Dolphins are one of the most intelligent of sea creatures in the world that is why it is such a delight for humans to interact with them as though both species meet halfway in terms of intelligibility and socialization.
The Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP) is one of the many places in the Philippines where a fish and dolphin sanctuary called “Dolphin Island” is found to preserve a community of marine biodiversity and to cater to those who are coming to visit for a one fine day of entertainment and worthwhile activity.
MOAP is owned by the provincial government of Misamis Occidental and is home to a number of fish hatcheries and a mangrove forest. With the considerable amount of interesting things found inside the park, the Citizen Armed Force and Geographical Unit (CAFGU) is the one maintaining the peace and order around the place. Located at Libertad Bago, Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental, the park has become a shelter for lost and stranded dolphins that are needing care and understanding which human beings also have the capacity to give.
From Cagayan de Oro City, you can take a ride by bus at Bulua Terminal going to Iligan City for about P100-P130. And from there, you can board a ferry bound for Ozamiz City which cost for about P330-P1,400 within 3 hours time of travel. From Ozamiz City, take another bus ride bound for Dipolog or Oroquieta to arrive at Aquamarine Park that is also located at Sincaban for about 30 minutes of travel and P15 trip fare. From the national highway of the Oroquieta-Ozamis road, hike for about 100 meters towards MOAP.
While at the park…
Apart from being a park, MOAP is also a beach resort where you can have room accommodations and indulge yourself with delicious meals at the MOAP Ocean Grill Restaurant with food prices starting from P200.
The Dolphin Island in the park is a man made sanctuary surrounding a small area of a submerged sandbar enough for dolphins to freely swim and interact with their visitors. Before arriving at the island, you must pay the P300 entrance fee which already includes the boat fee towards the area from the main park. There is also an option for you to rent their snorkeling and swimming gears for an additional P300 inclusive of 1 kilo of fish to feed the dolphins and a 20-minute swim with the friendly animals.
After engaging with the dolphins, the park attendants will then lead you to the snorkeling area where you will get to feed different kind of fish species that are either swimming in groups or solitary. Marine animals such as Lapu-Lapu (Gulapo), Taklobo (giant clams), Clownfish, and sea anemones will definitely help you forget your stress from your usual life. If you have your own underwater camera, then you are at the zone to capture some selfies and a good view of the colorful fishes.
Take this opportunity to explore more of Misamis Occidental and the wonders that lies beneath its waters. Perhaps, you could start your journey by visiting Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park and set your standards from there up to where your journey will take you.