Whale Shark Watching in Oslob – Lagunde Beach Resort

Whale Shark Watching, Brgy. Tan-awan, Oslob

Whale Shark “Butanding” Watching in Brgy. Tan-awan, Oslob

Oslob is the place for another kind of beach adventure. It’s not the white sand beach that you imagine when you think of summer vacation. In fact, I wouldn’t call it white sand but white stones. But Oslob is among the most special beaches  because of whale shark watching in Barangay Tan-awan.

At Oslob, you watch and swim with the gentle giants we locally refer to as butanding.

How to go to Oslob

At Cebu South Bus Terminal, ride a bus going to Oslob and inform the conductor to drop you off at Barangay Tan-awan for whale shark watching. You’ll see the below signage at the left side of the bus:

Whale Shark 'Butanding' Oslob

Whale Shark Watching Briefing Center

During my vacation in Oslob, I stayed at Lagunde Beach Resort. It’s 15 – 30 minutes away from Barangay Tan-awan. You will reach the resort first before Tan-awan. To go to Tan-awan from the resort, you just need to wait for a bus in front of the resort. All buses will pass by Barangay Tan-awan.

Lagunde Beach Resort Review

Lagunde Beach Resort in Oslob

Lagunde Beach Resort

I appreciate that they have a nice swimming pool. However, I was disappointed with some things about the resort. The room assigned to me was not really cleaned prior to my arrival considering that I have booked my reservation in advance through their Facebook fan page so they should have taken the initiative to clean it. The bed linen looks dusty and there were lots of insects. So, I had to ask them to clean the room.

It’s good that the room has a television and a refrigerator with drinks. However, everything looks depreciated and the fridge is all rusty.

They have a restaurant but it’s currently close so it’s really better if you’ll bring your own food. I was told by the person I’ve talked to on Facebook that there are restaurants outside the resort. But the truth is, there isn’t any. You will have to ride a tricycle to go to the market. Transportation there is quite hard and it takes around 10 – 15 minutes before you can get a tricycle.

There are really no decent food establishments in the market but they sell grilled meat and roasted chicken at night.

Watching some fish swimming and crawling crabs were my best entertainment in the resort.

I’m just glad that the staff at Lagunde Beach Resort are helpful. They offered me an umbrella when it was raining and provided me a chair while I was waiting for a bus.

Nora - Monkey in Lagunde Beach

Nora – The Resident Monkey in Lagunde Beach

Lagunde Beach Resort in Oslob

The Beach During Low-Tide in the Afternoon. The locals are usually busy picking shells during this time.

Lagunde Beach Early in the Morning

The Beach Early in the Morning

Lagunde Beach Resort - Rooms for Rent

Villas for Rent

Whale Shark “Butanding” Watching in Barangay Tan-awan

Fisherman Hand Feeding Whale Shark in Oslob

A fisherman hand feeding the whale shark

You can choose to either just watch the sharks from the boat or to swim with the butandings. If you choose to just watch the sharks, payment is 300 pesos per head and if you choose the latter the fee is 500 pesos per head. There are also underwater cameras for rent for around 100 pesos.

The whale sharks are protected marine animals and there are some guidelines to follow:

  • Do not touch the shark
  • No more than 6 tourists per shark
  • Do not throw trash in the water
  • Keep a minimum distance of 4 meters from the shark
  • No flash photography (whale sharks are sensitive to light)
  • No feeding from tourist boats

* Violation of the rules can lead to imprisonment for up to 6 months.

A Fisherman Being Followed by a Whale Shark for Food

A Fisherman Being Followed by a Whale Shark for Food

Three Whale Sharks Follow a Fisherman in Oslob

Two Whale Sharks Follow  Two Fishermen

Two Whale Sharks Follow Two Fisherman in Oslob

Two Whale Sharks Follow Two Fisherman

A Fisherman Feeding a Butanding in Oslob

A Fisherman Feeding a Butanding with Brine Shrimp

Whale Shark Hand Feeding in Barangay Tan-awan, Oslob

Another whale shark being hand fed in Oslob

The whale sharks are hand fed by the fishermen while the tourists enjoy watching. However, environmentalists claim that hand-feeding whale sharks is detrimental to their health.

Though they have rules in Oslob in order to protect those animals, those rules are not strictly implemented. The fishermen really touch the sharks’ faces or mouth while feeding them. The sharks’ skins are really sensitive and touching them can lead to infections and skin problems.

As what I’ve seen, the crowd is also overwhelming and it’s clear that the “no more than 6 tourists per shark” rule is not followed. I just hope that it doesn’t stress the gentle giants and I wish that it doesn’t change their natural diet.

Anyway, it’s their main source of income so I hope that they’ll do great in protecting these beautiful marine animals.

14 thoughts on “Whale Shark Watching in Oslob – Lagunde Beach Resort

  1. memographer

    Informative post, thanks!
    The sky on “The Beach Early in the Morning” photo is so dramatic. Did it rain?
    Also, I find “Do not touch the shark” guideline cute 🙂

    1. Author Post author

      Yes, it rained that morning and I’m really glad that I was still able to see the whale sharks…
      It’s prohibited to touch the sharks since their skins are really sensitive and touching them can expose them to horrible skin diseases… 🙂

    1. Author Post author

      They’re really very gentle and it was an overwhelming experience to see them swim near you…

      Thanks for visiting Becky!

    1. Author Post author

      Sharks in Australia must be really scary and fierce. I’m glad that most of the sharks who visit us here are friendly – whale sharks and thresher sharks… 😉

    1. Author Post author

      Hi Tim. We we’re around 10 to 15 kilometers from the shore. I think they come closer because they’re after the food that the fishermen feed them.
      Thanks for visiting and for leaving a comment. 🙂

    1. Author Post author

      Yes but you need to keep a minimum distance of 4 meters from the sharks and it’s against the law to touch them. 😉

  2. saih

    This must be a very helpful post. Thanks so much.
    But I have a question, how much are the room rates of the resort (lagunde) Do they have room which is good for 2 persons only? Thank you. Hope to hear from you soon. 🙂

    1. Author Post author

      Hi Saih. Thanks for leaving a comment and for the kind words. Yes, there are rooms for two persons. The rate is around 1500 pesos.

  3. Kathy

    Is it possible to watch the whalesharks in these days, in July?
    I want to know whether I can watch them close in July. 🙂

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