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

  • The Whale Sharks Of Donsol

    The Whale Sharks Of Donsol

    "When I first arrived in Donsol, the only way to get around was by Carabou!" Elmer Quizon, a whale shark interaction officer exclaimed with a laugh when I asked him if this small town on the southern coast of Luzon was benefiting from tourism.

  • Butanding Sighting Season On In Sorsogon

    Butanding Sighting Season On In Sorsogon

    The provincial government on Thursday officially declared that the whaleshark or "butanding" sighting season off the coast of Donsol is officially on.

    Sorsogon Governor Bobet Lee-Rodrigueza said that sightings of the human-friendly whale sharks have started for almost a month ago and was observed on a consistent basis since last week.

    "Yes, these friendly whale sharks are spending Yuletide season this year in Sorsogon. As per advise by the local government unit of Donsol, spearheaded by Mayor Josephine Alcantara-Cruz, in partnership with the provincial government, the butanding season is ...

  • Donsol Attracts The Philippines Largest Whale Sharks

    Donsol Attracts The Philippines Largest Whale Sharks

    A new scientific study by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines and Large Marine Vertebrate Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) has revealed that whale sharks in Donsol, Philippines are uncharacteristically larger than those found elsewhere in the Philippines. The study, which describes the population dynamics and strong site fidelity of adult whale sharks to the coastal waters of Donsol, has been published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science and represents the longest dataset on whale sharks in the country.

    Up until the late 90s, targeted whale shark fisheries existe ...

  • Mga Butanding Sa Sorsogon Dinarayo Ng Mga Turista

    Dinarayo ng mga turista ang Donsol, Sorsogon lalo na tuwing Mayo hanggang Disyembre dahil sa panahong ito, madalas daw nakikita ang mga whale shark o butanding. Ang nakamamanghang hayop na ito, tunghayan natin sa video ng 'Front Row.'

  • Atom Araullo Up Close With King Of The Ocean

    Atom Araullo Up Close With King Of The Ocean

    Award-winning broadcast journalist Atom Araullo dives into the waters of Cebu, Sorsogon, and Camarines Norte to get up close with the "King of the Ocean" in today's episode of The Atom Araullo Specials.

    Known as the ocean's top predator, sharks are the undisputed ruler of the seas. With over 200 species, the Philippines has one of the largest populations of sharks in the world putting the country fourth in the list of Global Shark Biodiversity in the world, and second in Southeast Asia.

    Some sustain a living and other places rake in a fortune by becoming popular tourist destinations beca ...

  • Philippines Sees Value In Conserving Sharks And Rays

    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 ...