Friday, October 19, 2012

Camiguin: Giant Clams Sanctuary

by lakwatserong tatay

Our last destination is known in Camiguin as a Clams and Sea Shells Sanctuary. It caters different species of small and big clamps. Located in Brgy. Cantaan, Guinsiliban, nestled in a cove that has beautiful white sand beach. This beach is known as Kabila White Beach where the Giant Clams Nursery is located too.

path towards to clams nursery
As you walk and enter the clams premises, there's a minimal fee of (php25), a help in maintaining the sanctuary because as you have know, the person behind taking caring of the clams are working here for free, means their just waiting for tourist / backpackers alike us to get on their premises and paying a minimal entrance fee or may get some of their tours.....:(

tours & activities
Billboards and notices are present as you get inside...Promoting awareness about giant clams that where lucky enough to have this clams living on our country.

This beach was actually divided into two the Kabila White beach that has also a minimal fee and requested to sign on a guest book, which we did not do because where going to the other of the park is the breeding center and education facility. Where there are available glass aquariums and giant round cemented pool created for giant clams.
x-plorerboyz going to breeding center

DENR marker

9 species of clams...
As we entered we proceeded to their breeding center where we had a little learning session about giant clams. That their are 9 species of clams in the world, 7 of these were found in our country and lucky for us that time that 6 of those species where present beneath their clams sanctuaries.

Here are some of the clams that was placed on breeding. In a giant round pool type that has seawater inside and oxygen for this clams to breath.

my photo opps with one of the clams
Here are the baby clams...for non-swimmers, this educational session to observe Giant Clams is such a pleasure. They actually reacts on your movements and close their shells with astonishing speed. Please avoid getting shots with flash as the clams actually reacts. As you approach more carefully or wait for a few moments while the clams opens again, you can observe how they breath and their other movements.

Your group can roamed around in this facility, as you will see different sizes and colorful images of the clams.

more colorful giant clams....^_^
Jayson, Regie, Melvin, Johari and I were just the only visitors that time, so we had the luxury to ask question as we many as we can....solong solo namin ang sanctuary...^_^

More baby clams on the other white round pools located in breeding center.

They also have a station where they taking care of orchids and some other flower fauna's. Sad to say i wasn't able to take many shots of them because my cam is in a bit low bat condition that time....tipid shots na are some of the common flowers i've seen...^_^

Here's one of their treasures, the clams that creating pearls. They have this in sanctuary and captivity. Based from ate, our guide and lecturer that time. This clams usually creating pearls months or sometimes takes a year. Just forgot to take note of the explanation, why?....^_^

Another place on this sanctuary is the training center and dive camp, where if your a swimmer you will have the chance to see the actual sanctuary and dive into it. Sad to say that time all of us doesn't have underwater camera. But we are all amazed how beautiful the sanctuary was. There where hundreds maybe or really more because, we just go beyond on the floating raft provided by the clam sanctuary.

What you will inside is another learning facility, where you could see different dried shells, actual pictures of the clams there taking cared of. This area also served the changing area for snorkler lovers alike us.

shell and t-shirt souvenirs...

some of the artifacts.

Of course, we did not missed to have our photo opps while inside this of our wacky shots...

the x-plorerboyz...

x-plorerboyz with our lecturer...^_^
Too bad my camera just got empty that time and likewise to my buddies. Only Jayson and Reggie got the photo opps while taking on our snorkeling gears....:(

Jayson & Reggie are getting ready....
Here are the list of activities and corresponding fees you may opted to choose as you will get inside this giant clam sanctuary....just a little bit info, we got our snorkeling activity that time on just a minimal fee..natuwa masyado samin si ate lecturer....thanks po ate...But for the sake of the personnels we gathered little funds from us that time for a donation on their foundation....^_^

Thank to Regie, for this one last shot on his camera, before getting empty bat too....on the other side of this picture is the Kabila White Beach Resort, which we missed to explored....sayang gahol na sa oras eh...^_^

lakwatserong tatay @ giant clams sanctuary
Done with Camiguin X-ploration, two more provinces to go....Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte, and few more activities we had like Chasing Waterfalls, Zipline and many more....^_^ Just an update our supposed to be 2012 X-plorerboyz Trips was moved to November due to bad weather we encountered on our scheduled flight last Sept 8...buti nalang libre parin ang parebook, so by Valley and we come.....^_^

This is part of our 6-Days Northern Mindanao Escapades. Visited and X-plored 4 Provinces: Misamis Oriental, Camiguin Island, Bukidnon and Lanao Del Norte. Our second stop is Camiguin Island , that is known as the "Island Born of Fire", the 2nd province of Northern Mindanao.

Food Trips:
Food finds: Camiguin's Unique Dessert : Kiping
Food finds: Vjandep Bakeshop : Camiguin's Famous Pastel

Pabua Cottages

Tours & Activities:
Having Fun at Sto. Niño Cold Spring Resort
Bura Soda Pool Resort
Walk to the Old Church Ruins
Trek to Walkway to the Old Volcano and Station of the Cross
Sunken Cemetery
Relaxation at Ardent Hot Spring Resort
A Glance with Katibawasan Falls
Camiguin's Ostrich Farm
Snorkeling at Giant Clams Sanctuary
Glimpse of Tanguines Lagoon

Island Hopping:
White Island
Mantigue Island


Anonymous said...

Ang galing naman. 6 kinds can be found dito sa ating bansa. May friend din ako na galing cdo at pastel ung pasalubong nya. Sarap!

thisisLOVELEE said...

This looks so fascinating! Gusto ko rin ito mapuntahan..sana by next year! =)

Manong Unyol said...

galing ng kuha sa flower at ang lalaki ng clam :)

Dong Ho said...

it's really good to see giant clams' increase its population again after years of abuse harvest around the philippines.

best that it actually comes in different colors.

Paula O said...

namiss ko tuloy ang mga giant clams ng 100 islands! :-)


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