By Joe Palabao
THE Mantangale of Misamis Oriental, which boasts of a view south of the Bohol sea and Camiguin island right across, has one of Asiaâ€™s best house reefs.
These house reefs are within the 1.6 million square kilometers stretch land area of the BIMP-EAGA equator asia which is claimed to be â€œmotherâ€™s earth true center of biodiversity.â€
Mantangale is now considered as a â€œswing destinationâ€ of Northern Mindanao for scuba diving, wreck diving, cavern diving and underwater breathtaking world experience where tourists can take pictures and view the marine trove of coral gardens.
Catering to the needs of the domestic and foreign tourist dive enthusiasts is the Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort.
Established since 1994, Mantangale Resort has world class amenities for domestic and foreign tourists. They have licensed dive instructors to cater the needs for basic scuba diving and many other related underwater activities and underwater photography.
Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort of Misamis Oriental, Camiguin Island, Misamis Occidental Aqua Marine Park, (MOAP) of Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental, Cagayan de Oro River Rafting, Pikalawag Beach Resort, of Sultan Naga Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte, Lake Apo of Guinoroyan, Valencia City and Pulangi River of Bukidnon are among the best seven Swing Destinations in Mindanao for domestic and foreign tourist to enjoy and are within the BIMP-EAGA 1.6 million square kilometers land area branded as Equator Asia-The Heart of Biodiversity.
In these destinations are found vast marine treasure trove coral gardens, calm crystal water, white sand and turquoise blue waters, best house reefs, marine farm consisting of mangroves, hatcheries, fishpens, hotel facilities, swimming with the dolphins.
Lakes that display grandeur and tranquility amidst its mossy green surrounding. The River System that maintains its ecological biodiversity amidst being tapped to supply power and white water rafting while seeing the striking beautiful panoramic view of the riverâ€™s rocky walls.
In a recently concluded Mindanao-Palawan Subregion BIMP-EAGA Joint Tourism Development Cluster Strategic Planning held in Kota Kinabalu these Swing Destinations of Region X along with Regions 1X and X111 will be the next target for eco-tourism biodiversity development for 2012.
The development of these Swing Destinations is to invigorate the support of Tourism Ministers of the member nations focused areas of BIMP-EAGA to include the eco-tourism development of Mindanao and Palawan, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia (Province of Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Maluku and Irian Java), Malaysia (Sarawak and Federal Territory of Labuan} and State of Sabah.
Eco-tourism development in the BIMP-EAGA sub region is aimed to facilitate and strengthen global promotions and marketing efforts in establishing and making BIMP-EAGA as the leading ecotourism destination in Southeast Asia.
These eco-tourism destinations of BIMP-EAGA are within the 1.6 million square kilometers land area branded as Equator Asia-The Heart of Biodiversity.