Uniquely situated at the entry of the Verde Island Passage (VIP), one of the most vibrant areas of the Coral Triangle, Hamilo Coast offers an extraordinary marine environment unlike any other. The Coral Triangle is the world’s center of marine biodiversity. Often referred to as the “Amazon Rainforest of the Seas”, it is home to 76% of the world’s coral species and 37% of the world’s reef fish species. The Coral Triangle encompasses the waters of six countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and East Timor. The VIP, located between the provinces of Batangas and Mindoro Oriental in the Philippines, is one of the richest areas of the global Coral Triangle.
On May 28-29, 5 open water long distance athletes will swim a 15KM route along the Hamilo Coast. This swim is meant to raise awareness regarding the importance of preserving the unique marine biodiversity of areas along the VIP. WWF (Philippines) and SEA Institute are partnering in this event to give talks, present videos, and interact with representatives of the media as well as guests staying at Pico de Loro Cove at Hamilo Coast.