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Donsol offers a rare opportunity to interact with whale sharks. Visitors head here to swim and snorkel with these harmless and gentle filter feeders in season.

The sheer size of the largest fish in the ocean will start your adrenalin pumping. These gentle giants of the sea – considered the largest fish in the world, measuring from 5 metres to as long as 15 metres in length, have been found to converge in the waters off Donsol starting sometime during November, and peaking in the months of February to May.

These harmless, gentle, friendly and playful filter feeders allow humans to swim, play and interact with them, as they ponderously glide along close to the surface of the ocean. Donsol, a small coastal town, is reached by a short 55 minute flight from Manila to Legaspi City and then a 45 to 60 minute road transfer.

Swimming with a whale shark - locally known as Butanding - is the epitome of wildlife encounters – an experience of a lifetime, an experience not to be missed!

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Big Fish Tour

For those who like their marine life BIG! This exciting and comprehensive dive itinerary includes encounters with whale sharks, manta rays and thresher sharks in three locations across the Philippines.

  • When to go: Nov-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,175 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Philippine Secrets Dive Safari

Join a dedicated dive safari to discover new dive sites in the Philippines. Highlights include pelagic encounters, wrecks and exploratory diving at locations that have been kept a secret for generations.

  • When to go: Mar-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,095 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Ticao Island Resort

The friendly Ticao Island Resort offers nine beachfront cabanas on an island with crystal blue waters, white sand beaches, fantastic dive sites and the shade of hundreds of coconut trees.

Elysia Beach Resort

Located on the beach in Donsol, this comfortable resort offers one of the most reliable places in the world to observe the largest fish in the world, the gentle and mysterious whale shark.