Whale Sharks in Donsol
There are several opportunities to catch a glimpse of whale sharks in the Philippines, but none are as respectful as in the coastal town of Donsol. From November to June, these fish – the biggest in the world – converge in Donsol Bay to feed on the high concentrations of plankton and krill brought about by the current.
Donsol, which can be reached via a 50-minute plane ride from Manila to Legazpi and a two-hour drive from Legazpi, lies within the Coral Triangle, one of the world’s most biologically valuable marine ecosystems. Guided by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), sightseeing follows special protocol that ensures any interactions don’t disrupt these gentle giants. You can snorkel among these 40-foot creatures for an exhilarating experience, but touching and feeding are prohibited to avoid disrupting their natural behavior and migratory patterns. Boats are also careful to maintain the proper distance so as not to crowd the animals.