One of the best dive spots in the world. Apo Reef is the largest atoll-like reef in the country. Its crystalline blue water covering an area of 35 sq. miles teeming with a wide variety of marine life presents good diving opportunities. The reef is divided by a narrow channel into north and south lagoons.
The channel runs east to west from 1.8 to 27 meters deep with a fine white sand bottom, numerous mounds and patches of branching corals under the deep blue water. No wonder the reef abounds with 285 species of colorful marine fishes including families of sharks, stingrays, mantas, schools of jacks and snappers, tropical aquarium fish and the crevice-dwelling moray, blemish and gobie.
It has no less than 500 species of corals both soft and hard. APO REF has three islands: Apo Island, Apo Menor and Cayos del Bajo with white sandy beaches ideal for recreation and sporting vacation. Its smooth current provides excitement and convenience to both beginners and advance divers.
Dubbed as the “Little Baguio of Mindoro”. Experience the sweat drifting and exhilarating trek to the summit of the Pag-asa Mountains where the Mindoro endemic pine tree species, Pinus Mercussi, thrives. A place where one is provided with relaxing cool surroundings and a grand view of Sablayan and other parts of Occidental Mindoro, at its best.
Mindoro Dwarf Buffalo (Bubalus mindorensis)
is a small hoofed mammal
belonging to the family Bovidae.
It is endemic to the island of
Mindoro in the Philippines and is
the only endemic Philippine
bovine. It is believed, however,
to have once also thrived on the
greater island of Luzon..
The first inhabitants of Mindoro.
They belong to the Malay race.
Like most natives in the
Philippines, these people are
short with snub noses and brown
Among the seven clans - Alangan,
Buhid, Iraya, Hanunuo, Tadyaoan,
Ratagnon and Batangan
occupying the land, Batangas and
the Alangans inhabit Sablayan, a
town in the mid-western portion
of the island.