Ever since Laguindingan Airport started operations, the sight of its mangrove area and the clear coastal waters revealing the coral reef has amazed airline passengers from above.

As shown in the following photos, the site is just too tempting for dive enthusiasts. The mangrove areas provide a good habitat for fish. In fact, the entire 22-hectare coastal area is now a Marine Protected Area (MPA) – SOURCE. The MPA is intended to protect the coastal habitat in the area.

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Do you see the lighthouse at lower left?

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Here’s a closer shot of the lighthouse called “Punta Sulawan”. View a much closer photo HERE.

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You can see the whole 22-hectare MPA below.

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Watchtowers are also observed in the site.

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The MPA has been a favorite study area for marine biologists. View a recent study by a Japanese team HERE.

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Tourism boom in Laguindingan is inevitable…the reef is a good dive site.

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