Last updated: Apr 14, 2020


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How To Get From Legazpi to Donsol?

Located in the province of Sorsogon is Donsol, a small coastal town that is world-famous for its whale sharks. What was once a quiet fisherfolk town rose to fame just some 20 years ago when a group of divers discovered its hidden gem – whale sharks, locally called butanding, swimming freely in its waters.

The best time to see the whale sharks is from February to April, which is Donsol’s peak season. If you’re keen on swimming with Donsol whale sharks, you’ll be pleased to know that it is just a couple of hours away from Legazpi, another popular destination in the region for the iconic Mt. Mayon.

You have 2 options if you want to travel the 60km journey from Legazpi to Donsol: you can take a public van for 1.5 hours or a jeepney for 2 hours. Fares range from 70 PHP ($1.40) to 100 PHP ($2).

The van is the most convenient option but doesn’t run as often as jeepneys. If you prefer to travel the 1.5-hour journey in an air-conditioned vehicle, we think it’s worth waiting for a van to Donsol. Normally, a van departs only when it’s full. A seat costs 100 PHP ($2).

If you want to travel the local way, jeepneys are the way to go. Note though that the journey can get really hot, especially during March to May. The jeepney ride costs 70 PHP ($1.40) and takes about 2 hours.

Keep in mind that the last trip for both vans and jeepneys bound for Donsol leave Legazpi at 17:00.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus1.5 hours100 PHP ($2)No online tickets
Jeepney2 hours70 PHP ($1.40)No online tickets


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Legazpi to Donsol by Van

Duration: 1.5 hours
Costs: 100 PHP ($2)

Most travellers prefer taking a van from Legazpi to Donsol. It’s more convenient, and it’s faster than local transport. Also, vans depart from and arrive at the centralized public transport terminals, which make them easy to locate.

To catch a van to Donsol, head to Legazpi Grand Central Terminal located in the southern part of Legazpi City’s center. It’s accessible by tricycle. The fare for the 1.5-hour van trip is 100 PHP ($2) per person.

Keep in mind that the vans don’t operate on regular schedules. They leave once they’re full.

The van will drop you off at Donsol Centralized Shuttle Station. Depending on where your accommodation is, you may have to walk or travel by tricycle within the town center.

Tuk Tuk

Legazpi to Donsol by Jeepney

Duration: 2 hours
Costs: 70 PHP ($1.40)

If you’d like to experience local transport, travelling by jeepney from Legazpi to Donsol is a good alternative. You might get to meet locals and can ask for recommendations. However, jeepneys take a little longer since they stop in Pilar. The trip takes at least 2 hours, maybe more depending on the driver.

Jeepneys drop off passengers at the Donsol Centralized Shuttle Station. To be on the safe side, make sure to tell the driver that’s where you’d like to get off the jeepney.

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