Navotas: Fishing Capital of the Philippines
It’s the fishing capital of the Philippines – Navotas. How to Get There: Take the Roxas Boulevard Extension from Rizal Park. All public transits (bus, jeeps, tricycles and taxis) have routes going to Navotas.
Souvenir Items: Fish, of course! Navotas is also known for its fish sauch (patis) and shrimp paste (bagoong).
You know how this town came about? Legend says it was a strip of land attached to the town of Malabon. The sea kept eating away at the land in a certain area separating a portion. The locals kept referring to it as “nabutas” (directly translated as ‘there’s a hole’) which led to its present name.
Navotas occupies a huge area of Manila Bay in the east side. This is the reason why 70% of the locals work for the fishing industry.
The whole town is practically supported by this trade—if you walk around and ask them what they do for a living, most likely they’ll answer fisherman, boatman, fish trader, fishnet mender, fish market seller, etc…
One site to visit for you fish-lovers out there is the Navotas Fish Port Complex. This is where all the action happens. It’s one of the largest fishing ports in Asia. It’s the landing ground for most commercial fishing boats in the country.
The supplier for all the major markets of Metro Manila, the port unloads an average of 800 tons of fish. Other provinces bring an added 50 tons of fish via land. It’s a 24/7 operation.
A drawback for this town since it’s beside the sea is the frequency of flooding during high tide
and rainy season.
Nearby Places of Interest:
The market is divided into two areas. The wet market area has the meat, fish, poultry stalls while the dry section includes fruits, vegetables, canned products, rice, flour, spices, garments, footwear and even furniture.
It’s a popular bargain center only 10 minutes away. Known for its low-priced goods and wholesale bargain shopping, it’s a haven for serious shoppers. Clothes, accessories, toys, decorations, pirated films & music, electronics, fruits, dry goods, school, office and household supplies, fabrics, textiles, crafts, decorations and everything under the sun… The more popular malls are 168 Mall and Tutuban Centre.
Bargaining Tip: When the vendor gives you a price, ask for half of it. In this way, you’ll meet in the middle and get at least 25% the original price. For foreigners, try to avoid buying imitation products because it’s usually illegal to bring them in some countries.