The Philippines and eco tourism
While still being one of the poorest nations in Asia, eco-tourism is fast becoming a major industry for this nation of 7000 islands and 100's of ethnic groupings each with their own language, culture, customs and local festivals. So, when we were nearing the end of a south east Asian tour, it was only natural that we make a stopover in the Philippines.
As this wasn't a planned stopover, we needed to get our info and make plans while in transit. The perfect way was to download some Philippines travel apps and use them to prepare and plan the trip. This wasn't the first time we'd used apps during our travels. All through our south east Asian tours we made extensive use of apps in every country we toured in.
Anyway, these are the places that we visited in our brief visit to the Philippines. I have to say that without the Philippines apps, we would have missed some wonderful sites.
Palawan, in the south of the Philippines to some of the most breathtaking sights in the country:
v The Coron Reefs, a collection of seven beautiful lakes, surrounded by limestone cliff and some spectacular flora and fauna, .
v Bacuit Bay is a marine sanctuary and a paradise for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. During our dives we say manta rays, sharks and loads of sea turtles.
v Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary and the Malampaya Sound Land and Seascape Protected Area another magnificent collection of natural beauty, rich in wildlife and some fantastic plants.
Donsol is known for the numbers of whale sharks that frequent its waters. Our apps told us that these creatures can grow up to 15 meters long but are perfectly harmless.
Bohol is where we found the Chocolate Hills, 1700 hilkls, covered with grass and spread over 50 kilometers. Here we also got close to the Philippine tarsier, one of the smallest primates in the world. Once again, the apps came in very handy giving us a lot of info about this creature.
Pangasinan is home to the Hundred Islands National Park, a marine nature reserve of around 123 islands. The perfect location for trekking, canoeing and diving – we did all three!
In a nutshell - a stopover well worth making. The apps were a great help with their maps and extensive photo collections and that AR technology is fantastic!