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Giant Clam Sanctuary – Snorkeling with the Giants

This is a part of our second day DIY tour in Davao City last May 2016.
Check main blog post for my Davao del Sur & Samal Island adventure.

TIPS:
• Boat rental (from Brgy Acedor port to the sanctuary) – Php 500/head more or less. Option is to just rent a small outrigger boat
Contact person for boat ride: Kuya Robert – 09496579661
Entrance fee: Php 100.00 (inclusive of environmental fee)
Equipment rentals: Php 100 for mask and snorkel, Php 100 for rash guard
• You are not allowed to touch nor step on these Giant Clams.
• Short briefing/introductions is a must to know more about these awesome creatures.
• The park is under the guardianship of Davao del Norte State College, which in turn initiated an eco-tourism program called “Taclobo Tours” in partnership with the local community (AdeCor United Fisherfolks Organization – ACUFOR).

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The clams looked like huge colorful flowers underwater. Some of the clams are reportedly more than 10 years old, and the species on the park can grow to up to a meter in length. They have these really large ones in the deeper part of the marine reserve.

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I got so amazed and I told kuya that I wanted to somehow get more up-close with the taklobo, so he helped me reach them and it was astonishing.

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Check this out! a 6-legged starfish

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I would love to try this again. I definitely had a great time. We maximized the whole duration we’re allowed to dip in.

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