It was a perfect and fine day when me and Ranel went to the beautiful home of Giant Clams. The weather was super sunny and it was low-tide when we arrived at around noon. Some of the turistas already left, so it was only the two of us in the whole area of Taclobo during that time. (no crowd = beautiful photos :P) Btw, “Taklobo” is the local dialect of the word Giant Clams.
If you don’t have a car or private vehicle, you can hire a motorcycle via Sasa Wharf and take you to Adecor. The usual rate is Php 300 – one way, depending on your wrangling skills since it is about 1-2 hour journey. You can also take via Sta. Ana Wharf – head on to Talicud Island first, then rent a boat to take you to Kaputian and then to the giant clam sanctuary. Also, if you are planning to have an island hopping around Samal, you can also request or include this on your side trip.
We skipped this whole process and brought our own motorcycle instead. We actually went there a day before Ranel’s birthday and it was really my request to go there. I knew about this from a friend of mine and I asked him if where this place is located. He just told me that it’s near or just beside Pearl Farm beach resort in Samal and luckily, Ranel knew the way how to get there by land so we didn’t have a hard time searching for it.
There’s a small community in the place and they also have a mini port where we rode a boat going to Taclobo. Boat rental costs Php 500 – back & forth. It’s already a fixed price regardless of the number of persons to ride. It’s actually pricey, but it’s a big help to the community for the maintenance of their place and for their living as well. The entrance fee is Php 100 (inclusive of environmental fee), Php 100 also for the mask and snorkel, Php 100 for rashguard (optional) and they also have a go pro camera so you can capture your best moments with the giant clams underwater (just in case you don’t have one).
I was so amazed when I saw those huge clams underwater together with their friends – the fishes (though this is not my first time to experience underwater adventure). I even got happier when I saw two of the giant clams closed their shells when we passed by them. It was such a beaut. A big thanks to our guide who toured us around (sorry I forgot his name) and taught us about its species.
All in all, it was totally worth it adventure (especially for those mermaids like meee. LOL) So go out and experience it for yourself too, guys!x