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Donsol Whale Shark Interaction Private Tour with Snorkeling Gears & Transfers from Legazpi

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Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines
8 hours
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Meet and greet the famous whale sharks of Donsol in this private tour, where you’ll have a chance to interact with these amazing sea creatures. This tour package includes everything you need for an enjoyable adventure, from a private boat rental to snorkeling gear and professional guide services. You’ll also enjoy the comfort and convenience of complimentary hotel transfers.

Your tour driver will pick you up from your hotel within Legazpi City and take you to the town of Donsol. This coastal town has risen to fame as the whale shark (butanding) capital of the Philippines because its waters are teeming with these giant fish species. Whale shark sightings are more common from November to June.

Upon reaching the town port, you’ll be heading to the registration center for your whale shark interaction activity. Watch the video briefing, fit your life vests, and learn safety tips from your BIO (Butanding Interaction Officer). Then it’s time to board a private boat, where you’ll be accompanied by other butanding interaction personnel, including a whale shark spotter and trained boatmen.

Note that whale shark interactions in Donsol don’t involve feeding the so-called gentle giants so wait for the signal from the BIO and other officers. While waiting, help yourself to complimentary refreshments on board.

Once whale sharks have been spotted, you can dive into the waters in your life vests alongside your snorkeling gear, and start swimming with them. This will give you the opportunity to see them in their natural habitat and witness their enormous size. You can take pictures as long as you don’t use flash photography. Also, keep a distance of at least 3 meters from their tail without touching them.

After your whale shark interaction experience, your boat will be heading back to the shore. You’ll be provided with bath towels for your shower. Let your driver know if you want to add a lunch meal in any of the restaurants in the area, so he can wait before dropping you off at your hotel in Legazpi.

Have a memorable time swimming with the gentle giants of Donsol in this whale shark interaction tour. Check availability by choosing a date.


Air-Conditioned Vehicle
Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off within Legazpi City
Tour Facilitator
Butanding Interaction Officer
Boat Transfer
Snorkeling Equipments
Life Jacket
Donsol Municipal Tourism Registration Fees


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What to bring

Personal Medicine
Extra Towel
Extra Clothes

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