The whale sharks or "butanding", known to show up between December to May off the waters of Donsol in Sorsogon, are slowly coming back.
"There are now three to eight sightings reported daily," said Maria O. Ravanilla, Department of Tourism (DOT)-Bicol director.
Over the past several years officials have been noting a lesser number of sightings of the whale sharks (Rhincodon typus), popularly known as "butanding" in Donsol.
Ravanilla said it was less than five sightings during the past years with around one to two in 2014 and less than five in 2015 and 2016.
The dwindling number of ...
Animal attractions are a lot of fun and they make for good Instagram photos. Especially swimming with whale sharks. It's in many tourists' bucket list. How cool is it to actually swim with the biggest species of fish in the ocean?
Swimming with whale sharks is generally okay, as long as responsible practices are followed. But this isn't always the case. In the Philippines, two areas are visited for its whale shark tourism. Oslob is the more popular one, but it's also questionable ecologically speaking. On the other hand, Donsol is the better, ethical choice.
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Some places are blessed by God in a superlative way.
Tucked away in an enclave in Sorsogon City is a paradisiacal boutique hotel called Siama, owned by charming couple, furniture designer Milo Naval and his lovely wife Kathy. The 30-room hotel is lush and invigorating and the cuisine here is to die for. Nestled in a grove of coconuts in Sitio San Lorenzo, Bibincahan, Sorsogon City, Siama is waiting to be discovered, to be experienced, to be explored. You step into this paradise and you leave the noise and rush of city living behind as you meet the laidback elegance of the hotel. Designed to ...
Sorsogon Island Hopping Tikling Island, Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary, Subic Beach.
Sorsogon is one of the exciting destinations in the Bicol region. It has beaches, historical places and even hot spring! You just have to plan your travel really well to explore these sites.
But no need to worry because I'll show you how were able to explore Sorsogon in two days. We did this travel last August 2016 when I joined a group travel and met some new friends. We started the trip by traveling to the farthest part of Bicol, at the tip of Luzon. This is the town of Matnog where the port is located for travelers going to Samar and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao. It would be better t ...
Discover the beauty of Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines through the white sand and clear blue waters of Subic Beach, Calintaan Cave and Juag Lagoon Fish Sanctuary.
We spent 4 days and 3 nights around Bicol Region, Philippines during the Holy Week.
Watch to see how our roadtrip went!
p.s. forgot my rash guard and yes I know I'm skinny haha!