We went there to visit sea turtles but we really don't know what to expect. It was included in the itinerary but I did not google it before the trip. We have no idea what awaits us at the center. We were already cracking jokes on our way to the center that there were no turtles anymore and have already returned to the sea. And we said it right, but there were three. We were a little bit unlucky because a hundred and fifty baby Pawikan were released to the sea, a little late, just a week before our visit.
The volunteer/guide was very kind to us and explained about the program of the Pawikan Conservation Center. There were quite a few volunteers inside the center and some of these men once were hunters of Pawikan as their means of livelihood, now turned volunteers to help save the Pawikan.
There were different informative posters in the center. It was another knowledge trip and we learned more of the Pawikan and their importance to ecological balance.
Hawksbill, (hunchback) and Green Turtle (see photo below) are also resident sea turtles at the center.
See more photos below.
The Life Cycle of Sea Turtle
Visiting the Pawikan Conservation Center was a great experience although we didn't get to see eggs or little hatchlings. If you are planning to visit the center, better call them first to know the perfect time to visit if you want to see baby turtles. There is a season where the sea turtles come to the beach to lay their eggs from November to December. The turtles that were born here come back after 25 years.
There are rooms for rent in the center for those who want to stay overnight. I can stay here for the whole day, listening to the waves of the sea while waiting for the turtles to come. The sound of the waves rushing to the shore make my heart beats faster. I love the sea but not for swimming. We then proceeded to our final destination Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar right after that quick visit.
And because we came here on Monday, there were no other guests again and that's the only thing I love about Mondays!
It was all worth the trip. It's another great exposure for the kids, and adult as well. :)
There are 7 Pawikan species in the world, five can be found in the Philippines. Of these five, three Pawikan (includes Hawksbill, Olive Ridley and the Green Turtle) can be found in the entire coasts of Bagac and Morong.
Pawikan Conservation Center
Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan