(CNN) — Of all the marine creatures in the world, jellyfish are among the oldest, toughest and most ubiquitous species. But, they are unlikely to win any popularity contests.
Their gelatinous bell-like bodies, foreboding tentacles and venomous stings can range from mildly uncomfortable to extremely painful or even fatal, depending on the type.
But there’s no reason to fear the jellyfish in Tojoman Lagoon — in fact, if you have a chance to visit when international travel reopens, you might even fall in love with them.
Located about a 2.5-hour boat ride from Siargao island in the southeastern Philippines, the lagoon is one of only a few places on Earth where you can find “stingless” jellyfish.
“You can’t believe your eyes — imagine seeing a lagoon, filled with so many stingless jellyfish,” Mark Roa, who operates Siargao tours in partnership with travel booking platform Klook, tells CNN Travel.
“These jellyfish — combined with the boat journey, the views, the clear water — I think that’s a new thing to experience for many foreigners.”
Tojoman Lagoon, pictured, is filled with golden, non-stinging jellyfish.
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Next stop: Tojoman Lagoon
Most travelers explore the lagoon as part of a day trip from Siargao to Sohoton Cove National Park, which typically sets out between 5-7 a.m.
Dominique Francisco, 37, who runs tourism operator My Siargao Guide, has been taking travelers on the journey since 2015.
“The first time I visited the lagoon, I remember seeing the greenest landscape with clear blue waters,” Francisco tells CNN Travel.
“I was so mesmerized that I totally forgot the long, bumpy boat ride to get there.”