THE JELLYFISH SANCTUARY OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS

Among the many breathtaking natural attractions that I have explored in the whole Bucas Grande Islands, there is one magical place that until now bedazzled me. This place is called Jellyfish Sanctuary.

Having toured to the key tourist spots in the whole islands, I thought I had seen enough. Truthfully, all these wonders of nature were captivating. But when our tour guide led us to the Jellyfish Sanctuary, everything seemed surreal. As if we were brought to the other world. Here’s the story.
After our island tour at Bubon Group of Islets, we sailed back to Sohoton Reception Center. It was already late afternoon. Upon reaching the Center, we were told that we will be transferring to small paddleboats in going to the Jellyfish Sanctuary. Motorized boats are strictly not allowed getting inside the whole sanctuary. The small paddleboats can carry two passengers and a boatman. In my case, I was the only passenger.
The sail going to the Jellyfish Sanctuary was out of the ordinary experience. The waters were calm. The whole environs were wrapped by tranquility I can hear the rowing of the paddles. The enigmatic chirping of various wild birds made the sail more exciting. I’ve tried boating in different places but this one was entirely surreal.

The Entrance of the Jellyfish Sanctuary

Nearing the mouth of the Sanctuary, my boatman named Richmond began narrating the story behind the mystical beauty of the Jellyfish Sanctuary. I learned from him that some years ago the whole place was originally inhabited by multitude of sea urchins locally known as “Tujom” hence they formerly called the place Tujoman. One day, for some unknown reason, this huge number of sea urchin dwelling at Tujoman began disappearing until none of them was left. As days gone by, a smack of jellyfishes began congregating the place. It was becoming a larger group and local folks began noticing. Soon, the locals found out that these jellyfishes dwelling in the waters of Tujoman were non-stinging. The smack of jellyfishes grew into a great number. It even multiplied to millions of jellyfishes permanently dwelling in the place. Soon after, they called the place “The Jellyfish Sanctuary”. They later opened the place for tourists but intense protection and preservation of the Sanctuary were maintained.

Limestone forests abounds inside the Jellyfish Sanctuary

As we enter the opening of the Jellyfish Sanctuary, there was one thing I instantly noticed about the place. There was a profound tranquility that enveloped the whole environs. Everything that I see there was filled with calmness and peace. It was a very contagious serenity I can feel it inside me.

The first jelly fish that i saw made me shout in amazement.

Sailing forward, jellyfishes began to appear in the waters. I shouted in amazement seeing the very first jellyfish that appeared in the waters. Another smack of jellyfishes we passed by. And then another. And another. As we moved towards the very heart of sanctuary, multitude of jellyfishes surrounded our boats. Again, I felt I was on another planet. This was surreal. Slowly, I was beginning to get emotional. Teary-eyed, I looked around praising and admiring such a spectacular body of water fully inhabited by millions of stunning jellyfishes.

Sitting at the edge of the boat, I noticed a smack of jellyfish flocking around out tiny vessel. I learned from Richmond that jellyfishes here are naturally friendly. They even come closer when boats are coming in. Since these creatures are non-stinging, I excitedly caught one jellyfish out of the water and held it in my hands. As soon as I felt its texture and seen its form, I let go of it. Richmond told me jellyfishes can only last for ten seconds out of the water. So, I had to put it back.

I had to admit I fear jellyfishes. They are noted to be stingingly perilous. But the jellyfishes of the Bucas Grande Islands are non-stinging and friendly. They even came closer towards us. It seemed they wanted play around with us. They were so welcoming. I put my hands in the waters at once and they came nearer. They were like wonderful pets. Amazing creatures.

Before the sundown, the group started to leave the Sanctuary. All of us left the place charmed and amazed by what we saw. In my case, I felt overly joyous having experienced such tremendous encounter with the jellyfish. I was very lucky too that my boatman Richmond was kind and smart enough to tell me everything I want to know about the Sanctuary. After all, it is one of their prides.

This is ME with a non-stinging jellyfish in my hands.

Having gone and experienced this unique adventure with the Jellyfishes of Bucas Grande Islands, I felt another dream of mine has realized. I used to dream of going to the island nation of Palau and swim with the jellyfishes at the Jellyfish Lake of Eil Malk but now I need not to go out of the country to fulfill this bizarre experience. My beautiful island of the Philippines now boasts the Jellyfish Sanctuary of Bucas Grande Islands that is undeniably a world-class natural attraction that can definitely put all tourists, local and foreign alike, in so much awe and amazement like those in Palau.

Me and travel buddies amazed by the enchanting Charms of the Jellyfish Sanctuary.

My closest encounter with jellyfish at the Sanctuary is the highlight of my Bucas Grande Island Exploration. Other natural wonders of the Island are indisputably attractions to behold. But experiencing Jellyfish Sanctuary is absolutely an exceptional experience. It is commendable and worth to experience again. If given a chance, I shall back there and swim and play with the jellyfishes again.

Meet Richmond, my gracious boatman. Many thanks.

Experiencing Jellyfish Sanctuary of the Bucas Grande Islands is the final stop of my Bucas Grande Island Exploration.

FOR GUIDED TOUR, you may call contact:

VINCENT ADLAO TAMAYO
Accredited Tour Guide of Socorro Tourism Office
0930.802.8704 

This is the sixth part of “EXPLORING CARAGA REGION: The Travel Series

  1. CATCHING SUNRISE AT CLAVER, SURIGAO DEL NORTE
  2. SOCORRO AND THE BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  3. CLUB TARA AND TIKTIKAN LAKE OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  4. SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  5. THE SANDY BEACHES AND STUNNING ISLETS OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  6. THE JELLYFISH SANCTUARY OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  7. EXPERIENCING SAN JOSE AND THE PROVINCE OF DINAGAT ISLANDS
  8. THE LEGEND OF DINAGAT ISLANDS

CATCHING SUNRISE AT CLAVER, SURIGAO DEL NORTE

Friday night. Ten o’clock. I was overwhelmed with excitement as the passenger van started to leave Davao City. Point of destination was the Port of Hayanggabon in the Municipality of Claver, Surigao Del Norte. I was among the group of eleven outdoor enthusiasts heading to Socorro, Surigao Del Norte to explore the famed Sohoton Cove of the Enchanted Bucas Grande Islands. Hayanggabon Seaport is the jump off harbor going to these Islands.
It was one fine evening when we left Davao City. The weather was excellent giving us hope that our journey to the Bucas Grande Islands will be fun and exciting. I have never been to the Province of Surigao Del Norte. But I’ve heard so many beautiful stories about the countless natural wonders of the province. It thrilled me thinking of going there and seeing these wonders in its full glory.
The trip from Davao City to Claver took about 7 hours passing through the different municipalities of Agusan Del Sur, Agusan Del Norte and finally Surigao Del Norte. I was hoping to see the view of these towns but since we were traveling by night, we opted to sleep while on board to gain enough strength for an anticipated strenuous yet fun filled Island Tour in Bucas Grande.
At five o’clock in the morning, I woke up realizing we were now traveling along the coastal road of Surigao Del Norte. The sky was beginning to light up. What was amusing was the amazing view of the seascape blending the pinkish orangey color of early morning sky that appeared like a painting to me. It was a welcoming treat to my eyes. A beautiful dawning of a new day was just in front of me. I learned we were already at Claver, Surigao Del Norte and heading towards the Port of Hayanggabon.
The scene was too perfect we couldn’t afford to miss. We stopped at one side. Grabbed our cameras out and started capturing what I call a “dramatic sunrise”.

This Blogger worshiping this magnificent Sunrise.

When the sky was lighting up, its pinkish orangey color started to reflect on the still waters of Claver Bay. It was a stunning scene. Moments later, the first light of the daybreak came out creating magnificent rays that really struck us. And then another glorious reflection of the rising sun reflected on the waters. It was gradual. The more it rose, the more it became striking. The colors turned more vivid. The scene became so dramatic. I was carried away by a delightful feeling of catching the perfect round shape of the mighty sun rising and shining in front of me. As the sun rose to its full glory, I realized the whole environs became alive. Truthfully, sunrises promise to give hope, light and life to everything.
I was never a sunrise person. I can’t battle waking up early and brave to catch the first light. But I always dream of capturing one beautiful sunrise that I can take pride of – one sunrise I can truly say close to perfection! SUNRISE AT CLAVER made that dream came true! To this day, this is my PERFECT SUNRISE.
As we headed to the Port of Hayanggabon, the rising sun was still in its full grandeur giving us assurance of a good weather for the day. It gave us hope for an exciting Island Exploration. That SUNRISE AT CLAVER was a good start of our day. A good start to begin an unforgettable Enchanted Bucas Grande Island Exploration.

This is the first part of “EXPLORING CARAGA REGION: The Travel Series

  1. CATCHING SUNRISE AT CLAVER, SURIGAO DEL NORTE
  2. SOCORRO AND THE BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  3. CLUB TARA AND TIKTIKAN LAKE OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  4. SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  5. THE SANDY BEACHES AND STUNNING ISLETS OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  6. THE JELLYFISH SANCTUARY OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  7. EXPERIENCING SAN JOSE AND THE PROVINCE OF DINAGAT ISLANDS
  8. THE LEGEND OF DINAGAT ISLANDS

EXPLORING CARAGA REGION: The Travel Series

Four days. Five nights. Three Provinces. Two Cities. Hundred Islands. One region. CARAGA Region. This is The Travel Teller’s recent travel series.

The Enchanted Bucas Grande Islands

Taking advantage of the recent long weekend, The Travel Teller begins his quest in his ultimate CARAGA EXPLORATION, one region in the Philippines famous for its pristine beaches, untouched coves and beautiful group of Islands.

The Mystical Islands of the Province of Dinagat

The CARAGA Administrative Region is the northernmost region of the Mindanao Island. Caraga is an old territory name derived from KALAGAN, group of people believed to be of Visayan Origin. The word “Kalagan” comes from two Bisayan words “Kalag” and “An” which mean soul or people and land.

The Sunrise and Sunset Scene of Caraga

CARAGA Region is composed of five provinces namely Agusan Del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, Surigao Del Norte, Surigao Del Sur and the Province of Dinagat Islands, and six component cities namely: Surigao, Butuan, Bislig, Tandag, Bayugan, and Cabadbaran.

Side Trip to the Cities of Surigao and Butuan

CARAGA is famous for its cultural heritage. It has vast natural attractions that guarantee unparalleled adventures. It is a one of a kind destination of an unending quest for fun and nature. Its untouched natural wonders are gifts worth to be discovered, explored and experienced.

The Travel Teller explores CARAGA Region

These among others were the reasons why The Travel Teller chooses CARAGA Region for another amazing Travel Series. Join me as I chronicle this exciting adventure from my home in Davao City to the many exciting Islands of Enchanted Bucas Grande, to the Mystical Dinagat Islands, to the Pebble Beach of Mabua in Surigao City, to the night scene of the City of Butuan and many more. This is a kind of a trip I surely will never forget.

This is “EXPLORING CARAGA REGION: The Travel Series”.

  1. CATCHING SUNRISE AT CLAVER, SURIGAO DEL NORTE
  2. SOCORRO AND THE BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  3. CLUB TARA AND TIKTIKAN LAKE OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  4. SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  5. THE SANDY BEACHES AND STUNNING ISLETS OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  6. THE JELLYFISH SANCTUARY OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  7. EXPERIENCING SAN JOSE AND THE PROVINCE OF DINAGAT ISLANDS
  8. THE LEGEND OF DINAGAT ISLANDS

BRITANIA GROUP OF ISLANDS: Surigao del Sur’s Best Kept Secret

My love and passion for the beach lead me to discover the many beautiful beaches in my Island Philippines and my native land Mindanao. Without any doubt, with the 7,107 Islands of the Philippines, some of the best kept beaches in the world can be found here.

The Britania Group of Islands

Down south in the Province of Surigao Del Sur lie stunning 24 Islands and Islets so beautifully scattered in the waters Lianga Bay facing the great Oceans of the Pacific. These amazing gifts of nature are called BRITANIA GROUP OF ISLANDS. Continue reading “BRITANIA GROUP OF ISLANDS: Surigao del Sur’s Best Kept Secret”