The Mantalip Marine Sanctuary is situated around 8 Kms off the coast of Baranggay Tinaogan in Bindoy, Negros Oriental. The reserve is a shallow portion in the middle of the sea (almost like a sandbar and an island) where fishing is strictly prohibited. Sitting in the middle of the reserve is a man-made structure with a jetty for visitors who wish to see the awesome marine life in the area.
I tried using a pair of goggles and I couldn’t contain my excitement. The place is just filled with life! You can see corals up close. And the different kinds of fish that you can see won’t even swim away when you get close to them. Hehehehe. It was the best! An underwater camera would have been very handy. =)
To get to the place, you can inquire at the municipal hall of Bindoy. Or, if you know someone, you can rent a boat which would take you to the reserve.
We used a neighbor’s boat. So, we only had to pay around Php 100.00 for two liters of gas. =)
On our way to the waiting boat.
Leaving Baranggay Tinaogan.
After around twenty minutes, we finally saw the structure.
Two fishermen fishing outside the reserve.
Ahh. We’re almost there!
Caretaker setting up a big beach umbrella.
Saka na ta!
Crystal clear water!
Jetty and the boat.
The place is best when enjoyed with your family. [view of mainland Negros]
Hapit na ta sa lawm! Waaaaaaaaaa!
Manong Franco – the caretaker.
Posing mga feeling tourista! Hahahaha.
Natunok na sisi! Hahahaha.