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Tañon Strait | Bais Dolphin Watching and Talabong Mangrove Park

A cup of coffee taste so great while at sea. Our breakfast of bread with peanut butter, saba bananas and a unique concoction of crushed cereal with honey made by Harold himself of Harold’s Dive Center was enough to energize our morning. It’s the last full day of our Oceana Philippines Photo Safari and time simply flew by fast here while at Tañon Strait. From Mantalip Reef in Bindoy we were headed to our last stop in Dumaguete but not before we do some Bais Dolphin Watching and a visit to the largest remaining mangrove forest in Negros Oriental, the Talabong Mangrove Park and Bird Sanctuary.

Age old mangroves at the Talabong Mangrove Park Bais
Age old mangroves at the Talabong Mangrove Park Bais

Talabong Mangrove Park

We swung by Manjuyod Sand Bar mid day but wasn’t too excited to stop and stay for a while. Perhaps the days exploring the depths of Tañon Strait already took a toll or simply it wasn’t too attractive for us since it was a high tide and the sandbar isn’t that visible. We however visited the Talabong Mangrove Park and Bird Sanctuary. We got a little lost there on a rubber raft but eventually found the place. A beautiful boardwalk greeted us at the park. Our raft went inside through the river where we docked in a pavillion.

We took our time exploring the the mangrove park where there’s a good variety found in its 400 hectare area. The Talabong Mangrove Park and Bird Sanctuary was declared as a wildlife sanctuary by the DENR since 1985. Our birding enthusiast friend and author, Cris Yabes, armed with her binoculars tried to find some of the birds we could only hear. Just along the boardwalk trail are the mangrove nursery of different species of mangroves. From the youngest of mangroves to the age old ones whose bent branches seemed like a captured dance with the wind.

We went back to our boat and continued heading south to Dumaguete which is also the southernmost point of Tañon Strait. I lay down near the topside enjoying the sound of the waves and the breeze brushing over my face. I’m excited for my favorite eats in Dumaguete but sad at the same time our photo safari is about to end. I’m glad I took this assignment and got to explore the beauty of Tañon Strait. It was a long exploration but not long enough. Already I’m thinking of going back to some of the places already.

Our friend Cris looking for some birds we could hear in the area
Our friend Cris looking for some birds we could hear in the area

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A gazebo amidst the mangrove and boardwalk
A gazebo amidst the mangrove and boardwalk
Heading to the mangrove boardwalk extending to the sea
Heading to the mangrove boardwalk extending to the sea
Detail of some of the bloom from a short-leafed mangrove specie
Detail of some of the bloom from a short-leafed mangrove specie
Gazebo and docking area for boats
Gazebo and docking area for boats

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