Protecting Palawan: How We Can Be Better Visitors

Palawan is full of natural scenery, forests, beaches, islands, animals, and many more beautiful things to discover.

Palawan Sunset

With this in mind, it’s important for US, as visitors, to be mindful of the way we interact with Palawan’s natural areas along with their people.  While many of these things might sound like common sense it’s easy to forget them when we’re out exploring a new place.  Here are just a few things to think about when visiting Palawan:

  1. Don’t touch corals:  I’ve seen this happen many times, people are out island hopping, snorkelling through the corals and they stop to stand on the corals.  Touching the corals in any way degrades and kills them.  Getting healthy coral species back takes a very long time to regenerate.  If we keep doing things like this there won’t be any corals left to enjoy.  Be mindful of your actions around corals and let others know how to protect them, too.
  2. Don’t litter:  Throw your trash away (package wrappers, plastic bottles, cigarette butts, etc.).  This is how beautiful places become easily degraded!  We can be mindful of our trash and make sure that we dispose of it properly.  If there aren’t any trash cans around, put your trash in your pocket, bag, whatever.  ALSO, you can be fined in Palawan for littering – so keep this in mind the next time you think about throwing your discarded waste onto the ground here…
  3. Be respectful:  Whether you’re in a restaurant or on a boat headed out for some island hopping, remember that the people who are providing you services work hard and earn very little for the jobs they do.  Ask before you do things.  Be kind and patient.  Even if there is a language barrier, try to suppress your frustrations.  Embrace the difference in culture and language and be respectful.