Information about Coral Garden (Bohol)
Photo by Bohol Island Geopark
Coral Garden in Bohol is a stretch of land on a formerly barren coastal area that is covered in sea purslane, a succlent-like plant of the Aizoaceae family. The ground creeping plant is turns a verdant green when it is rainy and transforms into many hues of red-orange on sunny days.
Located in Brgy. Tangnan, Loon, Coral Garden is named as such because it is said to have sprouted on a plot of land with a coral bed. The plants started to appear after a 7.1 earthquake shook the town in 2013, causing widespread destruction and structural damage to many important centuries old churches and landmarks in the area. The earthquake was so strong that the force of its magnitude caused the area to rise by 1.2 meters, resulting in sandy, barren land.
Not long after that, the plants quickly grew and filled every inch of the once empty coastal area. It caught everyone’s attention because of its bright autumn-like colors. The area stretches for 8 km within the towns of Loon and Maribujoc and includes about 1.37 square km. of coastline. It has also been declared as a geological monument by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the Coral Garden is during the summer months (March to May) so you can see the plants when they're beautiful shades of red and orange, making them resemble corals. The coral garden is also open all year round.