It’s summer in my corner of the world! We have searing temperatures that average above 30 degrees Celsius lately. And with the El Nino phenomenon, it’s going to get hotter in the coming days; time to head to the beaches for a cool dip.
I was lining up a few destinations for the coming weeks when I remembered how I enjoyed our beach hopping day a couple of months ago when I visited Guimaras island with my wife and a couple of friends.
Guimaras is this little gem east of Iloilo. Famous for its mangoes, it also has boundless coastal beauty: an assortment of coves, coastal caves, and beaches - perfect a day of sand, sea, and sun.
One of interesting places we’ve been to was SEAFDEC (Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center). It’s a short boat ride from where we were staying in Igang. One of my friends knows a researcher in SEAFDEC so we were able to get permission to tour their premises.
Established in 1967, SEAFDEC aims to promote sustainable fisheries development in South East Asia. Researchers from across the region come to this place to conduct their studies.
SEAFDEC looked more like a resort with its white cottages and color flags. I later found out they actually rent out some of the cottages (the others are being used by the researches).
Their fish cages contain milk fish, groupers, and pompano (specie of jacks) among others. Walking on the plank along the fish cages took a bit of getting used to as it sways a bit. I don’t mind falling into one of the cages, but I was pretty sure my camera will.
What was great was that we were able to buy a few kilos fish straight from the cages. Another great thing about the SEAFDEC area is its numerous small islets and sand bars, perfect for picnics.
We found one sand bar (just a couple of meters long) with gorgeous mature mangroves providing plenty of shade, surrounded by crystal clear water that beckons for a dip.
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