Twin Rocks Marine Sanctuary in Anilao

Twin Rocks Marine Sanctuary Mabini BatangasTwin Rocks is one of the best, and most popular, recreational diving sites in Anilao. It is a marine sanctuary where wildlife flourishes. So-called because of two parallel sets of rock formation at a depth of 5-18m/15-60 feet), Twin Rocks is one of the busiest dive sites in Anilao. It is most often requested by both beginning and experienced open water divers who love shallow dives and healthy, vibrant reefs. A wide variety of Giant Clams, Surgeonfish, Batfish and schools of Jack are commonplace. In Twin Rocks you will see from ribbon eels, to schools of carangidae, countless nudibranchs, clownfish, surgeon fish, lionfish, damsels, big barracuda schools, mantis shrimps, Coleman shrimps, pocelain crabs o rabbitfish in a spot where the maximum depth is 16 meters and has a visibility over 20 meters.

Twin Rocks consists of two rocks separated by one meter that receives special protection thanks to its marine sanctuary status where fishing is prohibited, it was a time when cyanide was used to catch fish for aquariums and even dynamite was used for fishing. Today, this history of degradation has led to nutrient-rich water rising from depths close more than 90 meters that feed abundant crinoids, soft corals, sea fans, Acropora, blue coral, fire corals..

Twin Rocks, established in 1991, is among the country’s older marine protected areas. It boasts of good coral cover and supports highly diverse coral and reef fish species, as well as schools of commercially important fish species like fusiliers, surgeonfishes, snappers and rabbitfishes. Twin Rocks also amply demonstrates the potential economic benefits that can be gained from conserving an area’s natural resources. As a highly popular dive site, Twin Rocks helps bring in considerable income to the local community and local government.

“We are very proud and I think that this award gives much-needed encouragement to the people and local government of Mabini and of other Batangas municipalities that are involved in MPA management,” said Lorie Sollestre of the Batangas provincial environment and natural resources office. “We are working very hard to protect and effectively manage our MPAs, and I’m optimistic that when the next Para El Mar comes along, we will even have more MPAs qualifying to join,” she said.

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