Juag Fish Sanctuary

In 2007, Juag Lagoon was among the bodies of water in Sorsogon plagued by red tide. For three years, catching of shellfish was banned in the area and poor waste management practices by locals and tourists alike only made the situation worse.
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon

But in 2010, as the recurring cases of red tide started to wear off, tourism activities again started to pick up.

Unlike other sanctuaries, Juag Lagoon is protected by lush hills with makeshift shanties that serve as observation areas for visitors who often marvel at the abundant marine life found in the sanctuary.

The lagoon is a popular side trip for tourists headed for beaches like the Subic Beach and Tikling Island which are also found in Matnog.

Mangroves planted by local fishermen serve as barriers to protect the sanctuary against violent swells and to keep the marine life undisturbed. Some of the precious species inhabiting the clear turquoise water of Juag Lagoon are lobsters, lapu-lapu, and clownfish. Fishermen won’t allow the catching of fish as a precautionary measure following the red tide incident in the previous years.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) stressed that even without reported incidents of red tide in Juag Lagoon, people should still be careful by cleaning their catch especially since such organisms re-occur during the hottest seasons.


If it’s any consolation, feeding and interacting with the fish is one of the most common activities allowed in the lagoon. Fish of all sorts would literally swarm you if you’re diving or snorkeling.

Though once reluctant to make the side trip, Clair Raborar of Lakwatsera de Primera writes that her experience in interacting with the marine wildlife at Juag Lagoon was the highlight of her Matnog trip. She adds that one can opt for a cup of coffee for P10 while enjoying the view of the schools of fish in this “unassuming spot.”

For those who are planning visit Sorsogon for the first time, travel agencies already include a visit to Juag Lagoon in the itinerary.

But locals often offer highly negotiable rates if you do plan to experience traversing the islands and your itinerary can be flexible.

When in Matnog, make your beach-hopping more worthwhile by visiting Juag Lagoon.

How to get there:

The Juag Lagoon Fish Sanctuary can be accessed via a half an hour boat ride from the port of Matnog which is basically the jump off point to any of the islands near Sorsogon. Boat rates usually range from P700 to P1,500.You can contact Alex Genablazo, one of the local boatmen in the area at 0918 304 5437.



Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon
Juag Fish Sanctuary Sorsogon

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