7 Tips for Swimming with Whale Sharks in Oslob, Philippines

Bucket List #6: Swim with Whale Sharks  ((I swam with Whale Sharks in Oslob, Philippines in June of 2017))7 tips for swimming.jpg

Background:

Whale Sharks are the largest fish in the sea, as they reach lengths of 40 feet and weigh up to 60 tons. They truly are harmless creatures, as they feed on squid or fish and would not harm people. Did you know whale sharks have 3,000 tiny teeth that are less than 6mm long?  They do not use those teeth to eat. Swimming with them is a life-changing experience, however it must be done responsibly. Here are seven tips to know before swimming with these incredible creatures.WHALESHARKS

My Experience:  

Swimming with these gentle giants was the ultimate underwater experience. I will never forget watching these beautiful creatures in there natural habitat.  As I was swimming, I noticed they stretched longer than an entire group of divers and have large mouths that reach 3 to 5 feet. I was surprised when our guide told us that these sharks were “just” babies. The breathtaking experience took 30 minutes long and it was so cool to see these grey giants stalling water and food so close up.

Tip #1: It costs 1,000PHP per person to snorkel. Snorkeling gear and your life jacket are included in the cost.New_PHP1000_Banknote_(Obverse).jpg

Tip #2: Stay close to your boat and stay a minimum of 4m from the shark. Whale sharks are moving between boats, and you are guaranteed to see them. You do not need to be a good swimmer to experience this.IMG_7373

Tip #3: Bring your GoPro. If you do not have your own they have professional cameras for hire.Gopro-Hero-3+-Compared-to-Palm.jpg

Tip #4: Do not wear sunscreen, as the chemicals are not good for the whale sharks.

Tip #5: Visit early in the morning, as the attraction ends mid day. Wake up around 5:30am to 6am to get to the whale sharks on time. DCIM125GOPROGOPR4258.JPG

Tip #6: Stay in Oslob the night before to guarantee that you make it on time. Listen to the instructor prior to swimming with the sharks. DCIM125GOPROGOPR4187.JPG

Tip #7: Don’t touch or feed the whales because it might cause them stress.

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Thank you for reading! If you LOVED this post please don’t forget to pin the last photo!

XOXO, Ashley Bonner

 

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