We flew into Legazpi in the Bicol region of Luzon Island in the Philippines. We had a great view of the majestic Mayon Volcano as we landed on the runway. We were hoping to get some better shots before we flew back to Manila but unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate! The hour van transfer down to Donsol on the South Coast went through beautiful palm fringed paddy fields and small villages. The scenery reminded me of some of the Vietnam style war films which is hardly surprising as the Philippines was used in the filming of Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Hamburger Hill, Born on the 4th of July and more recently, the Bourne Legacy. Donsol is the main place in the Philippines where you can spot Whale Sharks or Butanding as they are known locally. We stayed at the Vitton Beach Resort which is adjacent to the registration centre and boat departures for the whale watching. The first evening we were treated to the most amazing sunset, one of the most colourful we have ever seen. The next morning I went out with another 5 Europeans in search of the elusive whale shark. It was an exciting trip out into the bay and we all ended up diving into the sea on three sightings and frantically snorkeling to where the shark was spotted. A couple of people from our boat caught a sighting of the tail but unfortunately I didn’t see a thing so I’ll have to try again another day!