Oslob Whale Shark Watching – How To Do This Experience

In this post we will explore this amazing attraction that is Oslob Whale Shark Watching, discover how to get there, places to stay during your visit and watch some videos of previous experiences of this must do activity while visiting the Philippines. You can either take a tour from your hotel or do the experience yourself and explore other places in the south of Cebu

Oslob Whale Shark Experience

Where Is Oslob?

Oslob is located in the south of Cebu Island in The Philippines, situated along the coast giving easy access from the national highway road that runs around the island of Cebu. Many visitors will be coming from Cebu City or the airport in Mactan Island. From these locations

Oslob is a 3 hour car ride and can take up to 4 hours if using a local bus. Getting to the Oslob Whale Shark Center is easy as it’s on the main highway route, below we will talk about your options on getting there and searching for places to stay while coming to enjoy this amazing adventure

Opening Times

The whale shark swimming is available 7 days a week but only during the times of 6am to 12pm. The event will stop at 12pm to let the whale sharks have a break from interactions and to do whatever whale sharks do in the natural world

What To Expect During Your Visit

At the beginning of your visit you will first have to pay the entrance fee to the whale shark swimming, then you need to watch a video on the rules on interaction during your swim. After that you will board the boats ready to go into the water, life jackets are available for persons needing them and is included in the entrance fee

  1. Cost for a local for a 30 minutes swim is 500php PER PERSON
  2. Cost for a foreign national for a 30 minutes swim is 1000php PER PERSON

How To Get There

Getting there from Cebu City is easy, you have several options on getting to the Oslob Whale Sharks if your already staying in the city or Mactan, let’s explore your options as a visitor on getting there

  • By Local Bus From Cebu City Or Mactan

Taking the bus from Cebu City or Mactan you will have to go to the South Bus Terminal and get the bus going to Bato/Lioan, don’t forget to tell the bus driver or conductor that you wish to get off (drop off) at the whale shark experience, from the drop off point on the main highway it’s a 2 minute walk to the whale shark center.

  • By Taxi From Cebu City Or Mactan

You can take a taxi from either Cebu City or Mactan straight to Oslob, this will be a more comfortable ride and a quicker journey time but will be more expensive than the bus. Our advice is, if this is your preferred way to travel, is to ask the driver to wait while you do your experience so he can can you back to your hotel in Cebu or wherever your staying.

It is best that you agree a price before taking a taxi, in the Philippines it’s ok to agree on a fixed price for a journey and your agreed price will depend on your negotiation skills

  • By Booking A Tour With Pickup From Your Hotel In Cebu City Or Mactan

You might be stuck for time or wish to be picked up from your hotel and taken to the whale sharks by booking a tour, the firs thing to note is, that the price of the tour will be far more expensive than doing it yourself and the bus or minibus will be picking you up very early in the morning, included in the tour is a trip to Tumalog falls and often included a bbq lunch after your visits. You Can Book A Tour By Clicking Here

  • By Bus From Moalboal

many of you might already be in Moalboal and looking to experience this amazing activity on the way back to Cebu City, from Moalboal you will need to get the bus going to Cebu City and ask the driver or conductor that you wish to be dropped off in Oslob for the whale sharks

  • By Bus From Dumaguete

Take a multicab from the town center going to Sibulan Port where the boat goes to Lioan (Cebu), then from Lioan port you can take a Ceres bus going to Oslob (the bus will be going in the south direction) ask the driver when you board to stop off at the Whale Shark Experience

Where To Stay In Oslob

Oslob is a small town but with this attraction becoming so popular with visitors, there has been an explosion of accommodation in Oslob and surrounding areas, all types of places to stay are available from cheap hostels, hotels and beach resorts. Search Booking.com Below For Hotels, Resorts And Hostels In Oslob

Other Places To Visit In The South Of Cebu

Because swimming with the whale sharks is from early morning until midday, you might be looking for something else to do in the area during your visit, the most obvious choice to recommend is Tumalog Falls which is located very close to the Oslob Whale Shark Office

Tumalog Falls can be accessed by hiring a ride on the back of a motorbike which there will be plenty around the whale shark office as many tourists tend to go there after their swim, the cost of a round trip to the falls is going to be 120php and entrance fee to the falls is 20php

*Please note that prices are correct at the time of writing this post 05/02/2017*

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