Swim with Millions of Non-Stinging Jellyfish in Tojoman Lagoon

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A placid lagoon surrounded by green islets and home to millions of brown non-stinging jellyfish. If you think it can only be found in Palau, think again.

The Sohoton Cove also known as Bucas Grande Group off the coast of Surigao del Norte boasts of islands and limestone islets rested in calm water of the Philippine Sea. The place is home to beautiful caves, white sandy beaches with vivid underwater life, amazing coves and lagoons, including the enchanting Tojoman Lagoon.

Tojoman Lagoon
A placid lagoon home to millions of non-stinging jellies

Tojoman is from the local word “tojom“, which means sea urchin, and the lagoon is named such due to large number of sea urchins that cover its sea floor. However, its main attraction is the huge population (perhaps millions)  of non-stinging and friendly jellyfish, thus the place is also called Jellyfish Lagoon.

The species of jellies in Tojoman Lagoon is the so called Spotted Jelly or Lagoon Jelly with scientific name Mastigias papua. They are mostly brown with white spots and characterized by several smaller mouth openings in their oral arms that feed on plankton. Their lifespan is observed to last only for approximately four months and are active primarily on summer when the water temperature is warm.

Tojoman Lagoon
Very friendly and harmless creatures

Aboard a small paddle boat, one can explore Tojoman Lagoon and swim with these bizarre harmless creatures of various sizes, it is a guaranteed surreal experience interacting with them. However, since their life spans only for four months, they are usually found only from March to early June.

The Tojoman Lagoon is among the beautiful wonders of Bucas Grande and these amazing jelly creatures on a serene and unspoiled lagoon add to its mystique. Truly enchanting.

Tojoman Lagoon
If you think they can only be found in Palau, think again 🙂

For information on how to get to Tojoman Lagoon and Bucas Grande, please check Lakwatsero’s Travel Guide to Sohoton/Bucas Grande Islands.

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19 thoughts on “Swim with Millions of Non-Stinging Jellyfish in Tojoman Lagoon

  1. one of the best places i’ve been to in the philippines. indeed, millions of them when i visited 1st week of june this year. hindi ko ma-explain yung feeling, it can really take your breath away. will definitely be back next season to bring all my friends.

  2. i so love the jellyfish at sohoton. it’s peak season now, there were millions of them floating last week! 🙂

  3. Okay to ah; dami talgang islands ang Pilipinas na indi pa na e-explore tulad nitung sa Surigao Del Norte; I hope I can visit this place soon. I like the pictures; unique shots. Cheers!:-)

  4. Hi,

    Nice knowing that you chose Bucas Grande-my island home as one of your travel destinations. Am not sure if you have had observed that there are two species of stingless jellyfish in Tojoman, the brownish and the whitish ones with one type swimming in the same area of the lagoon separate and distinct from the other type.

  5. I want to try this as well. Galing nito Angel! Bibili muna ako ng underwater camera bago ako pupunta dito. hehe.

  6. HUWAW!sohoton!

    it’s a lovely place! i heard you must get out before high tide or else ma trap na daw kayo sa lagoon na nasa loob kasi di na makalabas ang bangka sa bunganga ng tunnel palabas. how true is that?

    1. True RV. It is in Magkokoob Cove also in Sohoton. The small opening submerges during high tide. But local fishermen are already used on spending the night inside the lagoon if their boats can’t get out :))

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