‘Ban snorkeling, promote whale shark watching instead’

INSTEAD of higher rates, why not ban diving and snorkeling near whale sharks? A councilor of barangay Tan-awan, Oslob town floated this idea yesterday, saying the municipal government should instead allow only whale shark watching by visitors. “Di nila ipa-agi ug taas. Pangwarta na man na (They shouldn’t do it by raising the rates. That’s just profiteering),” Tan-awan barangay councilor

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LGU promises better whale shark tours

THE municipality of Oslob will invest in improving facilities for its whale shark tourism, said the mayor. Fishermen who have turned boat guides asked the local government for more ticketing tables, a bigger waiting area for visitors and life jackets to cope with crowds that reach 800 on weekends, peaking at almost 1,500 on Easter Sunday. Oslob Mayor Ronald Guaren

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Whale shark tours: Pinoy, non-Pinoy rates

THE municipality of Oslob will go ahead with its new tour rates for whale shark watching on Sunday, April 15. Filipino visitors will be paying the same P300 fee but foreigners will have to pay a higher amount of P500. Oslob Mayor Ronald Guaren said new color-coded tickets have already been printed in green, yellow and blue to match the

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Oslob mayor: Same fees for whale shark watching

Oslob boatmen said they feared a drop in income and fewer tourists. Municipal Mayor Ronald Guaren doused emerging opposition to an April 15 increase in visitor fees for whale shark tourism by saying the increase will only apply to those who snorkel and dive. In yesterday’s public hearing in the town, an uproar of disagreement met the mayor’s announcement of

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Oslob hikes fees for diving, swimming with whale sharks

Fees for swimming or diving with whale sharks in Oslob town, south Cebu, will go up almost double on April 15. The price hike is supposed to “discourage” crowds of visitors from going near the giant fish, said a town official. Oslob Mayor Ronald Guaren said the current P300 fee “is too affordable, so anyone can swim with the whale

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