Donsol Butanding Tour

Donsol, Sorsogon

Swimming with whale sharks was featured as the Best Animal Encounter in Asia by Time Magazine in 2004. Whale sharks can be seen between November and June, with presence peaking between February and May.

The presence of whale Sharks in the town of Donsol was known to the local residents over 100 years. But the locals believed these gentle giants were dangerous. In 1997 a group of scu ...

ba divers interacted and came in contact with the Whale Sharks.

Copy of video footage taken by the group was passed on to the media and the WWF-Philippines. By March 1998, Donsol became world-class tourist destination and now known as the "Whale Shark Capital of the World".

Interaction with the whale sharks is regulated by the local Department of Tourism office. WWF guidelines are generally observed to protect the sharks. Rules include limiting the number of swimmers per boat to six, no scuba divers and staying further than three meters from the sharks.

Donsol Butanding Eco-Tour Whale Shark Watching News

  • 3 Best Places For Whale Shark Watching In The Philippines

    3 Best Places For Whale Shark Watching In The Philippines

    Although half of its name suggests terror, the whale shark is a harmless gentle giant swimming in the tropical seas. As the worlds largest fish, they sure eat a lot. But one thing we can tell you is that humans are not a part of their menu.

    Whale sharks are very charming and lovable swimming creatures in the ocean. Seeing them up close and swimming with them is an experience that is worth chasing. In a tropical country blessed with rich marine life like the Philippines, it is not difficult to find that opportunity.

    If you want to experience the magic of watching a free-swimming whale sha ...

  • Summer Vlog Day 3 Bicol 2017, Butanding Watching In Sorsogon

    Hi, I know I say this a lot but I worked hard editing this video and I enjoyed so much!! I hope you love it and I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed being in Sorsogon!! Thanks for watching, I love you! Feel free to comment down below if you have suggestions, questions or anything else to say!! I'd love to talk to you!

  • Best Of The Philippines Whale Shark Watching In Donsol

    Best Of The Philippines Whale Shark Watching In Donsol

    Swimming with whale sharks tops most bucket lists. There are only a few destinations around the world that offer this one-of-a-kind experience, though, and the Philippines happens to be one of the places in Asia that does, specifically Donsol.

    Donsol is a premier tourist destination and should not be passed up when you explore the beautiful islands of the Philippines. What's particularly special about Donsol is that it offers you the RIGHT way to swim with the whale sharks (or butanding, as they are called locally).

    Unlike in Oslob, Cebu where the whale sharks are fed and stay in a defi ...

  • Assignment Asia Swimming With Whale Sharks

    Whale shark tourism is a growing industry in the Philippines, attracting thousands of visitors and generating millions of dollars in income every year. But environmentalists say excessive interaction with humans and the practice of feeding the whale sharks are harming the endangered species. Barnaby Lo traveled to Oslob and Donsol, two coastal towns with different ways of giving people close encounters with the gentle giants of the sea.

  • Whale Sharks And Eco Tourism In The Philippines

    Whale Sharks And Eco Tourism In The Philippines

    When I was growing up I was adamant I wanted to be a Marine Biologist, I had posters on my walls of dolphins and other cetaceans. The sea and the ocean were a big part of my childhood growing up near the coast and rummaging around rock pools, catching crabs with my two brothers was entertainment.

    After deciding that finding actual work as a marine biologist might be a challenge I ventured down the path of pharmaceuticals and ended up studying pharmacology at university only to be turned off at the prospect of working for the pharmaceutical industry. My passion for the ocean however has neve ...

  • Tourism Exec Says More Butanding Sightings In Donsol In 2017

    Tourism Exec Says More Butanding Sightings In Donsol In 2017

    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 ...