Apo Island is one of the world's best known community-organized marine sanctuaries, and as such it has been well documented by the global science community. The project was started when Dr. Angel Alcala, a marine scientist from the Silliman University Marine Laboratory introduced to the local fisher-folk the importance of creating a marine sanctuary in the area. Initially, there was hesitation on ...
the part of the locals; but after a three-year dialogue, Dr. Alcala was able to convince the island community to establish the sanctuary.
Assisted by the staff of the SU Marine Laboratory in 1982, the local fishermen selected an area along 450 meters of shoreline and extending 500 meters from shore as the sanctuary site. Since then, the project initiated on the island led to the creation of hundreds of other marine sanctuaries in the Philippines.
At present, the island is home to over 650 documented species of fish and estimated to have over 400 species of corals. Most of the Philippines' 450 species of coral can be found here, from tiny bubble corals to huge gorgonian sea fans and brain corals. Visitors and tourists pay a fee to enter Apo Island and to snorkel or dive in the marine sanctuary there, these fees are used to keep the sanctuary clean and in good condition. Wiki
Apo Island Protected Landscape and Seascape Marine Sanctuary News
DENR-BMB and partners descended upon Apo Island, Negros Oriental to officially kick-off Month of the Ocean (MOO) 2018. This year's theme "Together for the Reefs" ("Sama-sama para sa Bahura") compliments and coincides with the International Year of the Reef and aims to get everyone involved in protection the Philippine Seas.
The "Month of the Ocean" is celebrated annually in the Philippines during the month of May. Spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) MOO a ...
If you are following us on Instagram, you would know that we recently visited Dumaguete, the capital of Negros Oriental. It was our first time to visit the city and there were so many surprises. We were coming from Cebu after visiting Kawasan Falls and we stopped in Dumaguete for a few days before going to Siquijor.
With Boracay closing on April 26, now is certainly the time for several other provinces in the Visayas to shine. And Negros Oriental is definitely one of them.
This province, as well as its capital Dumaguete City, is expected to become a top destination for tourists as Boracay temporarily closes shop, Negros Oriental Provincial Tourism Officer Myla Abellana said in an interview.
"I know Bohol and Cebu are very much ready to welcome the possible surge of tourists. We are, too," she said.
Below are some spots in Negros Oriental that according to Abellana, are expected to be flocked by t ...
This week we travel from Siquijor to Apo Island. For a day trip only, but yet its enough to impress ;) Keep on reading for all the places I visited! All information is to be found down below.
TOUR TO APO ISLAND--
Was arranged through Coco Grove.
From my hotel (Garden Bungalows resort) they called to Coco Grove. Because the tour is busy, they want you to pass by the resort and confirm (pay) your booking the day before. Dont forget to do so! Or they might give your spot to someone else?
Price when I visited: just under 1900 pesos per person, including lunch. Excluding transport to Co ...
Located at the Central Visayas Region of the Philippines, Siquijor is locally known as "Esla del Fuego", or the island of fire, not because of a raging volcano like I initially thought, but because of its mystical fireflies.
Sablayenos celebrate 116 years, with conservation taking an invisible role in its history.
The municipality of Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro celebrates unity in nature conservation during the "Dugoy Festival" held on its 116th founding anniversary last week.
"Dugoy" means pagkakaisa or unity, a term from the local Tao-buid people of Mindoro.
During the festivities, nature enthusiasts and environmental groups such as the Haribon Foundation took part in celebrating Sablayans conservation successes.
According to the foundation, conservation is key behind many tourism initiatives in S ...