Whale Sharks, Philippines
Away from the chaos of the Philippines’ main dive spots in Oslob are the protected reefs of Tubbataha. With over 97 hectares of stunning underwater sanctuary to explore, dive beneath the ocean’s surface and experience the majestic world that lies below. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. the diversity of the marine life will astound you. Perhaps one of the most incredible creatures you’ll come across are the whale sharks.
These gentle giants are one of the largest fish species in the ocean. Given their exclusive diet of plankton, these spotted behemoths pose no risk to humans and are more than happy to share their watery home with us. Swimming side-by-side with these docile beings is a once in a lifetime opportunity you won’t forget anytime soon.
Humpback Whales, Tahiti
Hanging out in the depths of the warm Tahitian waters are one of the most magnificent sea creatures, the mighty humpback whale. These calm beasts can reach up to 16 metres in length and weigh almost 30 metric tons – they are definitely not considered one of the smaller whale species. Not unlike the whale sharks of the Philippines, the humpbacks survive on a diet of krill and other smallish and are unlikely to harm humans.
Their inherently curious nature means it’s not unusual for them to come close to investigate any loitering whale watching boats. Peak season for whale watching is anywhere from June through to October. When out on the water you will be guided by professionally trained divers and swimmers who will ensure that both you and the whales are safe during your trip.