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    Donsol Butanding (whale sharks)

    Have to admit that the Donsol experience I had a few years back is one of the most memorable adventures. It was holy week when we went there and unplanned since we didn't really intend to go due to lack of information but we pushed through on my proddings since we're already in Legazpi.

    Interacting with those gentle butandings is really an unforgettable experience.

    Updated Backpacking Donsol/Whale Shark Tours Cost and Directions

    plugging in also a film DONSOL featured in this year's Cinemalaya.

    I'm a fan of alternative movies that you can't catch on local cinemas except during film festivals.

    do catch the film at the CCP:

    July 18: 9:00pm
    July 19: 6:15pm (Gala Premiere at the CCP Main Theater)
    July 20: 9:00pm
    July 21: 12:45pm
    July 22: 3:30pm

    Contact Maxie Evangelista at 0917-2431077 for discounted tickets and group reservations.

    Looking for cheap Donsol Whalesharks adventure? Just drop a comment

    How to go to Donsol:

    Philippine airlines has daily flights to Legazpi City. From Legazpi city, board a jeepney going to Daraga bus terminal (near a gasoline station) from Daraga, the bus takes about 2 hours. Drop off at the Donsol Municipal Hall. Register there for a small price and view the Butanding video. Take a tricycle going to Donsol bay or your resort. Negotiate with boatmen (a spotter and a BIO (butanding interaction officer for the cost)

    Commute by bus: Philtranco Bus in Cubao has buses going to Donsol and Pilar, Sorsogon.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:09 PM,


    At Jul 16, 2006, 12:45:00 AM, Blogger talksmart said...

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    At Apr 24, 2009, 9:25:00 AM, Anonymous Dindo said...


    I would like to find out if the month of June and July is still a good time to watch butanding. I am planning to watch this, i know this is maybe not the best month to watch this. So i just want to get a feed back, it will be very appreciated if someone can come out wiht an answer...


    At Apr 24, 2009, 9:27:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    dindo, don't think so. it's typhoon season. the whale sharks said to be there probably some are mating but the waves will just hamper your search. go at your own risk or trust PAGASA's weather forecast

    At Jan 26, 2010, 8:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hello Interested in Budget Butanding Adv this Feb 27-28 2010 text me 09234272335

    At Dec 14, 2010, 1:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am Joel Briones. As the new Vice-President of Donsol Butanding Interaction Officers, I would like to invite everybody to come and visit Donsol to swim with our Whalesharks.
    Guests can contact me for inquiries and infos about Donsol Tourism
    Also by email you can contact my partner
    Sure you will enjoy Donsol !!!

    At Dec 13, 2011, 3:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hello..I already booked a flight going to Legazpi..I'm planning to go to Donsol..But I'm only on my own..Is there anyway I can have a whaleshark sightseeing for a cheaper price of one person.Thank You

    At Dec 17, 2011, 4:22:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, you can always join other small groups to share in the cost of boat rentals in donsols :P


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