Monday, April 18, 2011

dance, dance in the whaleshark's trance

For the first time ever, Isla Boheme left our beloved island for an adventure in another. The destination: Donsol, Sorsogon. The adventure: swimming with the world's biggest fish - the awesome whaleshark.

The morning after we arrived in Donsol, we hopped on a little boat much like this one and held our breaths for the giants waiting for us under the sea.

We were instructed to be ready with our flippers, snorkels and masks, and sit on the side of the boat while waiting for the whaleshark or "butanding" spotter to give us our cue. We were so tense and antsy, we sang to pass the time and settle our nerves.

The next thing we heard was "JUMP!" and we did.

There are no words to describe what it feels

to be in the presence of this gentle giant.
To watch as he moved so gracefully, to be in his stream,
and join in his underwater dance.

Awestruck, we followed him where he went. We wanted to be as close as possible.

As a result, the guide had to pull me away for getting too close.
It's too funny, I had to post it.
This is Jof once again reprimanding me for being too close to "Speedy" the name we gave this particular Butanding.

The experience was so magical, so exhilarating, that after our first close encounter, I surfaced to let out one loud and heartfelt shout of gratitude. Universe, that was amazing.

'Til our next adventure.
P.S. Bicol is a beautiful place. Watch out for more posts of this trip, especially the fireflies river tour. ;)

Most photos were taken by Dennis, a WWF (world wildlife fund) volunteer, we were very blessed to have him accompany us on our second day. Salamat!


  1. Wow! What a great experience! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  2. i love the photo of jof wagging her finger disapprovingly, hahaha!



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