Whale sharks are huge fish, and not whales, as their name may suggest. Congregating annually at Donsol to feed on the plankton and krill rich waters flowing through the San Bernardino Straits and into the Visayas, these gentle giants glide along mid-waters to the surface when following their food supply.

It is not just whale sharks that one gets to see in Donsol, although whale shark interactions at the the official sanctuary in the waters off Donsol are the order of the day. Rare species such as the frog fish, sole fish, lion fish, giant sea stars, nudibranchs and even the occasional large pelagics such as the manta rays, hammerhead shark and thrasher sharks may be found further out, at the dive sites around San Miguel and Ticao Islands.

Pandora is real… in Donsol. Cruise along the Donsol River and watch not only the spectacular sunsets, but the fireflies that collect by the thousands at specific trees, creating a pulsing, constantly shifting spectacle of lights right out of a movie. With bio-luminescent plankton glittering beneath the river surface on moonless nights, rest assured that this is an amazing trip one will never forget.

Additional Information

Great for: Advanced, Photography

Highlights: Whale sharks, manta rays, frog fish, giant sea stars, nudibranchs

Depth: 5 – >40m

Visibility: 20 – 30m

Currents: Can be strong

Surface conditions: Calm

Water temperature: 26 – 29°C

Number of dive sites: >10

Experience level: Beginner – Advanced

Recommended Length of stay: 4-7days

  • Manta Bowl Shoal and San Miguel Island (in waters off Ticao Island)
  • Manta Bowl (Manta Bowl Shoal)
  • R.A.C. Point (Manta Bowl Shoal)
  • Shark Apartment (Manta Bowl Shoal)
  • Tuna Alley (Manta Bowl Shoal)
  • Sweetlips Rock (Manta Bowl Shoal)
  • Bobby’s Wall (San Miguel Island)
  • Parola (San Miguel Island)
  • The Classroom (San Miguel Island)
  • The Point (San Miguel Island)
  • Tres Grace (San Miguel Island)
  • Lapus Lapus East (San Miguel Island)
  • Lapus Lapus West (San Miguel Island)

Requirements:

  • Valid passport and Visa (if applicable)
  • Cash in local currency (Philippine Peso; PHP)
  • Personal Medication
  • Travel Insurance (recommended)
  • Able to snorkel/swim in the sea
  • Minimum of PADI Open Water Diver Certification or equivalent (for leisure diver)

 

Getting there:

Fly from Singapore to Legazpi Airport in Legazpi City (Albay, Bicol, Philippines). Singapore – Manila – Legazpi Singapore – Manila (approximately 3.5 hours) Transit (approximately 5 hours) Manila – Legazpi (approximately 1 hour) Coach/mini-bus from Legazpi Airport to resort in Donsol, Sorsogon. (approximately 1.5 hours)

 

Includes:
2 way land transfer between Legazpi Airport and Donsol
Full board accommodation at Vitton Beach Resort / Donsol Bay Resort
2 whale shark interaction tours (snorkeling)
Up to 6 guided boat dives in San Miguel and/or Manta bowl
Air tanks and weights provided

Excludes:
Air fare between Singapore and Legazpi

Currency accepted:
PHP
Credit cards accepted:

Electricity Supply:
220-240V 50Hz, 2 pin round plug

Time difference:
None

Immigration:
Countries with a 30-day visa-free entry

Add-ons:

1N extension from SGD 100* per person onwards.

*Whale shark interaction and guided boat dives are charged separately.
(Whale shark interaction – SGD 80 per person.
3 guided boat dives at San Miguel and/or Manta Bowl – SGD 170 per person
2 guided boat dives at San Miguel and/or Manta Bowl – SGD 130 per person)

Rooms:
All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with an ensuite bathroom with hot/cold shower a large front porch and sea view.

Meals:
All meals are served a la carte, with a mix of western and local cuisine.

 

Amenities:
Dining area,
Karaoke,
Beach front,
Garden,
and Live music on Saturdays.

 

Diving:
Dive sites are approximately 45 minutes away from Donsol, which you will be brought to via speedboats.

 

Add-ons:

Rooms:
All rooms are air-conditioned and come equipped with ensuite bathrooms, hot/cold showers, and a beach view.

 

Meals:
All meals are served a la carte, with a mix of western and local cuisine.

 

Amenities:
Bar and Restaurant
Swimming pool
Beach front
Parking area (free)
Shuttle service to Butanding Interaction Center (free)
Tour packages

 

Diving:
Dive sites are approximately 45 minutes away from Donsol, which you will be brought to via speedboats.

 

Dive Shop / Online Store

Looking for affordable dive equipment or just browsing for new suit? Eko Divers diveshop has a wide range of diving products at affordable price.

 

Contact Eko Divers

Address: Blk. 13 Yorkhill
#01-44 S162013

Phone: (+65) 6327 4408.
Email: info@ekodivers.com


 

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