It was an early morning departure out of Dubai at 2:45am with 8 and a half hours over to Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Landing in the early afternoon, we swapped over the aircraft with the transit stop crew and made our way over to the hotel. With it being a friday afternoon the traffic was absolute madness and it took over 2 and a half hours to get to the hotel! So because of that I scrapped any dinner plans and went straight to bed with some room service as I had an early start for our tour the next morning.
My alarm was set for 1:30am and our pick up was at 2 as there were 4 of us who wanted to go and swim with the whale sharks in Oslob! With it being the weekend, the tour guide wanted us to leave earlier so we wouldn’t get stuck in traffic and be late for our pick up back in Cebu.
The driver over took 3 hours and with a little food stop, and we got there just after 5am. With the boats going offshore at 6am, we registered and watched the sun rise on the beach.
A quick briefing into on what was going to happen and some do’s and don’ts and we were handed some life vests and taken out into the water to try and see some whale sharks!
The whale shark is a slow moving, filter feeding carpet shark and the largest known extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65m and a weight of about 21.5 lt.
I excitedly yet a little apprehensively jumped into the water unsure what to expect, to see the most beautiful yet ginormous creatures I have ever seen.
I couldn’t get over how gentle and peaceful they were swimming amongst us and they also came up so close! When they opened their mouth so wide and came straight at you it was a little scary, but all they wanted was the water and food and then they slowly swam away.
They had the most gorgeous white spots across their bodies which glistened as the morning sun rays hit the water.
Sadly it was time to make the long drive back to the hotel and nap before our flight across to Clark. Not before some breakfast in bed though!
A great day out with some of the crew, so glad to have finally ticked this off my bucket list, even if a lot of my layover was spent in vehicles!