When we first went there last November of 2011, there were no people nor divers nor banka looking for the whale sharks (tuki in local Cebuano Visayan dialect). There was no fisherman who was willing to guide us to the tuki watching.
The next month, we were surprised that the sleepy resort we once visited was now bustling with a lot of people, cars, divers, and fishermen who’d bring you to the tuki.
The influx of visitors to this part of the province came as a surprise – without regulation, we have had committed lapses on issues of sustainability, ecology, and decorum.
The following are just a few reminders how to interact with a tuki or a whale shark or a butanding:
- Never ever touch a whale shark. Ailments may be passed from human to them.
- Keep a distance of about 5 meters to allow them to swim about freely.
- Do not use flash for taking pictures.
- Avoid using lotion or sunblock.
- Minimal movements to avoid bubbles and refrain from splashing into the water.