Swimming with Whale Sharks in the Philippines was probably one of the most incredible things I have done to date.

These giant animals can measure up to 18m long, weighing 19,000kg and you are able to swim within metres of them.

If there is one thing you that you need to do when you travel to the Philippines, it has to be swimming with these beautiful creatures.

Where to Stay

We stayed at Sharky Hostel in Oslob which is right next door to the attraction. The hostel has a deal with the tour companies that their group goes out on the water first before the other boats. We woke up at 5.30 as the first boats of the day leave around six.

Our boat did leave first with the others following us minutes after. The Whale Sharks are only about 70 metres from the shore so you don’t need to go far.

Make sure you are kitted up before you arrive at your spot, so you can get in the water ASAP. You are provided with a snorkel and mask so there’s no need to bring your own. There is a total of 30 minutes in the water per boat therefore you want to take advantage.

Although there is a time limit, you do not feel rushed. It gives you enough time to thoroughly enjoy the experience.


Swimming with Whale Sharks Is out of This World

It is incredible how these creatures are humongous, but you do not feel the slightest bit alarmed in their presence. They are completely confident with humans, allowing you to get up very close to them. The whole experience is incredible and I cannot recommend it enough.

TIP! Do not wear sun cream, oils etc. as it can irritate their skin and it is not allowed. You will be told to take it off before you get in the water so it’s better just to not put it on in the first place.

These animals are protected by the Philippine Government and harming them will result in fines and even imprisonment.

As Swimming with Whale Sharks starts so early, you are back by around 7am and have the whole day ahead of you.

If you are looking for something to do for the rest of the day, there are a few things to do in Oslob. There is an abseiling tour in the waterfalls, and a lookout point. Drivers usually make a deal for you and take a group of around 6 people for a reasonable price.

We decided to go over to Sumillion Island for the day which was amazing. Check out this post on Sumillon Island for more information.