>> Thursday, May 13, 2010
Gian Clam Nursery and White Beach of Cantaan in Camiguin Island! I think this is a very new tourist spot because when we went to Camiguin Island 5 years ago, we haven't heard of this existing yet!
Nestled in a cove near Cantaan is a beautiful beach with white sand. This beach facing Mindanao is already a surprise. But actually the real surprise is the Giant Clam Nursery.
This is a bit far from though from the other tourist spots to visit in Camiguin. Cantaan is only 22km from Mambajao but well hidden. Best transportation is your own rented motorbike. Then it takes some 30 to 40 minutes to get there. You may first miss the intersection leading to Cantaan. So when you see the wharf of Guinsiliban, make an U-turn. On your way back (about 500 meters), you will see the welcome sign of Cantaan with its Mickey-Mouse. Continue straight through the Barangay. The road is 95% of concrete and sometimes rather steep (See the picture below so you won't get lost).
|The U-Turn Intersection|
You will then be greeted with friendly staffs, most of them are kids which is pretty amazing! There is an entrance fee of P25.00 but they will tour you around the beach and show you the Giant Clams they're taking care of. Not only will they show you the Giant Clams inside the round pools, they will also explain the life of a Clam, in ENGLISH! And remember, they are local kids in the area but they know a lot of things about these beautiful creatures. :)
|The Bright Kids of Cantaan :)|
|Clam Viewing / Renting Rates|
The Snorkeling activity went on for 45 minutes I think but God, it was awesome! I've done several snorkeling activities from different places already but for me, I think this is the BEST Snorkeling Experience I've tried yet! You can really see the 1M BIG Giant Clams!
Only after our snorkeling activity did we check out the Education Facility and we were amazed at how dedicated they are to save the Marine Life even though they are just a COOP and are not getting much support and funding from the Govt.
So if ever you come visit Camiguin Island, I guarantee you, this is one of the Best Places In The World! By going to this place too, you are helping the Cooperative, the Marine Life and most especially, the people around the area for livelihood. They sure need our help. :)
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