Swim with the gentle giant of the ocean, the Whale Shark! Donsol is one of the few places in the world that can offer an almost assured whale shark sighting from November to June. The name Donsol has become synonymous to whale sharks as the world’s largest congregation of whale sharks are found here and the whale sharks stay in Donsol longer than any other place in the world. With simple snorkelling equipment, you will have the opportunity to swim alongside these gentle giants. Donsol is a 90 minute boat ride away from Ticao Island and Donsol is the Department of Tourism designated whale shark snorkelling area. From November to June, Donsol is the jump off point for Ticao Island Resort arranged transfers so it is advisable to arrange for your Whale Shark Interaction before travelling to Ticao Island Resort or after your stay at Ticao Island Resort. Pre-arrangements for the whale shark interaction can be done by the Ticao Island Resort team.
To avoid any misconceptions, diving with the whale shark is not allowed in Donsol since this is strictly a snorkelling area. However, Donsol and Ticao Island share the same body of water. If there happens to be a whale shark at the dive site and outside the set snorkelling area, then diving with the whale shark is possible.