It was a perfect day when my family and I went there. Weather was sunny and it was low-tide at around noon. Low tide is the best time to go snorkeling there, it won't take you so much effort to get closer to giant clams (called 'taklobo' in the local dialect).
|Aside from the giant clams, the marine park is teeming underwater life.|
The park is under the guardianship of Davao del Norte State College, which in turn initiated an eco-tourism program called "Taclobo Tours" in partnership with the local community (AdeCor United Fisherfolks Organization - ACUFOR).
- Boat rental (from Brgy Acedor port to the sanctuary) - Php 500 (1-12 pax). Option is to just rent a small outrigger boat
- Entrance fee: Php 100.00 (inclusive of environmental fee)
- Equipment rentals: Php 100 for mask and snorkel, Php 100 for rash guard
Travel GuideMap location: Google Map. There are several options going to the giant clam sanctuary:
- Davao Express Water Taxi. Get there in style and fast (35 knots top speed!). Most expensive option. Contact +63-82-295-7488
- via Sta. Wharf. If you want to do side trips, you can head to Talicud Island first (Isla Reta Beach Resort), then from there rent an outrigger boat to take you to Kaputian (nice public beach just 15 minutes away from Talicud) and then to the giant clam sanctuary (another 20 minutes from Kaputian). Ferries regularly depart Sta. Ana wharf for Talicud island and Kaputian (45 minutes travel time, fare is Php 50.00). Note that there are more ferries for Talicud than for Kaputian.
- via Sasa Wharf, 11 km. Cross to Babak via passenger ferry (20 minutes, Php 10.00) and hire a motorcycle to take you to Adecor (Php 300.00 one way, depending on your haggling skills). You can also hire a taxi from Davao City to take you all the way to Adecor or Kaputian (Php 1500 + ferry fare for the car).