Swimming with the Gentle Giants

The long wait was over. My cousins and I have been planning this trip for some time now. We’re going to Oslob, Cebu, Philippines. It finally happened on the 6th of April and it was beyond amazing!

I was with my two cousins. One of them I haven’t seen for a long time for she works in another country so I was glad to see her again. We were early at the airport and we killed time chatting to each other, playing apps on our phone and talking about how excited we were to finally go to a place we haven’t been before. It was finally happening.

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The plane ride was surprisingly very short. We were browsing travel magazines tucked on the back of the chair in front of us, the next second it was ready for arrival. It was maybe like, just a 2o minute plane ride. We rode on a taxi from the airport on the way to the terminal. It was so hot and we were stuck in traffic but it was worth it. The bus going to Oslob however took forever! The view was nice though. I was very hungry at one point but thankfully, there were vendors selling food and we stopped at a mini store. I didn’t get enough sleep so I slept at the bus while my cousins were watching a movie. It was already dark when we arrived at the guest house we booked days before.

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Our room was very cozy. We were near the pool and the ocean. Before we sleep, we took a dip at the pool until we got tired. I was lulled by the sound of the waves. My wanderlust spirit was in full swing and my heart swelled as I said goodnight to my love sailing his way on a different sea.

We woke up early the next day and we were greeted by that beautiful sunrise. It’s like telling us that it’s gonna be a great day and sure it was. The hostess of the guest house assigned a tricycle driver to roam us around. He was nice and he took us to where the whale watching is. That was the highlight of this trip: to swim with the whales!

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We arrived at the place and there were plenty of people already. Most were tourists from other countries. The place was so beautiful and the weather was nice. We expressed how excited we were to swim while we waited for our boat. We thought we were gonna be on the same boat with the European tourists behind us but luckily we didn’t. It would be awkward cos we were so loud as we passed through big waves. We had the boat to ourselves and each boat has 2-3 people assisting us. They were funny and accommodating.

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The whole experience was so so fun! Our photos were so funny though cos we really looked like we were struggling. The current of the waves was so strong. At one point, we took our life vests off to take photos so we were hanging on for dear life. The photos ended up being really funny haha. Omg you can see it in our faces that we were really struggling.

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At least I get to see the whale shark so close. They were indeed gentle giants. I have heard controversies regarding swimming with them. We asked the people who worked there and they told us that they were free to swim anywhere. No net, no anything. They just go to that area because people who works there feed them. We should be really gentle with them though because some tourists touch them or the boats might bump them.

We left the place with big grins on our faces, a memory worthy to be treasured, as we readied ourselves for another adventure. We were off to Sumilon Island! Will post about it in another entry. Stay updated 🙂


How was your summer so far?

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36 Comments

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    Lou
    April 14, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Yay! Waited for this, Alissa. No the time to update mine yet huhu. I swear, I hate sea creatures that big. I always feel like they’d try to eat my whole being Hahaha well, that’s aside from the fact that I do not really know how to swim Lol #shameless. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Cebu! Hopefully soon you could come back, hoping to finally meet you that time. Love your photos, by the way! <3
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      Alissa
      April 15, 2016 at 11:23 am

      I love Cebu! 🙂 I will surely come back there and hope it will be a longer time. I haven’t roamed around the city yet. And hopefully I’ll meet some of my blogger friends who are from Cebu, and that includes you! 🙂 Thanks for liking my photos. Blog your adventures soon!
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    Nichie
    April 14, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Oh man -I am SO jealous. I miss the sea so much!

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      Alissa
      April 21, 2016 at 9:39 am

      It’s never too late! 🙂

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    Clarisse
    April 15, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Good to know swimming with whale sharks over there don’t cause any harm! Ahhh so jealous of the sand and the sea <3

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      Alissa
      April 21, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Where did you go this summer? 🙂

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        Clarisse
        April 21, 2016 at 12:05 pm

        The closest I got to a summer escapade was to our condo’s rooftop pool! Hahaha, saving up is hard sometimes =))))

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    Rachel
    April 15, 2016 at 10:40 am

    That seems like such a cool experience! Would love to do that someday!

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      Alissa
      April 21, 2016 at 9:46 am

      It is such a great experience indeed! You should try it too 🙂

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    Richel V.
    April 15, 2016 at 11:28 am

    That looks so fun! And if given the chance, I would probably struggle so hard as well. Doesn’t help that I can’t swim! Hehe. I wish they’d implement a stricter rule on tourists touching the whale sharks so they won’t ruin the experience for the rest of us.
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      Alissa
      April 21, 2016 at 9:56 am

      I wish so too. We know how to swim but the fact that it was so deep and the current was strong so it was really hard. haha. I can’t swim when I know I couldn’t touch the ground. I get nervous. Wish you can experience this 🙂

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    ashleyclaisse
    April 15, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    This is nice! I heard so many good things about Oslob. Makes me want to visit it real soon! 🙂 Can’t wait for the part two Lys..

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      Alissa
      April 21, 2016 at 9:59 am

      Thanks Ashley! 🙂 Visit while it’s still summer!

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    Corinne
    April 16, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Oh it looks like so much fun! Always jealous of your adventures 🙂

    Corinne x

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      Alissa
      April 21, 2016 at 10:03 am

      You can have your own adventure there too! 🙂

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    Bash Harry
    April 16, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Oslob looks GORGEOUS. I’ve never been there but it looks like a beautiful paradise wow. I would love to visit there one of these days <3

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      Alissa
      April 21, 2016 at 10:30 am

      You should visit here 🙂 You’ll never regret it for sure. It’s something that you can’t easily find anywhere.

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    Cara
    April 16, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Somehow I’ve never heard of Oslob but HOLY COW. SO stunning. <3 You've captured it so well, it looks heavenly xx
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      Alissa
      April 21, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Thanks Cara. It is paradise there 🙂

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    Tricia
    April 17, 2016 at 12:47 am

    I did this too! Totally get the hanging for dear life feeling haha! Such an amazing experience though. Excited for your Sumilon post, I really wanted to go when I was there but unfortunately weather didn’t permit. Will stay tuned! xx

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      Alissa
      April 21, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Aww, well, you can always go back! It’s beautiful there too. I wanna go back and go canyoneering at Kawasan Falls. We didn’t do that. Haha. Did you take decent shots underwater with the sharks?

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        Tricia
        April 25, 2016 at 2:01 pm

        Yeah! I go to Dumaguete quite a bit which is pretty nearby, so hopefully soon 🙂 Aw yeah my cousins went canyoneering and it looked amazing!!!! The shots I got from swimming with the sharks were similar to yours. I have friends that were able to get really great shots with clear water and all. I guess it depends if the sun’s real bright out that morning.

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    Rejoyce Canaynay
    April 18, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    This place has always been in my list if ever I went to Cebu again. Swimming with gentle giants looks so fun but I don’t really know how to properly swim. Hahaha! Did you also went canyoneering in Kawasaan? Do correct me if I’m wrong, its near Oslob or it’s an activity also that you can do when in Oslob. Hope to see more of your adventures. 🙂

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      Alissa
      April 21, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Thank you! 🙂 We didn’t go to Kawasan. There were only three of us traveling and we feel like the waters were too strong for canyoneering. Hoping to go back there and do that. Yeah, it’s also in Oslob. 🙂 You should go there though. Heard good things about it.

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    Dzaniica
    April 20, 2016 at 2:53 am

    Such amazing photos, Oslob looks beautiful, it seems this was a great experience.
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    Noor Unnahar Siddique
    April 23, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Alissa, this is AMAZING! I had planned a snorkeling trip for my 18th birthday but it didn’t go through and now I have to wait for winter again to have the spots open, but I am dying for an underwater experience. Your post is giving me a big dose of wanderlust TBH!
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      Alissa
      April 24, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Thank you Noor! The experience was a blast. You can have your own adventure there if the weather permits. Go for that snorkeling!

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    Clare
    April 23, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Oh I want to do this too! Also canyoneering. We did not have the chance to do so when we were in Cebu since we were there to study haha. Its scary though, I want to swim next to them but I need to learn how to swim first lol.
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      Alissa
      April 24, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Haha if you can’t swim, you can request to just have the lifejacket on at all times or you can just cling to the bamboo like we did. As long as the waves are not strong, you’re okay 🙂 I wanna go canyoneering too! Maybe next time.

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    April ♡
    April 23, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I was just here last week. It was such an experience swimming with the gentle giants and an achievement for me to swim with it since I’m terrified of small fishes let alone this huge creature. Oh how I wish I was back in Cebu. Can’t wait to read more of your Cebu trip and can’t wait to blog about mine! Haha <3

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      Alissa
      April 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Wasn’t it exciting! 🙂 The whales were so big! I’m gonna blog the part 2 later. Blog about yours so I can read your experience!

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