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Donsol Whale Shark Interaction

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Barangay Dancalan, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines
+63 917 795 8904
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Amazing experience !!! 😍😍😍

When you arrive there and do the registration, you watch a video that shows you what you can do and... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Zineb S
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Casablanca, Morocco
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Incredible experience

I thought we would end up searching for 3 hrs without avail as there hadn't been recent sightings... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2017
Fly1ng_K1w1
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London, United Kingdom
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Barangay Dancalan, Donsol, Luzon, Philippines
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+63 917 795 8904
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

When you arrive there and do the registration, you watch a video that shows you what you can do and more important: what you shouldn't do while swimming with the whale shark (if you are lucky to encounter one). When there is enough people to...More

1  Thank Zineb S
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

I thought we would end up searching for 3 hrs without avail as there hadn't been recent sightings. We would have been on the water 10 mins till the spotter shouted where to go within 3 mins we were in swimming with the majestic creatures,...More

1  Thank Fly1ng_K1w1
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

It's one of those trip for the bucket list! It's an amazing feeling to swim with the 🐋 sharks. They're such gentle giants and are cool and serene in the water. It's a one of a kind experience worth doing. The area is run by...More

1  Thank Marisel S
Reviewed 20 July 2017

We booked a trip for 10 people (scuba divers) to the Philippines through Donsol Eco Tours. We wanted to see thresher sharks as well as the whale sharks. Donsol Eco Tours had a dive safari that catered for both. 9 of us started the trip...More

4  Thank Degirls
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

I came to The Philippines in May so I would be there for the season in Donsol. I did a lot of research into this before hand and of course Donsol seemed ethical (as opposed to places like Oslob) and was the only place I...More

17  Thank NLouise19
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Awesome experience swimming with Whalesharks. We did 4 days and had 16 interactions. The down side is when the Whalesharks appear, they are surrounded by many boats and chucking their snorkelled in at the same time. So at times it can be manic and be...More

1  Thank TonyMadelin
Reviewed 30 June 2017

This place is defenitly better than what they do in Oslob,she sharks are not fed and they really dont le tyou touch them, but this doesnt mean that they do everything ok. they put waaay more people in the water with them than what they...More

2  Thank Invertebrada
Management response:Responded 1 July 2017

Thank you for this feedback.

Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

It's so sad what happen in donsol. Most people don't care and think they doing something​ good. But the reality is that only trip 70(!!!) Boats was hunting 1 single Hale shark and hundreds of people was around one whale shark. The whale sharks was...More

6  Thank Steve W
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Been there holy week, it was raining hard when the boat took the spot, at first I was hesitant to jump in because it is more than 50ft deep water and I don't know how to swim but the foreigners on the other side of...More

Thank Jenny R
Reviewed 10 June 2017

There is no denying that this is an incredible experience for an amazing price but they do say that only 6 people (or something like that) are allowed in the water with them at any one time and that couldn't have been more of a...More

Thank Mullen89
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Nomad_Vi
22 October 2017|
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Response from TonyMadelin | Reviewed this property |
I believe they are all year round.
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eidolon4u
10 October 2017|
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Response from Marisel S | Reviewed this property |
Hi! The best time to go whale shark watching is during the months of March-May when you can be assured of at least one or two sightings. The local government of Donsol takes care of the bookings. Upon arrival at Donsol, ask... More
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Sergey K
23 September 2017|
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Response from JOSEPHINE C | Property representative |
Im sorry but we dont have whaleshark sightings during this time. They would normally come around the months of February to May. Thank you
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