Whale Shark Tours

Whale Shark Tours

Swim alongside whale sharks in the Philippines with these tours. See these migratory gentle giants up close in their natural habitat.
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Frequently asked questions

What are whale shark tours in the Philippines and why is it popular?

Swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines is a popular and thrilling experience. Philippine whale shark tours are a great way to witness these magnificent creatures up close, and Guide to the Philippines offers responsible and ethical whale shark watching in the Philippines.

Where are the best whale shark tours in the Philippines?

If you're wondering where to see whale sharks in the Philippines, some of the best places for whale shark watching are Bohol, Donsol in Sorsogon, and Oslob in Cebu. You can go on a Bohol whale shark tour in the town of Lila, which is a lesser-known but equally amazing spot for Lila whale shark watching activity. Meanwhile, Donsol in Sorsogon is considered the birthplace of whale shark tourism in the Philippines and offers some of the most popular Donsol whale shark tours featuring the Sorsogon whale shark.

In Oslob, Cebu, visitors can experience a unique interaction with Cebu Oslob whale sharks as they are fed by local fishermen during an Oslob whale shark watching activity.

There are also several best places to swim with whale sharks in the Philippines, but one of the best places is in Donsol, Sorsogon. Donsol is known as the "Whale Shark Capital of the World" and is home to a large population of whale sharks.

When is the best month or season to go on a whale shark tour?

Visitors can enjoy whale shark watching in the Philippines during the annual Philippines’ whale shark season, which typically runs from November to May, with peak sightings occurring between February and April.

Are there whale shark tours during rainy or bad weather?

All whale shark tours will depend on the weather and water condition. Some tours will most likely be cancelled if there's a storm signal advisory.

Can I join whale shark tours even if I don’t know how to swim?

Yes. There’s an activity called ‘whale watching in the Philippines where you don’t have to snorkel to see them up close. Life vests are also often provided during the whale watching tour for your safety.

Are phones and cameras allowed during the tour?

Yes. Phones and cameras are allowed as long as these are waterproof or sealed in a waterproof bag and the flash is disabled.

How long does a whale shark last?

Whale shark watching tours often last for 30 minutes, from 6 AM to 12 noon. For swimming and snorkeling activities, you may want to check the tour information for the duration.

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