Guimaras never fails to surprise us with its beauty. This week we visited Taklong Island National Marine Reserve located in Brgys. La Paz and San Roque, Nueva Valencia.
This island was proclaimed a protected area on February 8, 1990 (Presidential Proclamation. 525 Series of 1990). It has 46 islands and islets.
We had a day-tour on the island. Overnight is not permitted. What is commendable in this area is that it is secluded which makes it less-crowded compared to other beaches in Panay. The area is surrounded by mangroves, and while we were island hopping, we noticed rich marine life such as flying fishes, star fishes, sea urchins (scary) and clown fishes (Nemo!), coral reefs which make the area best for snorkelling, and sea turtle.
The tour includes: Floating cottage (donated by Gina Lopez), Binaybayan Island, Kalirohan reef, Balabag sea cave, Balas Balabag (sand bar), Piagau beach,white sand and tower in which you can see the surrounding islands/islets, where we had lunch (no fee but accepts donation), Taklong cave and Talisay Taklong island or UPV Marine Biological station where the light house is located.
The area offers island hopping/boating, trekking, picnic, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, bird watching (Tabon bird, Philippine wild duck, Philippine hawk owl).
How to get there/Fare:
From Jordan wharf take a van going to Brgy. Cabalagnan. – 60php.
Motorcycle going to wharf to Taklong island (you can ask the community there that you want to go the island) – 15 per head.
Banca going to floating cottage – Banca 600 and Registration Fee at the Floating cottage is 50 per head.