The World Wildlife Fund – Philippines has been very active in the conservation of this 27,469-hectare offshore atoll formation, including educating people about its abundant sea life. The Task Force MARLEN (Marine and Apo Reef Law Enforcement for Nature) also coordinates efforts with the local park rangers of Bantay Dagat (Ocean Patrol) to ward off and penalize poachers and waste-dumpers in the protected area.
The marine park is open to visitors who want to see its beautiful sights without disturbing its marine life. The best time to visit the world’s second largest contiguous coral reef is from late March to May. It’s when the water is at its flattest and visibility is perfect.
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