What can I say? It was one hell of an experience. Donsol was wonderful and fun, and I got to swim on top of a whale shark. It was quite an exciting (Adrenaline Rush!!!) experience. Too bad I couldn’t keep up as I was the only one who didn’t have a snorkel and I didn’t have flippers either. I was gasping for air as I tried to keep up with the Butanding (as whale sharks are called in this area).
We checked out of our Legaspi hotel on Friday afternoon and decided to risk the Holy Week crowd in the Southernmost area. We ended up in Matnog, where the food was great (fresh Blue Marlin and freshly baked loaf — yum yum!)…but it had a catch. By midnight, three of us were in dire need of Loperamide and Yakult. Imagine the long drive back home…
I wouldn’t recommend the “hotel” in Matnog. The keeper kind of scolded my cousin JR when he asked for the water to be turned on at midnight. Like it was our fault we needed water and like we were totally inconveniencing them. The next time we go to that area (and I promise there will be a next time), we’ll stay in Sta. Magdalena, then just go and see Matnog’s wonderful beach islands. I suppose that with real resorts, you’d pay for service minus the owner’s whining.
Anyway, the experience was still worth it. I have never really stepped foot on white sand. I swear, Tikling and Subic were so beautiful, they took my breath away. I’d also go back for Matnog’s food, but I swear I’d be armed for the next encounter.