Featured Eco Explorations

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Ille Cave Archaeological Discoveries

There have been human traces found in Palawan dating from 2680 BC. Several fossils and funerary sites have been discovered, and the most spectacular site is the Ille Cave in New Ibajay, about 15 km from El Nido, where bones of Tigers and ancient humans have been found.BOOK A TRIP »
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Coron Guided Kayaking Daytour

Go on a guided kayaking daytour via The Coron North Face Trail. It is a popular coastline — but with kayaks, we can access much of which that is still hidden.BOOK A TRIP »
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Siete Pecados Sunset Paddle

Paddle during the quiet hours approaching sundown in Coron Bay towards Siete Pecados, a group of 7 small rocky islets laying a few hundred meters off Busuanga Island’s coast.BOOK A TRIP »
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South of Coron Kayak Exploration

Islands as close as 2km from each other makes it ideal for island crossings, and with the South of Coron island still not frequented by tourists, it makes it a peaceful and ideal place for kayak camping and explorations.BOOK A TRIP »

Palawan

It is easy to understand why Palawan is also known as the “last frontier” of the Philippines. Its pristine forests, white sandy beaches, and turquoise waters overflow with life, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers who wish to enjoy diverse landscapes where activities, both on land and sea, abound.
Numerous hiking trails will allow active travelers to discover the island while exercising. In addition, the island is home to many endemic species, such as the binturong or the Palawan peacock-pheasant. One of the most peculiar animals of the world, the Philippine mouse-deer, can also be found on the island of Balabac, and in Mt. Victoria, a very impressive carnivorous plant, the Nepenthes Attenboroughii. The island of Palawan is also widely known to be home to some of the best diving spots in the world. On the eastern part of the island lies the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO protected site. This coral reef is often compared to those found near the Galapagos Islands and hosts about a hundred species of fish, sea turtles, and seabirds. To the north is the Apo Reef, a 34-square-kilometer reef said to contain the largest concentration of coral species in the world. Beyond the mangroves, the turquoise lagoons, and the coral reefs, you will also be able to dive among several wrecks of World War II, enough to satisfy both history buffs and aquatic sports enthusiasts. To sum it up, a trip to Palawan is like diving into the heart of nature!

*From elnidotourism.com

Opportunities for Tourism and Conservation

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    Ecotourism as an alternative to mass tourism

    With the onslaught of mass tourism in Palawan, biodiversity in sites included in tourist packages such as Tour A, B, C, and D in El Nido, or the different lagoons in Coron, can be overwhelmed by unsustainable tourism activities. There is an opportunity to offer a different side of Palawan to tourists not usually explored, sites that focus on sustainable tourism and community development.

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    Biodiversity Conservation

    The biodiversity of Palawan is incredible, and several animal species are endemic to the island. Unfortunately, this natural abundance is threatened by overfishing, deforestation, and pollution. Many coral reefs have already been destroyed by the use of dynamite, cyanide, or other destructive methods, which are widely used in the rest of the country.

    To fight these threats, the government has designated El Nido as a “protected area”. This protection includes a marine area of 360 square kilometers, the entire Bay of Bacuit (including its islands), the land portion of El Nido, and part of Taytay. This area is called the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area.

    Photo of Pangolin from Palawan Council for Sustainable Development

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