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“Amazing Nature”

Giant Clam Sanctuary
Ranked #9 of 28 things to do in Camiguin
Certificate of Excellence
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Petaluma, California
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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“Amazing Nature”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

Maybe you've never heard of giant clams. I've heard of them but assumed they lived in deep, remote waters where I'd never get to see them. Here, you can swim right up and put your arm or head inside one (but please don't). The real deal, you can see the water pumping in and out of its mouth... and surprising colors.

Unlike all the other tourist attractions here which are run by the government, this is a private local co-op. Imagine that: a private local group preserving their coast as a wildlife sanctuary. Definitely worth supporting!

Pay for the guided one-on-one swimming tour from the very friendly guide. Very cheap if you bring your own snorkeling gear. if you don't want to swim or snorkel, still worth a visit because you can see a lot just wading.

Visited March 2014
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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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“Wow!!!”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

A least expected Hidden Gem in a little bit of isolated location in Camiguim Island. One of the island's best attraction.

Visited April 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Great Find on Camiguin”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

We were told about this place by another traveler on Camiguin and were able to find it while riding our motor bike around the island. As other reviewers mentioned, it is not easy to find, the road is a little bit difficult to navigate, but once you do, it is quite enjoyable and worth it. The location means that it is also not crowded, there was only one other couple that visited during the one and half hours we spent at the sanctuary.

The locals do a great job of taking care of the clams and reef that are literally just off the shore. They will rent you snorkeling equipment at a fair price and give you a guide that will show you where all the interesting clams are. I can't even use words to describe how impressive and massive some of the clams were, you will need to just go and experience it for yourself. I also have no doubt that my money spent is being put to good use in order to preserve the local marine life.

Putting this place on the itinerary is an absolute must for anybody visiting Camiguin that enjoys snorkeling. The coral reef is not super impressive, but the clams truly make the experience worthwhile.

Visited February 2013
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Mambajao, Philippines
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“Good Preservation area.”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

Difficult to get too but worth the effort, the staff who maintain the reef and Clam Sanctuary are very knowledgeable and helpful.
We even swam with guides to observe the work they do in action, you'll need at least 2/3 hours to really chill n see everything.
Bring your own food, there is food available but limited options.

Visited September 2013
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Taguig City, Philippines
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“Unique and surprisingly nice experience”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

This might be the least known spot for tourists in Camiguin since the place is not included in tour packages, no ads, no signs and promotions and what have you, and I think that is a good thing. Going there is very challenging, it's mostly dirt road and some spiky ditches that you have to drive through all while being at least 70 feet above ground. But the sanctuary itself was worth the exhausting trip. You'll be greeted by kids right at the gate to tell you stories about the clams that they have in all its scientific glory. It was a bummer to know that you still have to pay half of the snorkel gear rent even if brought your own, for reasons I don't understand they were pretty strict with it. But that was a small price to pay, the young lady who lectured us of the species of the clams that were in that enormous tank was thorough enough. She was very knowledgeable but of course you would see that she had to have memorized every line to everyone who comes in, but no bigs.

We of course tried snorkeling, because you know that's just how we roll, Lol. We were kinda underwhelmed with the previous "dive" that we had earlier that day in Mantigue Island so we dug in and went on to snorkel with the clams just a hair away from us. All I can say is, it was a very unique experience, you would see the giant clams as if they were buses in EDSA. There were armies of em', some are big, some are really big, some are beautiful and nice, some are lame, just there, waiting to catch your left foot and chomp on it like cake. Overall, I recommend this place mostly if you have time to spare on your tour, especially since the Island has very minimal nightlife. It would be best to get stressed swimming around the giant clams and giant corals before heading onto the heavenly Ardent hot springs to cap off your day.

Shout out to our diving guide who was a kid maybe 14-15 with a cleft palate. He was really awe inspiring, he knows what he is saying and would go out of his way on giving you educated answers and make you feel safe all throughout the dive. Salute to you kid, you are an inspiration, and if you can read this, know that you are being appreciated and looked up to. \m/

Visited November 2013
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