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  • WELCOME TO APO REEF NATURAL PARK “the precious gift of God to the people of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines”
  • INTRODUCTION ON APO REEF NATURAL PARK
    • Location
      • It lies under the clear blue waters of the South China Sea, which is one of the most stunning coral reef formations of the Philippines
      • 15 nautical miles west of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
      • 20 nautical miles northeast of the Calamian Groups of Islands, Northern Palawan.
    • Brief Description of the Park
    • Area: 15,792 hectares
      • Marine Area: 15,763 hectares
      • Land Area: 29 hectares
      • Buffer Zone Area: 11,677 hectares Marine Area
      • Total Area: 27,469 hectares (PA + Buffer Zone)
      • Composed of three islands:
        • Apo Island: 22 hectares
        • Apo Menor (Binanggaan) Island
        • Cayos del Bajo (Tinangkapan) Island
    • Habitat and Ecosystem
    • Mangrove Habitat
      • Mangroves serve as a vital nursery area for juvenile fishes and nutrient production that contribute to the aquatic food chain.
      • The mangrove forest and the lagoon are home to several species of fish, stingrays, jellyfishes, marine plants and other marine organisms.
      • The mangrove forest also serves as habitat for several species of shorebirds.
    • Habitat and Ecosystem
    • Beach Habitat (Sandy Beaches, Beach Forest, Karstic Rock)
      • Beaches serve as abrupt transition zones between marine and terrestrial habitats.
      • It serve as nesting areas for endangered Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) and Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) . Crustaceans, mollusks and some worms are also dependent on this habitat.
    • Habitat and Ecosystem
    • Marine Habitat
      • It includes seagrass and algal vegetations, coral reefs and lagoons.
      • It provides herbivorous species with food and shelter.
      • It is home to several species of fishes, stingrays, jellyfishes, marine plants, and other marine organisms.
    • Background History of the Park
    • 1980 - Apo Reef was designated as Marine Reserve (Presidential Proclamation No. 1801).
    • 1983 - Apo Reef was declared a Tourist Zone and Marine Reserve (Municipal Resolution No. 1108).
    • 1990 - Apo Reef was chosen to be among the ten priority sites of the Integrated Protected Areas System (IPAS).
    • 1992 - Apo Reef was included in the initial listing of IPAS sites all over the country pursuant to RA7586, also known as the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act of 1992.
    • Background History of the Park
    • 1994 - Apo Reef became part of the Conservation of Priority Protected Areas Project (CPPAP). The CPPAP officially ended on June 30, 2002.
    • 1996 - Apo Reef was declared as a Protected Area under the category of Natural Park (Presidential Proclamation 868) and its surrounding waters as Buffer Zone pursuant to RA7586 or NIPAS Act of 1992.
    • Present Status and Conditions
    • Coral Cover
      • 51.03% - CY 2006 Survey (DENR & WWF/KKP thru Mr. E. Applied Environmental Sciences)
      • 37.13% - CY 2003 Survey (DENR & WWF/KKP thru Mr. E. Applied Environmental Sciences)
      • 35.12% - CY 2001 Survey (DENR-CPPAP thru the PIU Staff)
      • 33% - CY 1999 Survey (DENR-CPPAP thru PCU and PIU Staff)
      • 33% - CY 1994 Survey (DENR-CEP thru UPMSI)
    • Present Status and Conditions
    • Reef Fish (based on CY 2006 Survey)
      • Species Richness – 226 species from 30 families
      • Total Abundance – 9,246 individuals
      • Biomass – 1,238 kg (from the 15 stations surveyed)
      • Average Biomass Estimate – 330.14 tons/km² (fish counts converted into weights per unit area)
      • Standing Stock of Reef Fish – 11,302.96 tons (based on the average biomass estimate and the total coral cover/reef area of 34 km²)
    • Present Status and Conditions
    • Flora and Fauna
      • 47 species of migratory and resident breeders birds
      • 46 species of plants (terrestrial)
      • 7 species of seagrasses
      • 26 species of algae
      • 385 species of fishes (85 families)
      • 78 genera of marine invertebrates
      • 190 species of hard and 7 species of soft corals (species of hard corals represent 38% of 500 known species of hard corals in the Philippines)
    • Threatened/Near-Threatened Species of Wildlife
      • Nicobar Pigeon ( Caloenas nicobarica )
      • Green Sea Turtle ( Chelonia mydas )
      • Hawksbill Turtle ( Eretmochelys imbricata )
    • Present Status and Conditions
    • Nicobar Pigeon
    • Present Status and Conditions
    • Threatened/Near-Threatened Species of Wildlife
      • Coconut Crab ( Birgus latro )
      • Giant Clams ( Tridacna spp. )
      • Smooth Top Shell (Trochus niloticus)
    • Reef Shark ( Carcharhinus spp. )
    • Present Status and Conditions
    • Threatened/Near-Threatened Species of Wildlife
    • Long-snouted Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncates)
    • Spinner Dolphin ( Stenella longirostris )
    • Manta Ray (Manta sp.)
    • White Tip Reef Shark
    • Gray Reef Shark
    • Potential Capabilities in terms of Ecotourism
    • Apo Reef is one of the best-known diving destinations in the Philippines.
    • All of the breathtaking marine resources in Apo Reef give divers an unforgettable and rewarding experience.
    • The Park has the unique underwater wealth of wonders which is teeming with marine flora, fauna and luxuriant coral growth acclaimed as one of the world’s best.
    • The park considered as the precious gift of God to the people of Sablayan and show window of Occidental Mindoro.
    • Potential Capabilities in terms of Ecotourism
    • Varied activities that can be done
    • SCUBA diving and Snorkeling - Already practiced in ARNP, there are enhancements that can be implemented for ecotourism development in the area.
    Marine Habitat
    • Potential Capabilities in terms of Ecotourism
    • Bird Watching - ARNP serves as a major bird shelter in the area. This activity will add more value to the park as regards information or publicity on it as a major bird habitat.
    Pacific Reef Egret Black-Naped Oriole Black-Naped Tern Nutmeg Imperial Pigeon
    • Varied activities that can be done
    • Nicobar Pigeon
    • Potential Capabilities in terms of Ecotourism
    • Dolphin Watching 
    • Varied activities that can be done
    • Island Hopping (Lagoon Rafting, Mangrove Forest Watching, Turtle Monitoring)   
    • Kayaking 
    • Reef Cruising 
    • Potential Capabilities in terms of Ecotourism
    • Connectivity with other major destinations such as Northern Palawan, Puerto Galera, Batangas and Boracay
    • Potential growth of domestic cruising
    • Continuous growth of SCUBA diving industry
    • Proximity of Apo Reef from Metro Manila
    • Additional Information
    • Records of Visitors
    • Records of Revenues (User’s Fee) under IPAF
    YEAR Number of Visitors Monthly Average TOTAL FOREIGN LOCAL TOTAL FOREIGN LOCAL CY 2006 1,471 1,031 440 123 86 37 CY 2007 1,825 1,255 570 153 105 48 CY 2008 2,221 1,619 602 185 135 50 YEAR Total Collections (IN PESO) Monthly Average (IN PESO) CY 2006 889,870.00 74,155.83 CY 2007 1,073,830.00 89,485.83 CY 2008 1,079,100.00 89,925.00
  • Additional Information
    • Records of Visitors
    YEAR Number of Visitors Monthly Average TOTAL FOREIGN LOCAL TOTAL FOREIGN LOCAL CY 2006 1,471 1,031 440 123 86 37 CY 2007 1,825 1,255 570 153 105 48 CY 2008 2,221 1,619 602 185 135 50
  • Additional Information
    • Records of Visitors