Pawikan Sanctuary

Attraction Pawikan Sanctuary Talomo, Davao City Davao del Sur Philippines Published on: 29-04-2016

1 hours 30 mins
07:00 AM - 07:00 PM
04:30 PM
06:00 PM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Beach
Family
Zoo
Kids
Free
0.00 USD

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The Pawikan Sanctuary is primarily a marine turtle sanctuary, it is also a declared protected area for mangroves which are abundant in the area.

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Why Pawikan Sanctuary is special ?

The Pawikan Sanctuary is a 2-kilometer stretch of white sand peninsula of Punta Dumalag in Matina Aplaya, Davao City where endangered Hawksbill turtles (Pawikan) have safely found their home and sanctuary. The site is part of the 37-hectare Marine Protected Area (MPA) that was established through Council Resolution No. 02504-03 declaring the area as a nesting ground for Hawksbill Turtles. The local government of Davao City created the Marine Turtle Protection and Conservation Task Force through Executive Order 29-2003, purposely for marine turtle conservation and protection. The sanctuary engages in the recovery, tagging, and rescue of illegally captured and detained marine turtles. The sanctuary also manages a hatchery which yields 93% hatching since it started in 2003. The sanctuary is declared a "No-Swimming Zone".


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What to explore at Pawikan Sanctuary?

There are more than 220 species of turtles in the world, but only seven are considered marine or thriving in saltwater. Five of these species are found in the Philippines: the Green (Chelonia Mydas), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys Imbricata), Loggerhead (Caretta), Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys Olivacea), and the Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys Coriacea).
Sea turtles vary in color - olive-green, yellow, greenish-brown, or black. The most common species in the Philippines is the Green Sea Turtle, which is usually found in tropical and sub-tropical seas. Its most distinct feature is a more blunt and wider head than that of the Hawksbill Turtle. It grows up to 1.5 meters long and weighs up to 185 kilograms.
The largest species is the Leatherback Turtle, which grows more than two meters in length. The Hawksbill Turtle, as its name suggests, can be identified with its pointed beak and attractively marked shell of overlapping plates. On the other hand, the Loggerhead Turtle is known for its disproportionately bulky head. Of the five Philippine species, only the Olive Ridley Turtle is considered as carnivorous.

How to get to Pawikan Sanctuary?

To reach the Pawikan Nesting Sanctuary, ride a habalhabal from the town proper, if you don’t have your own private vehicle, to Old Poblacion, Maitum. Drivers know where this place is.

Selling points

  • Marine turtles of the area
  • For different experience
  • Beautiful baby turtles
  • Lots of turtles eggs
  • A marine turtle sanctuary
  • Marine turtles of the area
  • For different experience
  • Beautiful baby turtles
  • Lots of turtles eggs
  • A marine turtle sanctuary
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
92.39 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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  • Lots of eggs but only 1% out of a 100 eggs make it to adulthood.
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Pawikan sanctuary in Maitum is an initiative started by a local to conserve the marine turtles of the area. One gets an exhilarating experience of setting free a few baby turtles out into the open with the hope that they will brave the harsh conditions of the sea and be able to evade predators to live to adulthood as only 1% out of a 100 eggs make it to adulthood.

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Pawikan sanctuary in Maitum is an initiative started by a local to conserve the marine turtles of the area. One gets an exhilarating experience of setting free a few baby turtles out into the open with the hope that they will brave the harsh conditions of the sea and be able to evade predators to live to adulthood as only 1% out of a 100 eggs make it to adulthood.

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