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  • Dolphin Island at Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park

    Dolphin Island at Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park

    A Holy Week get-away.

    I was very much excited last Holy Week because of the very long holiday…... (I took the opportunity to file a leave for 2 days so I could be free for the entire week). My destination was the much talked about Dolphin Island | Misamis Occ. Aquamarine Park (MOAP).

    I have prepared so much for this trip, because the place is very much far from where I reside ??" Davao City. Okay relax, let me first give you a li'l good reason why I exhausted my very self to travel this far just to see the place…

    MOAP, as it is popularly called, lies in a 60-hectare coastal area a ...

  • MisOcc Keeps RP Best Fish Sanctuary

    Unknown to many Filipinos, this northwestern Mindanao province hosts the Philippines' best eco-tourism park, the Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP).

    MOAP did not just materialize from nowhere. It is perhaps one of the few if not the only one of its kind in the country. It has been conceptualized and now managed successfully by the local government unit.

    Misamis Occidental used to be among the poorest provinces in the country. It was in fact hard to locate it in the map, a reality challenge that made Gov. Loreto Leo Ocampos to venture on a project that can promote his province and ...

  • A Dream Come True In Misamis Occidental

    A Dream Come True In Misamis Occidental

    I want to start the year with sharing one of the most amazing and unforgettable experiences I had the previous year. I've watched a lot of feature stories on one of the most if not the most adorable sea dwelling animal, the dolphin. Stories such as people being saved from shark attacks and drowning, surfers surfing side by side with them, the awesome stories just goes on and on.

    There is one story that I haven't forgotten, it was from the 2010 Academy Award Winning Documentary, The Cove. A female free diver was telling her story about her experience with the dolphins. She was swimming and d ...

  • Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park

    Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park

    I got the idea for this Lakwatsa quite by chance. I was randomly browsing some Filipino travel blogs when I came across a brief entry from "I am a Traveler" during the morning of July 1st before leaving for work. What caught my eye, was the very nature of Dolphin Island. "Swimming with dolphins!" is what came to mind. Ok, I think I found my Lakwatsa for this particular weekend. Later in the day, I contacted Patrick Mineses and invited him to accompany me on another Lakwatsa adventure. By the evening, I had booked our tickets to Ozamis City online at Cebu Pacific (at this late juncture, PAL's r ...

  • Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park MOAP Escapade

    Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park MOAP Escapade

    During my family's visit to Ozamis City, I asked my friends on where we can have a palatable lunch outside the city where seafood is served and at the same time bond with my family. They gladly suggest Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP).

    Right after Sunday morning mass, we proceeded to MOAP. After more or less 30 minutes ride from Ozamis City, we reached MOAP.

    The moment we entered, we noticed vast mangroves, fish pens and cottages. After having been paid the entrance fee, we roamed around the Eco-park.

    Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP) is a recognized animal conservati ...

  • Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park MOAP

    Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park MOAP

    MOAP is a recognized animal conservation park located at the Municipality of Sinacaban. It is 30-minute ride from from Ozamis City and roughly one hour from Oroquieta City. It houses variety of wildlife both land and water inhabitants. It is also a protected area of "Bakawan" or Mangroves. Many aquatic cultured and uncultured can be found.

    It is not the first time that I have ventured in MOAP. When I had my Wildlife subject in 2002-2003, we had lunch there and were able to see the Eco-Park. There have been many changes in the area, primarily the walkway towards the wharf (presently known as ...