pearl island

Pearl Island can be reached via a 30-minute boat ride from the main coast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. As you know, the Visayas is home to specialized academic and research institutions on aquaculture and marine sciences. Pearl Island belongs to such category being a BFAR research center on pearl culture.

It’s a quaint little island, so small you can traverse it from coast to coast in less than 5 minutes. There is no electricity on the island. Only hammocks and swings, a couple of picnic tables and a one-storey structure that serves as office and housing for research staff.

Contrary to what you might think, Pearl Island is not a tourist attraction. Visitors need to secure a permit from the local government to be accommodated, to ensure that the pearl-bearing clams under study are protected.

Like most Visayan islets, the island is surrounded by coral reefs. Research staff are generous enough to lend to visitors the Pearl Seeker–a glass-bottomed boat which they use to observe pearl clams in the water. Turo and his brothers went snorkeling in the nearby waters and said that the corals and fishes were better here than those we saw in Panglao Island.

We spent nearly a day just laying around in the island. In here you can definitely learn what taking a break means.


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