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5 Facts to Know Before Deciding to Swim with the Whale Sharks in Oslob


So let’s talk about my experience in swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob Cebu. I’d like to talk about this on a separate post since I don’t want the other post to be too long for you to read. And of course, the first post about the whale sharks in Oslob are the details that you might want to know when you want to try it out for yourself.

Now, if you’re not sure if swimming with the whale sharks is for you, here are a couple of facts you might not know and you should know about before deciding to really go there.

They won’t eat you. When I was there swimming with the whalesharks, a tourist shouted “Kuya, please don’t let them eat me!”. No worries, as far as I know and can see they’re not interested with you. They’re being fed with the locals there and that’s why they go up and we can see them.

No touching. It is forbidden to touch the whale sharks in Oslob, but if you do DO IT intensionally then prepare to go to jail for at least 6 months.


The whale is the one who wants to get near me here. Not me. Not my fault.

No SPF50. Don’t apply anything on your skin, even the SPF50 lotion since the chemicals can do harm to them.

No drowning. I was so shocked myself, I mean, I’m fat, I’m heavy but I did not drown and can’t drown - it's not that I want to drown, it's just that "It's a Miracle!". I don’t know if it’s the water or what, but they literally have to push me down for me to take a photo with the whales. I was like, did I lose weight or something?


The guide pushed me down to take this shot but another whale showed up below me and hit my legs. when I got back up I told the guide that, "... the whale touched me, not the other way around..." LOL. I don't want to go to jail!

For limited time only. If you do decide and go for it, try the experience out. Then please be aware that the whale sharks are so busy (sleeping, maybe) that they’re only available from  9am to 12nn. They go down somewhere deep after that.

But then, let me leave you a message from a good friend of mine who’s a tour guide here in Cebu (and a walking history book of the Philippines) who does not support the whale sharks as a tourist destination. I asked him why he does not support this and why we should not, and his answer was;

It is not ecotourism.. but rather an exploitative tourism.
Provisioning (the act of feeding) alters the behavioral patterns of the whale sharks.
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Gay Aida Dumaguing (a.k.a. G) is a 29 years old Filipina traveler and food lover from Cebu Philippines who makes a living online as a SEO specialist, Social Media Manager, and Brand Ambassador. Follow her on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.

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