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Whale-Shark-Watching in the Philippines (How to get there )

Updated on June 13, 2013
On the shore people are too eager to wait for their turn . Whale-Shark-Watching in Oslob, Cebu
On the shore people are too eager to wait for their turn . Whale-Shark-Watching in Oslob, Cebu
On a boat heading towards the area where the friendly giants flock
On a boat heading towards the area where the friendly giants flock
Sharing exciting scenes with the gentle giants
Sharing exciting scenes with the gentle giants
Boats from afar...this is where the boatmen take the whale shark watchers to have a closer look at the gentle giants
Boats from afar...this is where the boatmen take the whale shark watchers to have a closer look at the gentle giants


Do you want to have a face to face - hip to hip encounter with a friendly whale shark? If so then this article is for you. You can travel with so much ease, using this detailed, yet simple to follow directional hub. My name is Barbara, let me be your guide.

Since the day I published a hub ,where I shared my childhood story about the famous Whale Sharks (Butanding). New friends from all over the world have been e-mailing me, asking information about Oslob, and some other things regarding their possible visit to the place, sometime this year or next year. So this hub is for them, and for you too, if you happen to like adventure so much, and its your first time visiting the Philippines.

First: Arrival in the Philippines

Fly towards the Philippines, either through NAIA Terminal in Manila, or through MACTAN International Airport in Cebu City. If there is no flight going straight to Cebu from your country of origin, Manila is an option; though you have to take another plane ride to Cebu which is in the Visayas Island.

Second: Arrival in Cebu

While in Cebu, there are many ways to go straight to the area. However, you have to proceed first to Cebu South Terminal through a cab.

The only thing to remember is make sure you arrive early in the morning before 6 am, since watching ends at 1 pm. There are cheap accommodations though where you can stay the night before the whale-watching day. 1K to 2K rooms for 4 persons to 6 persons are available depending on your preference.

Third: (The Trip to Oslob)

The trip going to Tan-awan, Oslob gives you two options:

Through Bus at Cebu South Bus Terminal:

Take a Bus for a fare of P160 for a three-hour ride. Make sure to go on board the BATO-OSLOB Route. You can ask the Bus driver to drop you off in the Tan-awan Barangay Hall, where the Butanding Reception area is located just a few meters away.

Through FX Van-for-Hire:

There are Van-for-Hire in SM Malls or Ayala Malls. P2,000 is already a packaged round-trip for the whole group of 4 to 6 persons. The Fx will drop you off the whale-shark-watching area itself.

Fourth: The charges

While in the Butanding area pay P100 for the entrance and P200 for the whale watching fee per person plus a snorkling gear with flippers for 100 each.

Finally: The Rules

Wait for your turn. Each boat trip last for 40 minutes. Observe the rules set by the fishermen. The most important one is maintain a 3-meter distance, and 'no touching please'. Be responsible enough to follow each and every instructions.

Date today: July 13, 2012 – Expenses may change, as transportation rate increases and other fees be implemented.

The area is fast becoming one of the tourist destinations in the Philippines, so if you want to avoid the crowd, do not go there on a weekend. Make sure you do it soon before stricter regulations will be implemented.

So pack your things now, enjoy your vacation, and tell me about it when you get back.


To entice your imagination, see more pictures in this hub:


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    • go-barbara-go profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Yes, Sorsogon is known worldwide as the Butanding area.

      Though, I would like to visit the place because of another attraction, the dolphins, which I believe also thrived in that friendly sea.

      Thank you for the input.

    • conradofontanilla profile image


      6 years ago from Philippines

      Barbara, there is another spot where you can play with the butanding, in Sorsogon, Southern Luzon, at the back of Mayon volcano. Video clips on butanding appear on tv occasionally that give me the pleasure of watching. I used to snorkel in Lubang Island, Mindoro Occidental and play with the fishes of varied colors and sizes there. They would come so close to me as if wondering what kind of creature I am.


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