- Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour Rates
- Operating Hours
- Contact Information
- How to get there
- How to go back
- Additional Notes
My brother and I were documenting the eastern side lodging of Sabang when we saw the jump-off for the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour. We were planning to do the tour early next morning but since we were already there, might as well go on with the tour.
We paid 150 Pesos each on their office, wore the life vest they gave us and rode the boat.
We were accompanied by Ate Cristina and Kuya Cristofer as our tour guides, which was really fun because they explained almost all the detail of the Mangrove Forest and why they were proud to have it in Sabang.
Did you know that the Mangrove Forest serves as a filter and protective covering from the sea and the land?
The Mangrove Forest breaks the waves before it reaches the land. It also serves as a blocker for the strong winds during a storm. In fact, the tour still operates during a storm but not during a very strong typhoon.
It also serves as a filter from the bad elements of the land such as insecticide and other chemicals and trash. This protects the corals from being covered by the debris and blocking sunlight to reach the corals.
We also got many, many close encounter with the sleeping Mangrove Cat Snake. Don’t worry, as long as you don’t disturb them they won’t jump.
We also saw some monkeys on the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour.
At the end of the tour we were asked if we want to plant some mangrove, so that when it becomes a seedling they would move it deep within the forest.
I could go on and on with the fascinating information I got from the tour but I would like you to hear it personally at Sabang.
Was the 150 Pesos worth it for the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour? YES! We had fun with the information why it is important to have a Mangrove Forest in the vicinity.
Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour
150 Pesos per person. There are no minimum no. of persons.
If you are alone, you will be joined by other travellers. But if there are no other travelers then you will tour by yourself. Don’t worry, you’ll be accompanied by the guides. 😉
How long does the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour takes
45 minutes to 1 Hour.
They start around 8AM to 10AM, depending on the sun’s visibility. The Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour needs light as little sunlight will make the Mangrove really dark.
They stop touring guests around 4:30PM.
It is best to visit the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour during low tides as you will see most of the animals, including those who live on the bottom of the water.
0912-322-3665, 0926-829-3095 – Mrs. Norma Ortega
From Sabang Port, walk to the east side (when facing the sea, it’s in your right side). Walk on the path parallel to the beach as at the path will move on a separate direction at the end. You can ask people that you meet as there are many during daytime.
At the end of the path you’ll arrive at Michi’s Cottages where you will see the office for the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour.
Just walk on the same path as you went.
- Bring some snacks and drinks.
- There are no sari-sari stores near the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour, so if you plan to bring some snack or drinks by them from the sari-sari stores at Sabang Port.
- It is best to visit the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour during low tide.
- During low tide you will have a chance to eat fresh Tamilok from the dead mangroves.
- They also bring some big umbrellas during the tour so that when it rains you and your stuff won’t get wet.
- Please keep the area clean by throwing your trash on the proper places.
- The Tagalog of mangrove is bakawan.
This post is part of my 12 for 2012 Travel Project which aims to document places in the Philippines to help travellers.
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