Stay Near Oslob Whale Shark Experience
Get There Before 8am
Expensive But Worth It
The Oslob Whale Shark Experience is one of the coolest things you can do on the Island of Cebu. As a foreigner here, it’s not a cheap experience relative to the rest of the county at P1500 or about $30USD. But for $30 it is an unforgettable experience.
The only downside that I see to this attraction is that they are feeding the Whale Sharks their natural food source to attract them from the depths of the ocean into shallower water to have them on display. My experience as a wilderness guide tells me that if you feed an wild animal, you hurt a wild animal. These sharks seemed to be in good shape on the whole, but they were on the small side which means they were probably younger. So if you are a card carrying PETA member, maybe skip this one.
I will say this. I spent 7 days trying to see whale sharks in a natural way in Donsol in 2014 and spent a bunch of money and had no luck at all. You can see from the video above, I jumped in the water, and there were whale sharks all over at the Oslob Whale Shark Experience.
How To Get To The Oslob Whale Shark Center
From Cebu: From Dumaguete: From Kawasan: By Car/Motorbike:
Take a bus from the South Bus Terminal bound for The Oslob Whale Shark Experience.
Take the ferry from the port just north of town to Cebu and get a Tricycle to Oslob
Take a bus going South and transfer to the bus to Oslob
Take the national highway south from Cebu City to Oslob.
Drive time 2-2.5 hrs.
Where To Stay
- BCD’S Place, Brgy. Tan-awan, Oslob, Cebu, +639228736128, Loccated within the whale shark watching area.
- Brumini Beds and Beach Resort, Brgy. Tan-awan, Oslob, Cebu, +639339652200. Right across the street from the whales hark watching area.
- Ermi Beach Resort, National Highroad 1, Gawi, Oslob, Cebu, +639328449048. Located on the water with views of the neighboring islands
- GT Seaside Inn, San Jose St, Poblacion, Oslob, Cebu 6025, +63 32 4819023.
- Oslob Malonzo Pension House, San Jose St, Población, Oslob, Cebu 6025 Philippines, +639223201153
- Seafari Resort Oslob, San Jose St, Población, Oslob, Cebu 6025 Philippines, +63325131615
- MB Sunrise View Resort, National Highway, Tan-awan, Oslob 6025 Cebu, Philippines
- Hotel Sebastian, San Jose St, Población, Oslob, Cebu 6025 Philippines
- New Village Lodge, San Jose St, Población, Oslob, Cebu 6025 Philippines, +63 32 4819025
- Bluewater Sumilon Beach Resort, Sumilon Island, Bancogon, Oslob, Cebu, +63 32 3183129, Located on Sumilon Island. Starts at $160/night.
- Magics Place – Located between Oslob town and the whaleshark watching center.
Camping – With the help of a Filipino friend I managed to pay P150/night ($3) to camp here with my hammock.
The owners spoke almost no English so a local is needed to help arrange, ask someone in town and they should know the spot.
My Whale Shark Experience
I stayed in Oslob at a nice hotel (For the first time in a while) and booked the whale shark tour for the following morning. After a good nights like in an ice cold aircon room I awoke to find 2 other Canadians (Basically from my home town) waiting for the shuttle too! So we loaded in the back of a multicab van and make the 20 min drive the the Whale Shark Center.
When we arrived we got a breiefing and were told not to touch the sharks under any circumstances, nor should we feed them anything or wear sunscreen during out 30 minutes in the water because with the number of tourists, the sunscreen could be harmful. Makes sense, it was early anyways, so the sun wasn’t pumping the UV to hard yet. They handed me a life jacket and we set off on the boat.
Our guide paddled our canoe into the water and said we could jump whenever we were ready. I grabbed my GoPro and jumped right in. This was the first real opportunity I would have with my new toy to take some video of cool underwater stuff, and boy it didn’t disappoint!
The moment i jumped in the water I immediately spotted a whale shark, then 2 then 5. They were all over the place! I hoped I wouldn’t kick one or run into one by accident! I filmed away and watched whale shark after whale shark emerge from the depths to come say hello (and get their breakfast). I snapped pictures for everyone, Almost got slapped in the face with a huge tail (My bad, I got too close) and had one of the coolest experiences I’ve had in the Philippines! I highly recommend this activity if you are in the Philippines, this should be top 2 or 3, especially if you haven’t seen these beautiful creatures before.
Tumalog falls is the other tourist attraction near the Oslob Whale Shark Experience. While it’s a nice looking waterfall, there are better ones on the island. If you have the time, you may as well check it out, its a short drive from the whale shark experience and about a 10min walk down a road to the falls from the parking lot.
Plan for 20 or 30 min at the falls if you plan to swim.