marine sanctuary

Zamboanga Sibugay: Scuba Diving at Buluan Island

Posted on May 8, 2014

Buluan Island Marine Sanctuary is the second best-managed marine protected area in the country for 2013. On the topside, the relatively new province of Zamboanga Sibugay may not immediately impress first-time visitors. At the main gateway of Ipil, there’s nothing much to see beyond the obelisk monument standing proud in the middle of the rotunda besides the intriguing Provincial Capitol which combines Moro and Subanon architecture, and also offers an incredible view of the coconut-carpeted countryside. Looking out onto SibugayRead More

Camiguin Island: Snorkeling at the Sunken Cemetery

Posted on December 14, 2013

Snorkeling above the old cross marker of the Sunken Cemetery in Catarman, Camiguin Minacious clouds curled up around the volcanic peaks of Camiguin as our outrigger canoe slid past the three-storey high concrete cross looming over a sunken graveyard.   The violent birth of Mt. Vulcan ­­– a volcanic cinder cone of Mt. Hibok-Hibok – caused some areas of the Spanish colonial town of Bonbon, most notably its cemetery, to subside from 1871 to 1875. The earthly upheaval also destroyed theRead More

Tablas Island, Romblon: Buenavista Marine Sanctuary

Posted on December 10, 2013

A local villager at Buenavista Marine Sanctuary in Tablas Island, Romblon shows off a horse’s hoof clam. From Carabao Island, I got another free bangka (outrigger) ride to Tablas, a much larger island that also belongs to Romblon province. Near the pier area was a marine sanctuary I was interested to visit. I was looking forward to visiting the Looc Bay Marine Refuge and Sanctuary, but was extremely disappointed to find out that they do not permit tourists to take photographsRead More

Masbate City: Buntod Sandbar & Marine Sanctuary

Posted on December 6, 2013

Buntod Sandbar and Marine Sanctuary in Masbate City, Masbate Island While the coastal areas in Masbate City on Masbate Island are generally lackluster, an offshore sandbar only less than 30 minutes away by boat provides idyllic respite for beach lovers and snorkelers. The sandbar stretches away from a young mangrove plantation, shifting in size and shape according to the currents. One clear days, the majestic Mayon Volcano on the Bicol Peninsula can be seen peering from far away behind theRead More