Whale and dolphin watching are two of the most popular activities in Cebu. The small village of Tan-awan in Oslob was catapulted into global fame when news of interacting with these gentle giants started circulating online. Similarly, the Tañon Strait between the islands of Cebu and Negros is famous for dolphin spotting. Home to 11 different cetacean species, it is not uncommon to see spinner dolphins, spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins in the waters. Several whales also show themselves occasionally including pygmy killer whales and dwarf sperm whales.
Where to See Whales and Dolphins in Cebu
Whale and dolphin watching offers a more interactive experience than merely seeing them inside marine parks or dolphin shows. In Oslob, you can swim with the whales for half an hour for as little as PHP1000 depending on the size of your group. The ticket includes a life vest, dive mask and snorkel. Don't worry if you're not a good swimmer since the whales often get close to your boat and come right up to the surface, there's often no need to dive deep or venture far out into the water. Best to leave at around 6 am, since the whales are usually gone by noon and it can get crowded later in the day.
Tañon Strait is a popular area for both whale & dolphin watching, especially during the peak months of March to June when a number of local operators offer the chance to see these creatures in their natural habitat. Tour packages normally range from PHP2000 to PHP3000 for a minimum of 2 people and lasts from 6am to 11am. One of the unique elements included in this whole experience is that a marine biologist who briefs you and joins you on the boat. It makes the entire trip educational and it's nice to be able to identify the animals you see. If you have kids, we highly recommend doing this tour.
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Whale and Dolphin Watching
- Location: Tanawan, Oslob Cebu