You can take a public aircon bus from Naga (CWC - Naga there are private vehicles)to Legaspi @80.00php and public bus @ roughly around 50-60pesos. Then from Legaspi Terminal take the van going to Donsol @ 70.00php.If you are in a group, i would suggest you arrange transportation with the resort's shuttle. I know in Amor Farm Beach Resort they arrange transportation from CWC tp Donsol at no hassles at all. You can contact them @ firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com or call @ 09095181150 for the price
From Legaspi airport to Donsol, there are services offered in the airport but it is expensive specially if its private. Option is to go to terminal via jeepney or tricycle then take a 1-1/2 hour van or jeepney (P60) ride going to pilar or Donsol then ride a tricycle (P15)going to tourism.
From Donsol to Cagsawa, tricycle (P15) going to terminal. Then ride Jeepney (P60) or Van going to Daraga. When your in Daraga, you can take jeep going to OAS. Tell the driver to take you off Cagsawa Ruins, it is a few minutes walk from the road.
Be careful with those tricycle drivers who are taking advantage of the tourist. They tend to overprice the fare. Even if you already made a deal, they will still ask for more.
if you are going to donsol to swim with the whalesharks, expect to pay around 3,500 pesos (around US$70) for the boat that will take out into the bay. this fee is for a 3-hour stint regardless of how many whalesharks you come across. the fee also includes the services of an official spotter who will locate whalesharks for you and even accompany you in the water to make sure you get to see them.
the fee for the boat is fixed regardless of how many you are in your group so, the more you are, the less each person pays. the boat usually fits 8 people comfortably.
From the town center, tricycles are available to bring you to the tourist office. Tricycle costs P20-P30 . But what I like about the tricycle drivers of Donsol are that they are tourist friendly. The tricycle that we took from the town center to the Information Office offered us a FREE ride to our hotel.
Another incident that showcased the honesty of the tricycle drivers of Donsol was when we were on our way to the town center to get to a jeep to Legaspi. My aunt forgot her baggage at the top of the tricycle. We spent almost 30 minutes finding the tricycle driver.
We went back to our the jeep station feeling hopeless, but we were surprised when he went back to where he dropped us to return the baggage that we left UNTOUCHED.
If you are feeling a little adventurous, you might want to try riding the jeep. It's a new experience for some. Plus, as a bonus you can ride at the top of the jeep for you to enjoy the view. Just a warning though, the jeep can get a little crowded.
You might also want to secure your baggage as there might be pickpockets that can scavenge at your bags. Never heard any stories of pickpocketing before though, but it's better to be sure at least.
The jeep goes to and from Daraga, Albay which is the town near Legaspi. From Daraga, you can take a jeep to go to the Legaspi town center.
In Donsol, jeepney terminals is at the town center near the municipal hall.
Fare is relatively cheaper than in vans.
From Naga, you can take a van to Legaspi for P140. Vans headed for Legaspi are in the van Terminal just across of the bus terminal. There are also buses bound for Legaspi from Naga but they take longer since they stop frequently. From the Naga airport, you must take a tricycle to the Van/Bus Terminal. The trip takes 2 hours.
The van will bring you directly to the Legaspi Terminal where you can get a van to Donsol. Van to Donsol costs around P60 one-way and will leave once the van is filled. (around 14 passengers). The trip to Donsol from Legaspi takes an hour-an hour and a half.
You can also go to Donsol from Manila via Naga.
As of today, only Air Philippines fly to Naga but by June 2008, Cebu Pacific will have flights to Naga.
From Naga, you can take a van to Legaspi then a van again from Legaspi to Donsol.
1. if you want to seat at Pasay Terminal for 3 HOURS waiting for your bus (P850 to donsol) without any advise from the staff. The announcement only came when people started complaining and the reason given is that there is a routine service check-up which should have been considered when they scheduled the trips, and spend another 30 minutes waiting for the tires to be changed somewhere in albay
2. if you want to see passengers of Gold Service (P900 to legaspi) board their bus 30 minutes prior to their departure while you still wait for your bus
3. if you dont want a 12-hr comfortable ride to donsol, the seats are hard and definitely not for long trips - JAC liner buses are far better.
4. if you want to waste half day of your trip - butanding interaction is best done in the morning so if you come late, it is best to postpone it for the next day.
5. if you want to wait for another hour at the Legaspi terminal for the bus going to Manila while all the other buses leave on time including the Gold Service bus which for some weird reasons manage to show up 30 minutes before the schedule.
6. if you want to wander how comfortable the seats of Cagsawa, RSL, and Isarog as they leave you at the Legaspi terminal wishing you made reservations with them instead - Philtranco does not honor phone reservation
Getting around Donsol is simple enough – you either walk or hire a tricycle. Tricycles from town to the Visitor Information Center should cost no more than P30. Trips to and from places in between these two destinations cost less, usually around P20.
Most visitors to Donsol arrive via Legazpi. Taxi drivers greet incoming planes at the Legaspi airport and claim to be the only transportation to Donsol. This is rubbish. Jeepneys (P50) and minivans (P60) depart hourly (or whenever full).