Probably one of my greatest fear would be deep seas. I can’t swim, neither do I intend to actually be good at it. 9 months ago I tried to overcome that fear and learned the basics of swimming at a Ditching class. But still, I fairly passed. 9 months ago, I cried before I jumped in a 15 ft. swimming pool. 9 months ago, I almost drowned.
So, hear me out when I say that swimming with a Whale Shark in a vast depth ocean is already a major achievement for me. I decided not to wear a life vest, for I know I would float. I have less osmolarity as compared to the salt water, and I have more guts more than ever.
The experience all in all was truly unforgettable. I expected the Whale Sharks to be a lot bigger up close. They were fairly friendly – and hungry. I learned that the locals feed them ‘Alamang’, small baby shrimp paste made into a Filipino delicacy, in order for the Whale Sharks to come in close proximity to the tourists. This causes the water to be a little pungent and a lot itchy.
We went swimming with the Whale Sharks at 7am. So we still had the whole day to spare. We then went on a day tour at Sumilon Island for 2,500 php or 50 usd. This package includes a boat ride to the island, buffet lunch, Kayaking, Trekking, Access to the Sand Bar, Swimming Pools, etc. It was a good deal, for an expensive resort Island like Sumilon.
The boat ride from Oslob to Sumilon took us around 15 minutes. With a pretty decent jet boat and blue life jackets that doesn’t stink much. Lol. When we got to the Island, our jaws dropped in amazement of the beauty of everything in and on Sumilon Island. Of course, I spent the whole afternoon having quick photoshoots of me and the place. Lol
It was so unfortunate that we weren’t able to witness the Sand Bar. We should’ve researched first and went there during a low tide – because during high tides, the sand bar isn’t visible at all. It looks like a plain sea front beach. Boooooo.
All in all, the long travel was worth it. Even though it was a 3 hour land drive from Cebu City – Oslob and Sumilon definitely is a place to go and visit even once in your life time. The place is really close to my heart since the ‘Ventic’ clan came from this place. I was kinda expecting to bump into a far lined relative when I went there. Lol!