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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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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 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jairah G
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Ferrybridge, United Kingdom
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Ferrybridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Krakow, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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Thank Campbell L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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5 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank Maria Virginia E
Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars 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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Thank josiful
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

My family and I had a marvelous time swimming with whale sharks. At first we thought we wouldn't get to see any but when the guide finally spotted one, we went to the water five times. The last one was the best because the whale shark that we saw was about 10 meters long. It was truly an amazing experience.

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Tregunc, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

15 persons in all whereas 12 French ( kids between 5,8, and 11 years old) we stayed in Amor Donsol, quite a good place to sleep and eat in their restaurant, just beware their resto closes at 9 pm so better order early before leaving the place for outgoing activity, to make sure of something to eat in return. They... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Whaleshark encounter is located in Donsol Tourist Center.Anyone who would wish to interact with the whaleshark should register there.Either book yourself for the next days activity or on the spot.But for us since we are a large family...we booked a day before so we can choose early morning activity.The registration is free but the boat fee,spotter,and BOI/guide is 3500/boat/strictly 6... More 

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