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Would You Swim With Jellyfish in Sohoton?


There are two places I know of in the world that has lagoons of stingless jellyfish where you can swim in:  one is in Palau and the other is in Sohoton, Bucas Grande, Surigao del Norte.

Bucas Grande is 128 square kilometers of emerald lagoons, lush forests, caves, lakes, and coral gardens.

Tucked in one of the lagoons is a sanctuary for jellyfish.  The spawning of jellyfish happens from March to May, a period when they reproduce their kinds rapidly. Because jellyfish easily populate, expect a spillage of jellyfish from one lagoon to another lagoon come July to August, this natural phenomena is called grandeur. .

Visitors are advised not to put in any sunscreen or sunblock because the jellyfish are sensitive to chemicals.  Scooping them out of the water is also a no-no as they get dehydrated easily and die.

Members of the Island Hopping Adventures Philippines (iHAP) took on the challenge of swimming into the lagoon and encountered two species of jellyfish: the brown-spotted jelly or more commonly known as lagoon jelly (Mastigias papua)  and the blue Moon jelly (Aurelia aurita).


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