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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. Apo Reef is the largest among the three islands. It has a shallow lagoon with a depth of 2 meters to 10 meters surrounded by mangrove forest which serves as source of food, nursery and spawning ground of several coastal and marine species of fauna and sanctuary of birds. Its diverse corals are approximately 34 sq. km. of reef where different species of fish, marine mammals and invertebrates thrive.

Comparison with other similar properties

Apo Reef Natural Park compared to that of Tubbataha National Marine Park has a unique natural phenomena. Apo Reef has a high diversity of corals and has an island covered with terrestrial vegetation. Apo Reef, the largest atoll like reef in the Philippines, is a submerged platform that is a submerged of a 34 sqkm sub triangular northern m and southern atoll like reefs separated by a 30-m deep channel that is open to the west

Apo Reef is an atoll of 40 square kilometers and offers uncountable dive sites and a good chance to see sharks and other pelagics. Turtles are also very common.

The reef is famous for its marine life and drop-offs, which are mostly vertical walls down to 30 - 80 meters. From Pandan Island Apo Reef can be reached by the outrigger boats 'M/B PIKOY' and 'M/B MAHAL' in only ninety minutes.

This Dive Trip was created to support AWARE SHARK CONSERVATION

The goals of AWARE Shark Conservation course are to inform the students of the value of sharks to marine ecosystems and economies, to educate about the causes of declining shark populations and to inspire people to help sharks in taking action. The course will contribute towards the conservation of Sharks by building awareness of the issues and inspiringstudentss to speak up and act to protect sharks.

 

 

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