Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How to get to Tan-awan Oslob Cebu and see the Whale Sharks

Here we go!

Planning of seeing and swimming with the biggest fish on earth? Well we got it covered here. 

Tan-awon Oslob, Cebu is fast getting into the adventure seekers, travelers radars. That's when a group of whale sharks started feeding on the baby shrimps feed to them by the local fishermen. Since then, they stayed in the area and have since become a tourist attraction, not only for the locals but to the international people as well.

The attraction amplified when a blogger featured the the unique bond created between the whale sharks and the fishermen in the area followed by media coverage broadcasted over national media. The rest is history...

Ready na?      Larga na ta! 

Getting there

1. Get to  the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT)

Getting to Cebu South Bus Terminal is pretty easy. If you are familiar with the Cebu City area you can either take a jeepney or a taxi. Several jeepneys pass the terminal area, but if you are not sure which one to take, you can always check on the jeepneys signboards, if not, locals would always be there willing to help.

Fare:    Jeepney  = Php 8.00
            Taxi = Php 80.00 ( + - )   

* Within City Area

2. Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT))

Upon arriving at the terminal, look for CERES and SUNRAYS Buses going to Oslob or Santander. Ceres bus personnel are always happy to guide you through.

Fare:   Ceres Bus =  Php 145.00 (+ -)

3. Tan-awan, Oslob Arrival

For first timers, you might get a little unsure, uncomfortable, uneasy, lost in direction while on the road. Feel not, because the bus conductor and it's driver would gladly help and give you directions on where to stop and to go. Just ask them with a smile.

Enjoy the great seaside views for  the 2-3 hours bus ride.

 4. Arriving at Tan-awan Oslob, Cebu

You would know that you have arrived to the watching  place, because the road is right next to the beach and the gates of some local resorts have whale shark paintings and drawings on them. Also, you can see people in groups gather together waiting to get a glimpse of these magnificent fishes.

Where to go next?

5. Go register

The local government of Oslob has put up a registration both for you to register before you can go and see the whale sharks. Go and register. Again, don't forget to keep your cool because you might have to fall in line under the heat of the sun.

Registration fee =  Php 200.00 (+ - )

6. After registration

After registering,you will have 30 mins. information talk with a personnel from the local government unit about the DOs and DONTs when doing the whale shark watching.

After the information talk, you are now ready to go.  You will be required to wear a life jacket so if you have one, don't forget to bring it, if you don't, no need to worry. There are  cheap life jackets for rent and snorkels in the area.

Rentals :   Life Jacket = Php 30.00 - 50.00

                 Snorkel Set = Php 50.00 (+ - )

7. Get to the assigned boats

Gear up and get to your assigned area where your assigned paddle boat will be waiting for you.

*You might have to wait for your turn depending on the volume of people around.   

8. Go Go Go 'n ENJOY!!!


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  1. Skiks'YeaH! we are also planning to WaTch that WHALE sharK., LOVE IT.. nice blog sites..,,

  2. hi, can you actually swim with the whale sharks and take pictures with them?

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  5. hi will be travelling with my husband and 2 kids age 6 and 8 im just wondering if the kids can stay at the boat or if they can swim as well/ tq

    1. Hi Bremely,

      I am not really sure if there have been changes on the age limit for those who are allowed to view the whale sharks as it's been years since I last went there, but as far as I know, your 6 yrs old can stay on the boat with a life jacket and the older one should be okay to go for a swim.