When I learned we were going to another island, I was sure enough that I would be crossing out another island from the 7,107 the Philippines has. That’s when my friend reminded me that this is the same island we visited the same time we went whirlpool hunting. Darn it!
I have been to the island, but not to the fish sanctuary. It wasn’t much of a tourist attraction back then, explained my friend. it opened in 2004 but it was 2006 when it became more popular. Here’s how it looks like now..
Our boatmen slowly maneuvered the banca through the narrow opening to the lagoon. The water was very clear, I can clearly see the seaweeds below waving at us as if trying to draw us to the bottom.
There isn’t enough room on the hut so it can only accommodate up to 3 groups at a time. They allow feeding the fishes and even swimming in the lagoon with them. Only one person at a time is allowed to go swimming. This is to avoid stressing out the fishes and too much movement while in the water is prohibited.
From the dock, you can go to the fish pens to better view the different kinds of fishes.
The fishes move around a lot but since the water is very clear it is not that difficult to get a good look at them. I even managed to get some good stills of them.
We stayed for a few minutes then got ready to leave when another group arrived.
On our way back to Matnog, we saw Tikling Island nearby. I was told it’s closed to visitors until further notice because it has been abused for the past few years and it’s being given time to recover. Sad.
After lunch, we headed back to Albay. Sure enough, the rain was pouring hard.
A little rain won’t stop our Sorsogon Tour. We still have another stop to make.