What to Expect at the Pawikan Conservation Center in Morong, Bataan

When a man approaches and offers you a boat ride to “see some pawikan,” think twice.

My friends and I were disappointed with our stay at Phi Phi Beach Hotel and Island Resort, so we thought we could give in to a boatman’s offer. For Php 1,500, we can enjoy the sight of sea turtles. Plus, we can go snorkeling.

Our 10-minute boat ride was filled with expectations of seeing some tortoise swim and perhaps swimming with them. But the minute we realized it’s not at all what we expected, I turned to my friend and said, “at least you helped a boatman make money.”

Here’s what you should know about the Pawikan Conservation Center in Morong.

– The boat ride leads to a conservation center, so you will NOT swim with any sea turtle.

– At the center, there’s a hatchery and a small concrete pond for the sea turtles. We saw three marine turtles: two adults and one young / baby. See images below.

– There are stuffed turtles for sale. Depending on the size, each toy costs 200, 250, and 350 pesos. This is quite expensive. I saw one at a dollar store and it costs only Php 100.

– Snorkeling is just for the fun of it. Don’t expect to see beautiful fishes and corals.

adult pawikan

baby pawikan

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