So, if you remember this post about our new year goals, you would know Nick and I were super excited to go swimming with sharks while in the Philippines. Don’t get your panties in a twist, these sharks aren’t deadly, just really big. We made our plans and checked our list twice, and we were ready to see us some Whale Sharks in Donsol, Philippines.
After our awesome ATV adventure, we made the hour-long bus ride to our B&B in Donsol. We were exhausted by this point because it was now some time on Friday afternoon, and we hadn’t slept in a bed since Wednesday night, but the show must go on! Since we were cramming so much fun stuff into our trip, we unfortunately were only able to spend one night in Donsol, and thus begins our sad tale.
The staff at our B&B was very helpful, and showed us when and where we needed to be in the morning to get a boat for the Whale Shark interaction. We had a tight time schedule because we needed to make a flight at noon. In the morning it looked like we would not be able to get on a boat AND be back in time to catch our flight, but after much stress on my part, and bravery on Nick’s we managed to make our way onto a private boat that would make it back in time for us to catch our flight. SCORE!
We were so pumped that we were going to be able to see Whale Sharks, and we settled in for our three-hour experience with lots of smiling and anticipation. Our excitement started to wane the longer we were cruising around looking for sharks, but we weren’t going to give up hope. Eventually we realized we would not see our sharks today. The captain said that it was unseasonably cold, and because of that, the sharks weren’t surfacing. *Cue sad music*
On the bright side, we got to work on our tans and enjoy some nice weather and scenery, and we made it back in time for our flight.
Moral of the story. Don’t try to cram tons of stuff in one trip. Although, like us, sometimes that’s unavoidable if you only have a limited amount of time for all the fun stuff. Oh well, better luck next time.