Places To See Whale Sharks In The Philippines

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The Philippines has a lot to offer in terms of marine life and activity down in the oceans. If you are someone who wants one-of-a-kind experiences, you surely won’t say no to swimming with man’s very own sea creatures, whale sharks particularly.Only in a select few countries can this practice being and the gentle giants are only becoming fewer and further between due to climate change. Fortunately the Philippines is among those few blessed with whale shark sightings and even interactions

Only in a select few countries can this practice being and the gentle giants are only becoming fewer and further between due to climate change. Fortunately the Philippines is among those few blessed with whale shark sightings and even interactions. It is among the top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. There are about 7,107 islands you can explore so can be too overwhelming even for a seasoned tourist to visit.

These are the places that will give you the memorable experience of basking in the presence of whale sharks:

1. Donsol

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Donsol is in the Sorsogon region, South Luzon. You get to have 10 minutes to interact with the whale sharks at about 4 meters away. Not more than one boat is allowed per whale shark and there must be not more than six people interacting with the creature. Flash photography as well as touching of the sharks are not allowed. The best time to visit Donsol for these sharks is between November and June.

2. Oslob

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Located in Cebu, Oslob is the best place to go for guaranteed interactions with whale sharks. Just like Donsol, you are required to follow rules which include not touching these creatures and staying a few meters away. You get to have pictures of you taken with these gentle beasts as remembrance of that day. Whale shark watching in Oslob Philippines takes only half of the day and thus, you get to have lots of time exploring other nearby places such as the Kawasan Falls.

3. Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

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Located in Sulu Sea and accessible only through live aboard boat, Tubbataha is a protected area quite world-famous for being one of the best diving spots and the best places to swim with the whale sharks. Go to Tubbataha between March and June.

4. Southern Leyte

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Only few know about whale shark watching in Southern Leyte and those who do, most likely would prefer swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob wherein you can come face to face at close proximity with the gentle giants. In Leyte, however, you most likely will spend hours on the boat scouring the waters for these animals. The best time to go whale watching in Southern Leyte is between November and May, as the animals tend to migrate to the place during that time.

Summary

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Speaking of specific places, you will want to drop by the small island of Cebu, as you can find almost everything a tourist would want in this island. To make the most of your time, it is best to approach a travel agency, and you can find a lot of these online. For a hassle-free tour and accommodation, Island Trek Tours is one of the most recommended travel agency in Cebu.

If you are planning to visit the country for its whale sharks, it will definitely be daunting to have to scour the 7,107 islands just to get a glimpse of these creatures and thankfully, you won’t have to do so now that you’ve read this post.

Have you had the experience and privilege of swimming with sharks or even just watching? Whereabouts have you seen white sharks before if not the Philippines? I would love to hear all your thoughts in the comments below xD

Happy February to everyone!

Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures

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Johnny is a 23-year old solo traveller and travel blogger with a craving to know the world better and make the small world bigger!

1 Comment

  1. February 5, 2020 / 2:22 pm

    Wow looks like an unforgettable experience! I’ve only snorkelled with reef sharks but would love to see whale sharks one day! I wanted to go in Australia a few years ago but didn’t feel well on the day 😒

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