What You Need To Know About Oslob
Oslob, a picturesque town of 28,000 souls near the southeastern tip of Cebu, has become the latest tourist destination in the island province when whale sharks, called tuki by the natives, also call it home
Oslob, a picturesque town of 28,000 souls near the southeastern tip of Cebu, has become the latest tourist destination in the island province when whale sharks, called tuki by the natives, also call it home to feed in its plankton-rich waters. Its inhabitants, who were also familiar with the gentle giants which made Donsol, a coastal town in Sorsogon, famous for its butanding (as whale sharks are popularly called in the Philippines) being watched by hordes of foreign and local tourists since 1998.
Whale sharks can be spotted off the fishing village of Tan-awan, which is 10 kilometers from downtown Oslob. Whale shark watching in Oslob began in 2011, when they were featured on social media by travel bloggers and writers. Fishermen feed the whale sharks by hand. The whale shark is a slow-moving, filter-feeding carpet shark and the largest known fish specie. The largest confirmed whale-shark had a length of 41.5 feet and weighed about 47,000 pounds. It is found in the open waters of tropical oceans. They feed mostly on planktons and krill and are not known to pose a threat to humans.
Before Oslob, whale shark watching has been a regular tourist attraction in the Pacific coastal town of Donsol since 1998. They can be seen in our waters between November and June, with their presence peaking between February and May. In the Philippines, the whale shark is called butanding and is featured on the reverse of the 100-peso bill.
Aside from its gentle giants, Oslob is also well-known for Sumilon Island, a 24-hectare coral isle off the coast of the fishing village of Bancogon. It is the site of the popular Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort which developed the island into an eco-friendly haven for those who want to get away from the maddening crowd and stress of city living.
So, for those who love to watch up close and personal the country’s biggest underwater denizen and relax in an island paradise nearby, Oslob is the place to go.
Written By Randy V. Urlanda
Photos By Donald Tapan