Seaside dining in Talisayan


Seaside dining in Talisayan

The travel from Valencia, Bukidnon to Butuan City was quite long. A road construction along the Malaybalay area further delayed the travel by at least an hour. Save for the good roads from Cagayan de Oro to Butuan City. It has been past lunchtime and the bayside eateries along the beaches of Talisayan, Misamis Oriental was just perfect to replenish our growling tummies!

On the way, we dropped by Nita’s Restaurant that had“floating” dining areas. Not only was the fresh seafood great but the place had more than the usual ambiance. Why not? It offers a good view of the Bohol Sea and Gingoog Bay.

Seaside dining in Talisayan

The food was simple but tasty. I just love the freshly made fish kinilaw. I forgot to ask what the name of the fish was, and it was too late when I remembered taking a photo again! You see, feasting on the food comes in first for me before taking photos, ergo the badly composed and arranged subject. It may look plain and drab in photos, but they do really taste good not just in photos! Well, it’s better to taste it first then brag it, than brag a well-composed photo then be disappointed about the taste.

Seaside dining in Talisayan

Seaside dining in Talisayan

What struck me about the place is you get to be intimate with nature—the sun, sea, verdant hills and mountains and refreshing air —perfectly assembled right before your eyes to feast on. It is not just the food, but the natural beauty that is more than enough for a travel and photo junkie like me.

Seaside dining in Talisayan

Seaside dining in Talisayan

However, the downside of it—they are keeping a sea turtle in captivity. I have blogged about the pawikan of Bataan and from that brief encounter with the Pawikan Center, I learned it is against the law to put sea turtles in captivity.  Sure it is an added attraction that would entice and entertain customers, but not for someone like me who knows it is wrong.

The whole dining experience would have been awesome, had it not for the pawikan in captivity I saw.  I am giving them the benefit of the doubt.  For all we know, they might be holding a special permit to do it.  However, I am not taking any chances.  I have to do what I ought to do.

Seaside dining in Talisayan

I took photos not for posterity but for documentation. I do not want to be a kill-joy, but I am a development worker before I am a travel blogger. This blogger has already notified the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) about this concern and here is hoping they can free this turtle.

Update: I have also written to Month of the Ocean, and assured me they will bring this up with PAWB, which is actually the one in charge of protected wildlife, and not BFAR. To this day, no response yet from them. Then I wrote to Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines

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Seaside dining in Talisayan

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4 comments :

Edmaration etc said...

What a nice way to dine after a tiring road trip. Nice scene I swear!
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Poor pawikan :((
The owners should be aware that what they are doing is simply prohibited by law.

Ding | The Pinoy Explorer said...

maganda talaga Edmar, and fresh ang seafood! Malinamnam...yeah the captive pawikan is the downside to it, though

Bonzenti [Con Tour Blog] said...

Pawikan should not be held in captivity just to amuse visitors. They are violating the law of wildlife animals that are already an endangered species.

Nakita ko nato nung pumunta ako sa Nasipit. Kaya lang naka bus ako. Mas maganda pag may service to have various stops and exploration, para buo ang journey.:-). Nice one ding.

Ding | The Pinoy Explorer said...

Bonz, I agree with you.
This travel was part of my field work in Bukidnon and Butuan.

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