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iHAP: Traveling with a Mission One Island at a Time

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Mar 02, 2016
iHAP: Traveling with a Mission One Island at a Time

Hopping from one Philippine island to another is something that this travel group looks forward to every now and then.  Each island has different offerings: from pristine white sand beaches to immersing in the people’s culture.

Island Hopping Adventures, Philippines (iHAP) is an organization that aims to showcase the best of the Philippines islands and, at the same time, make sure that tourism benefits the community by supporting local enterprises and raising awareness on some environmental issues. 

The founders of the group are Sedrick Wynn and Julius Santos, a Caviteño and a Travel Insider of Choose Philippines. 

In its Mindanao leg of this year’s tour, iHAP went on a trip to raise awareness on the importance of protecting the giant clams sanctuary in Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte.

READ: Giant Clams (Tridacna) Encounter.

The group made Tim Tebow Cure Hostpital in Davao City their next stop over. They personally visited patients who are children with bone deformities and handed toys they collected from a donation drive in the US. 

Upon reaching the island of Siargao, members of iHAP donated 150 seedlings of mangroves to Sentro sa Ikauunland ng Katutubong Agham at Teknolohiya (SIKAT) for its mangrove reforestation and preservation project in Del Carmen.  

READ: Take a Fearless Cruise with Crocodiles in Siargao

This is the first time that a group of travelers donated and planted mangroves in the island. 

iHAP aims to have more footprints in the Philippines next year as it becomes a social enterprise. Touring is fun but the impact that we leave behind makes the trip more meaningful. 

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