Visayan Sea Marine Reserve


The million-hectare Visayan Sea Marine Reserve is a known sanctuary of 488 of 500 endangered coral species, and 12,000 species of seashells in the Philippines.

The Visayan Sea is a sea in the Philippines, surrounded by the islands of the Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Western Visayas located to the east and west, while the Central Visayas is located to the south. It is bounded by the ...

islands Masbate to the north, Leyte to the east, Cebu and Negros to the south and Panay to the west.

The sea is connected to the Sibuyan Sea to the northwest via the Jintotolo Channel, the Samar Sea to the northeast, the Camotes Sea to the southeast, the Bohol Sea to the south via the Tanon Strait and the Sulu Sea via the Guimaras Strait and Panay Gulf. The largest island within this sea is Bantayan Island.  Wiki

Visayan Sea Marine Reserve News

  • 4 Governors Sign Covenant To Protect Visayan Sea Triangle

    4 Governors Sign Covenant To Protect Visayan Sea Triangle

    Officials of four provinces in the Visayas yesterday signed a covenant to rescue the alarming situation in the Visayan Sea Triangle.

    The covenant was signed at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City after the closing of the two-day Visayan Sea Summit.

    Those who signed the covenant were Governors Alfredo Marañon (Negros Occidental), Gwendolyn Garcia (Cebu), Arthur Defensor (Iloilo), and Rizalina Seachon-Lanete (Masbate).

    The signing of the covenant is a follow-up to the commitment which the governors signed last year in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

    Provincial board ...

  • Dive Report Back To Moalboal

    Dive Report Back To Moalboal

    There's something about Moalboal that beckons my senses, the sardine run, I guess. I haven't seen other dive site in the Philippines that matches the rare phenomenon. Drifting underneath the millions of sardines that cloud the blue water above is such a defining experience.

    Its sheer proximity to Cebu City is another thing that I love about Moalboal. With just two to three-hour ride from the city, one will be transported to a breathtaking underwater paradise, undeniably one of the world's best. The reefs, wreck, cave, vast vivid coral area and variety of sea creatures that dwell below, what ...

  • The Visaya Reef In Moalboal Cebu

    Visaya Reef, Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines taken last August 24, 2015.

  • Campaign on to declare Visayan Sea a National Marine Reserve

    Campaign on to declare Visayan Sea a National Marine Reserve

    The people of the provinces surrounding the Visayan Sea triangle are seeking to have the Visayan Sea declared as a National Marine Reserve of the Philippines at the recent 7th Visayan Sea Summit, and a resolution is being sent to Congress for the purpose, according to a news release from the Iloilo provincial capitol.

    Endorsed by world-renowned environmental lawyer Antonio Oposa, the resolution is also expected to get support from President Benigno Aquino III, who will be in Iloilo for the 117th Philippine Independence Day celebration in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo.

    The Visayan Sea Summit was h ...

  • Campaign On To Declare Visayan Sea As Protected Area

    Local government officials in the Visayas and other stakeholders have signed a resolution asking President Aquino to declare the Visayan Sea a marine reserve.

    The resolution was signed at the 7th Visayan Sea Summit in Bantayan Island, Cebu on June 5.

    "We are against commercial fishing…that destroys coral reefs, seagrass beds and other marine habitats… to the prejudice of the Filipino people," the resolution stated.

    World-renowned environmental lawyer Antonio Oposa was among those who signed the resolution, which has been sent to Congress.

    Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon ...

  • 4 Provinces Want Visayan Sea Declared NationaL Maritime Reserve

    Four provinces have called on Congress and the President to declare the 10,000-square kilometer Visayan Sea a national maritime reserve to protect its rich but threatened marine resources.

    In a resolution passed during the recent 7th Visayan Sea Summit held on Bantayan Island in northern Cebu, governors and representatives of the provinces of Cebu, Masbate, Iloilo and Negros Occidental said the area should be limited to small or subsistence fishing to enable the fishing ground to recover.

    "After decades of abuse and neglect, the marine resources of the Philippines in general and the Visa ...