Last summer, my whole family and some very good friends went to visit Dapitan in Zamboanga del Norte. It took us almost 9 hours to get to the City (including the stop-overs along the way), but the long ride was all worth it!
Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park, better known as MOAP!
If you plan to visit MOAP, know that there are fees that you have to pay.
The boat ride to the dolphin island is 300.00 each person, back and forth (of course!). If you want to swim with the dolphins, there is an additional charge of about 200.00 + snorkel fee. There’s a cheaper option if you find swimming with the dolphins a little expensive; you can swim to observe the giant clams; the fee is only 100.00.
And don’t worry, experienced swimmers and divers will guide you all the way.
Food and water from the MOAP restaurant can be a little expensive for visitors travelling on a budget; and bringing of food is not allowed. So if you want to save money, take your snacks before going to the Dolphin Island; or you may take your snacks after your visit.
MOAP opens very early, around 7:30 to 8:00 in the morning. This is the best time to visit the Dolphin Island because the sun is still not very hot, plus very few people visit this early.
Be sure to put on sunscreen and wear large-brimmed hats; wear also sunglasses.
Avoid bringing too big bags, unless they are really necessary.
Mature guests or visitors needs support during the transfers from the platforms to the boat and vice versa; so be sure to have reliable people at hand when traveling with grandma’s and grandpa’s.
If you easily get sea sick, take Bonamine one hour before MOAP, just in case.
One last thing: swim with the dolphins! It’ll be one experience worth remembering your whole lifetime!