Approximately 2 hours of travel from Iloilo City proper, San Joaquin reveals one of their hidden paradises – Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary. It is located at the last barangay of the town, Brgy, Sinogbuhan, which is 22 km away from Poblacion San Joaquin. The local government of San Joaquin continues to aim for the protection of marine life among their waters. Kuliatan is just one out of the 15 marine sanctuaries preserved by San Joaquin.
Long ago, Kuliatan used to be called, ‘Small Boracay’, because the sands are plain white. There are gigantic rock formations surrounding the shore area, and has plenty of fishes and coral reefs just perfect for snorkeling.
To continue the maintenance of the sanctuary, there’s an entrance fee worth Php50 for all ages. Facilities like bamboo tables and restrooms are available at the area as well. If you want to stay overnight, there are cottages also with a small bed and restroom inside. Little by little, Kuliatan is becoming popular for tourists because of the crystal clear water and nature-scenic view of the sea.
Sanctuary includes several parts – Babaw Bato, swimming area, snorkeling area, cottages, grill area and view deck. The view deck and babaw bato are the most loved area by visitors because you got a chance to see the entire area in panoramic view and also a delight for photographers and selfie addicts.
How To Get There
For commuters, you can take a jeepney ride from Iloilo Central Terminal to San Joaquin Poblacion. From the poblacion, you can hire a tricycle to bring you to the Sanctuary area.
Take a sea-escape from the city, visit Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary or other water forms around Iloilo!