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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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Tour - they are not guaranteed to see a whale shark whenever you go out for the tour. One tour is 3 hours. You have to first register, pay your fees, watch an orientation video... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Two whale sharks in under 30 minutes! Luck was on our side because others were out at sea for hours without any sighting - some even had to make a return trip the following day to try again. Guess the butandings knew we were on tight schedule! Better to line up early - before the 7am opening of the local... More 

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Donsol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Wonderful gift from God ( the whale sharks) one of the best experience swimming with the gentle giant for almost 45minutes is so magical. The best thing I ever done.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

we went there twice - first day we saw one and my gf saw 2, second day we both saw 2. i wish TA supports video sharing because you just dont get to see me chasing a shark like that. I cant imagine what it is like for someone who can see 13 sharks in one day.

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Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I wanted to see the whale sharks. So I flew to Legaspi then caught a mini van to Dorsol. The visibility was fairly poor and there were so many boats that it felt terrible harassing the poor giants in the water. There are there pretty much all year round apparently. So you get what you ask for but the experience... More 

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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

Truly remarkable experience our guide/spotter was really professional and extremely capable allowing us to interact with 3 diffeent Whale Sharks on no fewer than 7 separate occasions! Despite it being June and outside of peak season my worries were unwarranted as we managed to swim (at extremely close quarters) with these majestic animals. For under 900 pesos plus snorkel equipment... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I liked that the whale sharks are at their natural free state and that they are not mesmerized by people swimming around so closely at them and feeding them (compared to Oslob Cebu whale watching). Set back though is that if you are not a good swimmer and not keen on diving every few minutes after you have just rested... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015 via mobile

We are group of 8 person russians. Badly happen bcoz one of our facilitator i forgot her names but we still remembered that name heard (olive) my goodness we don't expect that shes a fixers . We felt scarry money money money . Sorry my english seems not good enough . Next visit we try to search a good facilitator... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

THIS. IS. A. MUST. This is definitely one thing each of us should try in our life! Go during peak months (February to May) to avoid disappointments as it is not guaranteed to encounter butandings whenever you go out to sea (even during the peak months). Listen carefully to the brief video briefing at the Interaction Center. And follow the... More 

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Tour - they are not guaranteed to see a whale shark whenever you go out for the tour. One tour is 3 hours. You have to first register, pay your fees, watch an orientation video and get on the boat. Snorkel and Fins - you don't need fins to get to swim with them. The guide will pull you along... More 

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Eastcote, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

We went out at 7.30am as the early morning slot is the best time to go. This was reflected by the number of people. We were shown a video about the do's and dont's and how to show respect to the whales. Most notably, there should be no more than 6 people in the water at a time and to... More 

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