Donsol

map_philippines_donsol_route.jpg ph_locator_sorsogon_donsol.png

DONSOL, SORSOGON, PHILIPPINES

Donsol is a town known for its existence as a popular tourist destination where whale sharks or “butanding”can be seen in its bordering sea.Donsol is considered the unofficial ‘Whale Shark Capital of the World’ with the largest number of recorded sightings of these gentle giants anywhere in the world.

The whalesharks can be seen all-year round except when there is a typhoon, their presence peaking between February and May. The best time to go is in the morning, as the waters are clearer and makes it easier to spot the whale shark. According to the locals, the whale sharks are more abundant before noon. On peak season, it is very common to see more than a dozen different Butanding.

Interaction with the whale sharks is regulated by the local department office. With the help of WWF, strict guidelines were developed to protect the sharks. These include limiting the number of swimmers per boat (six), no scuba diving, no touching and riding the whale shark, maintaining a distance of 3 meters from the head and body of the whale shark and 4 meters from the tail of the whale shark.”

REFERENCE: Wikipedia & Albay Tourism

The whale shark encounter lasts up to three (3) hours. At the end of the encounter you are given a certificate that indicates the number of whale sharks you have sighted. During the 3 hour encounter, our group swam with eight (8) whale sharks šŸ™‚


2007 TRIP

alimayon1.jpg donsol31.jpg alimayon2.jpg dsc02455.jpg dsc02441.jpg ticao-dive-295.jpg dsc02672.jpg ticao-dive-299.jpg ticao-dive-297.jpg alidonsol2.jpg alidonsol3.jpg alidonsol4.jpg hash2.jpg

Photography: Jonet, Ali & Paz (Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines)

3 Comments

  1. if you look at the photo of Dood, Tiara and Adel, you will see that the firefly boat we used was oh so tiny! (see how Dood is at the tip of the bow?) I was on top of the ‘roof’ when I took that photo because none of the kids wanted to be ‘up there’.

    inicidentally, all the grown-ups were on the big boat and it was their boat that almost flipped over. šŸ˜€

  2. Yup our outrigger almost flipped over. Thanks to all the excited adults experiencing firefly sighting for the first time or simply reliving their childhood days. We were trying to move closer to the mangrove for a closer inspection of these tiny light bugs unaware that most of us were already on one side of the boat. Seeing hundreds or maybe thousands of “tinkerbells”on a single tree was truly an amazing experience. On the way back to the resort, we just lazed around the deck and looked at the stars, happily dreaming away. I can still remember the soft breeze and gentle waves during that star-filled night. Oh what a joy to be one with the sea, and the stars…

  3. BUTANDING AND FIREFLY,IS EXCITING EXPERIENCE,I REMEMBER MY CHILDHOOD DAYS,AND I MISS MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS THIER IN DONSOL,IM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE AGAIN MY HOMETOWN SOON,


Comments RSS TrackBack Identifier URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s