The Banacon Island Mangrove Forest is a 425 hectares mangrove forest in Getafe, Northern Bohol. About 15 hectares are on dry land and 410 hectares are on the tidal salt flat area. This widespread mangrove plantation is now a rising tourist attraction in the Visayan island province. The charming trails beneath intersecting mangrove (Rhizophora stylosa) trees are gasping to behold. These trees primarily make up the river systems, estuaries and off-shore islands of the Bohol province.
This mangrove forest has attracted an increasing number of local and foreign tourists who come to do stand-up paddle boarding and swim with a diverse species of marine organisms at the 272-square meter Danajon Bank – a Double Barrier Reef near the area.
With the continuous propagation of these mangroves, fish production has tremendously increased. To date, it is now considered as the biggest man-made mangrove plantation in Asia.
So the next time you go visit Bohol, make your way to this beautiful place up north.
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