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Oslob, Cebu: Dancing with the Gentle Giants

Hello everybody! Quite the hiatus I went to, huh? I have no other excuses but real life happened to me. A lot of changes will be happening in the next few months and I hope I won’t leave y’all behind. I’m sure I won’t. Just a heads up, I suppose, that I might go on and off every now and then. Hopefully, I’ll settle down soon.

Anyways. Where were we? I’ve blogged about going on top of Cebu and having an adrenaline rush day so now, let’s go and dance with the gentle giants!

The great whale sharks have made the tourist scene of Cebu for a few years now. Although it’s very far from the city, I think it’s nice to see the country side of Cebu as well. The unique thing about that, it’s not just all trees and cows and fields, Cebu is an elongated island so you’ll occasionally pass by the edge and see the ocean.

The viewing of the whale sharks happen at 6 in the morning to noon time. What we usually do is find a place to stay the night before we want to see the sharks. You’ll then have to reserve your viewing schedule, just ask the owner the number of people that’ll be going, either you’ll swim with the whale sharks or not and what time you want to. The rates for viewing are 300 for locals, 500 for non-locals; 500 for locals and 1000 for non-locals if you want to snorkel.

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Arriving at the place we rented, across this is the Sumilon Island.

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The morning after, we woke up at 5 in the morning, had breakfast and waited for our boatmen to notify us we are ready to go and view the whale sharks. They give seminars to first time tourists, and since we are not first timers except for Paul and he didn’t opt to swim, we skipped that part and went straight to viewing. But if you must know, the seminar, as I can remember from about three years ago, talked about how you shouldn’t block the way of the sharks. Boatmen feed them with tiny fishes and the way they eat is through sucking all of the water in front of them, so don’t get sucked in! You’re also not allowed to swim behind them because they have strong fins and would change course anytime they want, so keep distance.

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Feeding. See the amount of water it sucks in.

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The viewing lasts for 30 minutes, and it might seem short but it’s actually more than enough. Thankfully it wasn’t screaming hot that day so we didn’t end up being fried under the sun.

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We ended the viewing safe and these boatmen just give you all the assistance you need (don’t forget to tip!).

Since the morning is just starting for us, we decided to visit our relatives (South represent!) and take advantage of the shoreline they have.

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The perks of knowing people who living by the sea. A whole beach, to yourself. And we’re not even millionaires! Haha

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Why the serious face Paul? Can’t take all the awesomeness?

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Played around for a bit while we wait for lunch.

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Trying to skip stones and failing.

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Since it’s still the countryside, lots and lots of coconut trees around us, ready to give the sweetest coconuts. Another perk!

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Fresh and sweet, and most of all, free! Can’t beat that, eh?

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And alas, a trip to the sea won’t be complete without grilled meat, Filipino style.

I hope you enjoyed that little trip to the south of Cebu. See you next time! ♥

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