No Show Shark

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Apr 25, 2013

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Flag of Philippines  , Luzon,
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Donsol Bay on the island of Legazpi is whale shark territory. There are only a few places that you can get close to the ocean's biggest fish and this is the most popular. They make their regal appearance from late December to early May each year to feed in the plankton rich Philippine seas. Unfortunately this year they'd made a change to their usual schedule and turned up two months early. We'd heard from Sebastian and Tobias that the whale sharks were few and far between now in Donsol but with flights already booked, we tramped off with fingers, toes and eyes crossed.
We were not disappointed. We expected no whale sharks and we saw no whale sharks, just had a nice expensive three hour boat ride. Never mind, we're just that little bit browner now!
After leaving Myanmar we've rarely booked hotels or accommodation in advance as the best rates, unlike Europe, are for walk in guests and if you play it right, you can really bargain hard and get a good deal. Donsol Bay is pretty busy but we were lucky enough to find a hotel with cheap dorm rooms. A bit of clever interrogation revealed that there were very few people staying so we managed to get a whole dorm room to ourselves for two nights in a lovely hotel on the beach with a great pool where we met the delightful Alex and Kate from Canada. They had only just begun their travels so we traded advice, had some beers and learned the awesome Israeli card game 'Ya Niv'. Having been restricted to gin rummy and s***head for the last three months, we launched ourselves into this new challenge and have been playing ever since. Thanks Alex and Kate!
We stumbled upon a restaurant next to the hotel, by wading through a small tidal river (deeper than it looks- soggy trousers) where the seafood is literally hauled off the boat and onto a plate. The owner brings out a bowl and let's you pick your fish/squid/creature. What she described as prawns were the same size as lobsters, I've never seen anything like it, and they were still wriggling.
I wish we had been able to stay longer in Donsol to concentrate on doing nothing, no planning of flights, buses, hotels etc. just reading, sleeping and swimming. Incidentally, I've  just finished my eighth book and would challenge anyone to read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and not feel moved. Jonny has courageously chosen to tackle War and Peace....we'll see how long that lasts.
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Sebastian on

So you found Barracuda Bar huh? :)

whittlog on

No, didn't dive there, but about to post some get barracuda pictures from Boracay!

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