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The Philippines is one of the very few places in the world where it is possible to see whale sharks on a regular basis. These magnificent creatures gather in Donsol, Philippines usually from December until May each year. The plankton in the local waters drawn in by the currents attract the whale sharks by the dozens to feed. These curious animals are surprisingly sociable and tend to interact with people. Sightings are frequent and increasing numbers of people are drawn to this remote area to see the sharks.
Donsol is located in the Province of Sorsogon, in the Bicol Region, at the southern tip of Luzon Island, Philippines. The Towns population is estimated at 47,000 (2003 census) and is traditionally engaged in fishing and agricultural acitivity. From the Manila, Donsol is approximately 500 kilometers away and can be accessed by air or comfortable land transfer. There are many local airlines like Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have daily flights to Legazpi, the center of the Bicol region.
It is also possible to take a bus or coach from Manila to Legaspi city. This mode is more economical, but the travel time is longer.
Not far from Legaspi is the famous Mayon Volcano. It is renowned for its “perfect cone” shape and has been repeatedly been nominated as one of the wonders of the world.
Our tour operator regularly works with Amor Resort and Vitton Resort. These resorts are of about 2 star quality. Both resorts have a native setup a give a rustic native feel. They are located near the beach and are a short walk away from the dive center and the tourism center.
The Dive Centre
The dive center is located inside the Amor Resort. They provide a full range of courses. Operations are handled by professional staff. They will take very good care of you.
There are two famous dive sites in the area. A short boat ride is necessary to reach our first destination, “Manta Bowl”. Manta Bowl is the “Manta Ray Capital of the Philippines”, the habitat of the world's biggest ray. Ticao Pass has a high concentration of plankton due to strong currents from San Bernardo Strait, making this place an ideal cleaning and feeding station for the Manta Ray. The pass also attracts Whale Sharks, Hammerheads, Thresher Sharks, and other pelagics. Next stop, San Miguel Island, A scenic location with a beautiful waterfall. The coral reefs here are fantastic (especially for macro divers), whether your snorkeling or diving there is an abundance of marine wild life for you to see.
Packages last updated: 14th January 2009, 3:00pm (Manila time)
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