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Swim with Whale Sharks off Donsol

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Locals call these broad smooth, spotted marine creatures Butanding, most of us know them as Whale Sharks, and they know them well - large numbers have been coming to these waters for years and the tourists are beginning to follow to swim, snorkel and generally hang out with them. Whale Sharks start to gather in October and by February they are at their peak numbers. These guys are the world’s largest fish and are krill feeders with a normally pleasant disposition, making them ideal swimming partners for people. There are rules about how many people and boats are allowed per shark and you aren’t allowed to do anything to annoy them, like take flash photos or try and ride them? Bring your own snorkel and mask if you have them and be aware that this is still a rural area so bring cash not cards. As well as meeting the Whale sharks, there are plenty of other activities in Sorsogon, especially for the eco-conscious visitor. Bulusan Mountain and it’s lakes are a well protected pocket of wilderness with endemic and unusual flora and fauna and there are hot springs, caves and the tiny islands with their white, black or pink sandy beaches. For the culturally inclined there are old churches the remnants of towns and an ancient shipyard to add variety to the beautiful natural surrounds.

Guide to swimming with Whale Sharks in Donsol.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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A very good thing to do, as the fees help keep the whale sharks of Donsol protected. And pretty much unique in the world as well!

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