Scientists from around the world agree: This extremely valuable jewel must be preserved and protected, because this is waiting for you:
- – the world’s densest forest
- – five forest formations
- – different local climate zones
- – beautiful waterfalls
- – endemic flora & fauna
- – crystal clear rivers
- – freshwater lagoons
- – bays and lonesome beaches
Some additional facts about Sibuyan Island
Sibuyan Island is the second largest island of Romblon Province. It measures 28 km. at its widest point from east to west, and 24 km. from north to south.
The island has a land area of approximately 45,600 has. It is located at 12°21’ N latitude and 122°39’ E longitude at the center of the Philippine archipelago and is surrounded by the islands of Marinduque in the north, Panay in the south, Masbate in the east, and Romblon and Tablas in the west.
More than half of the Island is covered with forest. Preliminary reports include that the forest density in Sibuyan is 1,551 trees per hectare making it the densest forest ever recorded in the world. Although most of the forested area in Sibuyan consists of lowland forest, the island has a full range of forest gradient in the Philippines consisting of mangrove, lowland, montane, mossy forests, heathland and grassland.
Why is it called “the Galapagos of Asia” ?
Sibuyan Island has lived in isolation from the rest of the world since its birth. Never in its geological history has it ever been connected with any part of the Philippine archipelago. The Island of Sibuyan is also known for its unique intact chain of ecosystems with his endemic flora & fauna, dominated by the 2.058m high Mount Guiting Guiting. This natural landmark of Sibuyan Island is considered as one of the most demanding climbing goals (Level III) worldwide.
Because of the steep slopes, much of its original forest remains untouched, and the rest is the island as we find it today.
Primary forests cover 140 square kilometres, which is 33% of the land area of Sibuyan.