The surface of the water lay like a sheet of silver velvet smoothed out toward the horizon. Numerous small islands dot the vista, whispy palm fronds adding bits of greenery to the blue-gray panorama. The sheer size of the water area is impressive – Hinatuan Bay is like a small sea in itself, stretching some 360 square kilometers (roughly 140 square miles). Its 67 kilometers of shoreline is made up of fingers of land lined with mangroves and secluded coves, while its seaward boundary is marked by an imposing line of reefbreak, which separates the bay from the open ocean.
Located in Surigao Del Sur Province in the northeastern part of Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines (see maps next page), the municipality of Hinatuan is home to more than 40,000 people, living in 24 barangays (villages). Half of the population lives along the coast; of these, roughly 1560 are fisherfolk.
Location – Philippines
11° 52′ 2.4636″ N, 123° 2′ 48.75″ E