Pawikan Conservation Center
Nagbalayong, Morong Bataan, Philippines
Pawikan Conservation Center Morong Bataan Reviews
Dec 02, 2007
Pawikan is the Olive Ridley species of sea turtle. Located in Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan is the site of a community-based Pawikan Conservation Program which started in late 1999.Manned by former poachers and turtle egg collectors who turned into marine turtle conservation advocates, the Program's mission is to secure the eggs laid during the nesting season (between September and January) and transfer them into the hatchery to facilitate breeding and to contribute to the regeneration of the fishing grounds.
Many tourists go to this sanctuary during the nesting season and especially during the Pawikan Festival(November 29-30) to be able to get a chance to see turtles come up to shore at night to lay their eggs. During the Pawikan Festival, tourists are even able to "adopt a turtle" and personally hold and release a baby turtle into the sea.
One day visit to this center is enough but if you want to stay overnight to watch the egg-laying turtles, and join the night patrol then you can request for accomodation arrangement.
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