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Oslob Whale Sharks

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Whale sharks can be seen in a small barangay Tan-awan, which is 10 km away from the center town of Oslob. Whale shark watching in Cebu started last September 2011 and it became popular all over the world when the news hit in the internet last...more
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Oslob, Philippines
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did the whale watching today and it was a great experience. Seeing these magnificent creatures up close was amazing. A lot of hanging around waiting to go out to sea for 30 minutes but it was worth it in the end.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had mixed feelings about this place but we ended up loving it. I will always remember the feeling of joy and amazement as the whaleshark passed at less than 2 m from me. If you follow tge rules you will not disturb them or interfere....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Yes, I agree with many other travelers, the sharks may have been "domesticated' and the crowds of tourists that flock to this place don't make much sense, but in the end, when you return and want to tell about your Philippines trip, for sure you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm also aware of the controversial discussion of the whaleshark-event in Oslob. If it helps to raise sensitivity for nature to a wider public then it might also have positive effects. I can't assess if it's extreme stress for the animals or if over times...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank andy_am
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Against my better judgement, I went to swim with the whale sharks. I totally regret going. This is pure exploitation--both the animals and the tourists. The sharks have been domesticated and they follow a boat that feeds them. Meanwhile the tourists are crammed into boats...More

Date of experience: January 2019
4  Thank SteveYo
Reviewed 1 week ago

We snorkeled with the whale sharks at Oslob which was awesome. The only down side, as so many reviews say, is the pure volume of people who are both waiting and swimming. Its best to get there as early as possible and if possible avoid...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NEMO3
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an activity that I have wanted to do for sometime and finally managed to plan it in my itinerary. We stayed at Downsouth 118 a resort about 20 mins away from the whaleshark activity. Beautiful clean budget resort right on the waeer. They...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank tommomelbourne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decided weeks ago to swim with whale sharks in Oslob. Was not dissapointed. The whole setup is organised, efficient & I never felt that these amazing giants were being disrespected. Its a quick "drive thru" approach but I was amazed at how large they are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Jeanmdk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Swimming with whale sharks was well organised and good value. Friendly staff for a once in a lifetime opportunity

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kieran W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would definitely recommend everybody who is at least in some close distend of Oslob to do this. The whale sharks are amazing and very impressive! We did a dive at the earliest timeframe what I would really recommend doing since it gets extremely crowded!

Date of experience: December 2018
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January 12, 2019|
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Response from LibbbsPT | Reviewed this property |
From what I remember and was told, they are around all year round. The whale sharks in Oslob are fed by the local fishermen so they keep coming back.
Tony C
January 1, 2019|
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Response from tryphina230 | Reviewed this property |
Not really... the boat have ladder and the boatmen will assist you if u. And u only get on and off once... We rode the boat with people age 50+... and some of them chose to swim with whale shark... if not, u can choose... More
December 15, 2018|
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Response from Adventurer184158 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. Just reach there 5am + to register and pay the fees direct to the operator. Much lower costs. The your buses starts to drop toirists off from 7am ++, and the launch site can be very crowded and disorganised... More
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Recommendations for Whale Sharking Watching Tour in Oslob?! (4 Replies)
Hi, Can anyone please recommend me some agency in Oslob or Cebu city which provide Whale Shark Watching Tours? As I know, I have to depart from Cebu city from 3AM and get to Oslob at 6AM, then do the Whale Shark Watching Tour at 6:30. So, my question is: Do I have to book for the Whale Shark Watching Tour in advance, I mean when I am in Cebu city before coming to Oslob or just get the at 6AM, then look for the agency, and they will arrange for me a tour at 6:30 or 7AM? Can anyone...More
January 28, 2017|
Response fromal22tecc|
You dont need to pre arrange, you dont need a guide. Just arrive af the whaleshark activity center, look for a covered hall. Its only around 100 square meters of space. Register on a logbook, listen to the lecture, pay 1000 pesos for foreigners to snorkel with the fish, give the receipt to a guy sitting on a table, get a number, wait for the number to be called, follow a guy to the shoreline for your boat. For sumilon sandbar, there are a lot of touts that will offer. For peak times and...More
Clyde B
Island of Malta, Malta
Sumilon Island Tour or Bohol Island Tour (2 Replies)
I will be staying 2 days in Oslob, Cebu. The first day I planned Whale Shark Watching and Kawasan Falls... for the second day, I don’t know whether to do the Bohol Island Tour or Sumilon Island Tour. Any suggestions??
October 15, 2017|
Response fromgregs3071|
Bohol is a completely different province. Sumilon Island is very close to Oslob, it is a much more achievable option for a day tour
Erwin K
Whale Shark Watching and Sumilon Sandbar daytrip (1 Replies)
Dear all, i have several questions regarding our visit to Oslob ,Cebu in the near future : 1.We will arrive in Oslob at approximately 7 pm , will stay at Sunrise MB hotel, will spend 1 night and a full day in Oslob. Should we book the Whale Shark watching tour that same evening , or simply show up on the briefing site in the morning and pay there? 2.After the Whale Shark Watching we are considering of visiting the Tumalog Falls and/or Kawasan Falls and Sumilon island. How to get to...More
May 13, 2016|
Response fromBig_Jim_Cebu|
Nobody has replied and I am going to get endless messages until some one does. None of things interest me in any way what so ever, except for the waterfalls. So, I can't actually help. But - You did't just dream up these activities. How aboutr going back to your original source and checking for the answers there. - You can travel by bus from Oslob to the car park for Kawasan Falls. You have to change shortly after getting on at Oslob. Ask the conductor where. When you get on the next...More