Time for Swimming with Whale Sharks in Oslob, Philippines
Guys, pretty much the whole reason we went to the Philippines was to go swimming with whale sharks. And, let me tell you, it was awesome.
You have to get there really early in the morning, otherwise, you will miss them. We got up at the crack of dawn and headed over there. Actually, as it turns out we should have gotten up even earlier, but we still went swimming with whale sharks, so all was good.
It’s a little crazy getting there, meaning you get into this super shady boat. There are also hundreds of other people getting into the same super shady boats not far from you. Then, they row you out and you have to all get off the boat with your snorkels. They feed the whale sharks to draw them closer. It’s pretty rad.
I wish I had been able to get a better picture of the whale sharks, but they move pretty fast and it’s difficult to chase them down. Also, you’ll notice we are being good and not touching them. We get the whole only being there to observe and not to touch and destroy eco-systems and stuff.
There are a few other places to swim with whale sharks in the world, but Oslob was pretty cool. Plus, you get the experience of finding perspective.
A Closer Look at Oslob
It’s humbling to go to a third world country, to drive down the small streets, and see people whose normal is living in a run-down shack–a place that would likely be abandoned or quickly torn down here in the United States.
As you ride through Oslob, there is a small street winding around the coast. On one side is a line of houses and then the coast. On the other side of the street is a line of houses and then mountains in the back yard. If there were any type of natural disaster, these homes and lives would be devastated simply because of the lack of room. People carefully walk the streets with hardly any room to breathe.
I am not sure why it was this particular trip, but it struck me how much of a disease “keeping up with the Joneses” is here in the United States. We have so much and we are constantly trying to get more. I come from a very affluent part of the United States, albeit in one of the more modest homes in the area, and the more I travel, the more it strikes me as either how completely outrageous it is that we live, or how completely outrageous it is that they live…one or the other, I’m not sure.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with hard work, affluence, progression and acquiring riches, but there is certainly an imbalance in the world and I hope it always remains a priority to help bring each other up by giving, keeping things in perspective, and trying hard to make things better for each other.
Travel on, homies!