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The Philippines has always been a renowned destination known for its biodiversity and culture. In fact, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has had more than 2 million visitors in the first quarter of 2023, compared to the previous years of 2021 and 2022. With the tourism industry headed towards recovery and the shift of consumers onto more sustainable practices, now is definitely the time to explore ecotourism and how it can elevate the travel industry in the Philippines.
What is Ecotourism?
According to the International Ecotourism Society, ecotourism is defined as the responsible way of travelling to nature tourist sites in order to admire, protect, preserve, and share knowledge about the area and its culture while leaving the place in either the same or an even better state.
Given the fact that the Philippines is abundant with natural resources and nature reserves, ecotourism can be highly beneficial towards the recovery and further growth of our economy. It also helps both the local community and the visitors. For the community, ecotourism brings more job opportunities to the locals. On the other hand, visitors gain a deeper understanding of the world by getting a glimpse of their diverse cultures and the importance of preserving and giving back to nature.
Eco-Friendly Tourist Destinations in the Philippines
There are a lot of eco-friendly destinations in the country. Here are some great examples of places worth visiting.
Situated in the northern part of Luzon lies a picturesque town renowned for its breathtaking landscapes of beautiful rice terraces and rich cultural heritage. Sagada is a community that actively promotes eco-tourism, emphasizing the preservation of natural resources as well as promoting the local culture of the community.
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the province of Palawan. This park showcases the beauty of the mountain-to-sea ecosystem wherein its 8 km cave system is directly connected to the sea. Visitors can take a non-motorized boat about 1.5 km into the cave to explore breathtaking rock formations.
Mt. Apo Natural Park
Mount Apo Natural Park is the highest peak in the Philippines and is an ASEAN Heritage Site. Situated in Mindanao, the vast area offers tourists the opportunity to catch sight of a diverse set of flora and fauna including the endangered Philippine eagle. It must be noted that if you are planning to climb the mountain, you will need to secure a climbing permit. There are also other activities that could be done in the area such as visiting the hot springs, orchid farms and gardens or passing through other hiking trails.
Ecotourism Investments in the Philippines
Iris Island Resort
If you are interested in investing in the country’s tourism industry, Iris Island Resort is the perfect property for you. Situated in Darab Island in Culion, Palawan, this 5-hectare property comes with 8 island view villas, a spa villa, and a residential house and restaurant situated on top of the island. There are several tourist sites within the vicinity of the island such as the Bay of Buddhas, Pass Island, and several world-class dive sites. Iris Island Resort is situated between the islands of Busuanga and Culion and is a 10-minute boat ride away from Busuanga Bay.
Karuna El Nido Villas
Moving towards El Nido, Palawan – one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country lies your own private and sustainable haven. Karuna El Nido Villas is a luxurious boutique resort situated on an approximately 2.5-hectare land along the sloping hillsides of Corong Corong. The property offers 9 operational units, 8 villas built in pairs, and a flagship villa that comes with its own private infinity pool. Tourists can easily get to the property since it is only a 10-minute ride away from the town proper and 30 minutes away from Lio Airport.
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