El Nido Resorts in Palawan
has been named one of Asia’s Top Eco Resorts in Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia‘s Green Issue 2012. In the magazine’s October edition, the resorts were listed for being “trailblazers that focus on both pampering and preservation,” El Nido Resorts said in a press release.
Protected forests, majestic limestone cliffs and hidden lagoons surround the resorts, which are located in the El Nido-Taytay municipalities in northern Palawan. According to the resorts’ website, the waters of El Nido are home to 800 fish species, 400 coral species, as well as three species of endangered sea turtles: the hawksbill, the olive ridley and the green sea turtles. In Taytay, there are over 156 fish species, as well as sea cows, sea turtles and three species of dolphins: the bottle-nosed, Risso’s, and the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins, which in the Philippines can only be found in Malampaya Sound.
“The resorts are active in both reef and island conservation, helping to protect giant-clam gardens and supporting the reintroduction of endangered Philippine cockatoos,” Travel + Leisure magazine said on its website, which also lists El Nido Resorts as one of “Our 20 Favorite Green Hotels.”
To preserve the area’s natural beauty and lessen their carbon footprint, El Nido Resorts’ projects include comprehensive wastewater treatment and desalination plants, rainwater harvesting system, solar panels, and an organic farm, the release said.
Meanwhile, guests can choose from various low-impact activities, such as snorkelling, diving, kayaking, trekking, and rappelling. On Saturdays, the resort holds its “Green Hour,” when guests can listen to the resorts’ environmental officers talk about El Nido’s unique beauty and biodiversity.
According to El Nido Resorts, its marine biologist-led environmental team also ensures that all its island resorts adhere to the highest standards of ecological conservation and sustainability policies, so that the area’s rich biodiversity is preserved and protected. — Carmela G. Lapeña/BM,