After racing in a habal-habal to get to Looc, we finally made it at a little past four in the afternoon. We didn’t have much time to dilly-dally because we wanted to visit the Looc Fish Sanctuary before it closes for the day. Technically, the place would be open, I guess if we are being literal about this, but we wouldn’t be able to get a boat that will take us to the floating platform in the middle of the bay.

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After we dropped our things off at our room in Angelique’s Guest House, we walked to the port, about five minutes away. It was pretty straight-forward from here. We  registered at the tourist office, paid the 100PHP fee and got in the boat. The ride to the floating platform took less than ten minutes.

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My friends enjoying the place. Marvin (top) jumped into the water first. The ladies sat on the platform just as the sun started to set (bottom)

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The deep waters were what I would call, medium clarity. This being a sanctuary, the expectation would be for a lot of fish, and there were. There is. Mach, my friend who organized the trip, commented that the fish here were lazy. They get a lot of visitors who feed them. Indeed, the group who had just the left the platform before we arrived had managed to spill their baon on their little excursion—a big serving of spaghetti, which the fish had taken to.

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My friends and I didn’t have anything to feed the fish, but we still saw a variety swimming about. As long as the fish were in the sanctuary, they were free to go about their business without being caught and eaten. I wondered aloud whether if the fish knew this, they would still choose to leave the place.

I'm becoming more confident about my swimming skills. Jumped into the water sans life jacket without hesitation. Yup, proud of myself.  Photo Credit: Grazel Gorriceta

I’m becoming more confident about my swimming skills. Jumped into the water sans life jacket without hesitation. Yup, proud of myself.
Photo Credit: Grazel Gorriceta

I took a life jacket and jumped into the water, but did not wear it. I decided to use it more like a buoy, in case I get tired, I’d cling to it, but before then, I wanted to be free to swim. Since my Donsol trip, I had found a new confidence with my swimming skills and I’ve found every opportunity to test it. I’m very happy that I can jump into deep water without a life jacket and not be scared that I’d drown.

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We didn’t stay in the sanctuary long. We could only stay until half past five in the afternoon. It’s a good thing, though, we were famished. Dinner was waiting for us back at the guest house. We left the sanctuary as the sun set over the horizon.

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 This post is part of a series I wrote about a recent backpacking trip around Romblon, with a side trip to Boracay. Check out the other posts by clicking on the links below:

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