Did you know that a marine sanctuary was created to protect marine ecosystems? The irresponsible human disposal can reach up to eight million metric tons of garbage every year in the ocean—that’s a lot!
Iloilo City, known as the “City of Love,” dedicated its efforts to protect the marine ecosystem in its area. Preserving the beauty of Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary in Barangay Sinogbahan, San Joaquin, the government aimed to let tourists connect with nature while encouraging them to protect it at all cost.
Take photos and selfies at a safe distance away from animals.
When excitement takes over, sometimes we tend to disturb the natural habitats of marine life. When snorkeling in the sanctuary, make sure to put a safe distance from the swimming fishes and the coral reefs.
Clean up after yourself
The common phrase that goes “leave nothing but footsteps” is very important to instill in the mind of every tourist visiting Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary. Be a responsible traveler by disposing of your garbage in the right place. The sanctuary has its designated garbage can around the area— meaning you do not have any reasons to litter around.
Use Fewer Plastic Products
Amidst the presence of mini canteens and cafeterias in the area, it is advised to use eco-friendly utensils. Bring your reusable water bottles instead of buying from stores. Take fruits instead of plastic-wrapped sandwiches to reduce wastes. You may not be littering around the sanctuary but keep in mind that the plastics you throw away will still end up somewhere.
Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life
If your colleagues plan on taking a trip to Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary, take the opportunity to learn more about marine life through a brief discussion on your overnight stay. There are huts available for the night in the sanctuary. You can talk about your experiences during the day and perhaps organize an event for a cause on preserving marine life.
There are more things you can do on keeping the natural beauty of the sanctuary. Yes, it is one’s goal to enjoy the trip but it would be a lot more memorable when you did more than what you aimed for.
RATES & OTHER INFORMATION
- Entrance fee: Php 50 upon entry
- Opening hours: 8:00 AM
ROOM RATES: (or COTTAGE FEES)
- Cottage and Huts:
- Php 250/day-use
- Php 750/overnight
- Php 250/day-use
- Corkage fee: No corkage fee
- Contact numbers: 09212609866
- Email address: [email protected]
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KuliatanMarineSanctuary.SanJoaquin.ph/
- Website: N/A
HOW TO GET THERE?
Exact location: Barangay Sinogbahan, Municipality of San Joaquin , Iloilo City Philippines
BY JEEP/VAN/BUS (FOR COMMUTERS):
- Jeepneys from Iloilo City Terminal Market ply the direct Iloilo-San Joaquin Route from 6am to around 8pm (subject for verification).
- One can also take jeepneys bound for Miag-ao as they are more in numbers then take jeepney toward San Joaquin.
- Travel time from the city to Iloilo’s last town in the south is a little more than hour or lesser if the jeep tends to “fly”.
- From the San Joaquin town proper it is still another 30 minutes or so until you reach Kuliatan. Just ask along the way but you wont miss it.
- Antique bound buses and vans also pass by San Joaquin poblacion and at times those bound for Anin-y from the terminal in Molo, Iloilo will drop you directly outside the sanctuary. Just ask around
BY CAR: Navigate with Waze or Google Maps and set your destination to “Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary” in Iloilo. Free parking space is available.