Mindoro Strait

The Mindoro Strait (Filipino: Kipot ng Mindoro) is one of the straits connecting the South China Sea with the Sulu Sea in the Philippines.[1] It separates Mindoro Island from Busuanga Island (one of the Calamian Islands of Palawan Province). Located between the two islands is the Apo Reef, the largest coral reef system in the Philippines.[2] The reef divides the strait into the Apo East Pass and the Apo West Pass.[3]

Mindoro Strait
The strait seen from the Apo Reef Lighthouse
Mindoro Strait
Location within the Philippines
Mindoro Strait
Mindoro Strait (Palawan)
Mindoro Strait
Mindoro Strait (Philippines)
Coordinates12°19′59″N 120°40′0″E

The Mindoro Strait is part of an alternate route for ships passing between the Indian and Pacific oceans and a common one for those exceeding the Malaccamax size and therefore being incapable of using the Strait of Malacca.

Modern bathymetric soundings have shown that the centers of the Mindoro Strait and the Sibutu Passage are both deep enough that they probably existed during the last ice age, thus contradicting the favored H. Otley Beyer's theory that the first settlers of the Philippines came through land bridges around that period. If verified, the earliest people of the country would have needed boats to cross the open sea to reach the islands.

See also

  • Balabac Strait – another strait connecting the South China Sea with the Sulu Sea


  1. "Mindoro Strait: Philippines". Geographical Names. Geographic.org. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  2. "Apo Reef Natural Park". Tentative lists. UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  3. U.S. Corps of Engineers (1954). "San Jose (topographical map)". University of Texas in Austin Library. Retrieved on 2014-09-24.

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