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Donsol Whale Shark Interaction

Barangay Dancalan, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines
52 481-0250
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Ranked #2 of 5 attractions in Donsol
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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173 reviews 173 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We went in April and saw 2 sharks. The first one always managed to elude us when we were in the water but we had 4 interactions with the 2nd one. Amazing creatures. But.. Before the interactions you watch a video clearly stating that only 6 people will be allowed to interact with any shark at any one time (you... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We were fortunate to see FOUR whale sharks our first morning. However, even if we hadn't seen any, we were still so grateful for the experience. Our BIO guide was friendly, informative, and seemed to truly care that we had a great morning out on the water and that we saw as many whalesharks as possible. On the first dive,... More

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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

First boat tour on the afternoon of March 24, no sighting. Second tour in the morning of March 25, no sighting, though some other people were in the water. Third tour on March 26, morning. Saw one whaleshark andd were in the water 5 times, came very close andd disappeared within a few seconds. In the morning there are around... More

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Donsol, Philippines
3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The BIO officer makes all the difference. We took 3 trips and found the last day was the best because of the BIO officer's charismatic approach. He seemed to care that we had a world class experience. Wish I could tell you his name. I was disappointed though that the toilet on the banka boat flushes right into the bay.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We spent 12 days in the Philippines, arriving in Manila then travelling straight to Legaspi. Our trip was booked through Donsol EcoTours, and they were wonderful. Everything was well organised, and there was always someone to meet us at every point of our trip. We did a whale shark interaction in Legaspi (apparently the whale sharks have started going there,... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Went to Donsol for the specific purpose of seeing whale sharks. Went out on an afternoon tour on day of arrival for three hours. There were no sightings although the boat ride was nice. When we got back the operators said that morning is best and to come back tomorrow. Looked at the board and in the past week there... More

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Avignon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

I think it's best to book last minute and ask resorts for sightings before heading to Donsol. When we went there we were lucky because it's been 9 days since the last whale shark sighting. We didn't spot a whale shark the first day so we tried again the next morning. After three hours of searching, our guide finally spotted... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We booked whale shark interaction with Donsol Ecotour. They were there when we arrived at the Legazpi Airport. We had booked a visit of the city, which was very interesting. After the tour, we proceeded to the Elysia resort (that I reviewed separately). The next morning, we went for a 3 hour boat excursion but did not see any whaleshark.... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

After reading a lot online about the feeding of the Whale Sharks in Oslob, Cebu, we decided that we did not want a zoo type environment and would take the chance with Donsol. So happy we did! The guys who take you out are fantastic and really know what they are doing in terms of spotting the Whale Sharks, positioning... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014 via mobile

An amazing price for an amazing experience. The tour takes 3 hours, and in those 3 hours I spent 2 hours in the water swimming alongside these enourmous creatures. Our guide Gerry was a great guy and like us, desperately waiting to jump in the water. Nice to see a man enjoying his job that much. In total we saw... More

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