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

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    Philippines Sees Value In Conserving Sharks And Rays

    Located at the tip of the Coral Triangle in the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is home to more than 200 species of sharks and rays, and declines in their numbers could have negative impacts on marine ecosystems.

    It could also affect the economy: Shark and ray dive tourism helps boost local communities throughout the country, with visitors coming from around the world to see whale sharks in Donsol, whitetip reef sharks in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, and thresher sharks in Malapascua.

    The Philippines government knows the value in protecting sharks a ...

  • Born To Be Wild: Whale Shark Watching In Donsol Sorsogon

    When Doc Nielsen visited Donsol, Sorsogon, he was able to swim with a whale shark named "P-1184." What's the story behind this whale shark's name? Find out in this video.

  • Migratory Species And Sustainable Ecotourism

    Migratory Species And Sustainable Ecotourism

    When whale shark is mentioned, two places immediately come to mind: Donsol in the province of Sorsogon and Oslob in the province of Cebu.

    Both places are famous in promoting whale shark a globally endangered species under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species as their prime tourist attraction.

    Popularly called in the Philippines as butanding, the whale shark is the largest fish species in the world. It can grow up to 30 feet to 40 feet from head to tail. Being a filter feeder, it feeds almost exclusively on plankton, and does not pos ...

  • Where To Dive Ethically With Whale Sharks In The Philippines

    Where To Dive Ethically With Whale Sharks In The Philippines

    Swim alongside the gentle ocean giants at these three destinations in the archipelago.

    According to Wildbook for Whale Sharks an online photo identification library that collates whale-shark sighting data the 1,000th whale shark has recently been identified in Philippine waters. This means that the Philippines is home to the third-largest known aggregation of whale sharks in the world!

    With this amazing piece of news in mind, its to be expected that people from all around the world would want to flock to the Philippines to get up close and personal (responsibly, of course) with the large ...

  • 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!