Wednesday, June 18, 2014

swimming with the whalesharks (how to get directly to Oslob from Dumaguete)

How's the weather at your side of the world? .

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It is all wet and gray here. From where I sit, the sea between Dumaguete and Siquijor in the distance looks rough. The ominous sky and weather report read 'not a chance of sunshine for weeks!' Unlike several weeks back when my Outdoor Education class traveled to Oslob to swim with the whale sharks.

The day trip was in tandem with the Marine Life class of my German colleague Larissa who organized everything. She got a very good rate from Harold's Mansion (telephone no 035.422.3477)--a backpacker's hostel in Dumaguete. The package included a 'backpacker' buffet lunch, snorkeling gear, life vests and the use of a big boat that can accommodate up to 25 people. The mala-yati nga banca even has an upper deck where I and a couple of students stayed all the time.

The best part? It saved us from the hassle of land-sea-land transfers because we headed to Oslob by boat right straight from the coast of Dumaguete. The jump-off point was at Silliman Beach. The trip from Silliman Beach to Oslob took us about an hour.

After the orientation, we went out to sea and meet the gentle giants in 'person' (pun intended). Here is one of our teachers posing for the underwater camera we rented (P500, unlimited photos, with CD) at the orientation hall.  

After swimming with the whale sharks, we headed to Sumilon Island where the boat dropped anchor. Lunch was on board. The rest of the afternoon was spent beachcombing and snorkeling in the marine sanctuary where I saw a 3-legged turtle in the vastness of the coral garden.


  1. ooohh... mas malapit pala ang oslob at sumilon via dumaguete :) nice. how much did it cost?

    1. for 25 people, it was P2,500 per head. with coffee in the morning and then lunch on board. (with snorkelling gear and life vests, too. i think they have an open trip sa bulletin board para mag sign-up whoever is interested na harold's guests. happy travels~

  2. This looks like such an amazing experience. I'm guessing you should probably leave the AquaJogger belts at home for something like this, though.


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