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Low impact activities like kayaking and paddleboarding are the preferred way to see the Big and Small Lagoons at the El Nido Resorts

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A green sea turtle surfaces near your kayak as you paddle through an electric Kool-Aid blue lagoon surrounded by towering limestone cliffs.

Philippines’ Sustainable Island Hotspot

A green sea turtle surfaces near your kayak as you paddle through an electric Kool-Aid blue lagoon surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. Your destination? A pristine palm tree shaded beach without another soul in sight. This is just another day in Palawan, an archipelago of 1,780 islands south-west of Manila in the Philippines.

Yet, this scene has become increasingly rare around the world. Things like empty beaches, biodiversity, cultural authenticity and clean oceans are becoming scarce. The price of standing in the world tourism spotlight is high.

Live out your castaway fantasy somewhere in Palawan
Live out your castaway fantasy somewhere in Palawan

Case in point: Boracay. Waste management and environmental concerns so plague the tropical hotspot that on April 26, 2018, President Duterte officially closed Boracay to all visitors for six months.

Boracay is an extremely popular destination for domestic and international travellers. According to the Boracay tourism office, the island made a record US$1 billion dollars as it played host to over 2 million visitors from all parts of the globe.

With Boracay off limits, it’s time to look for a new favourite island destination while simultaneously figuring out a way to preserve the slices of paradise we so love.
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© This article was first published in Aug-Sept 2018 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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