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Sagay Marine Reserve (Carbin Reef)

Sagay City, Philippines
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Sagay City
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Manila, Philippines
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128 reviews 128 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Located within the Sagay Marine Sanctuary, Carbin Reef is a huge tongue shaped white sand bar in the middle of the sea some 10-15 minutes boat ride from the port of Old Sagay. Like the White Island of Camiguin, Carbin Reef is all but sand bar without vegetation. The surrounding water is cool, clear and clean very inviting for swimming... More

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Quezon City, Philippines
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6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Willing to brave an hour's bus ride (from Bacolod City), a short tricycle ride and a 15-20 minute boat ride? Then come to Carbin Reef and spend a lazy day there doing nothing but looking at the white sand beach, swimming in the cool, clear water and snorkeling. Ask the boatman to bring you to where the giant clams are,... More

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San Juan, Philippines
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10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

A sand bar in the middle of nowhere...at least one that doesn't disappear during high tide... took a small boat out to snorkel and admire the marine life...gigantic clams in 6 feet of water! where else can you see that! some corals, sea urchins, fishes that swim to you with no fear... need to reserve ahead...for boat transport and food

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Just went last May after election.....way to go......had a great time swimming...no other things to do except swimming,snorkeling and eat...It's a sand bar I'm not sure if they even had a toilet just in case,luckily for the whole day my body coordinates with me.As soon as you get off the pump boat you need to be registered and been given... More

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Sagay City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

I'm a native of Sagay City so I am very proud of Carbin Reef. It's not a resort so don't expect a lot of progress here. It's just piece of sand bar in the middle of the sea. Believe it or not, we stayed here overnight 12 years ago and it felt like hell because there were not a lot... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This place has low biodiversity and advertised as a marine reserve. Better people who want to observe a marine reserve that is truly functional is to go to Dive Hub MPA - this is what I call a well-protected area, alive with schools of fish.

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Cebu City, Cebu City, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Went there with my co-employees for a team building. I'm amazed by this sandbar since that was my first. Not my activities to do there though. All you can do is swim :)

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London UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

My wife who is a Filipino citizen arranged this visit for me, i head heard about Carbin Reef, and seen the photos, I didn't believe what i saw on the photos until we arrived, the whole thing blew me away, it is magnificent, a beautiful tranquil sand spit in the middle of the sea, very narrow, and an amazing feat... More

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Cebu City, Philippines
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

I went to Carbin Reef with my sisters from Manila last year and we all enjoyed the peaceful, calm waters around this creamy white sand bar. We swam for just 3 hours and left before 4 pm since the waves were getting bigger. Going back, our boatman even had to maneuver our boat diagonally to reach the port near the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012 via mobile

Awesome place in the midde of sea. Nothing else to do but swim all day. I felt like the little mermaid here.hehehe

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