Sunday, June 01, 2008
Manila - Naga/Legaspi - P600-P800 (one way via bus)
Legaspi - Donsol - P60 (one-way van)
to tourism office P30 (per trip)
TOTAL TRANSPORTATION: P1400-1700 round trip
FOOD (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Budget Meals P100 per day
Medium Level meals P200 per day
Hotel Meals P350 per day
TOTAL FOOD - P 200-P700 for two days (overnight in Donsol)
Room 1 Double Bed P500-P1000
Room 2 Double Beds P1000-P1500
TOTAL ACCOMMODATION - P1000 (P250 per person) for one day
Boat (7 Persons) P3500 (P500 per person at least)
Registration P100 (local)
Total: P900 (boat, registration, snorkel, fins) per trip
Boat (5 persons) P1250.00
Transportation - P1400 P1700
Food: - P200 P350
Accommodation - P500 P1500
Whale Shark - P900
Fireflies* - P250
TOTAL BUDGET - at least P3000 (without fireflies)
*add some spare cash just in case you have to add money for paying the extra at the boat (sometimes, 7 people per boat is not filled so you have to pay extra)
BEST BET - P3500-P4000
c'mon! Let's Donsol na!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I am really happy on how tourist-friendly the town of
We waited for almost four hours before we had our first sighting. Imagine, 6-7 boats swirling around Donsol sea without any sighting.
So while waiting, I spent time talking to Nathan, the british backpacker. He inspired me to do backpacking trips around the world. He’s only 25 but he has been in more than 70 countries. That’s a feat! He started his first backpacking trip at the age of 18 to
I went on the first dive. I managed to get a peek of the whale shark, roughly 1-2 seconds before it dived down. The sea was rough and because of excitement, I wasn’t able to follow to it further, but hey 1-2 seconds of whale shark interaction was well deserved. As I got back to the boat, there was a second sighting of a whale shark. The second group was lucky since they were able to see the whale shark for a longer period time. It was disappointing not going down the water the second time around and be able to see it longer. If only I have broken the rules, I would have seen it again. Why did I follow the rules?!?! Anyway, no regrets. It was still worth it.
In the end, Donsol remains to be an image of rural
Well, as for the whale sharks, I promised them (?) that I’ll go back to Donsol soon (April) . Hopefully by then, I’ll see more of them and on a longer time. Now, I need to practice to swim.