Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary : A Secret Gem in the South

Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary : A Secret Gem in the South

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Tired of the maistream travel destinations and crowded instragram spots in Western Visayas? Then head your way to the Southern part of Iloilo and experience a peaceful adventure among the coastal parts of San Joaquin.

The Kuliatan (pronounced as ‘koo-lee-ah-tan’) Marine Sanctuary is a two-hour drive from Iloilo City. It is located in Barangay Sinogbuhan in San Joaquin. You can catch a glimpse of historical churches and landmarks on your way to Kuliatan such as the famous Miagao Church.

The Kuliatan Marine Sactuary is one of the fifteen (15) Marine Protected Areas (MPA) and is a part of a large network of marine reserves throughout the Municipality of San Joaquin.

The sanctuary is a calm place for families and friends to spend the day or night with. This is not a typical sandy beach destination you mostly see on social media. Kuliatan is a marine sanctuary with big rocks corals, and shady trees. As it is, snorkeling here is a must. There are plenty of corals and fishes in the area. The place is divided into different pathways leading to different activities such as cottages, grill areas, swimming area, snorkeling, and view deck.

Kuliatan Spots:

Babaw Bato & Bamboo Ladder

Swimming/Snorkeling Areas

View Deck

Pool in the Sea


Entrance Fee                                     PhP50/person
Cottages                                             PhP50 to PhP250
Overnight                                          PhP500
24 hours                                            PhP750
Snorkeling                                         PhP30
Life Vest Rental                                 Free

How to enjoy Kuliatan:

Bring proper footwear. You may pass through sharp coral stones on your way to the cottages.
You can bring your own food. No corkage fee. They also have a sari-sari store for your basic needs (soap, shampoo, snacks, drinks,etc.)
Bring your own googles and snorkel. Btw, you are required to have/use life jackets within the area.
Dispose all your garbages properly.
Since Kuliatan is an MPA, please follow all the rules within the area.

 How to get there:

If you are driving a private vehicle, it is located along Anini-y route. When you reach Tiolas, it is the road on the left.
For commuters, you can ride a jeepney going to San Joaquin proper and another few minutes to reach Kuliatan (you can hire a tricycle from here. It usually costs around PhP200 round trip). You can also ride jeepneys and Antique buses bound for Aniniy-y. They can drop you directly outside Kuliatan.

Special Tip:

Dont hesitate to ask people around. They’re friendly and very accommodating! :) 

Before you proceed to Kuliatan, drop by at Magpataohay (a local term for “to relax”) Eatery along Brgy. Sta. Rita, San Joaquin. They serve the best seafood dishes with a splendid view of the sea.

(View at Magpataohay Eatery)

Before completely going home, take a stop at the San Joaquin Cemetery and the Bat Tree at Miagao for an Instagram worthy photo.

(The famous San Joaquin Cemetery)

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