The Philippine archipelago comprises 7,107 islands located in the center of an area called the “Coral Triangle” which includes portions of the waters of the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. The area is referred to as the “Coral Triangle” due to the large number of corals in the area. This is an area of tremendous importance because it is recognized as the global center for marine biodiversity.
The word “biodiversity” is a contracted version of “biological diversity”. It is a measure of the variety of organisms present in different ecosystems.
Scientists note that there is a higher concentration of species per unit area in the Philippines than anywhere else in this region. The Philippines is also the center of the center of marine shore fish diversity in the world. Its marine resources are made up not just of coral reefs but include seagrass beds, mangrove and beach forests, fisheries, invertebrates, seaweeds, marine mammals and many others.
Fort Santa Isabel (Kuta Santa Isabel), Taytay, Palawan, Philippines.
View from Matinloc Shrine, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.
- Please be ready to get wet. Wear beach or swimming attire and bring a change of clothes and a beach towel.
- You may use your own snorkeling equipment or you can rent snorkeling equipment from the tour provider prior to departure. If you plan to walk among the corals, wear rubber slippers, beach boots or dive booties.
- Sun burn can be very painful. Always wear a hat and stay under the shade as much as possible.
- Use lots of sunscreen lotion with at least SPF 15. Sunscreen wears off. Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours, and after you swim or do things that make you sweat. Check the sunscreen’s expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years, but its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.
- Be careful not to step on live corals. Corals are colonies of live marine organisms built on top of the skeletons of old organisms. Touching or stepping on the live corals may injure or kill the coral polyps. Dangerous organisms sometimes live on the corals and it is unsafe for you to step there.
- Always wear a life vest. Weather conditions can change very quickly.
- Keep your camera safe from getting wet. Some operators have water resistant cameras for rent.
- Scuba diving is also available for certified scuba divers. Beginners may take courses from certified dive instructors.
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