Likas Island

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Likas Island: Know your Philippine features at the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG)

Likas literally means “Natural” and internationally known as “West York Island”.

It is the second largest Philippine Island in the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG). It has a total area of 18.6 hectares and is located 47 miles (75.6 kilometers) northeast of Pag-asa.

Its outcrops are visible on the southern and eastern portion of the island during low tides. This island is a sanctuary for giant sea turtles (pawikan) that lay their eggs on the island all year round.

The high salinity of the ground water on the island retards the growth of introduced trees like coconuts, ipil-ipil, and other types. Only those native to the area (mostly beach type of plants) thrive and survive the hot and humid conditions especially during the dry season.

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