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!
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 the Ceres Bus going to Oslob or Santander. Ceres bus personnel are always happy to guide you through.
*Note: I am not sure if SUNRAYS buses can take you there too. You can try asking any personnel from this bus company as well.
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
*You might have to wait for your turn depending on the volume of people around.
8. Go Go Go 'n ENJOY!!!