Cebu’s Gentle Giants – What Are They?

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Gentle giants or whale sharks is a famous tourist attraction in Oslob, south of Cebu City. Lots of tourist from all over the world are flocking to Oslob to experience the once-in-a-lifetime experience to swim with the whale sharks in Oslob

Is it good to swim with the whale sharks in Oslob? 

Yes, it is safe to swim together with the whale sharks. There’s a limitation on how close you can get with the whale sharks and there’s a marine environmentalist on the site at all times to check if there’s anything that was done that could probably harm the whale sharks. They are stationed there to keep an eye to ensure the safety of the whale sharks. 

There are regulations too that must be observed at all times and the tourists will be briefed about what to do and what are the things you could possible do when you are already in the area for the whale shark watching. 

What are the regulations or rules? 

  • All whale shark watchers must undergo orientation at the Briefing Center on the rules for interaction with whale sharks 
  • Whale shark watchers are limited to 30 minutes (I think this applies to those in boats) 
  • Life guards will be on site during whale watching hours 
  • Dive Centers bringing visitors must be accredited with the Municipality of Oslob (Turtle Bay Dive Resort is accredited) 
  • No feeding of whale sharks by unauthorized personnel 
  • Only staff from accredited organizations may guide visitors. 

Rates: 

Foreign Visitors (no longer any extra charges for camera): 

  • Whale shark watching from boat = Php 500.00 
  • Snorkeling with whale sharks = Php 1,000.00 
  • Scuba diving = Php 1,500.00 

Philippine Visitors (not from Oslob): 

  • Whale shark watching from a boat = Php 300.00 
  • Snorkeling with whale sharks = Php 500.00 
  • Scuba diving = Php 600.00 
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