Frolicking in Carbin Reef

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By Danny B. Dangcalan

A Walk in the Park

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


WHEN you want practically nothing to distract you from enjoying the clear waters and white sand, Carbin Reef in Sagay City is the place for you.

Save for the watchtower and the occasional makeshift tents set up for the guests, nothing can obstruct your view of the horizon while basking under the summer sun.

A tongue-shaped island with pristine white sandbar and clear waters, Carbin Reef is the freshest option for swimming, snorkeling, picnic, or just frolicking in the sand.

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As a sanctuary, Carbin Reef offers a virtually clean environment with lots of exciting marine adventures.

I have been to Carbin Reef in 2010 yet, and each summer after that, I look forward to going back there. I'm keeping my hopes high this summer.

But here's the catch: Visitors to Carbin Reef can only go there on a day tour. For safety purposes, the Sagay Tourism Office allows guests on the reef only up to 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., depending on wind strength and direction.

Funny but I like the rush of taking in as much scenery in a short time, fully aware that I wouldn't really get to stay there for a long time.

Carbin Reef is at the center of Sagay's 32,000-hectare marine reserve. Established in 1999, the marine sanctuary is abundant with a wide variety of underwater species, such as thriving coral formations, turtles, crabs, shells, and fishes.

In 1980, Carbin Reef was established as the first fish sanctuary through a municipal ordinance. It expanded to other reefs, Panal and Maca and other fringing reefs covering 32,000 hectares.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. started the conservation efforts and championed the protection of Sagay's protected seascape.

Sagay Marine Reserve is recognized nationally and internationally for its sustained marine conservation program in the Visayan Sea. It is considered as one of the prime eco-tourism destinations in the Philippines.

The marine reserve is a well-managed protected area with a balanced marine and terrestrial ecosystems and abundant resources.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 19, 2014.

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