Ecotourism in the Philippines
Ecotourism is development in the Philippines as many local communities strive to protect and conserve beautiful areas alongside drawing tourists. Many travel destinations in the country have embraced ecotourism as seen in Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, CamSur and Davao, to name a few. It is the result of the effort to continue appreciating and experiencing nature's beauty without destroying it in the process.
The Philippines with its 7,101 islands ranks fifth in the world in terms of endemic animals, ranks 25th among plant-rich nations, with 17,500 coastlines, according to ISST is clearly an eco-tourism heaven. To preserve such vast beautiful nature areas, concerned stakeholders need to work hand in hand to ensure that the development of these ecotourism sites will not result to its degradation.
Tourism development if not coupled with planning often results to the degradation of an area because of the influx of tourist visitors and the race to develop infrastructure to meet the growing tourist demands. Without a sound ecotourism plan, a tourist destination could lay in ruin in a matter of years. The idea behind ecotourism is just timely to arrest the decline of once beautiful areas. Tourism should not only create livelihood and development to a locality and its people, but more importantly, should take into consideration the longterm impact on the surrounding areas and ecology.
Ecotourism as responsible tourism has been embraced in the country because it is the only way to preserve its natural beauty. Here are some of the popular ecotourism areas in the Philippines where tourists are encouraged to respect nature, take nothing but pictures, enjoy the experience, and leave with the hope of coming back.
Camarines Sur, Philippines
CamSur Eco Village
Eco-Tourism Destinations in Luzon
Camarines Sur or CamSur, a province in southern Luzon has established a 25-hectare ecology village called Ecovillage which showcases nature at its finest where tourists can visit and engage in a number of nature activities in this sprawling complex like camping, wall climb and a lot moreearn about the local communities' way of living. It is part of the islands tourism attraction in addition to CamSur Watersports complex.
Eco-Tourism in Visayas
Eco-Tourism tours and packages are available if you want to visit this top tourism destinations located in the middle of the archipelago. Learn about local communities, enjoy the vast greeneries in this region.
Bohol is known for its beaches, the world-renowned stellar formation of Chocolate Hills, and the rustic countryside. The Man-made forest is a popular tourist must-see which continues to amaze people with the straight trees along the way heading to another popular destination.
Danao, a nearby town also promotes eco-tourism with its extreme adventure packages in the strategically located Danao Adventure Parl. The local government (LGU) developed the park catered to those who seek out activities beyond the usual. Experience getting hurtled across hills and above the trees through a long zip line. One may also try the Plunge or Suislide, the sky ride, a cliff rappel, caving, root climbing, kayaking, river trekking, river tubing and so many more. Tourists will definitely get mesmerized by the beautiful scenery around while experiencing these once in a lifetime thrill.
Loboc, another town in Bohol allows tourists the experience of a rare cruise over a beautiful river sans the pollution often associated with riverways in the city. Apart from these, there are opportunities to see the local communities and what they do on a daily basis.
Eco-Tourism in Mindanao
Cagayan de Oro, a bustling town in southern Philippines prides itself with its own Malasag Eco Village nestled in Bgy. Cugman, East Cagayan de Oro. This is a cultural village set in a botanical setting where tourists can discover about the tribal and native practices in the area. There is a souvenir shopr with tribal products amidst rows of guest cottages. It offers splendid views of Macabalan Bay and hills in the locality. The village in itself does not offer tourist activities but nearby, one can experience canyoning, riding a zipline, and even horseback riding to get a interactive experience with the province environment.
Further down in Davao, with its rich eco diversity, the boom in eco-tourism destinations has not escaped this province. Travelers get to experience adventure activities like whitewater rafting, while mountain bike trails outside the city offer an alternative activity to backpackers and naturists. Davao is also famous for its diving and snorkeling spots.