Touching whalesharks.. and some fireflies
Donsol Travel Blog› entry 11 of 132 › view all entries
February 25th, 2010 – by: CFD
I arrived in Legaspi terminal for a great view of Mt. Mayon before i waited for about 15minutes for the van to "fill up". The driver just left with a half full van and expected us to pay almost twice to normal fare (P65 became P100). Since i didnt want to wait hours for the next van (this was around 5:30 AM) i accepted. I arrived in Donsol at around 7:15 and headed straight to the Tourist information and less than 30minutes after setting foot in the tourist information i was on a boat with two swedes , a japanese women and a Filippino guy that seemed like he really was enjoying the tour and shouting and having lots of fun.
When we was talking about this at a nearby resturant someone came up to us and asked if they could join. We said that it would probably be ok, but when at the boat the boatmen refused. Probably because the agreement was hush-hush and they wherent allowed to go on annother trip without paying something to the tourist information.
The 2.nd trip was in many ways better. There where fewer sharks, but the visibility was better and the interactions where longer because we had learned how not to scare them away by swimming in front of them or above them. I can assure all of you that its an incredible (and tiresome!) experience to snorkel next to a 8m whaleshark for 10minutes.
At the end of the day I also did the "Firefly tour" which was a little disapointment because we just headed up the river and stopped at a tree for about an hour and just listened to the informative guide before we headed back. The price is P1200 for a boat which seats 5persons.
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