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    Fish Spa: Boracay, Manila and Tibiao, Antique

    Fish spas have become the latest fad in Asian countries such as China, Vietnam, Thailand and Turkey. There are currently three fish spas in the Philippines: one in Boracay, another in Manila Ocean Park and the third and cheapest one in the town of Tibiao in Antique Province.

    Fish spas work using fishes that swarm guests feet to nibble off dead skin, calluses and cuticles, creating a ticklish, soothing feeling.

    The fish, usually Gara Ruffa fish species (expensive one that costs P150 to P300 each), feed only on dead skin layer, leaving the healthy ones untouched to heal and rebuild after fish exfoliating effect.

    List of Fish Spas in the Philippines:

    Tibiao Fish Spa,
    National Highway, Barangay Poblacion,
    Tibiao, Antique
    Tibiao Fesh Spa costs P10 per 10 minutes and P1 for every succeeding minute (now ain't that a cheap price indeed)

    Remarks: two hour ride from Caticlan jetty port. Uses a native fish species found in Tibiao (unindentified as the business needs to patent the technology first). About 25 people can enjoy the fish spa service simultaneously in the U-shaped pool.

    The Tibiao Fish Spa dreams of becoming the biggest fish spa in Asia someday.

    Boracay Fish Spa

    If you're vacationing on Boracay Island, you can also try out Footzee's Boracay Foot Spa for 30 minutes at a cost of P550.00 (a package of Dr. fish and foot scrub costs P1,200.00)

    Footzee’s Boracay Foot Spa
    Boat Station 2, D’Mall
    Boracay Island
    Telephone No.: +

    The fish spa in Manila can be found at the Manila Ocean Park whose fish spa service can be had at a price of P120 (in addition to Manila Ocean park entrance fee)

    Please call published contact numbers for the latest price and promos.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:43 PM,


    At Jan 20, 2010, 11:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Is these fish spa they say Doctor fish is The Garra Rufa fish originates from the hot spring pools near Kangal, a small town in Turkey? I understand that Garra Rufas are harmless and toothless fishes with therapeutic effect. These hardy fishes can live in warm waters of temperatures around 35 C to 43C. OR the one breed of fish from Chengdu, China the CHIN CHIN fish (Kiss Kiss fish sometimes they call it Biting Fish? from the Tilapia family? please check this:;;; http://www.fishfeetspa.com;;

    At Jan 21, 2010, 9:33:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, as mentioned above, it's the garra rufa from turkey while the Tibiao Fish Spa uses an endemic species of fish

    At Oct 19, 2012, 10:19:00 AM, Anonymous Sakura Philippines said...

    Treat yourself to a daily spa experience with SAKURA
    products. You deserve it!


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