Swim with Donsol Whale Sharks

Swim with Whale Sharks in Donsol, Sorsogon which is located in the south east of the Luzon Island is a third class municipality. Donsol is being considered as the "Whale Shark Capital of the World," and was featured by Time Magazine in 2004 as the Best Animal Encounter in Asia. The whale shark being migratory animals will be seen in Donsol between the months of November and June but the peak months where tourists are usually advised to visit and experience swimming with the Donsol Whale Sharks are from February thru May.

Getting from Manila to Donsol is quite easy, you will just take flight from Manila to Legazpi, which last just over 1 hour, then you will take a private van from the Legazpi Airport to the town of Donsol in Sorsogon.

Whale Shark Donsol Philippines

The local residents of Sorsogon has long been aware of the presence of these gentle giants. It was just 11 years ago when a group of divers that was led by Romir Aglugub, interacted with the Whale Sharks. The encounter was recorded and was then forwarded to media and the WWF-Philippines. This opened the door for Donsol to be recognized for its Whale Shark inhabitants.

The Department of Tourism regulates the interaction with the Whale Sharks, and also to protect these gentle giants the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) layed out the guidelines to be observed. These guidelines should be strictly followed because this is to protect Whale Sharks and of course the tourists. The encounter will not be done as a scuba diving activity but as a snorkeling activity.

The Whale Shark encounter is just one of the attractions that Donsol has to offer. There are a lot of nature bound adventures that will surely take your breath away.

Firefly River Tour

Donsol Firefly River Tour

The tour will be on the Donsol River, a long and very winding river that flows towards Mount Mayon, it is lined with shrubs, mangrove and coconut trees. Ogod River being a sub-unit of the Donsol river, also has rich vegetation that is perfect habitats for fireflies. This tour will start when sunset is just about to happen. Your approach to the much more less populated Ogod river will go darker but don't fret, the light from the fireflies will surely leave you amazed. It is a perfect way to end a jampacked adventure day in Donsol.

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