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Donsol Whale Shark Interaction

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Barangay Dancalan, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines
+63 917 795 8904
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Fantastic fun.

The whale sharks are only to be seen, usually between March - May. As Donsol pretty much closes... read more

Reviewed May 18, 2015
pahabow
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Sydney
I WANNA HUG THEM SO BAD! :)

First of all to those who are dismayed that they didn't chance upon these gentle giants, they are... read more

Reviewed May 11, 2015
coffee b
,
Philippines
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Barangay Dancalan, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines
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"whale shark interaction"
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"bucket list"
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"gentle giants"
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"eco tour"
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Reviewed May 18, 2015

The whale sharks are only to be seen, usually between March - May. As Donsol pretty much closes down, tourist wise, for 6 months of the year, the locals are so far unaffected by tourism. And they are lovely people. After a 10 minute video...More

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Reviewed May 11, 2015

First of all to those who are dismayed that they didn't chance upon these gentle giants, they are in the wild unlike the whale sharks in OSLOB that are fed with planktons. It's more satisfying seeing them swim freely than seeing them stay in a...More

1  Thank coffee b
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Reviewed May 10, 2015

Although Donsol is hard to get to, it is well worth it. Visited mid April, saw 4 whalesharks. The visibilty was not great but you could still see the whole fish. It is a bit like extreme snorkling, the group (6 people) sit on the...More

Thank Paul S
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Reviewed May 10, 2015

We went to see the whale sharks on 3 different days and swam with them on 2 days. The boats are very organised and drop you in front of the whale sharks with a team leader who guides you all the time for the best...More

1  Thank morganar1
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Reviewed April 27, 2015

Over 2 days we interacted around 12 times with 6 whale sharks. It was such an amazing experience and one we will certainly do again. We booked through eco tours who looked after everything for us. The guide was in our view, more experienced than...More

2  Thank sandra w
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Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

We arrived in Donsol on April 20, 2015 and at 830am, after the briefing and video viewing, we're already on our boat ride in the middle of the sea. Within 5 min of the ride, we were told by our boat guide to wear our...More

Thank cititourist
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Reviewed April 20, 2015

I went snorkelling with Whale sharks today in Donsol Bay. We booked the trip in the Donsol visitor center a day in advance. When you book the tour you have to watch a short video which explains a code of conduct on how to behave...More

7  Thank Sandra G
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Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

We interacted 5 times with 3 whalesharks. Wow just wow. They are amazing animals. Don't be afraid to go the whole thing is professionally managed. Great experience.

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Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

I had a wonderful experience swimming with "Butanding" or the Whale Sharks, not one but 5. The boat guide, Joel, was excellent. He led us to very close encounter with the giants without touching them. The management of the Donsol Whale Shark Center is so...More

Thank Wild A
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Reviewed April 18, 2015

Swimming with the largest fish in the sea was on my bucket-list experiences. I felt lucky because i saw it for 4 times and i swam for 25 minutes in one of them! It was enough to say: i did it! Resisting the urge to...More

2  Thank Davi85Travel
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Vicky K
July 26, 2018|
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Response from Ken1939 | Reviewed this property |
0 Votes All my arrangements were organised by myself. I booked accommodation with Amor Farm Beach Resort on the internet. Bookings to go out on the bankas (boats) is organised at the office within close walking distance... More
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AnnVince
June 16, 2018|
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Response from sabi0james | Reviewed this property |
i highly doubt given that according to the guides best months are April and May. Good luck
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Lauren K
May 6, 2018|
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Response from sabi0james | Reviewed this property |
you can go directly to the Donsol Visitor Center, or have your tour arranged with the resort you will be staying with. Goodluck.
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