Whale Shark Encounter
6:00 in the morning, the day of our scheduled check out from the hotel, we got ready for this amazing experience.
We walked up the endless flight of stairs of the Seafari Resort to take our service to the Whale Watching Area.
It’s only about 5 minutes drive (We got on a Jeepney), and the moment you get off the ride, you’ll see lots of other tourists waiting to be seated for the short orientation.
They basically just explained the do’s and dont’s swimming with the Whale Sharks. Some of the things that I remember were:
1. You’re not allowed to touch it.
2. You shouldn’t wear any tanning or sunblock lotion to avoid contaminating the water.
3. Do not make splashes. It attracts them and may cause them to be a little bit playful with you.
That’s about it. lol. Some other things, I no longer remember as it’s been about a year since I’ve done it.
So after the short orientation, we head to the counter to pay the fee. PHP 500 for locals and PHP 1,000 for foreigners.
The guides will then hand snorkeling gears and life vests, then you have to wait til your boat is available for the “attraction”.
We finally were able to get on our boat and not even a few minutes of the guide paddling, I immediately saw the mouth of one of the Whale Sharks trying to catch the food that other guide has been throwing in the water. Ohhhh.. I got super excited!
We then got to our spot. The guides have tied the boats together to form a circle around the Whale Sharks. Then there’s one boat staying in the middle, feeding them so they’d stay in the shallows of the water and so that people can watch them swim in circles.
They only do this from 6AM to 12PM. And of course, the best time to go see them is the earliest so it’s not gonna be that crowded.
I don’t really know how to swim so I needed this vest to get close this amazing creature. Yep, vests are supposed to make us float that’s why one of the guides actually had to push me down the water just so I can get a picture with the Whale Shark.
Getting to Oslob Cebu is kind of an adventure itself since it’s a few hours from the airport. But this experience actually made it worth while.
An experience that I will never ever forget.