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Donsol Whale Shark Interaction

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Address: Barangay Dancalan, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines
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Whale shark experience :)

Wohoooo This one I love ! I have never been a fan of sharks but these adorable whale sharks are so cute and friendly. If you are feing adventurous ,try swimming with the whale... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 13, 2016
Jairah G
Ferrybridge, United Kingdom
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the things I will never forget from my travelling experiences. Absolutely amazing! We got to swim so close to those amazing enormous animals! One things that is important is the boat and capitan you are in. Ours were really scouting from whale sharks so we got there before the other boats and it was magical. Others just wait... More 

4 Thank lilotra
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

Brilliant highly recommend but plan accordingly. Certain times of year they are abundant in this area

2 Thank dewey6565
Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

We have been living in the Philippines for about 3.5 years now and have been around the islands but somehow never had the courage to go for this adventure. This year on a whim we decided that we have to do it and ended up in Donsol. We have a 2.5 year old whom we dragged along with us on... More 

4 Thank Abhijit_Singh
Ferrybridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Wohoooo This one I love ! I have never been a fan of sharks but these adorable whale sharks are so cute and friendly. If you are feing adventurous ,try swimming with the whale sharks in donson:) Prior to swimming with the whale sharks, you are given short presentations and instructions via video of what to and what not to... More 

4 Thank Jairah G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016

Donsol is one place where it's possible to swim with whale sharks, also known locally as butanding, on a cheapie. You can go to Donsol and swim with whale sharks on a public transport day trip from Legazpi if you wake up at 4.30am then catch the first transportation to Donsol. The experience is nice, if not a little too... More 

1 Thank GoranWembley
Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

This was by far one of the best wild life attraction I did in my life. It is because you really have a chance to see those gentle giants undisturbed in their own environment, literally swim with them and watch how they move gently in a water. The only downfall was the large amount of people in a water-way too... More 

2 Thank patcracow
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

It took three days before we saw a shark, but was a great experience. You can google stingynomads whale sharks to see our comparison with videos and photos. Professional officers, strict rules, nice seeing the animals in the wild.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2016

Really nice experience! We got the first boat going out, you'll see the video of the do's and don'ts; you can rent snorkel gear if you didn't bring your own. You're with six on the boat and then you have a guide; boat captain and a spotter. Once the spotter has seen a whale shark you need to prepare very... More 

3 Thank 722mich_led
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

We were roaming around the beach for about two and half hours searching for butanding. Before the 3-hour ride ends, we finally saw the butanding. It was really like hunting the most harmless giant.

1 Thank Maria Virginia E
Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Finally, I got this chance to see the gentle sea giant! My heart stopped at the first sight. I was in awe! I have never seen anything of this magnitude. I strongly recommend that you listen carefully to the orientation and ask as many questions to your BIO (Butanding Interaction Officer). Our BOI, Mang Jack is very professional. Do not... More 

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