Roadtrip again... Way down south
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My dad and one local were discussing how to get to Caramoan, the lady suggested that we should go to Donsol (for the whale shark sighting) instead of Caramoan because there's an ongoing shooting there for the show Survivor Israel. Going from Camsur to Donsol will take 4 hours ride. It's gonna be a long day again inside the van, long hours of sleeping, eating, chatting and sightseeing.
Speaking of sightseeing, on our way to Donsol, we were able to view the Mayon Volcano in Albay. It's fascinating to see a site that I used to see only in the books, postcards and TV. So I took the chance to take a few shots while the van was moving. Looking at it, there was a bit of smoke on the other side of the volcano, but thank God it didn't erupt while we were there.
We arrived in Donsol before lunchtime, we headed to the tourism board to register and pay for the boat rental.
Boat rental costs: Php3,500 (good for 5-6 pax, including our guide, boat captain and spotter)
Registration fee: Php100
We are scheduled to start @ 1:30PM and we had enough time so my parents and aunt went out to buy something to cook for our lunch. We brought with us some kitchen utensils and even a small gas range/cooker, that's why they opt to buy something to cook in order to save money than to buy cooked foods. They bought chicken (for adobo) and two kinds of fish (one for frying and the other for paksiw -- it's like fish in a sour soup). Unfortunately we forgot to bring the paper and plastic plates although we have the spoon and fork and even knife, so we just get anything we have inside the van that can be used, there was a styro containing left over (daing na bangus) cut it it into half so others can use it as a plate and we even used the cover of the rice cooker.
By the time they called out our number we were still eating so my dad asked them to move our schedule and let the other group sail first. After we were done eating, exactly right at that time our group were called again. They introduced us to our guides and boatsmen and gave us a brief info about whale sharks and donsol while our boat was moving.
Whale sharks are also known as Butanding.
Whale sharks are not harmful, they can only eat small microscopic creatures like alamang (tiny shrimp), and tiny crabs.
Killer sharks and humans are the top predators of the whale sharks.
There are no killer sharks in their area.
Whale sharks are either shy (they avoid people) or gentle (they don't mind if there are swimmers around).
Whale sharks can also be found in Australia (around 500???), right now there are around 300 whale sharks in the Philippines. And the way to distinguish one whale shark from the other is by looking at the white spots on the left side of their head. Those spots serve as a unique identity for them, or sort of a "thumbmark" for whale sharks.
November until June is the best time to see whale sharks in Donsol. That's the season where they gather around the area for feeding and mating.
I hope that's enough, that's all I can remember!