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Donsol Whale Shark Interaction

#1 of 6 things to do in Donsol Features Animals
Barangay Dancalan, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines
+63 52 481 0250
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An experience you should never miss

The whale shark watching is great. You get to see the whale sharks on their own way of existence... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
San Pedro, Philippines
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Incredible eco-friendly interaction

I expected to see a whale shark for my first time. I'm a scuba and freediving instructor and my... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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2 days ago
“An experience you should never miss”
8 Apr 2017
“Awesome experience but crowded”
Barangay Dancalan, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines
+63 52 481 0250
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The whale shark watching is great. You get to see the whale sharks on their own way of existence. The nice thing about the Donsol Whale Shark interaction is that the boat men and other residents don't feed them so they won't be dependent on...More

Thank CharirayStarr
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I expected to see a whale shark for my first time. I'm a scuba and freediving instructor and my expectation level is so high, also my eco-friendly filter only allows me to do reasonable activities and that one is highly caring. I went twice, and...More

Thank 119francescv
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm so pleased that I chose Donsol over Oslob to do this wonderful experience. Nothing beats seeing animals in their natural habitat and that's exactly what you get at Donsol. Ask around and try and share a boat. It does not hinder your trip at...More

1  Thank Craig M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Around 1 hour travel from Legaspi. Came in Donsol at 10am. Registered at Tourist desk office. (very clean, they have also shower rooms!) Paid P3500 for 6 persons boat rental fee plus P100/ person environmental fee. Watched video clip on what to do during the...More

1  Thank OdettePM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great new experience! I can't wait to go back and do this again! Friendly people too. Also, if you are less than 6 travelling, they will look for people to go on the boat with you so you can share the boat fee. Check the...More

2  Thank lane315
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a fantastic experience. We were lucky enough to just have our boat (6 people) for a couple of swims with the sharks. When more boats come it could be a bit of a free for all but it was not overcrowded. Well worth a...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Diving with the whale sharks is one of the most memorable experience in Donsol and i wanted to get back for more. We have almost 8 encounters with the whale sharks. You must be a good swimmer so you can swim around with the whale...More

1  Thank bel2230
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic So safe for the whale sharks as they make sure you do not touch or feed them They have special guides called BOI which go with you and make sure you keep a distance from the whale shark and not swim with them for...More

2  Thank worldcolour
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted to avoid Oslob style canned interaction with whale sharks so came to Donsol especially for the eco interactions and to see these gentle giants in the wild. We were privileged to see 4 beautiful whale sharks and swim with 3 on our tour....More

3  Thank 725travelj
Reviewed 17 April 2017

When in Donsol for whale shark "butanding" look for Kuya Omar as he is the pioneer guide that can really educate you and help you see the beauty of Donsol. We went on a boat at around 10am and we are still lucky to be...More

3  Thank Yan A
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Any ideas on the most up to date prices? Don't want to get ripped off as a single traveller but presuming all prices are set (would help if their website worked!). Thanks
23 February 2017|
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Rosemary M
Hi! My husband and I are visiting the Philippines in late March til early April. We will be arriving from El Nido to Legazpi and possibly stay at one of the popular hotels the Oriental Legazpi. We are debating if we should stick with Donsol to experience the shark whale interaction or go to Oslob, Cebu and have a higher chance to see them. This will be our second attempt of trying since last time we didn't do much research and realized that we went at the wrong time. So now, I hope that we are going during high peak and will definitely see whales in Legazpi. Do you have any inputs on this? Should I book online ahead of time or book at one of the offices when getting there? With whom should I go with? Thanks so much for your time!
5 February 2017|
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Riz C
What time of the day has the least number of people doing the whale shark interaction? If it rains, do they cancel all sailing? Thanks!
20 January 2017|
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