Oslob Whale Sharks: bright spot in community based dive tourism
Field work blog – Post 3
Fishermen paddle dive tourists in small, unmotorised banca (outrigger canoes) out to snorkel with whale sharks in barangay Tan-Awan, Oslob, on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. Divers enter from the shore. Whale sharks have been following and bumping fisher’s banca in Tan-Awan for generations. Fishers would throw tiny amounts of krill to lead the giant whale sharks away from their nets. In 2011, a Korean tourist asked a fisher to draw a whale shark closer to shore so she could see it. And so Oslob Whale Sharks was born.