So, for those of you who want to swim with whale sharks, come to “Bentar Beach” in Probolinggo. Usually, the whale sharks can be seen during December to end of February. Sometimes they come again in April, occasionally. It’s very easy to get there. You can go to Malang
, then take a car for 2 hours to Probolinggo
. When you’re in this town, just ask around where the “Bentar Beach”
is. Easy, eh? 😉
Can you scuba-dive here? Unfortunately not. The water is very murky due to there are full of planktons. But hey, that’s why the whale sharks love it here! They eat and eat. Open their wide mouth and swim around like there’s no one around!
The only thing that bothered me was when I saw a tourist boat, full of local tourists, came to approach one of the whale sharks. One guy jumped into the water and swam to the direction of the shark. When he was close, he touched the shark!!! It made me so pissed off to see it! The shark got shocked and he swam away :'((
I found that there was still a little awareness among the locals that we should not touch the whale sharks. The government should do something about it, if they want to promote the local tourism. Having a bunch of whale sharks visiting the place every year is definitely an attraction for local & foreign tourists. We don’t see whale sharks easily, anywhere on this planet. So, yeah, it is something special. And to be able to maintain that the sharks keep on coming to this place, we really should do something. Raise awareness, develop a campaign, such as “Let the Whale Sharks swim peacefully” or something like that.
It would be such a shame if in the next years the whale sharks stop visiting “Bentar Beach”. We should make them feel at home by not disturbing them. Let them swim and eat in peace. Don’t touch them. If they feel disturbed or threatened, of course they won’t come to visit us again! And when it happens, it’s OUR LOST!
I hope someone from the local government reads this post and do something about it.