waiting time at the visitor centre. We got there before 6 am and there were already so many people there. We got to see the sunrise.
The whale sharks get really close to you and definitely an experience not to be missed. When we were in the water, we felt like we were bitten but didn't see anything. When we got back onto the boat, we mentioned it to the boatman and he told us we were stung by jellyfish, 'like saliva'. Fret not, they sell stuff to get rid of the sting at the 'gift shop'.
Go snorkel. Totally worth it.
Written January 31, 2020
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Cesar G
Toronto, Ontario, Canada12 contributions
Family
We thought that arriving early at 6am (drove 3 hours to be there at 6) would be helpful. It wasn’t so. The water was rough which made it difficult for the boaters. However, some late coming “VIP” tourists cut in and were given priorities which was wrong! The whale shark watching was awesome but to wait for 6 hours was a waste of anybody’s time!
Written January 23, 2020
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Marita J
Copenhagen, Denmark76 contributions
We went at 06:00 to swim with the whales (maybe better to be there at 05:00/05:30). We waited in line for about an hour, which I think is normal, and there was a lot of people but we had plenty of time to see and experience the whale sharks. It was amazing! If you’re thinking about doing it - don’t even think, just do it :D
And the whale sharks have it good. They come from sea to the shore, get food and no one is allowed to touch them so that is good.
Written February 25, 2020
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Cam
6 contributions
You will ride a boat together with 4 boatmen with 10 tourists inside including you, then your boat will anchor 500m away from the coastline and there you will see 10 boats like your group and some boats feeding these gentle giants sardines. It was a little bit scary at first but these sharks are so gentle. I swam near them and took a picture with the help of the boatman.
Written November 20, 2021
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Tom Bee
1 contribution
Couples
The place was even at five in the morning so over crowded. We were lucky being on the first boat, but still within minutes there were so many snorkelers you couldn't barely see anything else. With the staff throwing food in the water, there were whale sharks in between the great amount of people but I wouldn't consider it a good experience. Donsol probably would have been the better place or even some place in the south of Cebu Island where there is no guarantee of a sight but it you can call yourself lucky, the experience is much more unique and memorable!
Written February 19, 2020
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ejrider
New Ulm, MN9 contributions
Couples
The whale sharks themselves were incredible, and being so close to such massive creatures was amazing. I thought I'd be a little scared of them, but I was more scared of getting kicked in the face by the many people around me. It really was cool, but definitely crowded.
Written January 26, 2020
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By: Oslob Whale Sharks
cebutaxidriver
cebutaxidriver
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Oslob Whale watching
You can drop by tumalog falls before you go whale watching it's more than 20mints the distance of the place and you
DzemoMB
DzemoMB
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Unreal and unforgetable!
If there is only 1 thing you can do in Philippines it is this and you can go home happy. Unreal experiance that you
critter_world
critter_world
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Is it ethical - my personal opinion
I visited Oslob twice, in 2013 and 2015, and the second time was really crowded as hundreds were waiting to go see
Turinot
Turinot
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Amazing experience
I love so much watching close the whale sharks, it has been one of the greatest experience of my life.
964lalal
964lalal
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Wow
It is very amazing. The whales are bigger than our boat. It is such an amazing experience. It is a place to visit i
kerryodonovan
kerryodonovan
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I close my eyes and remember one of the most amazing experiences of my life
Just do it - this is not a Nike ad but please, just do it. If you are worried about the whale sharks just hanging
Jeffrey M
Jeffrey M
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Fun Fun Fun
Definitely was worth it being able to swim with the Sharks. Woke up early to see these mighty animals in action. We
Kuba75
Kuba75
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Diving with whale sharks
It is wonderful expierence when you are scuba diver. You can be 2 metres from whale shark, but for snorkelers It is
steenstridh
steenstridh
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Worth it
Took a car from our hotel at 3 am in the morning and the drive was about 1:45 long so we arrived there as the first
ttocsy
ttocsy
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Crowded
It's not exactly cruel; as far as I can see, the whale sharks are free to come and go as they please, and they turn
danielfZ7257EE
danielfZ7257EE
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Beautiful landscape and environment, But do not aspect high level service
Beautiful landscape and environment, But do not aspect high level service . This is a MUST DO experience. It’s a
AaronL2286
AaronL2286
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Whale sharks
Just do it! Amazing once in a lifetime experience. It's a little busy at first when you que up. But well worth it
laiyinsusy
laiyinsusy
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Millions of visitors
Too many people were rushing to see whalesharks, and fishermen kept feeding them --- meaning the living habitat is
peterlA9879RG
peterlA9879RG
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Amazing
So amazing experience. There's a lot of people at this attraction so I suggest you arrive early. We was in the wat
zacksalonga
zacksalonga
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Divine Water Giants
Honestly been dreaming of finally getting to swim with the whale sharks, minus all the procedures and the way it’s
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