Oslob, Phillipines – Day 3
Move over Ahab. It’s my turn to swim in the sea with Moby Dick. Hopefully, he won’t take my leg off at the knee 😉
I got about 2 hours sleep before catching an outrigger from Linae Resort for 700 pesos to Oslob. It takes about 2 hours and was a very relaxing cruise on the water. I met some great people Houzon, Dennisa and Tom from the Czech Republic. Our goal? To go swimming with whale sharks!! It was a hard decision to make to do such a touristy thing that is likely not ecologically conscious. I was selfish though and did it as it is very difficult to pass up on an opportunity to swim with these massive and beautiful creatures. I was overwhelmed being so close to them and even though they are harmless, their size is daunting and when their tails swish back and forth in the water a little fear kicks in considering your close proximity. Wouldn’t want to say I got my arse handed to me by a fish! And yes the whale shark is not a whale it is a fish and it is the largest species of any fish.
The coolest thing though is when they feed. You read about it in books but to see it up close and personal…whoa! They open their mouths very wide and just take in all the water and whatever fish or other underwater organisms are in that gulp (for lack of a better word) and that is their meal. The cost was 1100 pesos or about $21USD for 30 minutes with the whale sharks.
We did suffer a major loss today. The flip flops that I purchased in my first country on my RTW tour – Sri Lanka – finally gave up the fight. That leaves only the rainbow pants and my favorite gray sweater which have been with me since day 1. RIP flippy floppies.
After that we got some noodles and pork for 200 pesos and then my friends went to Bato on a bus for 100 pesos headed to see waterfalls on the other side of the island and do some canyoning but I have a flight out from Cebu so I had to head the opposite direction. I had the choice of 100 pesos on a bus back to Cebu which would take 4.5 hrs or 300 pesos on a private transfer and take 2 hrs. The difference is $4USD so you can figure which one I did 🙂
The only point to going back to Cebu is to catch a plane to another island. It is the cheapest and fastest way to get from island to island. Flying is just part of the game here but it’s like $34 USD each way thank goodness. The best place to stay for only a night of sleep before catching an early flight is the Stopover Hostel. It’s like 8 mins from Mactan-Cebu Airport and a bed costs like $7.00 USD. I warn you though the area is rough similar to a ghetto or the favelas in Rio but you are perfectly safe. And my first decent sleep was at Stopover! Great mattress. Bring some ear plugs though as you are right on a very loud street.
That’s all for now from the Philippines with a new appreciation for underwater life!