Donsol is considered the whale shark capital of the world because of the high number of whale sharks, locally known as butanding, found in its municipal waters. For decades, whale sharks have migrated to the mouth of Donsol to feed on plankton. Time Magazine has identified the World Wildlife Fund-supported whale shark interaction programme in the Donsol River as the "Best Place for an Animal Encounter".
Getting there: Fly (40 minutes) or take the bus (12 hours) to Legazpi city. From Legazpi, take a 1-hour minivan to Donsol, Sorsogon.