I have swam with the sharks and sting rays in Coron, Palawan. I have tried snorkeling more than a hundred times in almost every beach, lake, river, waterfalls and lagoon I visited. I guess I have seen most of the underwater creatures one has to see in the Philippines (without using a scuba diving gear) in all my escapades except for one- Butanding or whalesharks. Its a sad fact that I haven’t experienced swimming with these gentle giants (add “L” on top of my head).
There was a time in Puerto Princesa City late last year that some boatmen reportedly saw some whale sharks and are offering tourists whaleshark watching tours. I was there at that time but the payment they are charging was out of my budget so I have to say the painful “next time…”
Then just last January of this year I was in Misamis Oriental where they also have these Butanding visitors. They also offer whaleshark interaction. Unfortunately, my travel budget at that time is for the CDO white-water rafting and Camiguin tour. Too bad, I have again to utter the words, “next time…”
It seems that these gentle sharks are calling JourneyingJames wherever he goes. As much as I love to interact with them, its a sad fact that I just don’t have the resources right now to be with them. And ohhhh, I can hear them calling even louder…
Can we do this Butaning? Photo credit: Traveler’s Compass
A Gleam of Hope
More than my desire to finally meet and made friends with the Butandings is their yearning for me to finally experience them, swim with them. I can just feel that they will not stop crying for me to join them in Donsol, Sorsogon this year. And I’m just thankful that Anywhere Philippines gave not only me but also the whalesharks this gleam of hope. 🙂
I need to see them badly and this time I hope I will not say, “next time…” because I believe ITS TIIIIIIME!
Lates update: I was able to interact with the WHALESHARKS of Donsol- Close Encounter with the WhaleSharks