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Itinerary from Manila to Bicol (Legaspi and Donsol)

Summer vacation. Perfect time to go on a road trip, whether down to the beach or up to Baguio. Sure, taking the plane is more comfortable, but taking the car could be fun. Those who prefer the beach may go to Boracay, Palawan, Bohol, Subic, Batangas, Pagudpud or other great Philippine beaches. How about going to the beach, seeing Mayon Volcano, and swimming with butanding (whale sharks) in one trip? That, my dear bakasyonista, would lead you to a 550-kilometer journey from Manila to Bicol  (550 kilometers, more or less). Continue reading Itinerary from Manila to Bicol (Legaspi and Donsol)

Swimming with the Butanding (Whale Shark) in Donsol, Sorsogon

Bungee jumping, no matter how scary it looks, is controlled excitement because we have control over the equipment. Same with the roller coaster and other major rides in theme parks. An interaction with whale sharks, on the other hand, is done in the whale sharks’ natural environment — the deep blue sea. The experience involves a huge shark that could grow to lengths of 18 meters and weigh 40 tons. We certainly can’t control it. Continue reading Swimming with the Butanding (Whale Shark) in Donsol, Sorsogon

Directions from Manila to Donsol: Your Suggestions

There’s a plane from Manila to Legaspi City, the jump-off to Donsol (Sorsogon), world-famous for its whale sharks or butanding. We plan to take a road trip adventure in May if time and health permits. We’ve checked directions and pit stops in the approximately 550+ kilometer-trip, 10-12 hours travel time. This is the plan — and you’re requested to suggest better routes or must-see highlights along the way. Traffic and choke points? Hazards? Delicacy to taste? Revisions will be made from time to time. Continue reading Directions from Manila to Donsol: Your Suggestions