Panlatuan Cove | Things to do in Pilar-Sorsogon

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Panlatuan Cove is Bicol region's primary source of "lato", a kind of edible seaweed indigenous to the Philippines. Otherwise called as sea grapes or green caviar because of its physical appearance, it is usually served fresh as is or tossed with tomatoes, green mangoes, and onions. It has high nutritional value and is a good source of iron, iodine, calcium, and Vitamins A and C. Because it is best eaten fresh, is hard to transport, and can only be grown in very specific ecosystems, lato is hard to come by in other parts of the Philippines. At a designated area in Panlatuan Cove, there's a set-up of floating cottages where visitors can enjoy lato along with Sorsogon's other trademark dishes (applicable for pre-arranged lunch bookings only). While eating freshly harvested lato is already a treat in itself, visitors of Panlatuan Cove can also try harvesting the seaweeds themselves. It requires some skills though as one needs to dive a few meters underwater to pull them from the sea bottom. Panlatuan Cove is a 40-minute motorboat ride from Pilar Port, and is a main stop on the Pilar Island Hopping Tour. As an additional trivia, the cove was once a Spanish Astillero site, a shipyard that builds and repairs galleons during the Spanish regime.
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Address: Panlatuan Bay, Pilar, Sorsogon
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