The Giant Clam Sanctuary, Camiguin

The Giant Clam Sanctuary is located in the southern tip of Camiguin Island, in the small town of Guinsilaban. It is managed by a non-government organization, the Kabila Giant Clam Conservation and Ocean Nursery, which all the service rendered are utilized for the maintenance of the beach operation, clams conservations, and improvement of the marine sanctuary. For those who want to witness the glooming clams, just get your map and pin your journey to the Kabila Beach situated in Cantaan Bay. 


Entrance fee is 25 pesos ($.50) per person plus an environmental fee of 25 pesos ($.50) which includes the educational tour around the clam laboratory and free space relaxing and resting zone. A  fluent English young boy is in charge of the inland tour including the clam laboratory. There are more than 2,600 clams under their watch and protection including the giant clams, and; still growing,  according to the local guide.

At the laboratory, the large concrete tank with full of life support can be found, enough for the clams to grow and reproduce before it was moving to their new home, in the manmade coral reef and clam sanctuary. You can also witness the variety of clams that produce pearls on the other side of the laboratory. Visitors allow visiting the wondrous clam sanctuary by exploring underwater with the help of the local guide. The “Tridacna gigas” (known as pā’ua in Cook Islands Māori), is considered as the most endanger calm species as today. 

This variety of giant clam can be found in the concrete tank displayed in the laboratory weighing more or less than 90 kilograms according to the local guide
The largest species of this giant can weigh more than 200 kilograms with an average of 100 years life span. The Giant Clam is famously known for the locals as “Taklobo”, but thinking about if that weight could still be reached due to numerous environmental reasons, exploitations and illegal fishing. It is urged that the local government must be serious in the implementation of restrictions while the better solution for reproduction and conservation is planned. Thanks for this Non-Government Organization who dedicate their time and resources using the innovative technology.

This is 80 years old Giant Clams look like, one of the oldest in the country. 

Aside from the sanctuary, Kaliba Beach has an enjoyable shoreline, featuring the long stretch of white coral like sand and the turquoise water which suitable for relaxation by dipping in the salt water. The advantage is that numerous large trees made a shaded space where the beach enthusiast can enjoy swimming out of the sun’s heat.     

ACTIVITIES AND FEES
  • Entrance Fee                    - Php 25 pesos
  • Environmental Fee          - Php25 pesos
  • Table Rental                    - Big: Php100 pesos & Small - Php50 pesos
  • Clams Viewing fee         - Php 150
SNORKELING GEAR RENTAL  
  • Mask & Snorkel              - Php 100 pesos
  • Flippers                          - Php 100 pesos
  • Goggles                          - Php   50 pesos
  • Lifevest                          - Php   50 pesos
  • Local guide                    - Php 150 pesos
GLASS PADDLE PACKAGE TOUR
Package 1: Three area of Giant Clams (minimum of 45 minutes)
a. 5 person                         - Php 700 pesos per head
b. Minimum of 10 person  - Php 100 pesos per head
Package 2: Three area of Giant Clams and Marine Sanctuary (minimum of 1 hour)
a. 5 person                          - Php 1,000 pesos per head
b. Minimum of 10 person  - Php 150 pesos per head
Package 3: Three area of Giant Clams, Marine Sanctuary, Cove Area and Free Area (minimum of 1 1/2 hour)
a. 5 person                          - Php 1,500 pesos per head
b. Minimum of 10 person  - Php 200 pesos per head
Aside from giants clams reproduction, this NGO also working for the coral restorations due to the devastation of a super typhoon that struck in the province years ago, resulting in despair of the coral reef 

HOW TO GET THERE
Kaliba beach is not far from Benoni Port, Camiguin and an hour far from the central town of Mambajao. The local transportation (multicab) is available from - to - the entire Island. For those who plan to explore the whole Island, you can hire a motorbike for a day (Php 300-400 pesos). 

Closest Airport
  • Camiguin owns small Airport but has limited flight schedule. Book a connecting flight from -your airport - connecting flight to Cebu going to Camiguin Island, or;
  • Book a direct flight from the major Airport near you bound for Laguindingan Airport (CGY) Luzon Airport (Clark, NAIA); Visayas Airport (Cebu, Tacloban, Bacolod, Ilo-Ilo); Mindanao (Siargao, Davao, Zamboanga). then, follow this link
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