A lot of people worldwide would agree that the Philippines is a diver’s paradise, with the abundance of coral reefs and beaches throughout the archipelago. However, having the most beautiful islands and housing the world’s largest contiguous coral reef systems come with a prize – the duty to take care of them in every way we can.
Listed below are eco-friendly diving resorts that do their best to promote sustainable tourism and commit to ecological practices.
Sierra Madre Divers, Pangalo Bohol
This is one of the most principled and sensible diving resorts on Alona Beach. They support marine conservation groups and projects and teach proper underwater ethics as well. They dive with a purpose through conservation courses that help restore Alona house reef and promote sustainable and responsible diving activities.
Evolution Diving Resort, Malapascua Cebu
One of the most outstanding dive resorts in the Philippines because of their continuous efforts in preserving marine life. They are constantly working on reducing their impact on the environment in the dive shop and in the resort. They’ve been pushing great efforts from working with divers on techniques and buoyancy control all the way through to the products they use to clean the boats and dive equipment.
Apart from the many awards they have received through the years, Evolution is a proud recipient of the 2018 Green Fins award as the dive operator with the lowest impact on the environment worldwide.
Liquid Dive Resort, Dauin Negros Oriental
An eco-friendly dive resort dedicated to the environment. Liquid received the PADI Green Star Award for environmental conservation efforts and the first Green Fins resort in Dauin. They strive to be environmentally conscious both above and under the ocean by strictly imposing monthly underwater cleanups, no straw and single plastic policy.
Sangat Island Dive Resort, Coron Palawan
An eco-resort positioned along a 300-m stretch of white sandy beach, surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and coconut palms. All their rooms have been made with local materials – from walls to roofing – to ensure that they are as eco-friendly as possible. The resort carries a very strong environmental message, as it is self-sustaining with power and water and shows permaculture in practice.
El Nido Resorts, Palawan
El Nido Resorts is currently comprised of four island resorts, all operating responsibly in an ecologically gifted area. Embracing a strong commitment to sustainability, they exercise stewardship over the flourishing diverse environment, stressing the importance of preserving nature to all who visit.
With all the awards they have been granted, El Nido Resorts has been globally recognized for embracing nature-based guest activities and sustainable menus, and for providing environment programs for staff and guests, and employment opportunities for the local community.
Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, Negros Oriental
This eco-friendly resort cares for a better environment and is committed to protect the ecosystem by using recycled, local and refillable products in their rooms, restaurant, dive shop and spa. They also use eco-friendly solar units, power cut-off switches and many other things to reduce the negative environmental and social impacts that may result from running a resort.
With diving, they have a no touch, no gloves, no feed and no anchoring policy that they actively show and promote through diving etiquette videos to enforce their efforts in marine conservation.
Eco-friendly diving resorts are progressively making conscious efforts in promoting a healthy future for all of us. Next time you book a diving resort, make sure you stay with a resort that does not only have good facilities or 5 star ratings, but a resort that goes the extra mile in protecting the environment.