Donsol Off The Beaten Path

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  • Trek to the Grotto when you're done swimming!

    by verorp14 Written Mar 7, 2009

    If you're a Catholic and is looking for an activity which is both spiritual and physically challenging - head for the Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes at San Antonio in Donsol Sorsogon.

    The Grotto is about 2 kms away from town proper of Donsol. You can reach it either riding a motorcycle or a jeep that ply the route. It's about 20 mins or less. If you want to offer it as a sacrifice, then you can go and walk the whole stretch. If you walk leisurely, it's about an hour and a half walk.

    The Grotto is on top of a mountain and has more than 100 steps going up. But before you reach the steps, you will trek down the first mountain. Don't worry there are cemented steps going down and going up the actual mountain where the grotto is. There is a way of the cross along the way, just pray, you won't find it tiring.

    There's a stream at the bottom of the mountain but during summer this dries up.

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    Francis' Village Sibago by the sea

    by SUN_69 Updated Apr 23, 2008

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    Average size of family in donsol is SEVEN - 5 kids plus papa & mama.....excluding their lovers. ONe of them disclosed that he has 27 lovers. I will take a large pinch of Donsol sea salt, but there is some truth in extramaritial affairs though the number is likely to be much lower.

    Village kids Francis's 3rd daugther Francis' youngest son Francis' youngest daugther
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    Fishingmen village

    by SUN_69 Written Apr 4, 2008

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    From the town centre, take a walk towards the central market. Once to hit the road closest to the shoreline, turn left and walk about 300m till you reach a short 20m bridge. Cross over and turn right towards the sea. As the path begin to turn left, you will arrive at the fish market where fishermen sell their catches directly to household at P70 per kg.

    Waiting for ferry Carrying the catch to shore Fishermen catch

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    Grotto Chapel in Barangay, San Antonio

    by SUN_69 Updated Apr 4, 2008

    It a chapel structure up in the hill. One has to walk two rolling hill slopes for about 1.5km to get there. Not much of a sight unless you are a Catholic interested in magical healing stream water.

    Pepe of Razo Inn got me Francis to pillion bike me around for 4 hours for P200. It took us about 1/2 hour to get there from town.

    Grotto Chapel in Barangay Mother & child and her 4 other kids.  5 kids seems to be an ave. House along track to the Chapel in Barangay Story of Christ along the 1km path
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    Ride the Boat's Outriggers

    by bike_packer Updated Dec 2, 2005

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    I have discovered this to be thrilling when we dive and swam with the 'butandings". The BIOmen advised us to ride on the boat's outriggers while moving to another spot when searching for the whale sharks for easier and quicker jump-offs when interacting. Anyway, the boat are moving then at much slower speed.

    Really thrilling that on sailing back to base, my 12 year-old daughter and me rode at the outriggers upon request with the boat skipper of a manageable slower safe speed.

    More thrilling? I tried clinging at the outrigger support and did body planing on the water. Done with precaution.

    Fun at the Outriggers
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    Swim In the Middle of the Sea

    by bike_packer Written Dec 2, 2005

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    Being really out to the sea from the shore when gone Whale-shark-watching, I encouraged my children to get a feel of swimming in the middle of the deep blue sea. On one of the rest stops, my children and I jumped into the water (but of course with life vests on) and have fun swimming to and fro using the boat's outrigger enclosed area with the boat as the limited swim area. My children got to prove that swimming on shallow or deep waters - no difference, just keep afloat. Hahaha!

    Deep Sea Swimming
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    Village by the sea

    by SUN_69 Written Apr 4, 2008

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    this is the poor section of Donsol. But the people are warm, very optimistic and much much happier than some riches that I've see in Singapore.

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    Village along Donsol river

    by SUN_69 Written Apr 4, 2008

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    This village is located at the end of the one-lane bridge leading to the Whaleshark Center just off the town center. It is built on swamp land.

    Village at one end ot the bridge Village boy
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