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Sagay Marine Reserve (Carbin Reef)

Address: Sagay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Sagay City
Type: Reefs, Nature & Parks
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Type: Reefs, Nature & Parks
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Went to the Marine reserve on October 2014. On arrival we went to the port office to pay the boat, snorkelling and marine reserve fees. Everything was very professional, and run very well, the Port office, is nice clean and with clean showers you can use after the day on the beach. The showers are free, but there is a... More 

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Makati, Philippines
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

There are no trees just tents and changing rooms. Shower is in the Port. Yes, you'll get dark. No overnight camps, just a day trip. It was worth the trip. I went there with a liter of water and no change of clothes. I know I might not be able to go here because I did not make any reservations,... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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208 attraction reviews
356 helpful votes 356 helpful votes
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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31 attraction reviews
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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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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
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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