Matnog in Sorsogon Province lies in the southernmost tip of the Island of Luzon, known it as the last destination of Luzon Island , or just a passage or gateway by sea towards Visayas and Mindano. Most travelers passing this area never know that Matnog is one of the best tourist destination showcasing beautiful islands and marine and aquatic animals and species.
Juag lagoon is a sanctuary located in the middle of tranquil sea surrounded by calm water in the center of small islets .
There a two bamboo platform, where the first one, is used to welcome guest and visitors, also for registration and orientation,
There are also some rules and regulation to follow, like: no jumping, no smoking, no entering under the influence of wine and liquors, no using of sunblock and lotion, no swimming so fast, no spiting and no urinating anywhere.
From here you can buy a pellet and a fresh fish used for feeding of the fish. No other foods for feeding are allowed.
Visitors allowed to swim or snorkel to get closer to marine life, provided that the owner is in the area, and guest are very limited. The influx of swimmer is something to bother with fish, so, swimmer and snorkelers might not permissible at all times.
There’s a bamboo raft supported by empty containers and a rope, used to traverse from the first platform to the second platform, where bigger fish are found.
While in the raft, fishes are swarming around, look like welcoming their visitors.
The wildlife beneath the shallow water is so abundant, and look like friendly….
Putting down the water proof camera into the water, is a little bit scary, while trowing the foods, there are commotions, fishes coming from different angle, so quick and fast.
The lagoon is the fulfillment of the owner Mr. Alex Geneblazo, dreams and advocacy to preserve, conserve and protect local marine wildlifes and aquatic plants
In a long run the lagoon become a center of studies and now a tourist destination.
In some areas in the Philippines, like Palawan, fish feeding is no longer promoted, because feeding disrupts the food cycle of marine wildlife and it cause the damages on the corals reefs. According to the study, when humans feeds the fishes, they no longer eats algae on the corals reefs, when it overgrows the algae suffocates the coral reefs that cause it death. Another things that causes coral reefs damages are the ingredients in the foods (bread as commonly used for fish feeding) the oil and preservatives may also cause of coral damges. The damaged coral reefs means decreased fish production.
The perimeter inside Juag Lagoon, is not the natural habitat of marine wildlife, although the whole lagoon itself is considered as marine sanctuary, and protected area, the fish net surrounded, look the place a fish pen/farm, where only small portion of the area is used for fish feeding.
To assure that the pellet provide all necessary nutrients for them to grow healthy.there are 2 kinds of foods they use for feeding. The fresh fish for a bigger fish, and a pellet feeds for small fish.
From the variety of fish, the collection of Mr. Alex Geneblazo that put together inside the pen includes turtle, lobsters, giant clams, sea cucumber, star fish, abalone and many more
Entering the lagoon is free, although buying of fish food of PHP.50.00 per pair and donation is appreciated
For more details and picture about Juag Lagoon, click HERE
Special Thanks to PH First for this friendly budget Random Journey . For PH First upcoming trip and events and schedule click HERE