From the time I boarded the plane on my way to the Philippines, I was dead set on swimming with whale sharks. I had no idea where the whale sharks were or where one could go about swimming with them, but I was wholly committed. First, we were told we could see the whale sharks in Butanding. Ends up that Butanding is not a place, it’s the Tagalog word for whale shark, so for a few days I sounded like an idiot asking local folks how to get to Butanding. In the end, we figured out that we could see whale sharks at the southern end of the island of Cebu in a place called Oslob. Lucky for us, we had a wide open Saturday to make it happen.