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“You will need luck” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Donsol Whale Shark Interaction

Donsol Whale Shark Interaction
Barangay Dancalan, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines
52 481-0250
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Donsol
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Cebu City, Philippines
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“You will need luck”
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 one. When the say jump, just jump with full gear. It was such an amazing experience swimming right above a whale shark. The guide said we swam with an 8 meter adult shark. The head was probably as wide as a bed! The experience was brief but memorable. I totally forgot about taking photos. I want to try it again with more sharks :)

Visited March 2014
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“The highlight of my trip”
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.
The Ecotour representative, Joseph (who was very helpful), offered us to go to Legazpi the next day, as the sharks were said to be there rather than Donsol. We are glad we accepted. There were 6 sharks in the bay and 3 of them were around our little boat all the time. Sipy amazing

Visited February 2014
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“A Dream come true!!”
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 the boat correctly and making sure that it is all carried out in an environmentally friendly and safe way. They are also very knowledgable and still, after 15 years, get excited at a sighting! We didn't see any on our first afternoon as it was raining, but the spotters never gave up and the second morning brought us interactions with 2 different whale sharks. It was amazing to see them in their natural environment :)

Visited December 2013
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“Best traveling experience so far”
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 3 Whale Sharks and we saw the same ones come up to the surface a few times. For me it was the best experience I had during my semester in Azia.

Visited January 2014
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“Have I got a tail for you...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

First of all I would start by saying that if you did go to Donsol and didn't see a whale shark you could hardly be disappointed as Donsol is such a laid back and charming location to chill out for a few days - the whale sharks are really just the icing on the cake.

Once in Donsol finding the tourism office, your departure point for your encounter, is easy and never more than a trike ride away. There is a restaurant just to the left of tourism office where you can grab some breakfast before you head out for your adventure. Our first trip out in the long boat began at 7am on 3 January 2014 on a fairly overcast morning and did not yield any whale shark interactions, however we still had a relaxing morning out on the water. We did talk to our guide though and he gave us a heads up that it was better to head out a bit later around 9 am as the sun is higher and it's easier to spot the sharks - just like when fishing you have to remember there is a lot of water out there mixed in with these guys.

Day 2 we heeded our guides advice, regrouped our same posse from the day before, and headed out at 9 am with an almost cloud free sky and barely a breath of wind blowing - perfect whale shark conditions. At 10:30 am we were in the water and swimming beside one of the most perfect creatures on earth. Our encounter was only brief, perhaps less than a minute, but there is not person in the water that day who will not remember that experience for the rest of their lives.

The boats all have shelter but you will still get a bit of sun so bring plenty of sun protection, your snorkelling gear, some water, a positive attitude and get ready to have a whale of a time!

Visited January 2014
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