Whale Shark Watching in Oslob, Cebu on a Budget
So you came to Cebu island in Philippines for whale shark watching? Think about it really well, as it is the main tourists attraction in Cebu there are huge crowds of people who want to see these animals everyday. Every morning fishermen go into the sea and start feeding the whale sharks and after couple of minutes dozens of small boats packed with tourists are already in the sea. Everybody tries to catch that “perfect selfie” with the shark. Of course, it is unique experience and you can not see that huge fish every day.
Oslob Whale Shark watching rates (fees) 2017-2018
Price for foreigners is fixed, it is 1000 pesos per person for 30 minutes snorkeling and being with the huge creations. Price includes snorkeling equipment, lifejacket and boat transfer to the sharks and back. I think there is no possibility to get better price for foreigner than 1000, all of the sellers/agencies and even official spot have the same price. So prepare 1000 and go to see them!
Accommodation for Oslob Whale Shark Watching
Actual spot for spotting whale sharks is not Oslob town, real place is close to Tan-Awan village which is about 10 kilometers down south from Oslob. The night before watching I would recommend to sleep there, you will have 1 hour of additional sleep and you will be at the spot night before. There are handful of hotels/hostels and resorts in the village. I stayed at Sharky hostel which has dormitory beds and double private bungalows (750 pesos for 2 per night, prices may change according to season).
Whale Shark Watching briefing area in Oslob, Cebu
As I mentioned before, place for spotting the big fish is close to Tan-Awan village in Cebu island, not exactly Oslob town. Exact location of Whale shark briefing area is – 9.463480, 123.379844. There you will be provided with all the necessary information, dos and dont’s. Staff is friendly and after the briefing you will get your lifejacket and snorkeling equipment.
Oslob whale sharks watching video
Many people recommend to go there as early as possible. In sharky hostel we had to meet at 5:20 AM for the tour. But it looks that it is like psychosis, everybody comes early and then it is not the best time to be there. So my recommendation would be – come there around 8-9 or even 10 AM. Then there should not be so many people and pictures in the water should be more beautiful. Tours are organised until 11:00 or 12:00. Don’t come too late!
Have fun, behave according to the rules, take pictures and leave nothing in the water!
💲Whale Sharks watching entrance fee: 1000 pesos per person.
📍Location of whale sharks Oslob briefing area: 9.463480, 123.379844