Next to Boracay and Palawan, Siargao has become quite the destination in the Philippines. But as more and more local and foreign tourists visit this tiny island every year, the talk of environmental sustainability has been a hot topic ever since. This is especially true after the whole Boracay affair.
Both locals and regular visitors of the island alike have expressed as much about this particular topic and has since organized and worked on ways on how to achieve this. Businesses and even the Department of Tourism have continuously worked together to make the Surfing Mecca of the Philippines, a travel destination worth visiting and revisiting for many years to come.
There are several eco-tours one can take, helping to keep Siargao environmentally healthy and sustainable while experiencing the best that this island has to offer.
Lokal Siargao – Lokal Siargao started as a local eatery and accommodation in the Northern part of the island. But as years pass by, Lokal has since seen gradual changes in Siargao. One that threatens to destroy not just the natural beauty of the place but as well as the local lifestyle.
Because of that, the people behind Lokal Siargao has started working with the local community, supporting and empowering them through various projects and platforms such as workshops, events, and sustainable tourism. They aim to promote local culture through all of their projects.
Lokal Siargao also works hand in hand with both Bathala Land Tours and Bayatakan Farm to achieve their goals.
Photo source: Lokal Siargao
Bathala Land Tours – With their customized Jeepney called Bathala, tourists who avail of Bathala’s eco-friendly and cultural tour will be in for quite a unique and fun experience. Some of what they offer include weaving, coffee tasting, river cruising, and chilling at Siargao’s many beach resorts like Pacifico Beach.
Through this unique island tour, guests will be able to get to know the island and the locals in a much deeper and sustainable way. You’ll also learn a lot about all the sustainable and eco-friendly tourism projects that you can be part of even in small ways.
Photo source: Bathala Land Tours
Bayatakan Farm Experience – The Bayatakan Farm Experience is Siargao’s first Farm-to-Table day tour. They offer hands-on farming, cultural, and culinary experience on a local farm. Tourists who avail of their tour will be able to experience working on a farm and what it takes to bring food straight from the soil to the table.
Photo source: @bayatakanfarm
Even though Siargao is mostly known for its surfing spots and even its nightlife, there are still plenty of activities and experiences tourists can find on the island and immerse themselves in. Aside from going on a Siargao island tour of Guyam, Dako, and Naked Island or taking a surfing camp at Kermit’s, Harana’s, or at Turtle Surf Camp Siargao, why not opt to take on an eco-friendly tour and immerse yourselves in the island and the local community culture instead?