The facade on Clemente Street at night. On the left, hang out and dine in the Butanding Bar and Restaurant. Above the resto, chat with a friend on your balcony. On the right, enter the reception lounge to talk to our friendly staff or enjoy some peace in the spa. Thanks to our guest, Director Tots Sanchez-Mariscal of ABS-CBN, for providing this and the other hotel photos.
The reception leads to a spa, your rooms, and a hang out area to get a drink (videoke/karaoke at night). The large wooden bench was fashioned out of wood from the original pillars of the ancestral house.
We gave the hotel a rustic feel with a twist of modern. Each room is equipped with cable TV, a mini-refrigerator, and a hairdryer.
Your bathroom is equipped with a hair dryer, hot shower, and bidet.
Deluxe Room 2
The rooms are flavored slightly differently.
Up Close and Personal
Butanding (whale shark) poses for the camera.
Fireflies on Ogod River
Fireflies fully light up a few of the trees on Ogod River. Capturing this experience on camera is quite infeasible. We thank our guest, Chris Newsom, for this shot. He made sure to catch a shot to show both the trees and fireflies.
Butanding Festival, Girls
Every year on April 28 through 30, the Donsolanos celebrate the whale sharks in town.
Butanding Festival, Boys 1
Every April in town (where Giddy's Place is located), the Donsolanos celebrate the whale sharks. Thanks to our guest, Director Tots Sanchez-Mariscal of ABS-CBN, for providing these photos on the Butanding Bar and Restaurant.
Butanding Festival, Boys 2
Every April in town (where Giddy's Place is located), the Donsolanos celebrate the whale sharks.
Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut)
A few minutes walk from Giddy's Place, by the sandbar and Shanley, the boardwalk includes an eclectic set of houses from colorful residences to this nipa hut. Thanks to Cybil Baleva for this and a few photographs by the sandbar.
In Donsol, a Bamboo Bridge
Between the sandbar and Shanley, a few local kids pose for the camera.
Chris Swims with the Butanding
One of our guests pretends to swim with something pretending to be a whale shark. Located along the boardwalk between Shanley and Giddy's Place.
Our Guest and a Boat
Chris and the Sudsod
Our guest takes a picture of the night fishermen. We take a picture of him. These "sudsod" fishermen attach lights to their heads to attract fish at night and then use handheld nets to catch them. If interested in seeing these or trying this type of fishing out, let us know.
A Bucket of Crab
While kayaking through Ogod River, we stumbled upon a fish farmer, who owned a fish pond and sold fish and crab. We bought one crab, returned to Butanding Bar and Restaurant, and enjoyed a nice dinner prepared by Chef Rudy.
Bruce, our resort guard dog, was scared of this goat. Goat scratches its back.
At a Nearby Beach
A relatively short boat ride away, a set of strangers on an otherwise fairly deserted beach.
Johnson, the BIO
Our Butanding Interaction Officer smiles for the camera.
A Nice Day
A half candid and half not on a nice day on a nice empty beach a short boat ride away.
Getting Ready to Kayak the Ogod River
A Cool Sunset
A serene Donsolano sunset at the sandbar.
Does He Spot Any Whale Sharks?
Our spotter stands proudly ready to spot any butanding that comes his way.
Sudsod at Sunset
The sudsod fisherman walks the sandbar to start his night of catching. Thanks to our guest, Chris Newsom, for this photograph.