Ever since I had been hooked on scuba diving way back in 2010 I knew I had to swim with the beasts, the biggest fish in the sea, the whale sharks!
Before 2010, I hadn't even thought of entering the water for these types of adventures. Not until I was living on the floor in an underground shanty at the ass end of a snow season in Whistler, Canada with 4 Aussies I had met at the music festival Coachella (in California, USA) 1 month prior. This is the point in time where those very 4 Aussies, who are still great mates of mine, put the hard word on me.
It was either beat it or join them on a trip to what I thought was Mexico (so they told me) to learn how to scuba dive. Turns out I was booking myself a flight to Honduras, one of the dodgiest countries on the planet, arriving solo, with no Spanish lingo under my belt other than hola and amigo.
To cut this down even shorter, I met with one of the guys (finally) in Honduras, made it to La Ceiba (a town renowned for having tourists go missing) on what seemed like a bus that should of been tossed to the wrecker's back in 1932, for a one-nighter before catching a ferry to Utila, which is where it all happened.
Here is where I fell in love with diving and here is where everyone saw whale sharks bar me!
Yep, and that’s why 4 years later I eventually pulled my finger out to get my butt over to a place that had the most likelihood of seeing these ginormous creators do their thing: Oslob, Philippines. It has been my year to tick off bucket list items and this was number 1.
After multiple ferries, tricycles, hours (no probably days) of delays and picturesque sunsets from boats. I got to Oslob and booked my boat.
It was really happening. To say the least, I was unbearably excited. I got in my boat, we paddled out, I (being a free diver) had no patience for tourists and swam past them all. I swam away, just be be away, to be with just myself and the whale sharks. I hadn't seen one but it wasn't long until bam! There it was, the giant, slow moving mammal that eats more than my body weight per day.
I spent my time diving down, swimming under these guys and even watching 2 come together as though they were hugging. I was in deep water, far from anyone and anything bar these 2 great big love birds (or should I say fish) come together. It was nothing short of jaw dropping, and right there is where I had a moment. That taste of accomplishment. But for me it wasn't about that, it was about free diving, just myself under the water with no gear bar a mask in the wild with the biggest fish in the sea. Sharing this time together with sharks was like nothing I can describe to you, its something you truly need to do for yourself.