PROTECTED AREAS
Alibijaban Island Wilderness Area

A secluded island. White sand. A mangrove forest. Bird watching. Swimming. Trekking. Scuba diving. Boat riding. With all of these options available, does this sound like a perfect vacation?

In the town of San Andres, Quezon, surrounded by Ragay Gulf, is Alibijaban Island, whose wilderness area has been identified by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as a priority protected area for biodiversity conservation and a key biodiversity area, being located in the Bondoc Peninsula.

With rich soil planted with coconut, fruit trees and corn with patches of second growth indigenous species, its timberland areas are covered with at least 22 species of mangrove such as Bakauan Bato, Bakauan Lalaki, Bantingi, Piagau, Bungalon, Banalo, Busain, Nilad, Pototan lalaki, Malatangal, Tabau, Aroma, Tabigi, Bani, Tangal, Malubago, Tawalis, Tinduk-tindukan, Pagatpat, Ipil-ipil, Kulasi and Talisay.

The island boasts of 14 species of birds and bats such as the White-collared kingfisher, Large-billed crow, Black-napped oriole, Philippine turtle dove, Philippine glossy starling, Chestnut munia, Pied fantail, Green-winged dove, Black-crowned night heron, Common snipe, Nutmeg imperial pegion, Tree sparrow, Tabon birds and fruit bats. Reptiles like the monitor lizard and marine turtle (pawikan) also call the island their home.

The climate in the area is warm and dry from November to April and rainy for remaining months.

ACTIVITIES

The island offers a variety of activities for tourists. Scuba diving is currently being developed in the areas surrounded by coral reef.

Trekking, swimming, and bird watching, is the usual recipe for a relaxing stay in the island.

FACILITIES

The center/station constructed by the Community Environment and Resources Office (CENRO) of Catanauan, Quezon currently doubles as quarters for the staff and protected area visitors.

GETTING THERE

The Municipality of San Andres is about 330 kms. southwest of Manila and 75-80 kms. from CENRO Catanauan to the Poblacion of San Andres. To reach the island, it is approximately 15-20 minutes ride by a motorized banca from the port area of San Andres, Quezon.

AWA can be easily accessible from the highly urbanized centers and nearby provinces especially to local and foreign tourists because of its beauty and unique features. It is also accessible by land transportation.

CONTACT

Reynulfo A. Juan – Regional Executive Director
DENR-Region 4-A (CALABARZON)
DENCRIS Business Center, National Highway, Brgy. Halang, Calamba City, Laguna
Contact No.: (049) 502-7500

Juanito P. Doria – The Protected Area Superintendent (PASu), AWA
CENRO Catanauan, Quezon
Contact No. (042) 315-8236

The Protected Area Management Board (PAMB)