After recharging our batteries in Manila for a few days we flew to Donsol on the island of Sorsogan. When we landed (5hours late) we were treated to a traditional dance troop outside the tiny airport and a driver who had caught wind we were coming and would probably pay anything for a ride to our resort. And he was correct!
We stayed on the Elysia Resort which was a little slice of paradise. We had our own room next door to the kids room which is always a bonus. The sun was hot, the AC worked beautifully, and the only thing to do was to dive and relax. Perfect!
We had sought out this island because at this time of year pods of whale sharks make their way across the sea here. These creatures are massive, looking like a graceful bus cruising through the water.
Bobby, our dive master, had never taken a diver as young or small as Charlotte to the Manta Bowl which is where the sharks and rays play. He decided he’d take her down only if she was tied onto him as the current is quite strong there. So we strapped her on and descended the waters. On our first day Charlotte saw a whale shark and 3 huge Manta Rays while the rest of us missed both! Determined to see these magnificent creatures, we dove a second day. In the last minutes, of the last dive on the last day we looked up and saw a huge whale shark float right over our heads. Yeah!!!! Mission accomplished!
Back at the resort we enjoyed massages on the beach and lazy days in the hammocks. At night on a nearby river the trees light up with thousands of fireflies making it feel like an enchanted forest. We learned to clap to “ignite” their lights and how once they’re blinking in synchronicity they’ve found their mate. With no light pollution, the sky is filled with stars. We even saw a satellite pass over head.
Before we knew it, our 5 days were up and it was time to head for Palawan. We packed those bags for the 50th time (UHG) and set off for the next adventure. Luckily we’d been in the Manila airport enough times to know where the Mexican food was. Burritos and quesadillas were definitely the silver lining on another long travel day.