Home of corals, marine life
The presence of marine turtles (or 'pawikan') and the variety of
marine life resurging (revival) in the underwater landscapes are strong
indicators of Anvaya Cove's inherent (present in something) natural
attraction. Both indicate that the coastal and marine life in this
portion of the Bataan shoreline have remained unspoiled despite the fact
that it is only a two-and-a-half hour drive from Metro Manila in the
According to Chen Mencias, a consultant on sustainable tourism
planning and environmental management, marine turtles will not breed in
areas that have lost their natural integrity. In Anvaya Cove, turtles
still come ashore to lay their eggs.
Mencias observed that the Anvaya Cove beach is endowed (blessed) with
coral gardens that may one day be declared a marine protected area.
These coral havens will be enhanced for activities such as snorkelling,
diving and glass bottom boat tours.
Just five minutes from the Anvaya shoreline, divers report the
presence of large coral formations. During the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo
in 1991, these reefs, like any other reef in Luzon, were covered by ash.
A recent exploratory dive, however, revealed that the coral reef had
bounced back to life.
Soft and hard corals are more abundant and creatures such as shells,
reef fishes, star-fish and even the multi-coloured nudibranchs are
present. To hasten the recovery of the reef, Mencias said, enhancement
activities such as coral transplantation and giant clam restocking may
These methods had been proven to help restore damaged reef areas.
The coral gardens of Anvaya Cove, with the protection from
destructive human activities and the implementation of reef enhancement,
have great potential to increase fishery in the area and enhance
tourism. Accordingly, development plans for the Cove's residential area
and Beach and Nature Club would be low-impact and respectful of the
natural terrain and ecosystems.