Oggi amici andiamo a visitare la bellissima Apo Reef, la più grande barriera corallina delle Filippine. Le acque cristalline ospitano 285 specie di vita marina colorata, pesci tropicali , dentici e le murene. E  ci sono 197 tipi diversi di coralli. Un vero paradiso sottomarino!

 

The beautiful Apo Reef, it is the second largest connecting coral reef in the world and the largest one in the Philippines. It is situated on the western waters of Occidental Mindoro in the Mindoro strait.

It spreads over an area of 34 square kilometres. The clear blue waters of the channel are teeming with 285 species of colourful marine life, including tropical aquarium fish, snappers and the crevice-dwelling moray.

It is one best dive spots in the world, attracting hordes of divers all the year round. The soft white sand and patches of fine corals, clearly visible through the crystal blue waters, is truly an entrancing sight to behold!

The Reef and the vast expansive waters around are protected areas in the Philippines, administered as the Apo Reef Natural Park (ARNP). The National Park is located 33 kilometres (approximately) off the coast of Sablayan in the Occidental Mindoro province.

 

Although most of the areas of the Reef are submerged, three beautiful islands: the Apo Island, Apo Menor and Cayos del Bajo mark it on the surface. The pristine surroundings, the occasional chirping of the birds and the incessant murmurings of the rippling waters enhance the idyllic beauty of the Apo Reef. People flock to these islands for recreation or just to enjoy a sporting vacation (scuba diving, snorkeling, bird watching, dolphin watching, reef cruising, kayaking, lagoon rafting and turtle monitoring are best enjoyed in the calm waters of the islands).

The Apo Reef was declared as a protected area under the category of Natural Park due to Presidential Proclamation No. 868 that was issued in 1996. The DENR’s Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) listed the Apo Reef for the consideration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 

It’s more fun in the Philippines.