Finding Butanding

Beyond the gentle waves of Dancalan beach in Donsol, Sorsogon out in the open sea live a monster so huge that when you see it for the first time you will be petrified. It is known as the gentle giant, common name whale shark and locals called it butanding. It has a life span of 70 years, can grow more tham 40 feet and weigh 66,000 lbs!

If you are a thrill seeker and want to experience exotic adventure, swimming with the whale shark could be your next favorite dive. Out in the open sea in Donsol, local tourism offers an adventure that will change your life and blow your mind.

Unlike any other tourist destinations that offers the same, Donsol stand out by protecting these giant beasts. You will understand what I mean when you get there and see it for yourselves.

Not so long ago, locals believe these beasts to be dangerous at the same a curse to their village. They were being caught and slaughtered at the same time. Thanks to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors who broke the myth about these creatures and documented how fascinating it is to interact with the butanding in 1997. After that the rest became history.

It was very unfortunate that I don’t have underwater camera to document this experience that mean this deserves a comeback!

FEES AND EXPENSES

Boat Rental  Package – P3500 (maximum of 7 passengers)

Registration Fee
Local -P100
Foreigner – P300

Equipment Rental (optional)
Includes mask, snorkel and fins -P300

WHERE TO STAY IN DONSOL

AMOR BEACH RESORT
With Restaurant/ offers diving/ nice cottagesDancalan, Donsol, Sorsogon
Contact No. +63 909 5181150
c/o Razyl Amor
CASABIANCA BEACH RESORT
furnished duplex cottages
Dancalan, Donsol, Sorsogon
c/o Mr. Jun-Jun Belmonte
0906-309-9372; 0920-2739-984
VITTON BEACH RESORT
With restaurant/Snorkeling Equipment for hireDancalan, Donsol, Sorsogon
Contact No. 0927-912-6313
c/o Nora Morales
WOODLAND BEACH RESORT
With restaurantPangpang, Donsol Sorsogon
Contact No. 0921-969-9544
c/o Maricho Bigayan
SHORELINE BEACH RESORT & RESTO
Dancalan, Donsol, Sorsogon
Contact No. 0919=420-8237
c/o Lizel Idjao
SANTIAGO TOURIST INN
Poso, Donsol, Sorsogon
HOMESTAYS
LOLA ERNA’S HOMESTAY

Location: in front of the river bridge

Contact No. 0906-7625955
c/o Lola Erna

 

RABULAN’S HOMESTAY
Kitchen available/ 3 big rooms
near the market
Rates: fan/bath P300/600
Contact No. 0927-5997944
BALAY NI INDAY
Barangay Boroan, Donsol
c/o Hilda Belmonte
HERNANDEZ’ GUEST HOUSE

Poso, Donsol
c/o Andrew Hernandez

 

SANTIAGO’S HOMESTAY

Poso, Donsol, Sorsogon
c/o Ederlina Santiago

 

VISITOR’S INN
Contact No.  Tel. No. (056) 491-1109/421-3180c/o Hilda Belmonte

 

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