The sheer drama of the seascape of El Nido inspires awe and reverence of nature's beauty. Beyond the façade, this spectacular setting is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic or found nowhere else on earth. It is because of its uniqueness that the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area was declared in 1998. The Protected Area status accords the area of El Nido a place among the 10 priority sites in the Philippines in need of conservation. The Protected Area covers a total of 90,321 hectares, of which 40% are terrestrial and 60% marine.