Juag (Island) Fish Sanctuary

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!

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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.

making our way into the lagoon.

making our way into the lagoon.

The nipa hut on stilts serves as the dock for the sanctuary.

The nipa hut on stilts serves as the dock for the sanctuary.

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.

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your Pets for the Day..

If you keep still more fish will come near you. And that's when you strike!! oh yeah, sorry, you can't do that

If you keep still more fish will come near you. And that’s when you strike!! oh yeah, sorry, you can’t do that

From the dock, you can go to the fish pens to better view the different kinds of fishes.

Crossing from the dock to the fishpen

Crossing from the dock to the fish pens

Let the feeding frenzy begin!

Let the feeding frenzy begin!

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.

He looks angry.

He looks angry.

I spotted the spotted fish!

I spotted the spotted fish!

Nice forehead, bro!

Nice forehead tats, bro! or is that like a crown, princess?

colorful much!

colorful much!

If TRONers would have a pet fish, this would be it.

If TRONers would have a pet fish, this would be it.

Oh, that's a different fish a lot of men would like to catch. It's nice to see the place is attracting not just local tourists.

Oh, that’s a different fish a lot of men would like to catch. It’s nice to see the place is attracting not just local tourists.

This one has his "warrior look" on.

This one has his “warrior look” on.

The Zebra Fish #imadethisup

The Zebra Fish #imadethisup

The bread for feeding them is available for a small cost.

The bread for feeding them is available for a small cost.

Are they chewing on that pole to topple us into the water? Then they eat us? Let's get outta here!!

Are they chewing on that pole to topple us into the water? Then they eat us? Let’s get outta here!!

We stayed for a few minutes then got ready to leave when another group arrived.

O-V-E-R-L-O-A-D-I-N-G

O-V-E-R-L-O-A-D-I-N-G

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.

Tikling Island is now closed to visitors.

Tikling Island and a passenger boat ferrying passengers from Matnog to it’s nearby islands.

When I saw this, I knew we would have to put our raingear on our way home..

When I saw this, I knew we would have to put our raingear on our way home..

Thank you for having us on this trip!

Thank you for having us on this trip!

 After lunch, we headed back to Albay. Sure enough, the rain was pouring hard.

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A little rain won’t stop our Sorsogon Tour. We still have another stop to make.

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About Dom de la Torre

The rider is a 20-something Filipino that rides a Honda Wave 125cc underbone. He knows little about motorcycles yet loves the experience going places on two wheels. Rider Ako is a motorcycle-slash-travel blog. The rider not only shares to you travel destinations and what to see there but also the experience of getting there. You will read about the thrills and adventure when he rides solo, the romance of riding in tandem, the camaraderie riding with a group, the excitement participating in events, and anything that he thinks you might find interesting.When he's broke and the fuel's empty, he will share stories about motorcycling how he sees it through his helmet visor.
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9 Responses to Juag (Island) Fish Sanctuary

  1. mavic says:

    talaga ngang nag upgrade na ang Juag Fish Sanctuary! I’m glad they decided to do it 🙂

  2. beautiful island indeed…
    love the fishes especially the ones you made up (the “different kind of fish” thingy made me smile/laugh though)…

  3. Iwo says:

    Sir OT – Kaw ba yung nakita ko last Sunday (March 30) sa may MC Shop sa Canlalay yung malapit sa Petron? Nakita ko lang kasi yung Wave 125 tapos yung mga stickers sa box. =)

  4. Iwo says:

    Ayos yan ser!!! Cge subaybayan kita sa fb page mo.

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