Whale Shark Encounter in Oslob, Cebu

○ Even before I first heard of the appearance of whale sharks in Oslob, my friends and I already booked a promo ticket to Cebu. Swerte, we wont be needing to book a flight to Legazpi for a Butanding encounter in Donsol. We can just squeeze this whale shark experience in our 4-day itinerary. Actually, the first 3 days were really allotted for another Bohol trip. ^_^

○ From Cebu City, we boarded the Ceres bus which is bound to Tanaw-an Oslob at 4:05am. This bus left the terminal at 4:17am. Fare is P155.

○ And so I thought the trip would take 3-4 hours, I was wrong. At 6:22am, the driver informed us we were already in Oslob. Yes, almost 2 hours lang pala ang byahe.


○ We registered ourselves and I was greatly annoyed by the fees. Ang dami. Inferness, lahat may resibo, so I think it's an ordinance.

Whale Shark Encounter in Oslob | Expenses
whale watching - P300

snorkeling fee* - P20
camera fee* - P100
life vest - P50
resort/shower area/locker - P50

* note: may sarili kaming camera at snorkel set - at meron pa din kaming dapat bayaran?! 0_o
pakshet lang. nakaka-highblood ng very light. haha


○ Big smile, pikit-mata, and abot ng bayad nalang sa lahat ng fees. We've traveled far enough to see the whale sharks up close so deadma na sa fees.

○ We were given a number then we proceeded to the briefing area. To be fair, the tourism officers are really trying to organize the tour.

yes, the tourism officers are wearing uniforms

○ We changed clothes, gave our number to the boatman, and presented the receipts - and we're all set. We have 20mins of extreme close encounter with the whale sharks.

non-motorized boats are used

○ No need for spotters, the whale sharks were just chasing the food thrown by the specific boatman in charge.

hello mr. gentle giant!

○ Although the tourism officials reminded everyone about the proper distance from the whale sharks, the guests and the boatmen can't help but go closer to the gentle giant. oh well, talk about extreme close encounter.

○ It was fulfilling to finally see a whale shark. I heard there were days when not even one whale shark appears. So I guess we got lucky that time.


○ I was down in the water and I felt nervous as the whale shark headed towards me. Iba pa din yung makita siya in my snorkel mask- upclose and personal.

this is really a huge creature

chyng: nakakatakot naman
boatman: natatakot ka, wala namang ngipin yan.

toinks! haha. kelangan pa ba ng ngipin para magkasya ako sa bibig ng dambuhala na yan?

○ And these words made me realize these boatmen are not tour guides at all. They are just fishermen who switched to being guides.

○ Nevertheless, Im happy for this town. It means more job opportunities and income for the locals.

○ I heard they did not intentionally plan to pet these whale sharks. One time they just appeared and started to disturb/eat the fishermen's baits. So to distract the whale shark, some fishermen fed the whale shark in another location- in order to leave their baits alone. The following day is history.


○ 30mins after, we headed back to the shore. We unanimously agreed this was a great experience.

○ For the record, DOT supports Oslob's Whale Shark watching tour.



○ Anyway, for those who wishes to sleep or stay longer, here's a basic and cheap accommodation in Oslob. Contact Ms. Marilyn @ cell number 0906.586.9895 and 0933.509.5736. Room rates are P1,500 for a family room (6-7persons), P800 for a double room, and P350 for a single room.

photo credits to Rem

55 responses:

Chyng said...

another item down in my To-Do-List ^_^

michi said...

tama tweet mo, kumikitang kabuhayan sila sa daming fees. =) dapat wala bayad ang snorkling set kung may dala na. pati camera meron din? sa donsol kaya ganyan din.

Theonoski said...

Ang daming fees!

Si mamang bangkero naman, afraid Kay's a malunok ka ng whle shark! Lol! #jazzkidding

My Nomadic Habits said...

im from cebu pero di ko pa na experience ang lumangoy with the tuki/butanding.

Grabe dami palang fees akala ko 300 pesos lang.

Malangsa ba talaga ang amoy?

Missy Shugah said...

omg sa fees! pati camera mi fee? boo! Also the whale shark watching fee is a bit steep as well. how i wish matuloy ako this may! I wanna watch the gentle giants up close.

bisayangmanlalakbay said...

gusto ko din subukan ang adventure na yan!

Robbie said...

For a time I thought wala nang whale sharks sa Oslob. Good to find out na andyan pa rin silaaaaaa! :D

Ang dami nga lang fees na bigla. Huhuhu.

herroyalbleakness said...

Oh wow! This looks so surreal for someone who doesn't travel a lot! Para na rin ako nakarating dito sis... thanks for the post :)

LeStSkY said...

thank u sis... galing :) sana someday makapunta na kami :) pero di pa ngaun... nakakatuwa sana dumami pa at hindi umalis ang whalesharks.. :)

Chingky Quijano said...

Wow. Di na lang pala sa Donsol merong whale shark encounter. At least, nadagdagan ang pwedeng puntahan sa Cebu. :)

micG said...

Hi Chyng! I was really excited about sa Oslob whale watching. Will be at Cebu sa May pero out of way ang Oslob, kaya hindi nalang. And nabasa ko din 'to: http://savephilippineseas.com/2012/02/05/oslob-whale-sharks-amazingly-unnatural/
Your views/comments will be highly appreciated! ;)

ymik said...

yeay! good to hear you enjoyed the trip. di pa kasi ako nka experience niyan.. kahit taga cebu ako.. LOL!

Micamyx|Senyorita said...

Ang dami nagng fees! Buti na lang nag-enjoy ang buong tropa :D

Gusto ko rin makita yung mga sharks pero dun lang ako sa bangka. Hindi ako marunong magswim tsaka baka lamunin ako nung shark kahit pa walang ngipin like what Manong Fisherman said. Chos.

Another strike sa iyong To-Do list this year! :D Eh yung travel natin together kaya, kelan? :P

pusang kalye said...

seriously? Ang show off nila,parang nasa Pampang lang ang mga butanding!At ang mga tao---parang me pyestang dagat lang!!me parada ng water float?hahaha>Panin ko though, medyo maliliit ang mga butanding compared to Donsol, tama ba?ilan lahat nakita nyo dito?

Photo Cache said...

galing naman, 1 off the bucket list.

ay walang ipin, bakit?

zherwin said...

parang medyo off yung dami at mahal ng fees, baka next year doble na ang taas nyan hehe!

nabanggit ba sa orientation na bawal hawakan ang butanding? di ba plankton ang kinakain ng mga butanding, ano yung pini-feed ng mga bangkero? pano kaya yan kapag naging overweight ang mga butanding, ano na ang itatawag sa kanila? wahaha.

Chyng said...

^ yes, sinabe naman yung tamang distance sa whale shark.

andami mong tanong, im sure hindi nila alam sagot jan kaya i-google mo nalang. hehe

Marky Ramone Go said...

lol onga naman kasyang kasya ka sa bibig nun. Saya at least medyo orderly maski dami tao...yeah di naman kasalanan ng fishermen ung pg aalaga nila sa whale sharks, buti ngayon na train and briefed na sila ng DOT sana tuloy tuloy para okay sa Community, butandings and tourists alike...yeah

Kat said...

hihimatayin ata ako pag up close and personal na kami ng tuki hahaha

Gabz said...

Inggit ako!!! Gusto ko din to pero gusto ko muna ma-experience sa Donsol. :)

soloflightEd said...

congrats chyng! natutuwa ako kasi kahit papaano, at least nakita nyo ang mga whale sharks :D

docgelo said...

daming fees pero i agree with you, at least may resibo lahat.

hindi lang pala sa sorsogon ang mga butanding, mayroon na din pala sa cebu.

you didn't jump into the water, chyng?

Berylle Kaye Hong said...

wow! d man lg namn naexperice to nung nag bohol-cebu vacation kami :(

titus said...

Thanks for the info about the rates. Planning to go there next month.

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

shemay. tinalo ang payslip ko..daming kaltas kahit hindi ko ramdam ang pakinabang. haha!

kinakabahan ako sa butanding. baka magkaron ng lukso ng dugo yakapin ako bigla. hahaha!

MarLiesTravels said...

ginawa ng business! hehe! pero, still a great experience.. :)

ardee sean said...

grabe para sa mga kelangang bayaran.. at grabe din sa butanding na yun.. isang malaking NGANGA..

JeffZ said...

yikes.. thanks for the tips chyng!

wala ngang ngipin.. pero isang lunok lang sayo nyan maglalaho ka na agad sa mundo.. wehehe :)

Roscel said...

naaliw naman ako sa conversation nyo ni kuya bangkero. hehe! :)) lucky ka talaga ate chyng sa mga trip mo. nagpakita talaga sayo ng bongga ang butanding. ikaw na talaga. :)

Calvin said...

ang ok dito, close encounter ka talaga kasi di natatakot ang mga whale shark compared sa donsol na hahabulin niyo pa talaga tapos mataas pa yung bangka kaya hindi mo malalapitan agad. maganda sa donsol naman buong umaga ka magdidive. nakakapagod pero masarap pa rin at walang time limit.

paano nga pala in 20 minutes wala kayong nakita? sorry na lang? or kelangan may makita muna bago tumakbo ang metro?

dong ho said...

buti at nagkaroon na ng orientation and control sa paglangoy. sigurado dami pang pwede i-improve.

blissfulguro said...

hmmm... kahit ba 'di ako mahilig sa hayop matutuwa kaya ako dito?

hihi :)

stacy said...

walang ipin? Haha sana inisa nalang nila yung mga fees

Kap said...

Congrats Chyng!

additional tip sa Oslob, may color coding sila, ni divide nila sa 4 groups ata... di ko sure kung ano basis nila sa color coding, napunta kami sa yellow group, pinakamalayo sa lahat ng group from registration area.Pero konti lang ang tao at di pa kami nakakabihis e ready na ang bangkero,samantalang sa dinaanan namin na groups waiting pa yung iba, pero napansin ko sa yellow mga nagtatagalog at may dalng mga diving gears, pati yung mga kasamahan namin .. hehe baka for tagalog speaking guest yung yellow group, tas paglabas namin cottage may nagdaan ng bus. Nainip pala ako sa pabalik ng Cebu City kc ang tagal ng byahe 4 hrs mahigit ata.

joy said...

I was a nice experience for you and your friends. Pero ako siguro, sa dalampasigan na lang. he he

McRICH said...

gusto ko rin ma-experience to, sana in the near future!

Traveling Morion said...

Galing kmi d2 last week;) buti na lng organized na en my briefing tlaga un nga lang dmi pa rin matigas ang ulo niyayakap pa rn;(

Vash Lingan said...

ate alam mo po ba panu magbalik ng labels?

Ichan said...

May pagka red tape n yata ung fees sa dami.Astig ung whale encounter!

Ryan Mach I Pinoy Wandering Boy said...

Hahaha. Natawa ako sa straight-forward na response ni Kuyang Boatman sa 'yo. Nai-imagine ko pa kung paano niya sinabi.

khantotantra said...

sana makakita din me ng butanding up-close and personal. hehehe

jeanny said...

dami nga fees...oh well, sinusulit nila siguro dahil silat ang lugar nila ngayon. eh para san pla ang snorkling fee?

hayun, dami ko ng trips na nakalista :-)

michymichymoo said...

Wow! Buti I read this! Okay lang naman to for day trip noh? My friend and I are going to Cebu this August. :)

Followed you!

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thepinaysolobackpacker said...

tama ka, i;m, happy fos this town although d ko xa mxado na enjoy sa sobrang damne ng tao at na naman nasusunod ang rules maxado.

aerock said...

wow! you were just like inches away from the whaleshark! aweeeeesomeee!!!!

Donnie Ray said...

i think kailangan ko na talaga pumunta dito pagbalik ko ng cebu!

winner ka te! ikaw na! ^_^

David Richardson said...

Nice article I have posted a link to your article on my blog. www.philippineadventure.com I hope that is ok.

Ruscel Tubo said...

wow! thanks for the detailed info I'm planning to go there. I'm just wondering, what's the 20php Camera receipt all about?

Chyng said...

^ camera fee is P100
snorkeling fee is P20

what for? di ko alam!! haha ask the tourism officials

Anonymous said...

Chyng, how deep is the water when you had a close encounter with the whale shark? It looks like the whale shark was just on shallow water. anyways, this is a great post and great adventure! i'd love to try this adventure someday.

Chyng said...

^
not shallow at all. depth wold be a minimum of 50ft, i think. i saw divers in the bottom so that's where i gauged the depth. hula ko lang =)

erick said...

hi chyng,

nice article about the tuki's of oslob. im looking forward on seeing them on 15th april. im checking on the single room accomodation. is it walking distance to where the boats take off?

tia!

Chyng said...

^ yes, it wont take a minute. katapat lang ng bahay yung dagat. =)

Anonymous said...

nakapunta na ako diyan...
meron talagang mga grupo doon na naniningil ng labis.lalo na yong mga private resorts. konting ingat lang sa mga manloloko. wag masyadong magpadala sa excitement...magtanong tanong o di kaya lumapit sa baranggay officials o sa munisipyo para magabayan kayo ng tama lalo na sa presyohan.

300 lang po ang whalewatching at libre na ang life jacket. kung may sarili kayong camera wala ka nang babayaran pa. syempre mas mataas ang bayad kung mag snorkel ka o di ba mag scuba. kung may sarili kang snorkel set ang fee na babayaran mo ay for snorkeling at hindi whalewatching lang habang nasa ibabaw ka lang ng bangka.
limang (5)piso lang po ang bayad sa paggamit ng CR at kung mag shower ka ay sampung piso (10) lamang. ito po ang banyo na pinagawa ng munisipyo, malinis po ito kasi may caretaker ito. nasa briefing area lang ito.
300 pesos good for 30 minutes lang yan pero kung sa weekdays na mas konti ang guests pwede ka ring ma extend ng ilang minuto depende sa negotiating powers ninyo (lol)
hindi ko masabi dito ang lahat sa magandang karanasan ko doon, kaya kung may gustong magtanong sasagutin ko kayo kung alam ko.

Sheena Bree said...

Our entire trip is really relaxing and astonishing. Seeing those Whale Sharks (Gentle Giants) swimming near you is a breathe-taking experience. I really love it! I would come back to Oslob every vacation

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