Be the First: Feast on Fresh Seafood Galore in This Upcoming Ecotourism Draw!
Lanao del Norte
Ida Damo | Dec 10, 2014
Unlike commercial ponds where environment is simulated and feeds are given to the prawns and crabs, everything is organic in Taguitic-Margos-Lapinig (TaMaLa) Aquacenter and Fish Sanctuary, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte.
The 3 areas that form the name are located near Panguil Bay, thus creating a rich environment for the culture of these delicious crustaceans.
They feed the crabs and prawns with “agihis” or small shells (bivalves) which are also sourced out from the bay. This makes the crustacean’s meat more savory and sweet.
Because of this quality,the seafood are sought after by restaurants and are shipped out to Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Cebu, and Manila.
Prawns and crabs usually take 3 months and a half before they are good for harvesting, and in between harvest, they rely on the other residents of the ponds, such as tilapia.
In 2015, the Municipal Government of Kapatagan will be opening a floating restaurant in the area, which will allow more people to sample the crabs and prawns in a relaxed ambience.
Aside from the restaurant, there will be a mangrovetum observation, bird watching and feeding, and nipa and lampakanay weaving.
While we're waiting for the floating restaurant in the weeks ahead, we can enjoy the crabs and prawns by the shore, hire a boat or a dug-out canoe, and take a river cruise to explore TaMaLa!
How to Get There:
PAL and Cebu Pacific have flights to Cagayan de Oro City from Manila and Cebu.
Take the bus at Westbound in Bulua to Kapatagan (Rural Transit Zamboanga Liner). It’s a 4-hour land trip passing by Iligan City and on to Pagadian and Zamboanga City. Fare is PhP300.
When you reach the Kapatagan Town Center, walk a few steps to the Kapatagan Municipal Hall and coordinate with the Kapatagan Tourism Office for a tour of Tamala.