Last Summer, May of 2015, Kyle and I decided to go to Bicol just for the weekend. So we looked for a place and found Donsol, Sorsogon where we can see some whale sharks. We got excited and traveled to Bicol right after work.
Transportation from Manila, there are 2 options:
- By Air – You can booked via Cebu Pacific from Manila to Legazpi. One way would cost about Php1,200-1,800. Same as with Virac, go for the seat sale. It’s an hour plane ride.
- By Land – There are a lot of bus lines going to Bicol. Penafrancia, Isarog, RSL, DLTB and more. We took a bus from Cubao to Legazpi which costs Php800. That’s a 12 hour travel time. You can also take a bus going ditectly to Sorsogon.
We booked an overnight stay at Elysia Beach Resort through Agoda. Room costs Php3,200 or USD70 per night. The place was very cozy. 🙂
Here’s their website – http://elysia-donsol.com/
Dinner time, we ate at Barracuda restaurant just near our resort. We were not able to take photos, but the food was simply amazing and affordable price! The owner/chef will ask you to choose from the fresh fishes/shrimps that she has and cook it right away. She was very hospitable and friendly even with my son, Kyle. I ordered the largest shrimp ever and it’s so delicious!!! Sorry no photos but I swear it was good! You can Google the restaurant for more reviews. 🙂
The next day, we tried swimming with the whale sharks. I think we paid Php1,500 for the boat. Unlike in Oslob, Cebu, whale sharks are easy to find and they’re just juvenile; here, whale sharks are hard to find. You have to swim and chase it and it’s as big as a bus. We saw one however it was too fast so the GoPro was not able to capture it.
Kyle stayed in the boat while I chased the huge whale shark.
So, there goes our Donsol, Sorsogon weekend. I wish we had pictures of the whale shark, unfortunately, it’s really hard to capture a photo with them. Nonetheless, we enjoyed every moment there especially at Elysia Beach Resort. 🙂