The path towards Looc Port is bordered with lush mangrove trees.
The Looc Fish Sanctuary is a protected marine area in the middle of the bay at Looc town, Tablas, Romblon. The sanctuary is home to many species of fish and a nice (although not spectacular) coral reef. The local government there seems to understand the importance of tourism, and has gone to great lengths to preserve the reef and fish life, even posting guards out on the bay overnight to prevent illegal fishing in the sanctuary.
The sanctuary is just 5- minute boat ride from the port.
The very helpful staff in the town tourism office gave us directions to the pier from which you catch the boat to the sanctuary. The pier is only a short (200m) walk from the town square. There is an office at the pier where you pay the P100 per head fare for the boat ride to the sanctuary (no booking is necessary). You can also rent a mask and snorkel here for P50. It’s then a short (5 min) boat ride to the permanent floating shelter at the sanctuary.
The floating shelter has an aquarium in its center where you can feed the fish.
The floating shelter has an opening in the middle where there is no floor and you can see straight down into the water. This allows you to see the fish very well without even having to swim. If you want to see a lot of fish, be sure to bring some bread to feed them (no doubt this is one reason why there are so many fish here – free food!).
Feeding the fish with junk food.
To get up close and personal with the fish, don a mask and snorkel and jump into the clear waters. The most abundant fish life is immediately around the shelter, however if you swim north (roughly) you will find a reef with some other interesting formations and marine life, including giant clams. South of the shelter is mainly sea grass and not so interesting, although you can see some enormous sea cucumbers and starfish on the sea floor there.
Visiting the marine sanctuary at Looc was the cheapest snorkeling tour I ever had so far. It is fun, good value for money, and definitely recommended if you’re in the area.