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Donsol Whale Shark Interaction

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Address: Barangay Dancalan, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines
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+63 52 481 0250

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Incredible, humbling experience

Went in Mya 2016, and had the privilege of meeting a dozen whale sharks over two days, ranging in size from 16 to an insane 38 feet! You have to swim faster than you think to keep... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Seoul, South Korea
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Costa Mesa, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a 3 hour trip out on the boat but we had cloudy skies and a stiff breeze so we wasted our time and money. You really need to plan this based on the weather We were also told that April is the best month for sightings. The price was PHP 885 per person if the boat fills with... More 

Thank Perry A
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Whale Shark Interaction Center/Tourist Center is unorganised. This morning I made a booking, later when I was about to join the boat I got informed that it was already full. A Spanish group had decided to bring along one more friend and decided I was to be pushed aside. The guy in the counter didn't seem to care and... More 

1 Thank George S
Copan Department, Honduras
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Probably like most people who visit Donsol Bay it is to see the whale sharks. We booked our interactive experience through Giddys Place which is where we were staying for 2 nights. We had a choice of times to do the 3 hour experience and chose 1000, however when we arrived at the visitor centre it appeared to be a... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went in Mya 2016, and had the privilege of meeting a dozen whale sharks over two days, ranging in size from 16 to an insane 38 feet! You have to swim faster than you think to keep up with them, but these are gentles giants, and an encounter with them is something that you will never forget! It is also,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We travelled from Manila and counting our plane fare, arranged van fare and accommodations at the resort, not to mention food from the pricey cafe as there are no other places to eat around there it was an expensive trip to see NOTHING. We paid for the pricey boat ride, rode in the boat that carries 6 passengers along with... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 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 

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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

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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 

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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 

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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 

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