Living in the Philippines, I had to go and check out what all the rumors were about... Well, it surely didn't let me down!
First of all the entrance fees are ridiculously high (not mentioning that they charge the foreigners 3 times what they charge the locals), the fees are the equivalent of a week diving in Tubataha.... It is high way robbery for a 30 minutes experience!
You then have to listen to a compulsory briefing given from people who have no understanding about whale sharks...
And then the circus starts! You will go in what was used to be a 2 men fishing canoe and you will have 30 minutes of snorkeling or diving with the whale sharks. One of the ex fishermen will round the whales sharks up by throwing food at them and they will follow the small boat.
You will see them heads up, tail down, rocking the canoe for more food, a non natural behavior at all. You will see callus on their mouth as they have been rocking the boats so many time. Some of them have propellers cuts....
It was a really poor sight... In all honesty, go to Donsol where the fees are reasonable and you will whale sharks behaving naturally.
Boycott this place!
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