The waters in the Philippines are blessed with great numbers of almost every type of marine mammals: dugong, manatees, whale shark, melon-headed whales, pygmy sperm whale, fin whale, and thresher shark to name only some of them. Not to mention, a lot of dolphins.
To be able to see them in groups is one of the life-changing experiences you can have in the Philippines. That’s the reason why a lot of people go on trips to go dolphin watching every year.
Keeping dolphins in tanks for people’s entertainment is wrong so animal right groups absolutely encourage tourists to go and see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. And thankfully, there are a lot of places in the Philippines to see them swim gracefully in a group. Listed below are locations in the Philippines where you can see them.
Of course, the first on the list, the most popular destination for dolphin watching: Bohol. Aside from the beautiful Chocolate Hills, cute tarsiers, and white sand beaches, another thing Bohol is extremely proud of is the preservation of its marine life especially the dolphins.
During dolphin watching tours, the boats follow the swimming group of dolphins leaping above the surface of the water while making distinguishing sounds. The dolphins usually make an appearance for about 15 to 30 minutes.
Camarines Sur, Albay
From a place that is very popular among local and foreign travelers alike, let’s go somewhere that is a little but underrated when it comes to dolphin watching. Not a lot of people know that it’s possible to dolphins in Camarines Sur. Marine enthusiasts start to flock to Ragay Gulf where you can find Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins, Spotted dolphins, and Bottlenose dolphins swimming in a group on a regular basis. The best thing about this place is that you can go snorkel while they are playing around you.
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
With the number of tours in Puerto Princesa, it will be difficult to decide which one to choose especially when you only have a few days, but we advise you to go dolphin watching. The month of May is the time of the year when they normally show up more frequently doing fun-to-watch exhibitions.
Divilacan Bay, Isabela
Another underrated place for dolphin watching, Divilacan Bay is endowed with rich marine life and the appearance of dolphins and humpback whales in the area is one of the best things the province of Isabela has to offer.
If you are coming to the Philippines during March to October, one of the best places to consider for dolphin watching is Bais Bay in Dumaguete, when the waters are calm. Expect to encounter different types of dolphins including long-snouted spinner, bottlenose, melon-headed whales and pantropical spotted dolphins among others. The encounter normally lasts for about 30 minutes.
Remember, this is considered a wildlife encounter, so be sensitive and mindful of your approach to these graceful creatures. The captain and boatmen follow such guidelines so if you have questions or concerns, you are free to ask.