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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...