Your Guide to Carbin Reef, A Huge White Sandbar in the Midst of a Marine Reserve

Carbin Reef is a huge, tongue-shaped, white sandbar 15km within Sagay City limits and is bounded on the north by Asuncion Pass and the Visayan Sea. It’s the center of the 32,000-hectare Sagay Marine Reserve.

The sanctuary was established in 1999 and abounds with a wide variety of underwater species, such as thriving coral formations, the occasional turtles, and large schools of fish.

Above the water, the reef seems to be a mere strip of sand, but below the surface is a wealth of natural beauty.

Due to the shallow water, diving is discouraged. Swimming and snorkeling conditions, however, are just about right. The reef itself can accommodate up to 100 people at low tide conditions.

What to Do

The clear, pristine water is the perfect enticement for swimming, boating, and (best of all) snorkeling. If you simply love just being surrounded by the sea, the reef is a great private spot for a picnic or a frolic on the sand.


  • Entrance Fee – PhP20
  • Kayak – PhP100

Note: If you plan to go to Carbin Reef, it’s recommended that you book the place prior to the date of your visit. The local tourism office will facilitate your transfers and will reserve the venue for you and your group.

For bookings, contact Sagay City Information and Tourism Office during office hours at (034) 488-0649, or the Sagay Marine Reserve Office at (034) 488-0101 local 117. You could send an email to or

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