According to Wikipedia: The whale shark inhabits all tropical and warm-temperate seas. They are known to migrate every spring to the continental shelf of the central west coast of Australia. Despite its size, the whale shark does not pose significant danger to humans. Although massive, whale sharks are docile fish and sometimes allow swimmers to catch a ride. Whale sharks are actually quite gentle and can play with divers. Divers and snorkellers can swim with this giant fish without risk.
As we jump on our boats and our boatman starts to puddle, my excitement grew. Not to mention I was in my hangover state at that moment.
At the sight of the Whale Shark, our oarsman get us nearer. Knowing the distance you should be with the Whale Shark, we keep telling our boatman to stay a little away from it. Just as to keep the outrigger from harming them. We don’t want to put more stress on this gentle creature.
When the Whale Shark stay in place, we eagerly jumped in the water to swim with them. We did our part, and keep our distance from them. It was really great. But, I didn’t stay long in the water. The waves was too strong and my hangover is not helping me at all. So I went back to the boat and just observe from there. That’s when I notice a few plastic bags floating around the area. A little later, I catch a whale shark about to suck one of the plastic bag. I told the boatman near it to grab the plastic, but it was too late. The whale shark already suck it. I started to worry by then. But then a second later, he managed to spit it out. Lucky for him! What will have happened if that whale shark really suck that plastic in? Can you imagine?
This is what most people missed to see underwater. Do you think this will be a great environment for our gentle friend? I don’t think so.
We talked about our experiences with our friends when we get to the shore. A friend of mine happens to catch one of the boatman (the one feeding the whale shark) throwing plastic in the sea. Now I realize where all that plastic bags came from. I’m not saying this to discourage everyone from going. This is just to let you know what we observe out there. If you go there, please just do your part. Okay? ^_^
Anyway it was a great experience. And we all had a lot of fun.
I know a lot of you will be going there, if not tomorrow, I’m pretty sure soon. Just a few reminder for future watchers.
*Please! please! please keep your distance.
* DON’T TOUCH the whale sharks
* NO Flash Photography.
* Please take your time to read THIS.
How to get there:
* Buses : There are Ceres or Sunrays Bus via Oslob in South Bus Terminal located near Elizabeth Mall. It takes 2.5 – 3 hours trip going to Brgy. Tan-awan Oslob. If you don’t know where to stop, just ask the bus conductor to drop you off the Tan-awan Barangay Hall.
*Regular Buses – P149
*Airconditioned Buses – P154
* Private Cars: Just go directly bound to south of Cebu. When you know you’re already in Oslob, look for a big signage with a whale shark picture in it. That will be at your left side when your facing south.
Where to stay:
Contact no.: 09065869895
Room Rates: (non-air conditioned)
Standard – Php 900.00 (good for 2 persons)
Double – Php 1, 100.00 (good for 5 persons)
Family – Php 1, 600.00 (good for 8 persons)
Entrance Fee – Php 50.00
Cottage – Php 400.00 (exclusive)
Table – Php 350.00
Life Vest – Php 20.00
Snorkel – Php 100.00 (Complete Set)
Located at Looc Oslob Cebu, 15 minutes away from Tan-awan.Room Rates: (air conditioned)
Php 1, 300 – without CR inside (additional Php 150/head for extra person)
Php 1, 600 – with CR inside (additional Php 150/head for extra person)
Masters Resort Cebu
General – Restaurant, Pet Friendly, Bar / Lounge, Air Conditioned, Refrigerator, Kitchenette, Microwave, Hair Dryer, Complimentary Toiletries, Shower, Bathtub/Shower Combination, Poolside Bar
Activities – Swimming pool, Private beach, Scuba Diving, Water Activities, Child Pool, Pool Outdoor
Services – Multilingual Staff, Laundry service, Cell phone/mobile rental
Parking – Free Parking
Double – Php 1000.00 (good for 2 person – additional is Php 500.00/head)