Now just a short disclaimer, I’m not one of those legit/filthy rich bloggers who goes on adventures every single day. The only reason that I happen to stumble upon this paradise was because of school work.

We’re currently shooting a teaser for our “TV Series” and Kulyatan Marine Sanctuary happened to be THE perfect place to shoot our underwater and seaside scenes. I don’t want to bore you with regards to our shoot’s details. So without further ado, here’s a couple (and more) pictures of this wonderland.

Kulyatan is part of the municipality of San Joaquin which is part of the province of Iloilo City. 

If you’re coming from the city proper, all you need to do is ride the “San Joaquin-Lawigan” jeepney. They’re usually parked at the terminal near Robinson’s Supermarket or as locals refer to it as “Super”.

Make sure that the jeepney’s route is up to Lawigan because otherwise, you won’t see even an inch of Kulyatan. But if you do this one and only step, you’d be in Kulyatan Marine Sanctuary in no time for only P40-P50.

The travel time is approximately 3 hours. I’m not very sure about this one since I visited this place coming from Miag ao (a town away from San Joaquin) but if three hours is too much for you, I’m telling you that it’s all worth it. 

The signages and facilities may not look like much but the overall experience and ambiance of the place is breathtaking enough. The water is so clear that you’d see fishes and other sea creatures swimming happily everywhere.

When we first came there, we even thought that the water’s not that deep because we can clearly see the ocean floor but we’ve never been so wrong. The water WAS DEEP, no pun intended.

This place is quite isolated so be prepared to pack your lunch/snacks/dinner because there’s no diner or restaurant near the place. Just make sure that you clean up after yourself to make sure that the marine animals are safe and protected. You should also avoid using straws, plastic utensils, and other disposable materials–we don’t want those stuff ruining this paradise do we?

I’ve been telling you good things about this place but don’t think it’s all fun and games. The catch is that going back to the city on a day-trip may be a struggle. The number of public utility vehicles that passes through Kulyatan is fairly limited. So if you stay after 4 o’ clock PM, expect to wait until 7:00 PM to ride the bus (Ceres Liner) home.

So is this part of your bucket list now? 🙂

Do you know more beautiful places in the Philippines? Comment it down below!


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