One of nature’s essential habitats at Hamilo Coast is a 10-hectare mangrove forest, the largest of its kind in Nasugbu, Batangas. Together with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines), Hamilo Coast continues to preserve over 10,000 mangrove trees in this lush coastal paradise that is at rhythmic pace with the tides.
Mangrove trees play an essential part in nurturing the very ground they stand on.
Mangrove roots filter the silt and sediment that tides carry in and rivers carry out towards the sea. They lodge themselves in the soft soil of tidal mudflats while holding it in place to stabilize the shoreline against erosion, storm surges and hurricanes. Conservationists also believe that of all coastal ecosystems, mangrove preservation is a sound investment due to its high adaptive capacity to climate change.
One learns more of its interesting role in the marine ecosystem as Hamilo Coast’s mangrove forest becomes an enlightening on-site adventure. Those who come to visit the thickets of mangroves at Hamilo Coast begin their tour with a short 200-meter trek through the forest. Along the path are posters that explain the crucial role of mangrove trees in reforestation. At the end of the trail, guests are taken on a canoe ride through the reforested area.
With mangrove trees growing up to a towering 50 feet, visitors have a unique opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring effects of Hamilo Coast’s dedicated stewardship towards the environment. Mangrove trees absorb up to four times more carbon dioxide by area than upland terrestrial trees. The constant hum and buzz of wildlife also serve as a reminder that reforestation efforts encourage whole ecosystems to reform.
These underwater havens aid in the proliferation of fish in Nasugbu’s waters as well. This in turn contributes to the livelihood of the local fishing community that makes its home at Papaya Cove where this tour ends.
Responsible stewardship towards the environment does not only mean helping nature survive; it also creates opportunities for nature to thrive. The mangrove forest at Hamilo Coast remains an inspiring reminder of how a well-planned and well-executed development and nature can co-exist in harmony – to provide a most wholesome beach resort living and an excellent lifestyle choice.