"Donsol is Butanding" Top 5 Page for this destination Donsol by bike_packer

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The "Big Thing"

In 2004, Time Magazine chose the "Butanding" (local name for whale shark) Interaction Program in Donsol Bay as the "Best Place For An Animal Encounter" in this planet. The place seems to attract more of these big fishes (the longest I've seen and swam with is about 8m long) cause they find their favorite food, planktons to be a-plenty and better-tasting (maybe) at the mouth of Donsol River and Ugod River. Yes, they are big but very gentle and friendly; and they don't feed on the first thing that comes into your mind.

March to May is the best time for these whale sharks to show up in numbers here.

Donsol, Sorsogon was a once sleepy fishing town not until the Butanding Interaction Activity was conceived. The place could be reached from Manila by plane to Legaspi, Albay in less than an hour , plus the 1 1/2 hour drive down to Donsol. On a low budget? Take a bus that plies Manila-Legaspi - takes about 10 hours at night and longer by 4 hours at daytime.

Fun and Thrill Underwater

Put on your goggles and snorkels.

A Family Affair

The children love the thrill as well.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:When it's peak season, they show up in droves. April is the best.
  • Cons:5-Months-Only-In-A-Year Affair
  • In a nutshell:"Butanding Country"
  • Last visit to Donsol: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated Feb 6, 2007
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  • takz78's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Welcome 2012 Butanding Season!!!
    Welcome Friends…..
    I would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy our whaleshark experience here in our beloved town Donsol…
    For inquiries about our Butanding etc..Pls email me at takz78@yahoo.com and my phone is 63+921-743-5677…
    Sightings are about 3 to 7 sharks…

  • yellowcab's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    nice informative homepage kuya boyet. we are coming there also this weekend with VT!

  • Juds's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2007 at 10:54 PM

    Hi Boyet! Galing naman ng Butanding adventure nyo! Andito ako sa bIcol ngayon and will stay for 2 weeks at least. Meron pa kaya akong makikita ngayong September? Maaraw naman dito lagi so I thought best time to travel.

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2006 at 6:55 PM

    Amazing Boyet!! My dream is to snorkel with these big gentle creatures. Yes, this was reported in Times Asia.

  • daryll's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2006 at 4:35 AM

    That is Awesome!!!! Really want to go and see by myself

  • asianbelle's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2006 at 8:56 PM

    Sobrang init.... ng ulo ko!... I like your pic of the Vitton Beach, very calming... Pati ba si Yasmin nag dive din?

  • ludogatto's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2006 at 2:18 AM

    a big chance for your chilsdren!

  • kenmerk's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2006 at 11:33 PM

    Looks like a fun place for kids, Boyet... (Must try to visit Donsol sometime, too...) cheers...

  • Nov 25, 2005 at 10:43 PM

    Ano ba ang butanding? Is that some sort of fish or something?


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