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Oslob Whale Sharks

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Oslob, Philippines
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About Oslob Whale Sharks
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 November 2011. By December 2011, local fishermen's interact with the whale sharks by feeding them that result to flocking of tourist to the beach of Tan-awan
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Oslob Whale Shark Watching

Once in a lifetime swimming with the whale shark in Oslob Cebu. Explore breathtaking sites such as Tumalog Falls and southern Cebu scenery on this private tour.
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Full Day Whale Shark Experience with Kawasan Falls and Tumalog Falls from Cebu

Snorkel alongside whale sharks on a full-day tour that provides an up-close encounter with the world’s largest extant fish. Travel from the Cebu city center to Tana-wan in Oslob for an interactive experience with your guide. Afterward, head to Kawasan Falls. Then climb the steps up the five-tiered Aguinid Falls. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Badian Cebu Canyoneering Experience

Canyoning will start at Canlaob river downstream going to Kawasan falls. All tourist is accompanied with local accredited guides.
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Oslob Whale Shark Watching from Dumaguete

Snorkel with whale sharks on a exclusive transportation day trip from Dumaguete and swim alongside these gentle giants for 30 minutes. Spend a fun-filled day that includes a scenic coastal drive and short boat trip, then enjoy lunch in a panoramic view restaurant.
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Bohol Island Countryside Tour with Buffet Lunch from Cebu City

Ready your camera and capture the moment as you see the famous landmark of Bohol and the smallest primate in the world! Bohol is at the central Visayas region of the Philippines (more than an hour flight from Manila) and if you want a direct flight from your country, book a flight to Mactan-Cebu International Airport and ride a ferry for about 4 hours to reach Bohol from Cebu.

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critter_world wrote a review Sep 2020
Canada82 contributions8 helpful votes
I visited Oslob twice, in 2013 and 2015, and the second time was really crowded as hundreds were waiting to go see the sharks. I can see that some people are concerned about the ethicality of whale shark tourism in Oslob. As an animal lover, and especially a big fan of the whale sharks, I would like to share my opinion. 1. In a perfect world, we would love to see wild animals roam free with no interference from humans, and we should close all the zoos and let animals go back to the wild. However, I am sure the majority of people would never have seen a lion if not for zoos, let alone exotic species such as the icon of WWF – the giant panda. Is it important to see animals? Let’s just say, if you’ve never seen a panda, you would not love it, or put in effort to save it. For the whale sharks, some of my Chinese friends who swam with them vowed that they are never eating shark fin soup again. So, the Oslob whale shark operation is at least a good education program. 2. As far as I know, the practice of feeding the sharks in Oslob began decades ago: local fishermen use feeds to lead the sharks away from their fishing area, so that the sharks do not damage their nets. Then some entrepreneur saw this and suggested to the fishermen to turn it into a tourist attraction. The experience of Oslob showed the fishermen all over Philippines that live whale sharks mean $ year after year, so they bought in to the protection program. 3. The guides at Oslob told me that there are only 14 sharks that come to feed here, but not all of them show up everyday, sometimes there are only 3 or 4, so the sharks do not depend on the feed at all. In fact, whale sharks eat tonnes of plankton daily, and there is no way the fishermen can supply them with enough. So the sharks have to feed elsewhere – Oslob is just a snack-stop for them. 4. Since only the same group of sharks show up, these must be non-migrating sharks: they are either resident sharks originally, or they have decided to settle down – which is not uncommon. We humans should understand that animals do not want to migrate if they don’t have to: every year, some 25% of all migrating wildebeests perish in Africa. The animals would avoid it if they can. Several years ago when a director of WWF gave a talk on the subject in Hong Kong, I had an opportunity to discuss with him about Oslob, and he agreed that the verdict is still out on Oslob. In summary, is the Oslob operation non-ethical? I suppose the answer is “yes” by definition; but is it bad for the whale sharks? My answer would be “no”. Is it bad for the tourists? Well, it is getting too crowded!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Turinot wrote a review Jun 2020
Turin, Italy52 contributions65 helpful votes
I love so much watching close the whale sharks, it has been one of the greatest experience of my life.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Judge17fr wrote a review May 2020
Phnom Penh, Cambodia51 contributions41 helpful votes
Swimming among those gentle giants is such a thrilling experience! It can be a bit crowded on the waiting area but, once in the water, the magic is real!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Lala L wrote a review Apr 2020
Paranaque, Philippines9 contributions
It is very amazing. The whales are bigger than our boat. It is such an amazing experience. It is a place to visit in Cebu
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Kerry wrote a review Apr 2020
Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
Just do it - this is not a Nike ad but please, just do it. If you are worried about the whale sharks just hanging around all day waiting to get fed - don't! that is not how it works. It is all really well scrutinized by marine biologists and the whale-sharks are only given a small amount of food until 10am then they go on their merry way until 6am the following day when different animals turn up. Its a bit like stopping at maccas for a quick takeaway on a long journey - instinctively they want to keep going on their journey so they do. Down side - there is a bit of waiting around before you get in the water and after a long drive from Cebu 30 mins in the water is not very long but - its not about you, its about the whale-sharks and being in their presence for 30 mins is better than most things I have done on land.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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