Our guests' romantic relaxation in the serene bay behind the villasViews of the boats with guests swimming with the whale sharks - from our back gate
Villa by the Beach (Cabin Pusit)
Hosted by Norma
Norma is the host.
6 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
6 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
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Averilla Y Arellano has four high quality double-storey private villas, each with 3 queen sized Filipino style beds, a private jacuzzi room with massage table, and full bathroom.
Views of sea and island from its own balcony
There is a shared pool centered between all villas and the main house consists of industrial kitchen and dining area.
Complementary Breakfast
10 mins to Donsol Tourism Center

The space

Maximum 6 people per cabin

Our place is fully secured and only residents and staff are allowed in the property.
This would give the visitors peace of mind, enjoying the holiday.
1) How do I get to Donsol from overseas country?
You fly to Manila airport. Take a connecting domestic flight, either PAL or Cebu Pacific. There are daily flights from Manila to Legazpi. Travel by road from Legazpi to Donsol. The trip takes about 1 hour and 15 mins
2) How do we get from Legazpi airport to Donsol and our villas?
There are 2 ways you can get to our place. We can arrange an airport pick up for you in a private van and take the hassle out of you having to catch public transport. This is an airport pick up to our villa. You can take public transport - tricycle ride (2 persons per tricycle with minimum baggage storage) from the airport to the Transport Terminal in Legazpi, take a public van (takes 15 passengers per van), arrive at Donsol, then take another tricycle (2 persons) to our place.
3) Can we drop by the supermarket and shops in Legazpi before heading off to Donsol?
Yes. If you use our private van, the driver can take you to the shops, ATMs and any nearby places. There are no extra costs. You only pay the cost of transport from Legazpi to Donsol.
4) Can you assist in booking for the activities?
Yes, we would like to make sure that the guests visiting us enjoy the short precious time in Donsol, tell us what you want to do and we will provide you with the quotes for the activities you choose. If you need suggestions on what activities are available, we are happy to give you some suggestions.
5) Do you provide meals at the villas?
Yes we provide 3 meals a day if you wish to dine in. We prepare home cooked meals and use the fresh local produce and of course the fresh catch from the sea nearby. Squid, fish, King Prawns, crabs are common dishes we serve.
6) Is cooking allowed in the villa?
No. There are no cooking facilities in the villa. However, we have a commercial kitchen that caters for meals. The kitchen is solely for private use unless prior arrangement to use the kitchen is arranged during off peak seasons.
7) Can our stay be extended when we are there?
Yes you can if there is a vacancy at that time.
8) What is the best time to visit Donsol for whale sharks?
Whale sharks season is between Nov and May each year. The best month is between February and May. Whale sharks sighting can be between 5 and 12 per day in March and April.
9) What other activities can we do in nearby Donsol?
There is scuba diving at Manta Bowl in Ticao and San Miguel islands, Firefly watching in Donsol or Ogod river, Picnic at waterfalls in San Rafael or Tuba, snorkeling in nearby beaches. Averillya u arellano provides our guests free use of paddle boat in the Bay of Gimagaan and stand up paddle for leisure. If you have more time, we recommend a visit to Bulusan Lake National Park, Sorsogon; 2 hours drive from Donsol.
10) If we are driving from Manila, how do we get to Donsol?
Drive from Metro Manila Skyway, S Luzon Expy, Pan - Philippine Hwy/AH26, Rolando R. Andaya Hwy and Pan - Philippine Hwy/AH26 to San Fernando
Latest Tripadvisor review of Whale Sharks sightings
“Wow, wow, wow. swam with 5 Whale Sharks ”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Get there early. After paying fees at tourist centre for boat (3500php between 6 plus BIO guide & reservation fee) watch a short video then wait to be called to a BIO and his boat. Very quickly we managed to spot, enter water and snorkle with Whale Shark and what an amazing experience it was. I would recommend this in preference to Oslo as your experiencing these in their natural environment with much less interference from us pesky humans. We got very close to these amazing creatures but it's difficult not to considering you drop into water whilst boat is slowing down by a WS then fin out with your guide. I looked down and was directly above one which I wasn't sure I should have been altho I moved aside very quickly so not to disturb or get near it's coadal fin.

Visited March 2016

Guest access

The guests have access to the entire property facilities, including outdoor pizza oven, outdoor kids pool and a sizable fresh water pool for swimming
The dining hall is open for guest use. The lounge is for guests to relax and listen to music, read your favourite book or watch a DVD.

Interaction with guests

We have an open plan in the main house where guests can walk in and out the lounge and dining hall.
We are there to meet and greet the guests and for guests to mingle.

Other things to note

There are many dive spots that can be accessible through booking with the Dive Shop
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Extra people £22 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee £8
Security Deposit £78
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 queen beds

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 11AM

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Safety and security conscious
Strictly No Smoking
No pets are allowed


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

22 Reviews

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Fiona User Profile
May 2017
The host canceled this reservation 236 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Linzi User Profile
April 2017
We didn't really know what to expect when staying here, but it was much better than we thought. Norma took care of everything, she was constantly in contact beforehand, arranged someone to pick us up from the airport and take us to the house. The house was amazing, right on the beach and so peaceful. There isn't much nearby in terms of restaurants so we opted to have our meals at the house. The food was amazing! And the Portions were enormous and it was really cheap too. Three days breakfast, lunch and dinner was less than the price of one meal. We went swimming with whale sharks, went snorkelling, took a row boat out on the sea and went quad biking or some days we just relaxed by the sea or in the pool. Norma was so nice that it was like staying with family. It was a lovely trip and I would definitely return. This would be a great place for someone to unwind and be creative but it's also suitable for couples and families too. Thanks Norma. You are welcome in London anytime

Kat User Profile
March 2016
I went to Normal place with 8 people. From before we arrived, Norma and I were in constant contact trying to organise our trip. She was very helpful. We arrived at the villa quite late but Norma was there to let us in and show us around Norma was an amazing host and made us feel right at home. The food was really good and she made us feel like we were part of her family. Having 8 25-30 year old around couldn't have been easy but she accommodated us all and made our trip very memorable.

Nicci User Profile
February 2016
What an incredible experience. Norma was the most welcoming host, her food was divine, especially her prawns! The villa was amazing; we were the only ones there and nothing was ever too much trouble for Norma she was so accommodating. The staff were also very friendly and I couldn't recommend it more. The perfect place to stay if you are going to see whale sharks!

Alex User Profile
April 2017
Great host and very cute house. Norma is so sweet and really wants you to have a nice stay. Only issue was the room had no AC, which was hot. Just something to note for future guests.

Julie User Profile
April 2017
A great spot to be based near whale shark centre. Our host Norma was a delight. Pool was great and meals excellent. The area has a lot more going for it than just whale shark interaction.

Tony User Profile
February 2017
We loved staying at Norma's place. It was the highlight of our trip to Donsol. Incredible service, amazing food, and a nice place!

Joined in January 2015
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