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Apo Reef Sablayan, Mindoro Occidental Prepare for summer and make sure to bask in the tropical sun, sea and sand of Asia’s largest atoll-like reef – Apo Reef National Marine Park. The 34-square kilometer marine park is located in the vast Mindoro Strait, off the coast of Occidental Mindoro, a marine protected area that serves as habitat of more than 350 marine species such as sharks, sea hawks, manta rays, stingrays and other tropical fishes and invertebrates. There are three islands in the Apo Reef National…Continue Reading “Slideshow: Romancing the Memories of Apo Reef”

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February this year was my fourth consecutive years in the town of Sablayan, and supposed to be in Apo Reef too. As if all first timers, our group couldn’t hide the excitement. We could almost see the white sandy island, its the lighthouse and the stunning sunset as well as the sea turtles, sharks, humpheads, schools of fishes and colorful corals that thrive on its water. But our excitement was spoiled out by the unfavorable sea and wind conditions that made the two-hour boat ride…Continue Reading “Detour to Mainland Sablayan”

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Sablayan Mindoro Occidental On my supposed fourth visit to Apo Reef, the unfavorable sea condition made the trip impossible. But it turned to be a blessing in disguise for I have explored and rediscovered the town of Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro, a place I always overlook. Needless to say, Sablayan is more than just Apo Reef. The nearby islands of Pandan Grande and Pandan Pequeño, the beautiful sunset, the old church, the mountains and its endemic inhabitants and other inland attractions strongly prove that it…Continue Reading “Slideshow: Truly Amazing Sablayan”

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Our supposed fourth visit to Apo Reef turned into a search for a great detour as the huge waves and strong westerly winds made the trip safely impossible. We ended up exploring the town of Sablayan and the nearby Pandan Grande Island. While our minds were set for a great island rendezvous at Apo Reef, the warm sun, blue sky and white sand of Pandan Grande Island provided a perfect substitute. Not to mention the vivid marine life and the huge sea turtles that we…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Pandan Grande Island of Sablayan”

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A Weekend in Sablayan Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro February 16, 2013 The shore of Sablayan, a quiet town in Occidental Mindoro, has two sides, one that faces the roaring waves of Mindoro Strait and the other that portrays a calm and placid scene. This is the image of the latter at twilight. Sablayan is endowed with amazing natural wonders. It is consider as the heart of Occidental Mindoro and it guarantees an unforgettable rendezvous with its warm people, rich culture and diverse nature. Sablayan is truly…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Sablayan’s Poignant Twilight”

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It was a last minute decision and it seemed like a coincidence that Gael’s feature on Apo Reef was just published in Yahoo!Travel. Reading her piece along with some of my photos made me missed Apo Reef even more. Perhaps it was the sign. After all, if there are places worth coming back over and over again, Apo Reef is surely one of them. So for third year in a row I went to this paradise off the coast of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro and once…Continue Reading “Weekend Bliss: Return to Apo Reef”