Mangrove Planting: How a Group of Travelers Helps Protect a Tear-Drop Shaped Island
Ida Damo | Jan 21, 2016
Siargao Island’s 437 square kilometers is surrounded by reefs, spectacular coastline, pristine white sand beaches, and incredible limestone formations.
Hollow tube waves that roll into its shores make Cloud 9 one of the most sought-after sites for surfing.
Its waters are sanctuaries to a variety of fishes and other marine creatures making it also a rich fishing ground.
Siargao has 8,620 hectares of mangrove forests; 4,200 hectares of which is in the municipality of Del Carmen.
While on a tour of the island, members of the Island Hopping Adventure Philippines (iHAP), an organization that showcases the best of the Philippines islands while supporting local enterprises and leaving behind social footprints, decided to have a mangrove planting as part of its activity.
This is the first time that tourists initiated such an activity in the island.
iHAP partnered with the Sentro sa Ikaaunlad ng Katutubong Agham at Teknolohiya (SIKAT) in Del Carmen which is the organization that is involved in the development, propagation, culture, protection and conservation of the mangroves in Siargao and the coastal communities.
iHAP donated 150 seedlings of the Patapat mangrove to be planted in an area designated by SIKAT. Mangroves stabilize and protect the coastlines, maintain ecosystem diversity and serve as homes for the fishes.
How to get there:
PAL and other major airlines fly daily to Surigao City.
Siargao Island can be reached by boat from Surigao City. Roro or M/V Fortune Angels to Dapa cost from Php200 for Economy B and Php250 for Economy A. Terminal fee is Php10. Dapa Express also plies the route at Php250 from the Surigao City Port.
From Dapa, ride the motorcycle to del Carmen for PhP800.
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