Swimming with Whale Sharks in the Philippines

Whale Sharks are humongous fish that have very little to do with the antagonist from the Jaws. Well, putting the size aside that is. They feed on plankton and small sea creatures so the risk of being snatched by a killer fish are zero with this type of a sea monster.

There are two reliable spots for spotting Whale Sharks in the Philippines. It’s Donsol in Southern Luzon or Oslob on Cebu Island. We went to Donsol as we have heard that the sharks have been coming there between December and May since forever and the setup in Oslob is more artificial meaning that the sharks are attracted to the place by humans who feed them. From Donsol you can also make a trip to visit the Mayon Volcano near the city of Legazpi which is said to have the most perfect conical shape of all the volcanoes in the world.

The whole swimming with whale sharks experience is provided by Donsol Whale Shark Interaction Center. It is touristy with government agency registration, licensed guides and other swimmers kicking you in the face in an underwater chase of Whale Sharks, but overall I would say it is worth it as the animals are truly amazing and on a good day you can spot loads of them. We have managed to catch up with eight I think. Water clarity and visibility could be better, but this is nature and murky waters could be expected when there is loads of plankton about.

Hope you enjoyed the video documenting our day with Whale Sharks. We certainly enjoyed the experience.

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