One of the unforgettable things I've done while I was there was to finally see the whale sharks. These gentle giants can be spotted in Oslob, a southern town in Cebu about 3-4 hour drive away from the city. Like many of my travels, this adventure was organized out of impulse. Tatay (dad) offered to drive us there, so we left the city the next day at agonizingly 3 in the morning! Glad we started our trip early as the place gets really packed.
After being briefed about the whale sharks, and things we need to abide while out in the sea, they later provided us with life jackets / snorkeling gears, boarded on a bangka (small paddle boat), and the boatmen paddled our way towards the whale sharks not too far away from the shore. If you are not a confident swimmer like me, let one of the boatmen take the photos for you. Our guide took some amazing shots, and even choreographed us when to go underwater so he can include us in the video.
Swimming with whale sharks --- check! That's another thing ticked off my bucket list. Can't wait to move on to the next one.