Philippines: Whale Sharks

Oh, the Philippines. The mysterious place of 7,000 islands. Since I’m originally from there, I didn’t travel around as much, but that’s alright , since I was catching up with family I haven’t seen in 10 years.

However, there is something I did experience that I would like to share with you. My family took me to see Whale Sharks. As scary as it may sound, it was a beautiful adventure. 3 hours outside of Cebu City, there is a little town called Oslob. We drove there, but I know that there’s a bus that you can catch in Cebu. They are know for whale sharks. There are multiple businesses, so I don’t know the “best” one to go to. Luckily for me since I looked like a local, I was able to get the “local price”. My uncle told me not to speak, and just follow everyone. So  you will probably get the tourist price if you look western and can’t speak Tagalog. If I remember correctly, it was equivalent to 20 USD which isn’t too bad.

So first receive you your snorkle and life jacket. Get on a little boat and someone rows you out about 50 feet from the shore. To attract the whale shakes, they feed them fish. And then you jump in and swim with the whale sharks. Don’t let it touch you because your skin will get itchy. But they are magnificent creatures: grey with white dots and a gigantic mouth. Definitely something I will never forget, and highly recommend if you’re in that area.

Around Oslob there’s some tracks, and the view is amazing. Unfortunately, I left my camera, so I don’t have any pictures. But I hope this encourages you go out and see what mother nature has to offer! 🙂

Grey spotted whale shark
The average size is 25 feet (7.6 m)
Two whale sharks; maybe kissing?

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