The Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape is located near Mabini, Compostela Valley and covers an area of 6,106 hectares and includes the islands Kopiat and Lunod in the Davao Gulf.
A new study showed that of the 72 genera of Scleractinian corals identified in the Philippines, about 46 of them can be found in the waters of Mabini, Compostela Valley.
Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape News
Skin dive and snorkel at Mabini, Compostela Valley with DENR accredited REEF GUIDES.
BASE CAMP: DENR Marine Center located at MBCI Lapyahan Beach in Barangay Mampising.
MPS has 5 diving sites. It hosts a trigger species called the BARAMUNDI COD, a humpback dwarf spotted lapu-lapu fish. MPS has 52 sclera (hard & soft) corals out of the total 72 species found in the entire country.
A week before Compostela Valley, near Davao City in Mindanao, opened this year's Beachfest bearing a marine environment theme, 21 Hawksbill turtle hatchlings were rescued from sea predators off Kopiat Island.
This incident has encouraged Compostela Valley Tourism Officer Christine Dompor to strongly push for the declaration of Kopiat Island as a turtle sanctuary, and make it a parallel project of the Beachfest which is held annually to entice visitors to enjoy Compostela Valley's beach resorts.
Breeding ground for sea turtles
Kopiat Island, off the coast of Pindasan, dots the Mabini P ...
I have great love for unexplored territories and little-known places. It is a penchant that brought me to a number of destinations sheltered from commercial and irresponsible tourism. And off the waters of Davao Gulf, one tranquil island ??" unspoiled, undisturbed ??" worth to be called another Island Gem of Davao Region: Kopiat Island.
Kopiat Island lies on the waters of the Municipality of Mabini in the province of Compostela Valley. It is an 87-hectare island that is part of Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape.
The island is covered with fruit-bearing coconut trees while different ...
Off the Davao coast, Kopiat Island boasts of clear and calm waters and wide sections of shoreline blanketed with fine white sand. It is a tranquil place that, once developed, could become a leading tourism destination in the Davao region.
"Kopiat Island will put Compostela Valley on the tourism map," Lucky Siegfred Balleque, the provincial project manager of the Department of Trade and Industry, told reporters last year after informing them that the DTI was negotiating with Lapanday Food Corporations and other owners for the development of the island into a world-class resort.
A new study showed that of the 72 known genera of Scleractinian or "stony" corals identified in the Philippines, about 46 of them can be found in the waters of Mabini, Compostela Valley.
There are about 110 genera of Scleractinian corals identified worldwide.
This was one of the initial findings of a study??""Mapping and Assessment of Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape's Coral Reef Ecosystem and Associated Reef Fish Community"??"conducted by the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
"We have more Scleratinian corals compared to those fou ...
Enjoying the water and the reserved beauty of Kopiat Island in Compostella Valley.