Location within Quezon province
|Location||Luzon Island, Philippines|
|Type||Shallow sea bay|
|Max. length||225 km (140 mi)|
|Surface area||about 9,150 ha (22,600 acres)|
|Islands||Alabat, Balesin, Polillo, Cagbalete|
Lamon Bay is a large bay in the southern part of Luzon island in the Philippines. It is a body of water connecting the southern part of Quezon province to the Pacific Ocean, and bounds the coastal towns of Atimonan, Gumaca, Plaridel, Lopez, Calauag, and the islands of Alabat. It is a rich fishing ground and the home of various living corals. Most parts of the bay consist of gray sand, some parts are filled with rocks, and other living corals. It is gradually sloping to the extent that, during low tide, the water level is low enough to allow one to walk as far as five hundred metres from the shore. The beaches in the towns of Gumaca and Plaridel are sandy and ideal for swimming.[according to whom?] In some parts of the bay, about ten feet from the beach front, are living corals. The town of Lopez has the best colonies of corals[according to whom?] which are located just about 15 minutes by boat from the shore. Lamon Bay is located at the southern part of Quezon.
A large sea bay and island on the indented Pacific coast of Luzon, consisting of predominantly coral shore with pockets of intertidal mudflat and mangrove in the smaller bays. In many places, the nearshore corals have died and have been covered with silt to form sandy flats. The island of Alabat (33 km long) has an extensive mangrove fringe along its southwest shore, with several hundred hectares of intertidal mudflats exposed at low tide. Large portions of the original mangrove forest have been degraded or completely destroyed for the construction of fish and shrimp ponds. The average tidal rise and fall is about l.25m.
During the invasion of the Philippines in World War II, Japanese forces landed on three locations: Mauban, Plaridel (then Siain) and Atimonan. By Christmas Day, 1941 they were in Pagbilao where Palsabangon Bridge (Km. 143.332) was blown almost in the face of the pursuing Japanese.
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