Funny Moments in Donsol

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!

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5 thoughts on “Funny Moments in Donsol

    1. We had been to Bicol last week April 4-11, to all of you readers just to share with a bad excieernpe, as we passed by Quezon province there were major road repairs and took us 5 hours traffic jam in Pagbilao and next stress road is the Quirino Highway or Rolando Andaya highway which were also bumpy road, just imagine the stress of your car running a rough road as well as passengers. Sipocot has also road repairs going-on there are portions passable only one lane, it took us 13Hours from Las Pif1as to Naga. Naga CamSur to Albay and Sorsogon were ok except for few minor road repairs, I would suggest to take the long route via Daet Cam Norte when going back to Manila has better road condition than Quirino Highway.We had been to Donsol and we spent P4100 to get to the site where Butanding are positive but we were unlucky, no butanding was seen goodbye P4100.If you are planing a vacation using your car to get you there then better think twice so as not to damage your car or reschedule in some other times.

      1. right Adauto… there are some repairs and constructions of the national highway until these days even here in northern Mindanao. I was travelling northern Luzon last May too, and there were lots and lots of major construction, thus, delaying all vehicles. But lets just look at the brighter side, reconstruction is for the betterment of our highways. We just need to adjust our time as this may take a while to finish the project.

        According to the locals, there were times that there’s no butanding in sight even during peak season. We went to donsol twice and on our first day, we only get to see its big tail. So we decided to go back to the area on the 4th day of our backpacking trip in Bicol region just to satisfy ourselves and hoping to see butanding for the last time and luckily we did!

        I would suggest, you need to allocate a couple of days when staying in donsol to make sure you get to see the best of donsol and butanding. One day is too short. It takes time and definitely tiring but it would be all worth it!

      2. right Adauto… there are some repairs and constructions of the national highway until these days even here in northern Mindanao. I was travelling northern Luzon last May too, and there were lots and lots of major construction, thus, delaying all vehicles. But lets just look at the brighter side, reconstruction is for the betterment of our highways. We just need to adjust our time as this may take a while to finish the project.

        According to the locals, there were times that there’s no butanding in sight even during peak season. We went to donsol twice and on our first day, we only get to see its big tail. So we decided to go back to the area on the 4th day of our backpacking trip in Bicol region just to satisfy ourselves and hoping to see butanding for the last time and luckily we did!

        I would suggest, you need to allocate a couple of days when staying in donsol to make sure you get to see the best of donsol and butanding. One day is too short. It takes time and definitely tiring but it would be all worth it!

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