• When going to the Barangay Tan-awan, make sure to specify that you want to get off at the briefing area since the bus driver may drop you off in one of the resorts along the area.
• The best time to go to the place is early in the morning since more visitors may arrive by mid-morning. It is also advisable to visit the place on a weekday because weekends may see a sizeable crowd wanting to swim with the whale sharks.
• Make sure to follow the rules indicated on the whale shark interaction guidelines. Note that some of the penalties include jail time.
• Make sure to charge the batteries of your camera the night before your trip to Oslob.
• After the activity, you can make a side trip to Tumalog Falls in Oslob. The entrance fee to the falls is PhP30.
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The whale shark watching activity in Barangay Tan-awan has become a major tourist activity in the town of Oslob. While it attracted some negative publicity when it initially started around five years ago, it also made local residents aware of the importance of protecting these gentle giants to ensure the sustainability of the eco-tourism activity.
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This article was originally published in Yoorekka on March 18, 2017.