This was our 2nd trip to Cebu City, 2 years ago we visited Cebu City and Bohol, but I didn’t know that the whale shark “Butanding” was in Cebu the last time we were there. I thought they were only in Bicol. So when I found out that they were in Cebu, I put on our list of places to go when we are in the Philippines. Since this was our 2nd trip to Cebu we went there just to see and swim with the Butanding.
We woke up at 5:00 am and left our hotel at 5:30am, then we drove nearly 3hrs to Oslob. We we arrived in Oslob at around 8am and changed into our swimsuits, and put on some sunblock, then we paid 500 Pesos each to be able to see the Butanding. The rate is 500 pesos ($10) if you’re going to swim with the butanding, 300 Pesos ($7) if you are just going to ride the boat and look at the butanding, but for foreigners they charge 1,000 Pesos ($20) Children under 5 years old are free.
Before going to the butanding there is a briefing area to tell you everything about the butanding, to tell you what we can and can’t do to harm the butanding, after the briefing they give you a life vest and then they put you on a small boat to go out to where the Butanding is feeding.
Here is the picture of us before riding the boat
On our way to see the Butanding, 2 boatmen rowed our boat for us, but Butandings stay close to the shore.
We saw at least 5 butanding at the spot where our boat parked. At first I was afraid to jump into the water, but I had been waiting for this day for months so Tory,Luke and I jumped in right away, They were really big, long and scary looking, but they were really nice, they don’t care if people get close to them, and they also came right up to our boat, a lot of times, so Torch got to see them very close even though he was too scared to swim with them.
I was afraid to touch it at first, but when the boatman was feeding them he told me to touch it and they are like rubber. Tory and Luke touched it too while they were swimming with them. But in the briefing area they will tell you you cannot touch them and you need to have 4 meter between you and the butanding.
Get ready for tons of pictures!!
I didn’t know how to get down from the surface of the water, I just kept on floating LOL Tory tried to pull me down LOL
Tory and Luke have a ton more pictures than me, Thanks to our boatman who took all of our pictures.
We left around 10:00 or 10:30am, looking back I wish I would have stayed until at least till noon.
It was really a good experience and I will definitely go there again with Blake, and we will stay longer next time. But the boatman said that butanding only stay there until 12 or 1pm, but they arrive at the shoreline around 6am, after 12pm they go into the deep area to rest. That’s why all the tourist go there really early just to see the butanding. I have always wanted to swim with the dolphins and even though I haven’t done that I have at least swam with the whale shark 🙂