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Nature’s wonders

Posted in DOT, Tourism, Travel by Erineus on February 26, 2009

Explore the majestic coastal waters of Batangas

The province of Batangas is a destination of endless holiday getaway possibilities. Only two hours away from Manila, the pristine coastal waters and lush forests of this Southern Tagalog wonder will make tourists (both local and foreign) experience a ‘natural high’ – away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The unimpeded view of picturesque earth and water landscapes along the way to Nasugbu is already a form of relaxation. Tourists will feel even more relaxed when they are in the most secluded area where the beach is surrounded by a cluster of different coves and bays with lush terrain, cool breezes, and fine sand, with a handful of water sport activities.

One such spot is the Hamilo Coast situated in the coastal water of the South China Sea that encompasses 13 different green coves in varying sizes and shapes, namely: Pico de Loro, Papaya, Santelmo, Subli, Baybay, Etayo, Balibago, Arkaya, Dorado, Bucanita, Limbones, Neela, and Patungan.

This 5,800-hectare development and recreation area of Hamilo is located within the boundaries of the famous coral triangle area, which is maintained and protected by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The coral triangle area is the epicenter of marine biodiversity, spanning Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste with an abundance of coral reefs and marine life.

This extraordinary area holds the richest concentration of 75 percent of all species known in the world – more than 3,000 species of fish live in the protected area. Most yachtsmen traveling around the country are awed by the beauty of the place, and they make it one of their stopovers during their travels.

Moreover, Hamilo has a natural habitat to diverse marine life – giant sea clams, blooming corals, and sea turtles – with a little current making the place an ideal location for diving.

Tourists can also explore other coves and bays through a speedboat ride starting from the main recreation area at Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club.

Hamilo Coast was developed by Costa del Hamilo, Inc., a subsidiary of SM Investments Corporation.

Julius P. Vicente
http://www.mb.com.ph/TOUR20090226148736.html

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