As I haven't met the gorgeous and colorful fishes for quite a long time, I planned to dive the Ticao Pass in Masbate. To see the famous whale shark in Donsol also enthused me.
Research led me to meet Ms. Ruby Lita of Bicol Diving Shop. I asked her to give me a backpacking package since I thought I was alone on this trip. Renting the boat would cost too much. But it so happened that my friends accompanied me so hooray! :D
Anyway, Ms. Ruby gave me a reservation in Woodland beach resort. The guy in the reception thought I was Korean. He kept talking in English. Hehe, I told him that I am a Filipino so there, he spoke Tagalog na. Can't blame him for doing so, most guests were foreigners. Nosebleed uh-oh!
Whale Sharks and Manta Rays were so shy to see us. They never showed up. :( I am so dismayed. I went there for the butanding and manta but I haven't seen any. And the coral reef was not astonishing. The foreigners were not amazed either. They said that the diveshop just collects money for nothing. And why do they take snokrles there. There's nothing to see and that was terrible! I am so sorry to hear that. But they were right. I am also dismayed. I just told them that diving in Batangas, Bohol or Coron will be better. And they were excited as Ditte and Bryan are going to Coron. As I have seen much beautiful reefs, I guess I am hard to please. No butanding, no manta, I have seen nemo atleast! And oh, the fireflies at Ogod river, very enchanting! A must see especially now that we can't see fireflies here in the city.
Ms. Ruby Lita
Bicol Divers, Donsol Sorsogon
Below is our actual Donsol Itinerary for a group of 4pax. Expenses drafted as per head unless indicated.
Day 0: If you're from the Legazpi airport, take a tricycle bound to the Van/Jeep terminal
I took the 1245H flight of Cebupac and met my friends in Gaisano Market. It is possible if you still want to roam around Legazpi, but take note of the time. The last trip of Vans bound to Donsol is 6PM depending on the availability of the van. Sometimes, last trip is 5PM.
LGP Airport - Terminal : 50Php
Van LGP - Donsol - 100PhpDinner from SM Hypermarket - 100Php
Whale Shark Interaction: 835Php (including fins rent. Around 900php if you will rent the snorkeling set)
Firefly Watching: 500Php
Tricycle rent to roam around Donsol: 380Php/4pax (St. Joseph Parish, Immaculate Conception Station of the Cross, Plaza)
Day 2: As my friends opt to stay at the hotel and bum at the beach, I went early to the tourism office for the 0630H call time for the San Miguel + Ticao Pass 3Dives of the day. And since we cannot baord the last trip bound to Legazpi, we rented a car for 1200Php.
Dive fee: 4000Php
Car rent: 300Php
Woodland: 2d/2n = 4400Php/4pax
|The Woodland Resort|
|The Whale Shark Interaction Briefing|
|The Butanding Spotter..|
|with the French couple Alex and... errr I forgot the girl's name, |
but it starts with letter J! so hard to remember her unsual name :)
|Joy the Librarian|
Sir Chris the Physics Teacher
Sis Lanie the former FMM nun to be... now a Values teacher
|common whale sharks, come out now!|
|lanie and me|
|I found Nemo!!|
|my hot pink fins by aquamundo...|
|St. Joseph Parish|
|Stairway to heaven|
|Immaculate Conception Chapel|
|Kneel and pray|
|Chillax at the resort|
|believe it or just believe it, it's a firefly! |
hard to capture them wahh
|Ditte and Bryan... the Danish divers|
|San Miguel Island|
|Ditte and Bryan|
|the shirtless guy, I forgot his name haha, |
he's Michelle's bf, they're the Canadian Couple
|ready to dive|
|Michelle's back :)|