Wildlife Friendly Tourism
We are currently piloting Wildlife Friendly® Tourism through a few select projects globally. We welcome the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour Guide Association as the first of these pilot projects.
The old growth mangrove forests of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) are one of the most important biodiversity conservation areas of the Philippines. Mangroves are highly significant in supporting the rich marine life in the St. Paul Bay where smaller fish feed and reproduce. The mangroves are home to reptiles (Phyton sp.), Mangrove snake (Biogadendrophila), and Water Monitor lizard (Varanuspalawanensis), as well as breeding site for endangered avian species such as the Palawan Peacock Pheasant (Polyplectronemphanum), White-collared Kingfisher (Halcyon chloris), Stork-billed Kingfisher (Halcoyncapensis), Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra), and Pale Spiderhunter (Arachnotheradilutior).
Sabang Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour provides a unique eco-tourism experience by hosting guided canoe trips and boardwalk access to this unique, centuries old forest and its wildlife.Human pressures on coastal ecosystem of Palawan are high, with land competition for aquaculture, agriculture, infrastructure, and tourism. The delicate balance of the mangrove ecosystem is vital to the health and vitality of the mangrove itself and the overall biodiversity of marine, freshwater and terrestrial endangered species.
“Our product is the beauty and service of the mangroves to the environment; protection of wildlife in the area is very much our concern” – notes Sabang community member and paddle boat guide, Crisanto. The Mangrove Paddle Boat Tours have increased community and visitors’ awareness on the significance the mangrove ecosystem and serve as patrols to protect the wildlife and habitat.Mangrove Paddle Boat Tours can be booked upon arrival in Palawan at the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour Guide kiosk located at Sabang, Cabayugan the jumping off point for visiting Saint Paul’s Park.