Exploring the Beauty Underneath - Apo Reef Natural Park, with our urban explorer Ivan Fernandez Macandog
Isn't so lovely to explore the nature and be away for once in the city jungle?
Our urban explorer Ivan shares us his photos on his recent trip to Apo Reef Natural Park, located at Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, Southern part of the Philippines
Apo Reef Natural Park
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.
Apo Reef, the largest atoll like reef in the Philippines, is a submerged platform that is a submerged of a 34 sq.km. sub triangular northern m and southern atoll like reefs separated by a 30-m deep channel that is open to the west The channel runs east to west from 1.8 m to 30 m deep with a fine white sand bottom numerous mounds and patches of branching corals under the deep blue water.
Photographs by Ivan Fernandez Macandog