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Donsol Whale Shark Interaction

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Address: Barangay Dancalan, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines
Phone Number: 52 481-0250
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No sighting, but still a positive experience

We arrived at the centre after having flown from Manila to Legazpi and then a 90 minute car transfer to Donsol and it was still only 10.30 in the morning. We were greeted by the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 7, 2015
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Rio de Janeiro
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As usual, mass tourism kills it. Close to ridiculous. It is not a nice experience of mother nature...

Thank Globon
Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Whale sharks are absolutely everything to this town and once you swim with them you will understand why. We went on our first day in Donsol and swam with two whale sharks multiple times. This fish are huge and are nothing short of magical. The second time we visited we were too late for the boats ( arriving 8.30am), for... More 

Thank Sinead R
Basel, Switzerland
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There is a good chance watching whale sharks near Donsol, but of course there is no guarantee. We did the trip twice as on the first run we didn't see one. The interaction centre is well organized. For introduction you get a good video briefing. Mask, snorkel & fins are for rent. Local fishermen are the spotters 6m /y. Fee:... More 

Thank Max_Syra
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not see any whaleshark when we went here. It was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Tourists like us waited for the center to open. Yes, they were late. Their BIO rep should at least interact with the tourist and explained why do we have to sit on a boat for 3 hrs driving around the... More 

4 Thank taniamestre
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257 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrogantly I can say We have been all over the world, but this encounter with a 10 meter+ species I will never forget. We booked ahead at donsol eco tours but you can also just go to the boarding area. Max 6 per boat, 6000 peso total. We apparently booked a private tour, so just the 2 of us on... More 

Thank Tigerwoods100
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Whale Shark Interaction is an activity that you will never forget! Swimming with such amazing animals is awesome. The interaction tour guide brings you close (and on an eco friendly way) to the whale sharks. Jump into the water and let the interaction start! We also saw a group of 15 dolphins. This was without any doubt one of... More 

3 Thank Stephan d
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Within two hours cruise we saw 5 big whale sharks feeding at the surface. Snorkeling and free diving along these magnificent creatures were truly unique.

6 Thank marcinszymanski81
General Santos, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

The three of us arrived at the Dive Center at 7:30AM for registration and waited for about an hour for other people to join us so the boat fee (P3500 for 3 hours) is cheaper. Registration for locals (Filipinos) is P100 and for foreigners is P300. We rented snorkeling masks for P150 each. The fins can also be rented for... More 

3 Thank Alyanna H
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

We arrived at the centre after having flown from Manila to Legazpi and then a 90 minute car transfer to Donsol and it was still only 10.30 in the morning. We were greeted by the staff and asked to watch a briefing video about what we could expect, protocol and safety, before heading out on the boat for a 3... More 

Thank jennifer_thomson
Tumon, Mariana Islands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Obviously we were very disappointed that there were no whale sharks to be seen. We actually went out twice, and nothing. The boat people said that they had not seen any in a few weeks. Sadly we were also told that they used to see numerous ones, at all times of year, but due to over fishing the population has... More 

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