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Bohol's Coral Reefs

IJsselstein, Sunday, 8 July 2001 (updated: Tuesday, 16 April 2002)

Bohol is surrounded by a large number of coral reefs, which are very rich in life, and a delight to observe, and a prime tourist attraction. Although for many of the reefs, you will need a boat to get there, and scuba equipment to see them, some of them are also easily accessible for snorkelers, and at swimming distance from the beach.

Further Reading

There are a number of very nice websites on coral reefs and their protection. The following websites give valuable background information.

  • The Philippine site of One Ocean has a wealth of information on coastal resource managment, including a lot of practical information on sustainable management of coral reefs and mangroves.
  • The U.S. based Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) has a nice website, with numerous (royalty free) photo's and tips for responsible diving.
  • The International Marinelife Alliance has a very nice and educative website on marine life (including coralreefs) with information from around the world.

Jeroen Hellingman

What readers think...

stackandjacey wrote:
Monday, 27 June 2011 18:19:41 PHT
Marie, get in touch with these guys: http://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/en/ They are really friendly and should be able to help you out =)
Marie wrote:
Saturday, 2 April 2011 17:37:51 PHT
I am a native Boholano and I'm very please I belong to these island! I traveled regularly in some places around the country but I still prefer to live and stay here.I really love my native Bohol. For me nothing compares Bohol in all other aspects. We are rich in terms of agricultural,rain forest,marine life,natural wonder,beautiful beaches,etc; you name it. Only one specific things I hate about my fellowmen is raising pigs by the sea. I don't want the dirt to go into the sea! It's pollution! and maybe I'll get skin disease!Anyway it's bad for our mother nature!!!I live by the sea and I love to swim in the sea as much as I can. Some questions I want to ask is there any law prohibiting against it? What if the politician itself is one of those who has pigs! Can I sue any neighbors who has pigs and they let the dirt go into the sea? I'm not against pigs but they should put septic tank!!!! Thanks and I hope my fellowmen will learn to value our world because I know it's not too late yet!!
Larry Brothwell wrote:
Thursday, 10 June 2010 07:44:30 PHT
I am a westerner who met and married a wonderful girl from Naga, Cebu. I spent seven wonderful years on Luzon and traveled many towns, and Barrios. I learned to love the Philippine people. My wife and I built a nice home for my mother-in-law in Naga. I built my retirement home on Bohol. I have many relatives who visit me and live nearby. I enjoy diving the islands and reefs. I feel they are indeed some of the best in the world. I also love Bohol and plan to end my days enjoying it's many wonders and joys!
Faith wrote:
Tuesday, 9 February 2010 22:37:02 PHT
I am from Bohol and I am very happy that bohol is one of the best attraction in Philippines. Way back few years ago Bohol is Awarded for the best attraction in Philippines. But in my selfish point of view its getting too many people now wants to live in and its too crowded. We are out of our own land. Western people overtaking us and they talk our land and they do business with law cost of salary to their staff. How could it be???
Joy S. wrote:
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 19:46:51 PHT
I think opening Bohol to more tourist divers and diver training can actually increase people's awareness to protect coral reefs. Divers see firsthand the beauty of the reefs and underwater life. If anything, they are the ones that understand and experience underwater life ecology more than anybody else. I agree with Pia's comments about locals taking Bohol's beautiful beaches and underwater beauty for granted. We Filipinos, especially the people of Bohol should take pride in what we've been blessed with. I've been to places like Mexico where local people do take care of their coral reefs, and tell us tourists not to touch or take anything from the sea. The ocean offers the best show of beauty on earth, but we also have a responsibility. This is the attitude Filipinos should have toward our own coral reefs, which are as beautiful as the ones in other countries, if not more.

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