Located at the very eastern edge of Asia, the Philippines is made up of over 7000 islands, many of which still remain unexplored by tourism. Whatever you are hoping to get from your holiday, from pristine white sandy beaches to marvelous natural wonders, historical sites and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, the Philippines will not disappoint!
Today’s #FridayFunday is for those with an adventurous nature as we are talking about snorkelling with Whale Sharks!
Located in the Province of Sorsogon, with beautiful beaches, stunning waterfalls and unexplored caves, the sleepy fishing village of Donsol is the place to come to see Whale Sharks. They were first discovered at this Luzon Island Fishing Village in 1998 and Donsol Bay became one of the nation’s premier tourist destinations. The ocean’s gentle giants can be seen between November and June, with the numbers peaking between February and May, which is also the busiest time. Swimming with these incredible creatures is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences. The Whale Sharks in Donsol are well protected. Only snorkelling is allowed in the actual bay, but it is definitely the most reliable way to interact with these large fish, where they come right up to the surface. It is possible to dive with them in nearby areas, one being Manta Bowl, where you will have an excellent chance of seeing Whale Sharks and many other gorgeous aquatic marine life. The local fishermen in Donsol will take you out on small boats, and you will have plenty of time to jump in the water before the sharks reach you and swim alongside them. You are almost guaranteed to see at least five or six during peak season.
Donsol is only a short flight from Manila or Cebu, so you can combine your Whale Shark trip with some firefly watching, river kayaking, mountain trekking, and also have time to experience some vibrant city life.
With a hot and humid tropical climate, the Philippines experiences its wet season from May to October and dry season from November to April. It’s important to plan ahead and pick the best travelling conditions for your requirements. The best time to visit is during the dry season, although even during the wet season you don’t always experience torrential rain and days can be hot and sunny, with short, intense downpours at dusk. January and February are the coolest months and a good time to travel. March, April and May are very hot and you can expect temperatures to peak at a boiling 36 degrees Centigrade. As well as high humidity, the wet season also brings typhoons, with flights sometimes cancelled and roads often obstructed and blocked. The first typhoon can start as early as May, although typically it is June/July when the downpours really begin, with July/August being the wettest months.
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