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Oslob, Philippines

Alright so I stayed true to my word. I stayed up last night and showered around 1:30 in the morning and was headed to the bus terminal in Cebu at 2:15 to catch a 3 am bus to Oslob to swim with the whale sharks. On the bus ride over I thought I would sleep, but I was just too excited.

Oh and get this. If you remember the last post I told you that the hostel I'm staying at has some guests that were really loud at night. Well of course last night they weren't there. Would've been a perfect night to sleep at the hostel. lol.

Any who. I read my nook, and we when I made it to Oslob as the sun was starting to rise on the Ocean. I could see the red splash of it's tip reflecting off the water.

The bus actually dropped me off about 9 km short of where I needed to be so I hired a guy to drive me on his moped and enjoyed a cup of

coffee at the whale watching resort before the snorkeling at 6am.

The weather was nice and the day was beautiful. The process was really quick they boated me in a catamaran down the beach where I paid my fees and got briefed on how to act while in the water with the whale

sharks. Then my drivers paddled me out about half a football field length off shore where another catamaran captain was throwing shrimp pieces in the water for the whale sharks. As we passed over one I could see it was huge.

I know they're harmless, but there is still something about a huge fish in

the water that made me hesitant, but I pulled off my shirt and got in. Once in I was amazed at how beautiful they were, and really cute kind of.

They're faces reminded me of something I would see as a Japanese anime character. It was amazing to be in the water with them for

30 minutes. I'd be watching one and then another one would swim right under me or on the side of me. It was such an unbelievable experience I wish I could share it with everyone. To see these huge gentle creatures so close just struck me such a realization that I was having a once in a lifetime moment.

I have tons of pictures on the following Facebook album:

After completing my mission I jumped back on a bus to Cebu. Still my nerves kept me awake not being able to shake the amazing morning I had just had. I probably slept maybe an hour on the bus ride back, and then I came straight to the hostel and passed out.

I have no idea if I'll ever experience something like that again, but I'm so grateful to have been able to have had this moment in my life.

That was really the big highlight of my day. Stayed tuned for more of my adventures.

permalink written by  Kirk on September 20, 2012 from Oslob, Philippines
from the travel blog: Kirk's South East Asia Adventure
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Hi everyone. My name is Kirk. I'm starting this blog to have somewhat of a living journal as I do a 3 1/2 month trip around southeast Asia.

I decided to do this trip as a reward for myself changing my life around. I'm a recovered alcohol and drug addict. In the course of my addiction it took...

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