Sabina Shoal

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Sabina Shoal
Disputed island
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Sabina Shoal
Sabina Shoal is located in South China Sea
Sabina Shoal
Location South China Sea
Coordinates 9°45′N 116°28′E / 9.750°N 116.467°E / 9.750; 116.467 (Sabina Shoal)Coordinates: 9°45′N 116°28′E / 9.750°N 116.467°E / 9.750; 116.467 (Sabina Shoal)
Archipelago Spratly Islands
Claimed by
People's Republic of China
Republic of China (Taiwan)

Sabina Shoal (Filipino: Escoda Shoal; Chinese: 仙宾礁; pinyin: Xiānbīn jiāo) is an atoll in the NE of Dangerous Ground in the Spratly Islands, South China Sea. It is claimed by the People's Republic of China, the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Philippines. The Philippines puts it under the jurisdiction of barangay Pag-asa, Kalayaan, Palawan.[1]


Sabina Shoal lies in position 09° 45' N 116° 28' E,[2] 123.6 nautical miles from Palawan Island.[3] It lies 56 nautical miles southwest of Carnatic Shoal, with two main parts and an area of 115 square kilometres (44 sq mi).

The eastern half of Sabina Shoal consists of reefs awash, while the western half consists of banks 3.7 to 8.3 meters deep, and reefs enclosing a lagoon.[4]

Disputes and controversies[edit]

In 1995, soon after occupying Mischief Reef, China (PRC) installed 3 buoys near Sabina Shoal. They were confiscated by the Philippines. [5]


  1. ^ Zambrano, Chiara (27 March 2014). "Mission to Ayungin shoal". ABS CBN News. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  2. ^ D.J Hancox; John Prescott. A Geographical Description of the Spratly Islands. UK: International Boundaries Research Unit. p. 28. 
  3. ^ "PHL insists Escoda Shoal is within its sovereignty and maritime jurisdiction". 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  4. ^ Admiralty Sailing Directions - South China Sea. Taunton: UKHO - United Kingdom Hydrographic Office. 2004. p. 64. 
  5. ^ Bondoc, Jarius (16 April 2012). "China out to grab Zambales shoal". Philippine Star. Retrieved 23 May 2014.  (Zambales Shoal is also known as Scarborough Shoal.)