Swimming with sharks, that’s the whale sharks which was something I wanted to do. Whale sharks are the biggest shark and largest fish in the world reaching an average length of about 10-12 meters.
In Cebu, Philippines, these sharks are lured to the coast by people throwing shrimp from the boats into the water.
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Diving With Whale Sharks In Oslob
The Oslob whale sharks only appear in the morning and then return to the sea. There is a government attempt to protect the whale sharks by restricting the human feeding of the sharks between the times of 6 am to 12 pm and not allowing tourists to touch the whale sharks.
If a tourist is caught touching or holding onto the whale sharks, they will be fined. Not sure what the fine was but I think it was about 2000/3000 pesos. They even said that you may even go to jail.
The cost to dive with the whale sharks was 3000 pesos. And half of this goes to the government agency that is responsible to protect the sharks. The price of the tickets is fixed, so it doesn’t matter where you get them.
Starting off, we had a formal briefing on what to do and not to do. The main rule was not to use sunscreen lotion. And the most important rule is to not touch the sharks!
Once we were geared up to go diving. The dive was only about 6 to 8 meters deep and lasted no longer than 1 hour. Which is effort time for photos and watching the sea giants. Initially, I was a little bit scared, they are really large animals, but they are very calm.
After a while, I got used to them and their slow-moving fins, although my filming did not come out great. But I loved it, being so close to whale sharks is an unforgettable experience.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on diving with whale sharks in Cebu in the Philippines has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there are any more places to visit in the Philippines.