Hinatuan Bay Marine Protected Area

Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Hinatuan Bay Marine Protected Area, located in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, is like a small sea in itself, stretching some 360 square kilometers. Its 67 kilometers of shoreline is made up of fingers of land lined with mangroves and secluded coves, while its seaward boundary is marked by an imposing line of reef break, which separates the bay from the open ocean. The endangered dugong has been sited ...

in Hinatuan Bay and several turtle nesting sites have been identified.

Hinatuan Bay Marine Protected Area News

  • Surigao del Sur Pacific Seaboard

    Surigao del Sur Pacific Seaboard

    Field Office:
    3/F EDU Home Bldg.

    Osmeña St.

    Tandag, Surigao del Sur
    Tel. (63 86) 2114262

    Location and Significance
    Status of Coastal Resources
    Past and Current Initiatives

    Location and Significance. The Surigao del Sur target area covers the 15 coastal municipalities of Surigao del Sur facing the Pacific seaboard with a combined coastline of 486 kms. Surigao del Sur has 18 municipalities with a total land area of 4,552 sq kms.

    The province is known largely for its logging and wood-processing industries. Fishing is a major source of livelihood in the coastal towns, with tuna ...

  • Gemma Gades

    Gemma Gades is an active member and President of Ladies in United Movement Onward to Development (LUMOT), the Philippines.

    Gemma Gades is an active leader of a local fisherfolk group protecting Hinatuan Bay. Located in the province of Surigao del Sur on the eastern side of Mindanao Island in southern Philippines, Hinatuan Bay is made up of small island ecosystems abundant with marine life. Women from Mahaba Island are part of a community group called "Ladies in United Movement Onward to Development" (LUMOT), formed to address the threats facing coastal resources ??" their primary source of ...

  • Saving The Dugong

    Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Michael Defensor has ordered the DENR CARAGA Region to investigate reports of rampant slaughter of "dugongs" or sea cows in Surigao Del Sur.

    Reports coming from the Center for Empowerment and Resource Development, Inc. (CERD), an NGO partner of DENR in "pawikan" or marine turtle and "dugong" conservations, disclosed that a 500-kilo male dugong measuring nine feet was washed ashore on Tipdos Island in Hinatuan Bay, Surigao Del Sur last Sept. 3, 2004.

    A day later, a 900-kilo female "dugong" was found beached at an island seven kilometers a ...

  • Enchanting Town Copes With Disasters

    Enchanting Town Copes With Disasters

    Snuggled behind rocky mountains and directly facing the picturesque but treacherous Pacific Ocean, the sleepy fishing town of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur province offers lessons on ways to adapt to the alarming changes in the environment.

    Hinatuan brims with shells, seaweeds, fish, crabs and coconut products, but it is, unfortunately, a regular host to typhoons, which have claimed lives and brought huge damage to property and agricultural products, because of its location.

    The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has its huge multistory Dop ...

  • Hinatuan Sibadan Fish Cage

    The Sibadan Fish Cage is located a few minutes away from the Hinatuan Enchanted River. A good distance from land and situated on a shallow reef, it is built above fish cages that house a school of trevallies, lobsters, shells, sharks, stingrays and other reef fishes meant for the market or your dinner table. One can stay overnight in rooms that has the feel of a fisherman's abode but with some comfort features added (like continuous electricity, electric fan and comfortable mattresses).

  • Hinatuan Bay Surigao Del Sur

    Island hopping on Hinatuan Bay, Surigao del Sur, Philippines.