Donsol left us disappointed i’m afraid. There were no whale sharks to be seen on the day we embarked on our 3 hour sight seeing journey. Or for the few days before that for that matter.
They had been spotted previously at Manta Bowl so you’re more likely to see them if you dive. Manta bowl has White Tip Sharks AND whale sharks?? Mayne they were having a shark party.
The trouble with wild animals are, well, they’re wild, so there is never any guarantee that you’ll see them. It’s such a shame as the only reason we headed to Donsol was for the Whale Sharks. It’s became a tourist hotspot in the last few years because of this but is yet to develop in terms of entertainment. There is literally nothing else to do there other than the sightseeing tour.
There are just 3 resorts to stay by the beach, we stayed in Danclunan (or something like that). Next to the Sightseeing office. Our restaurant stopped serving at 8.30pm and it seems that the whole place is lights out by 9pm. There is no night life, apart from a disco they hold on a Saturday.
If your looking to chill in a hammock and do absolutely nothing then Donsol is the perfect place for you.
We had a pleasurable 2 nights there, very relaxed, but I don’t think we could’ve stayed much longer. We recharged our batteries and made use of our portable DVD player. Was the hideous overnight bus drive worth it? I’m yet to decide. I just wish we stopped for a day in Legazpi city to tour the Volcano via ATV! (something I’ve just found out you can do from our new German friends who have experienced this). I have serious FOMO. Make sure you stop by Legazpi for a day if you’re heading to Donsol to check it out.