Oslob Whale Sharks
Shark Diving • Dolphin & Whale Watching • Day Trips
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6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
About
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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Jerod
Royal Oak, MI4 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Great experience and trip. The driver Jayr was on time and very nice. Our guide Dan was very nice, attentive and helpful. It is a long drive from Cebu City 3.5-4.5 hours each way which isn’t great but the trip is well worth it.
Written 24 November 2022
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Dmitri D
United Kingdom3 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Excellent adventure! Beautiful place and lovely people guided us through the places. Felt so authentic. Big shout out to Mike our tour guide. Kindest and loveliest. Always walked an extra mile.
Written 10 November 2022
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Nicolai V
2 contributions
The whale shark diving is a joke. Its not special and you cant really dive. You shouldnt touch the sharks because they cam get sick from it. The guys there just put them next to you so you literally have to dodge them. You cant really dive with them because you need to stay close to the boat and the shark get so close. So there is not much room for diving. My visit to the falls was canceled because of the weather. But the canyoneering was the most amazing thing I did for a long time. My tour guide was Ramil, he was very experienced, is fluent in english and I had just a great time with him. So in conclusion whale shark diving is a no go for me but canyoneering is a must have to do
Written 22 October 2022
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Evan S
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Solo
The young lady and driver that guided me there they were both hard working and kind and felt super safe with them although I was in a unfamiliar place
Written 18 October 2022
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Alex B
London, UK112 contributions
If you educate yourself you'll learn how swimming with these gentle giants in an unnatural environment is unsustainable.

- They eat more than just shrimp in the wild. This diet is poor
- they stop migrating which impacts breeding
- they associate boats with food which encourages propeller injuries.

Feeding wild animals is becoming illegal, recognised as foolish. No matter how much money is raised from feeding Whale Sharks to 'conserve them' in a few years we'll look back and be shocked that this was allowed.

AVOID!
Written 5 October 2022
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Luzi Hernandez
Quezon City, Philippines44 contributions
This tourist attraction has been a very controversial tourist attraction. I have read over the internet how what’s being done to the whale sharks is very cruel.

But did you know…

The local government has very strict guidelines when interacting with the whale sharks. One of those guidelines stuck out to me. No one is allowed to touch or come near the whale sharks! - this indeed is true, whenever a tourist comes near the whale sharks the person in the boat who is feeding the sharks (more of this later) is the one calling out of the tourists are getting close.

So you might be wondering how do they keep these whale sharks within watching distance from the tourist? Are they enclosed by some sort of entrapment? Are they forced by some sort of closure? - No, no and no. 😊

They have boat watchers who feeds the whale sharks with shrimps! They are free to go anytime they please. But because it’s free food they always come from more (and maybe because they feel safe?).

This attraction started in 2011 and since then the local government has been feeding and looking after these whale sharks. I guess with what’s happening to our environment where plastics are more abundant now than fish food this is where the whale sharks know that for sure they will feed.

When you think about it, it is a bit sad. The ocean is so big, powerful and magnificent. So much more the creatures in it yet a small being like us (human) is the one destroying it. Let’s try to make a difference. Let’s cut down on our plastics. Let’s reuse. Let’s recycle. If possible find alternative things to use instead of those single use plastics because no matter what we say those plastics ends up in the ocean where creatures like these whale sharks leave.
Written 28 September 2022
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Ice
2 contributions
Aug 2022
It was a mesmerizing experience together with the whale shark. Glad to visit this tourist spot. Surely a must-visit place in Cebu
Written 27 September 2022
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Ruby
1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Couples
We had an amazing time with our day tour! Thank you to the team, especially Te Gen (Barbie) and Kuya JayR. We really enjoyed our whale shark adventure! We are glad we booked your tours! We'll be going back home with such wonderful memories(and amazing pics!!) x
Written 8 September 2022
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Pete
Dubai, United Arab Emirates20 contributions
Had a very pleasurable experience which was lead and arrange by Malyn. The drive from Cebu was fantastic by Jayr G where he let me just relax and sleep. Then got there and had a light breakfast. Then went diving, all arranged BERY quickly, only a short walk of the beach into the water where we were lucky to see TEN whale sharks of all sizes. Unbelievable experience. Thank you all.
Written 5 September 2022
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ruthandvern
Wilton, CA14,922 contributions
Aug 2022
On our 1st visit, a Saturday, it took an hour's wait to get in a boat - but it was awesome!!! There were at least 25 boats on a line with the small bait boats drifting within a range of 2-3 boats. We had two quite large whale sharks near us. We went back on a Monday (today!) and only about 10 boats were working and NO wait. The cost is 500 pesos each, foreign or local. Well worth it. Definitely the highlight of our Philippine adventures to date.
Written 15 August 2022
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