Pandan Island Marine Sanctuary is an island in the South China Sea which lies off the coast of Sablayan, Mindoro Occidental in the Philippines. The Municipal Marine and Terrestrial Sanctuary of Pandan Island is an ongoing conservational project, designed to protect a part of the regions environment and to conserve the basis for a sustainable use of natural resources (local fisheries and ecotourism ...
). It features an unspoiled white sand beach and excellent dive sites, including the famous Apo Reef.
Pandan Island Marine Sanctuary News
To start with, Apo Reef Natural Park in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro should not be confused with Apo Island, in Dauin, Negros Oriental which I visited in 2016.
Apo Reef is the second largest contiguous coral reef in the world and the largest one in the Philippines. The Apo Reef Natural Park consists of the three islands; namely ??" Apo Island, Apo Menor (Binangaan'; and Cayos del Bajo Tinangkapang).
The largest is Apo Island (22.0) hectares which harbors mangroves and beach vegetations, whereas Binangaan is rocky Iimestone island with relatively few vegetation and Cayos del Bajo (200-300 ...
Apo Reef, Pandan Island - Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro...
Pandan Island is a small private island located in the town of Sablayan in the province of Occidental Mindoro. It is an island resort with limited amenities. There are only few rooms and cottages available for guests. The island has its own bar and restaurant with billiards hall. The resort also has its own dive center. A solar and electric generator provides electricity to the island. The island also has its own source of fresh water.
How to get there:
From Manila, ride a bus bound for Batangas port. From Batangas port, ride a ferry boat bound for Abra de Ilog. From Abra de Il ...
Philippines' Apo Reef is a coral reef system situated on the western waters of Occidental Mindoro province in the Mindoro Strait. It is the world's second-largest contiguous coral reef system, next to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and the largest in the country. Its diverse corals are approximately 34 square kilometres (13 sq mi) of reef where different species of fish, marine mammals and invertebrates thrive. The reef and its surrounding waters are protected areas administered by the Apo Reef Natural Park (ARNP). It is one of the most popular dive sites in the country.
The Protected Area ...
Anchored on its mission to promote and preserve the different wonderful destinations in the Philippines, employees of Tourism Promotions Board recently visited Occidental Mindoro for a series of activities that safeguards the province's cultural and natural wealth.
The "tour with a purpose" is part of TPB's corporate social responsibility program. TPB is an attached agency of the Department of Tourism.
TPB employees participated in an underwater cleanup of the port of the town of Sablayan and mangrove planting at Barangay Poblacion. They also attended lectures on solid waste management a ...
Within the ambit of my sight, Abra de Ilog is just a stone's away from Puerto Galera (place where I grew up). This journey to the neighboring seas of the western half of Mindoro was somehow filled with remorse and shame and I asked my self, "Why just now?"
With the awakened passion for salty air, my love for the sea and the vivid blues of Sablayan was indeed a great match. There is more to see and experience in Mindoro other than the snorkeling sites and white sand beaches of Puerto Galera. Together, let us explore the other side of the island and be mesmerized by the sweeping horizons of t ...