|Connects waters||Strait of Cebu , Canigao Canal|
|with water||Visayas lake|
|Separates land mass||Leyte|
|of land mass||Bohol , Cebu|
|Geographical location||10 ° 30 ′ 0 ″ N , 124 ° 20 ′ 0 ″ E|
|Greatest depth||806 m|
|Islands||Pacijan , Poro|
The Camotes Sea is a part of the sea between the Philippine main islands of Cebu in the west, Leyte in the east and Bohol in the south.
The Camotes Sea is located in the middle of the central Philippine archipelago of the Visayas and is under the jurisdiction of the Central and Eastern Visayas . It covers an area of 9923.6 km² and has a coastline of 549.2 km, these areas also include the waters of the Danajon reef system in the south of the Camotes Sea. The greatest depth of the sea is 806 meters below sea level. In its center part are the Camotes Islands (including the island of Ponson ), in the southwest, directly in front of Cebu, the island of Mactan and the Olango archipelago . Off the north coast of the island of Bohol are a multitude of small islands that are formed by coral reefs. In the north the Camotes Sea merges into the Visayas Sea , in the southwest into the Strait of Cebu (or Bohol Strait) and in the southeast into the Canigao Channel and the Mindanao Sea .
The waters of the Camotes Sea are divided into two eco-zones, those of the Camotes Sea proper and that of the Danajon reef system in the south. The waters and the Danjon reef system are considered to be one of the richest in fish in the entire Central Visayas. In the Camotes Sea, coral reefs cover a total area of 738.8 km², of which the Danajon reef system alone covers an area of 624.3 km² and is larger than the coral reefs in the Apo Reef Marine Natural Park on Mindoro Strait . More coral reefs can be found around the Cuatro Islas and around Calangaman Island . It is one of the largest reef systems in the world, but is largely unknown. Mangrove forests cover a total of 60.50 km² of the coastline and are considered to be of particular ecological value. They are interspersed with the nipa palm ( Nypa fruticans ). Aquaculture was created on 51 km² along the coastline of Lake Camotes .
- The Fisheries of the Central Visayas, Status and Trends (PDF document, 4.13 MB; English)