We’ve been to Giant Clam Culture in Camiguin, wayback 2011 and we already saw different clams. But little did I know that the Bolinao Marine Laboratory is the official marine station of the Marine Science Institute (MSI), University of the Philippines, Diliman. The clams that we’ve seen in Camiguin came from BML.
After our visit in St James the Great Parish, off we went to Bolinao Marine Laboratory. I was not sure if the office is open but we still try our luck and I was glad that they accommodated us. We registered and paid P20 per person. The guard informed us, na nagstart na yung tour habol na lang kami.
The tour started in Dry Museum where you can see different clam fossils.
Then we went to AVR where we watched video about the history of BML and what they are doing.
Then we moved to Outdoor Hatchery. This is bigger compared to Giant Clam Culture of Camiguin.
We’ve seen the stages on how they culture clams, sea cucumber and even corals, from eggs up to adult stage.
In Camiguin, if you want to see the giant clams in the sea, you can rent a boat for a fee. You can choose for glass boat or regular boat. But I’m not sure if it is available in BML because it was not offered to us.
It was a learning experience to know and see clams, sea cucumbers and corals up close. My son even enjoyed the trip, maybe he can’t remember his trip in Camiguin because he was only 2 years old that time.