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Apo Reef with Apo Reef Club, Mindoro, Philippines

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15 – 22 March 2010

N12 39.856 E120 53.266 – Apo Reef Club

N12 39.463 E120 25.137 – Apo Reef

The colors of Asia comes out with this bright outrigger boat turned liveaboard in Apo ReefThe colors of Asia comes out with this bright outrigger boat turned liveaboard Apo Reef Club I. Diver about to surface after a good dive

With the expedition team complete with our writer Alya Honasan, our first Philippine journey for this leg was to Apo Reef.  We spent a few days and nights on a quaint Philippine style liveaboard named Apo Reef Club I. This boat is smoothly run by Apo Reef Club’s charming Swiss manager Michi Roos and we totally enjoyed ourselves.

Michi Roos atop the Apo Reef LighthouseMichi Roos atop the Apo Reef Lighthouse CrewThe charming Filipina kitchen crew perked the whole trip with their bright "Good morning sir! Good morning ma'am!" Yes. We were back in the Philippines!

Apo Reef is a marine protected area declared a Natural Park in 1996. It is situated between the west coast of Occidental Mindoro and the south of Calamian Island group of northern Palawan. Apo Reef is in the tentative list of UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Let’s hope it makes it in someday!

A dusk dive in Apo Reef south east corner with Anemonefish in the foreground and an outrigger boat outline in the surfaceA dusk dive in Apo Reef's Action Point with Anemonefish in the foreground with diver Many types of schooling fusiliers abound and came close to the divers Many types of schooling fusiliers abound and came close to the divers Michi videos a feeding hawksbill turtle oblivious of all the divers surrounding it!Michi videos a feeding hawksbill turtle oblivious of all the divers surrounding it!

In the short time we were there, we were fortunate to be able to dive with WWF Philippines Sablayan Community Facilitator Lito Tiongson and Robert Duquil, Assistant Protected Area Superintendent of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Protected Area Office and Ferdinand Magno, DENR Park Ranger.

WWF Lito and DENR Robert do a giant stride to dive Apo Reef's Action pointWWF Lito and DENR Robert do a giant stride to dive Apo Reef's Action point

They were doing their regular monthly reef monitoring activity in Action Point or Apo Reef’s South East Corner.

Transect lines are stretched for WWF and DENR to monitor the coral reef growth or deteriorationTransect lines are stretched for WWF and DENR staff writing in data to monitor the coral reef growth or deterioration Strong current raged as these three researchers monitored the reefStrong current raged as these three researchers monitored the reef

A newly discovered wreck not far from the lighthouse is a steel ship about 50 meters long. It was such an exciting find. Well encrusted with corals and a good amount of fish in and around it, this wreck sits at a shallow 15 meters!

Big porites or hard stone corals grow on this newly found ship wreck. From a rough estimate by just looking at the hard corals, this wreck may be more than 50 years oldBig porites or hard stone corals grow on this newly found ship wreck. From a rough estimate by just looking at the hard corals, this wreck may be more than 50 years old From the blow of the boat, this shallow wreck is nicely sitting on bright white sandThis shallow wreck nicely sits on bright white sand It was easy to penetrate in and out of this wreck. Many glassy sweepers made their home hereIt was easy to penetrate in and out of this wreck. Many glassy sweepers made their home here Michi very excitedly showed off this well encrusted wreck. Many divers have something new to add to their Apo Reef dive adventure!Michi very excitedly showed off this well encrusted wreck. Many divers have something new to add to their Apo Reef dive adventure!

Our Panda flag sits nicely with the red white and blue colors of Apo Reef Club IOur Panda flag sits nicely with the red, white and blue colors of Apo Reef Club I

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  • laura marson

    veri nice. good job

  • abrahamagno

    wew! i missed apo reef a lot.. . . how i wish to be back there very soon. for info, i work there for almost 3 years. i love that place so much!!!!!

  • nora magno

    i have your picture underwater at apo reef

  • nora magno

    we’ll be there soon please bring us to apo reef we’ll do snorkelling

  • bregel

    i love apo reef !!