Upon our arrival in the Donsol tourism office, we were hesitant and worried if we can see the gentle giants as it is totally gloomy at six in the morning. But we were hopeful coz it will be our only chance as we were pushing to the next town later that day.
We were one of the first batches to go into the open sea and tadaaaan! I thought it will be a whale shark watching but it seems like it was whale shark chasing. People from almost all of the banca in the area jump into the water not thinking if they will hit someone. Yes! I was kicked by their heavy flippers not to mention that most people there are literally heavy too. The sighting was not that good but the experience was awesome. Mr. Butanding was shy during that day and it was the only sighting found that day. Too bad for the other batch who didn’t make it. I can’t say though if I was lucky enough to see the butanding’s tail or not. I wasn’t even sure if I saw it right. Oh well.
Much to our surprise, we found ourselves heading back to Donsol 2 days after our first visit. Oh yeah… hoping and hoping we can finally see and interact with the gentle giants for more than 5 seconds… pretty please??? Maybe it was our lucky day or it just a birthday wish come true or is it because we were no longer with the English people like the last time. Btw, the English couple we have shared the banca with has been travelling across the world just to see the whale shark and they were not lucky to see one. I guess it’s their fault. Maybe?
Moving on, we can sense that was the lucky day coz: We finally saw the shy Mayon Volcano from the banca and; we can see people smiling that they found one butanding. I was speechless! I almost jumped without my lifevest so I can duck dive and swim with the butanding right beside her/him. And yes! The feeling of swimming with them is a treasure. Finally, we were able to encounter Whale Sharks and swimming with them is incomparably fun!