Day 6 – Donsol – Swimming with the Whalesharks or Buntandings in the morning
Back to Legaspi in the afternoon
Tricycle to visitor center is P20. Donsol tricycle drivers are honest.
Back to Legazpi:
GT Express Van (last return is 3 pm) P65
Van left us as early as 2pm so we took a jeepney from Donsol to Daraga for P60 then another jeep to Legaspi for P14 (2 hours)
Tried Casa Bianca Donsol as the other known resorts were booked.
0906-3099372 / 0906-9320457 – Raffy (very professional to talk to and son of the owner )
P1500 (AC private bath with towels)
We kept on eating at Amor Resort, best value for money. P100-200/ per meal
Whaleshark (half day morning activity only, starts at 7am)
Visitor Registration at Tourism office P100
Boat, Spotter, BOI fee Per Boat P3500 for 7 people
Snorkel, fins set P300
Disposable water proof camera P525 (buy in Manila if you don’t own underwater camera)
Souvenir T-shirt P200
Whaleshark experience one of a kind!!! The thrill of the chase! Spotted a 7 meter whaleshark! 3 buntandings out of 4 tries!! When the spotter says jump, you have to be ready to jump into the open water before the butanding swims away. No wonder the locals kept on saying “good luck”…some see many, some see a few, some see none at all.
Seeing the Butandings was the best way to end our Bicol trip!! It was the cherry on top of our 7 day sort of “amazing race adventure” … always waking up as early as 5:00 am to catch a boat, bus, or jeepney….. Being a city girl I can truly say Bicolandia is so beautiful and the cuisine so wonderful! Many thanks to our host in Legaspi the Esteves family who are also die hard foodies. They showed us hard core Bicolano cuisine… Happy happy memories…Thank you God!
Will come back next year to dive and see the giant Manta rays at Manta Bowl dive site near Ticao Island. Met dive master Rodel Lita +632 0921-929 3811 for donsol diving. He tells us they see Mantas that are 5 meters long The dive shop is at Amor beach resort. Check www.donsolwhaleshark.multiply.com
Note: Option to go straight to Legaspi airport from Donsol (bit risky thou) or stay another night in Legaspi and enjoy the city night life. We stayed another night for the Magayon fiesta and flew back well rested the next day.