Tuesday, August 16, 2022


Flanked by attractive marine reserves, huge pastoral lands, lush mountains and jungles, and sleepy coastal cities,Palawan is an impeccable journey vacation spot for these looking for a refuge and oneness with nature. Dubbed because the “Final Frontier” of the Philippines, Palawan has made its mark on the world map as top-of-the-line islands on the earth, attracting hordes of vacationers. Whereas that is good for the native financial system, the as soon as laidback island is now at risk from irresponsible tourism practices, overdevelopment, overconsumption of pure sources, destruction of the setting, air pollution, and disturbance of wildlife.

Fortunately, there are additionally methods to assist reduce our environmental impression. As vacationers, we can assist contribute to a bigger sustainable tourism motion via accountable tourism practices. What we do throughout our travels immediately is essential in shaping the way forward for tourism.



Sustainable tourism and accountable tourism are sometimes used interchangeably, however there’s a distinction between the two phrases. Sustainable tourism refers back to the long-term sustainability of tourism business,  the duty is shared amongst tourism stakeholders, corporations, and political leaders. It goals to attenuate the unfavourable impacts of tourism exercise whereas conserving sources to keep up their long-term sustainability. Whereas, accountable tourism are the precise actions and techniques that people, companies, tourism stakeholders, and communities, observe to assist reduce the unfavourable impression of their tourism exercise.

Puerto Princesa

(Strolling in Sabang, Puerto Princesa, Palawan)

To be sincere, once I dreamed of touring across the Philippines over a decade in the past, I used to be so centered on my aim that I failed to think about the footprints I’d depart to the setting.  However my current journey to Palawan, helped me perceive extra about sustainable and accountable journey.


Let me share to you my very own expertise in Palawan and a few methods we could be a accountable traveler in our personal little means. Allow us to at all times do not forget that the alternatives we make on how we spend our cash throughout our journey can have a optimistic or unfavourable impression to households, communities, wildlife, and vacation spot we’re visiting. In any case, if we’re privileged sufficient to journey, we also needs to be accountable sufficient to honor, look after, and defend the locations we’re visiting.


1.Plan your journey forward and put together.


I like taking impromptu journeys once in a while, it excites me and sometimes leads me to stunning paths. It permits me to embrace my sense of journey and curiosity.  There’s one thing about it that teaches me to belief my intestine and stay within the second. Nevertheless, once I wish to save time and I wish to journey safely and hassle-free, I choose planning my journey forward. I discovered that if I wish to journey responsibly, planning forward is important- creating my itinerary, reserving my lodging and excursions upfront, researching in regards to the locations, together with its historical past and native cultures. It permits me to journey safely and reduce the injury to pure and cultural sources. So the subsequent time you go on a visit, think about making ready and planning forward that will help you make knowledgeable selections that may have an amazing impression on the tourism business. You may browse my detailed journey guides and itinerary on this weblog that will help you plan your journey.


2.Keep in an eco-friendly lodging.


Supporting eco-friendly resorts and resorts is one option to contribute to accountable tourism. I perceive it may be mind-boggling to search out an lodging to your journey, however selecting lodging which have practices that assist defend the setting and actively work with the native communities (e.g. make use of staff from the village or close by village, practice their workers to enhance their expertise, and so forth.), it’s value it. Eco-friendly lodging ought to be rewarded for his or her further effort.

PALAWAN RESPONSIBLE TOURISM: Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort

(Daluyon Seashore and Mountain Resort in Sabang, Puerto Princesa)

Throughout our current journey to Puerto Princesa, we stayed at Daluyon Seashore and Mountain Resort, an award-winning eco-friendly resort blissfully positioned in Sabang, Puerto Princesa. What I like about this lodge is its effort to scale back its environmental impression, comparable to offering wooden toothbrushes, ramping up recycling, and utilizing 3 trash cans to encourage friends to segregate their trash, utilizing reusable cutlery, and dishes, paper straws, water bottles, and utilizing energy-efficient lighting. Additionally they encourage friends to reuse towels and supply indicators to remind friends to show off the lights and tap when not utilizing, encourage donations to WWF, and so forth. To not point out, the workers are village residents, which is useful for the group.


Sabang space is an efficient base when in Puerto Princesa as a result of it’s inside strolling distance to Sabang Port, the jumping-off level to Puerto Princesa Underground River. It is usually a stone’s throw away from some vacationer spots so we have been simply strolling to Sabang seaside, Sabang Mangrove forest, and the zipline on the seaside to assist reduce the impression on the setting. I did take pleasure in our leisurely stroll because the rugged highway there’s fringed by swaying palm bushes exuding a laid-back, tropical island vibe.


3.Decrease your carbon footprint.

Ecotourism destinations in Puerto Princesa

(Balayong Individuals’s Park, Baker’s Hill, Sabang Seashore, & Vietnamese Village in Puerto Princesa)

 In case you are steadfast to serving to protect the setting, select public transportation as a substitute of renting a automobile, it’ll assist reduce your carbon footprint. Journey time might take longer, however it’s a small sacrifice for Mom Earth.

One other means to assist cut back our carbon footprint is by incorporating native adventures in your travels, comparable to, strolling in unexplored corners of your locations and visiting inexperienced parks.  Take Balayong Individuals’s Park, a brand new city tree park in Puerto Princesa Metropolis. It goals to advertise a greener surrounding within the metropolis and planting endemic bushes comparable to Nara, Ipil, Kamagong, and so forth. Baker’s Hill is one other green-friendly park in Puerto Princesa. It’s house to many crops and large ferns. I used to be actually excited to see large staghorn ferns hanging fantastically from towering bushes there. In the meantime, the Viet Ville Restaurant in Puerto Princesa, which was house to 2,000  Vietnamese refugees, stays a group enveloped by greenery and age-old bushes.


4. Dispose your trash correctly.


Don’t you find it irresistible when the place you’re visiting is trash-free? Dispose your trash correctly every time touring. If you happen to can’t discover a trash can, take your trash with you and dispose it when you discover a trash bin. If you happen to’re mountain climbing within the mountains or going island hopping, carry a reusable or biodegradable trash bag and take your trash with you to the mainland, till you discover a trash bin and dispose correctly.



5.Apply plogging, plalking, and pliking in your travels.


You usually hear the precept “Go away No Hint” when touring, however almost certainly throughout your journeys, you’ll encounter trash. And that’s saddening. We should think about the impacts we depart behind throughout our journey as a result of they may have an effect on the group, water, and wildlife of the locations we’re visiting.

We can assist maintain the vacationer vacation spot litter-free when touring by plogging, plalking, or pliking. PLOGGING is a  sustainable initiative that originated in Sweden, which mixes working and jogging with choosing up trash.  PLALKING is strolling whereas choosing up litter and PLIKING is biking and litter clear up. Let’s make them a brand new development in touring!


(Plogging whereas touring)

I’m glad that in my current Palawan journey, I didn’t encounter the standard trash I see when touring. Nevertheless, the seaside is swamped with sargassum (seaweed) each morning.  Seaweed like seagrass play a significant function within the ecosystem. However  thick mats of floating sargassum may kill surface-breathing wildlife comparable to turtles and dolphins as they turn out to be impenetrable and forestall these animals to go to the floor to breathe. They will also be trapped in fishing nets making it onerous to catch fish, and should forestall fishermen from launching their boats as they get trapped in propellers. Stinking useless seaweed washed up on shores may  appeal to bugs, pose dangers to human well being, and should hinder beach-goers, an financial pillar to many coastal communities. You may assist by cleansing up the shore with useless sargassum. Then, the collected useless seaweed might be changed into plant fertilizers.


 6.Help native conservation efforts and the native financial system.


If you happen to’re having fun with a vacation spot your visiting, why not give again to the native financial system? Spend a portion of your journey cash on native companies.

Puerto Princesa Sustainable tourism: Binuatan Creations

(Binuatan Creations)

Purchase locally-made items or souvenirs,  go to the native market, volunteering in a tree-planting drive, or animal shelters (if there are any). Dine in native eating places and cafes, buy arts and work from native artists, and so forth.

Throughout our journey to Puerto Princesa, we visited Binuatan Creations, a store that manufactures handloom woven baggage, house decors, placemats, and so forth. from pure grasses and fibers. If you happen to’re in search of a memento to take house to your loved ones and mates, that is the place to be. It’s also possible to attempt your hand at hand weaving placemats with the steerage of native proficient weavers.

And talking of supporting the native financial system, when selecting tour suppliers, and locations, think about those that work to guard the setting, present monetary advantages and empowerment to native communities and contribute to the conservation of native sources. Hiring native guides which can be skilled to supply correct info additionally helps.


Puerto Princesa Underground River

(Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Nationwide Park)

Fortunately, we have been capable of expertise the 2  extremely beneficial eco-tourism and community-based tourism locations in Puerto Princesa – the famed Puerto Princesa Underground River and the Sabang Mangrove Forest.



The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River  Nationwide Park is a must-visit when in Palawan. This spectacular cave system options jaw-dropping stalactites, stalagmites and a number of other chambers. The park boasts of limestone karst landscapes, well-preserved age-old forest, and different wildlife.  It’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Web site and New 7 Wonders of Nature. This protected park is a good instance of sustainable tourism within the Philippines. The property is roofed underneath the Nationwide Built-in Protected Space System (NIPAS) to make sure its authorized safety and conservation.  Puerto Princesa River Nationwide Park’s tourism program goals to reinforce customer’s expertise with nature whereas defending the pure values.


sabang mangrove forest tour

(Sabang Mangrove Forest Tour)


After our journey to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, we additionally skilled the Sabang Mangrove Forest Tour, simply strolling distance from Sabang Wharf. The Sabang Mangrove Forest was based to empower native communities, present further earnings to residents, foster environmental consciousness, and supply sustainable tourism exercise that minimizes unfavourable impression to the setting.  I’ve an in depth blogpost about it (see hyperlink under), if you wish to know extra about it.



sabang mangrove forest

(Sabang Mangrove Forest)

7.Go to agri-tourism farm.

Ecotourim in Puerto Princesa

(Yamang Bukid Farm)


We additionally visited Yamang Bukid, an agri-tourism farm.  It was based to make farming each sustainable and worthwhile, and assist farmers to be financially unbiased. Curiously, Yamang Bukid helped eradicate unlawful logging actions within the village by reworking former unlawful loggers to farmers. The agritourism farm additionally gives college allowance for the youngsters of their farmers and farm staff, and so they additionally assist highschool and faculty students.  Apparently, Yamang Bukid can fund all this as a result of they’ve a worthwhile enterprise manufacturing natural teas and dietary supplements in addition to 2 eating places the place uncooked supplies are organically and ethically sourced from their farm.

Yamang Bukid

(Yamang Bukid Farm in Puerto Princesa)


As somebody who loves crops and gardening, Yamang Bukid is heaven for me. Sadly throughout our go to, we discovered that the farm was devastated by Hurricane Odette. Additionally they suffered nice loss in the course of the pandemic since there have been no vacationers. Yamang Bukid is now ranging from scratch, so if you journey to Puerto Princesa, don’t neglect to drop by, dine in, plant and donate seedlings, and take house their natural merchandise as souvenirs. If you happen to’re into farming, you possibly can even take up brief programs in natural farming, vermicomposting, and so forth. This fashion, you’ll acquire a brand new expertise and on the identical time assist the farmers and area people.


8.Respect wildlife.

Palawan Wildlife and Rescue Center

(Palawan Wildlife and Rescue Heart)

 Many people will get excited every time we encounter wildlife. However we must always not neglect to be respectful to them.  Don’t disturb wildlife or crops simply you get a greater look or a greater picture, as a substitute, observe quietly from a distance so that you gained’t scare them. Keep away from becoming a member of massive noisy group excursions, go for smaller tour teams to attenuate your impression. Don’t feed, contact, get too shut or choose up wild animals. Feeding animals is fairly frequent within the nation (e.g. feeding fishes throughout snorkeling), however is it typically a nasty concept. Human meals will not be heathy for wild animals, and if these animals get accustomed to individuals feeding them, they might lose their worry of people and may turn out to be aggressive.

9.Be respectful of native cultures, traditions, and etiquette.


We’re simply guests, due to this fact, let’s be respectful of the native tradition, faith, and traditions.  Analysis in regards to the costume code, particularly in case you are visiting temples and different spiritual websites, in addition to cultural websites. Observe how the locals costume, and take your cues from them.  By no means take offensive footage. Ask permission when taking footage of indigenous individuals, and locals normally. Each nation has completely different guidelines for etiquette, a fast Google search ought to provide you with some fundamental info on what is taken into account taboo or impolite in sure nation or locations. Not realizing these guidelines may hurt you, so finest to be ready earlier than your journey. If you happen to’re not sure, ask the locals.



10.Convey reusable straw, utensils, water bottle, and so forth.


Reusable travel essentials

(Reusable journey necessities)

As talked about above, it’s necessary to plan your journey forward, to assist reduce your unfavourable impression to the setting. Planning your journey forward isn’t restricted to creating itineraries, reserving lodging and excursions upfront, it additionally entails planning to lower your plastic utilization throughout your journey. Single-use plastics like water bottle, straw, plastic bag, and so forth. are sometimes the trash that I see throughout my travels. You may assist cut back your plastic trash by bringing your individual refillable water container, it can additionally prevent a couple of bucks as a result of as a substitute of shopping for bottled water each time you’re thirsty, you possibly can ask to refill your reusable bottle with filtered water out of your lodge, restaurant, and so forth. As a lot as attainable, keep away from utilizing straw, if you really want one, carry different options comparable to bamboo, metallic, or paper straw. It’s also possible to assist the setting by eating in as a substitute of taking out your meals. Carrying your individual fabric or jute procuring bag additionally helps reduce the usage of single-plastic bag. I’m so used to this as a result of in our city, plastic baggage are banned from shops, grocery store, and grocery. And lastly, skip the free travel-size shampoos, soaps, and lotions offered by your lodge or resort, as a substitute, carry your individual toiletries.



By the way in which, Division of Tourism has an ongoing marketing campaign referred to as “KeepTheFunGoing” the place individuals are inspired to do easy and enjoyable gamified sustainable challenges comparable to “zero-waste warrior”, “licensed foot soldier”, “restourism advocate problem”, and “eco staycationer”. For extra details about the challenges and extra methods to be a sustainable vacationer, go to https://philippines.journey/saveourspots





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