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Recovery flights, tourism transport to continue for stranded passengers


Both international and domestic tourists, whose flights were affected by the community quarantine impositions across the country, are being assisted by the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT), local government unit (LGU) officers, local airport staff and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in terms of recovery flights, transportation, meals and accommodation.

RECOVERY FLIGHTS

With the current domestic travel restrictions in place in the NCR as of March 15, 2020, flights to Manila have been redirected to either Clark or Cebu (for outgoing international flights only). The DOT lauds the efforts of Air Asia, AirSwift, Cebu Pacific, and Philippine Airlines for mounting recovery flights to immediately address the situation of stranded passengers.

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24, 836 HOTEL ROOMS RESERVED FOR OFWS' QUARANTINE, BPO STAFF USE – DOT CHIEF

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo–Puyat confirmed that as of 07 April, 2020, the DOT has secured a total of 11,549 hotel rooms for the accommodation of homebound overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are required to undergo the 14–day quarantine upon their arrival to the country.

— Wednesday, April 8, 2020

STRANDED TOURISTS WELCOME EXTENDED STAY IN BATANES

The Department of Tourism (DOT) said at least 12 domestic tourists have returned home after staying in the Batanes islands for almost two weeks due to the travel restrictions prompted by the March 17 imposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in connection with the coronavirus or COVID–19 crisis.

— Monday, April 6, 2020

DOT PROVIDES VIRTUAL BACKGROUNDS FOR VIDEO CALLS TO ENCOURAGE “TRAVEL FROM HOME”

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) is encouraging the public to "travel from home" by providing virtual backgrounds that people can feature in video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Webex, and many more.

— Saturday, April 4, 2020

DOT-REGION 6 DELIVERS FILIPINO BRAND OF SERVICE IN CRISIS

The Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Office 6 (DOT-RO 6) has assisted 1,284 tourists who remained in Boracay island and other Western Visayas areas due to travel restrictions following President Duterte's March 12 announcement of the nationwide state of public health emergency.

— Friday, April 3, 2020

DOT ASSISTS 98 STRANDED TOURISTS IN WESTERN MINDANAO

The Department of Tourism (DOT) assisted 61 foreign visitors stranded in Western Mindanao and facilitated their return to their home countries last March 27 in the wake of travel cancellations and travel restrictions imposed by the government amid the national state of health emergency.

— Monday, March 30, 2020

DOT ASSISTS 246 TOURISTS STRANDED IN BICOL

The Department of Tourism (DOT) Region V assisted as of March 27 a total of 246 tourists stranded in the region on their return to their home countries since the imposition of travel restrictions.

— Monday, March 30, 2020

DOT RESPONSE TEAM ASSISTS 1004 TOURISTS STRANDED IN CARAGA REGION

The Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 13 has assisted 1,044 foreign tourists stranded in the Caraga region in the wake of travel restrictions and flight cancellations triggered by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) amid the COVID-19 epidemic crisis.

— Saturday, March 28, 2020

STATEMENT OF TOURISM SECRETARY BERNADETTE ROMULO-PUYAT

Given the recently unfortunate news that the AFP Chief of Staff has tested positive for COVID-19, I will be undergoing self-quarantine as I was exposed to him in a meeting last March 20.

— Friday, March 27, 2020

DOT8 SPRINGS STRANDED TOURISTS, TOTAL ASSISTED TRAVELERS NOW AT 11,000

TACLOBAN CITY—Cebu Pacific sweeper flight airlifted at least (57) international tourists stranded due to flight cancellations in connection with the national state of health emergency measures.

— Friday, March 27, 2020

DOT ASSISTS STRANDED TOURISTS IN CENTRAL LUZON

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has arranged additional sweeper flights to facilitate the return of stranded tourists to their home countries within the next few days.

— Friday, March 27, 2020

DOT RESPONSE TEAMS ASSIST OVER 10,000 TRAVELERS

MANILA - At least 10,300 individuals, mostly foreign travelers affected by the enhanced community quarantine, have been assisted as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020 by the Department of Tourism (DOT), Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat disclosed.

— Tuesday, March 24, 2020

DOT Announces the Guidelines on Hotels and other Accommodation Establishments during the Enhanced Community Quarantine

The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) on Operations of Accommodation Establishments During the Enhanced Community Quarantine issued on 18 March 2020 states that no hotels, resorts, tourist inns, motels, and the like are allowed to operate, except those with the following:

— Thursday, March 19, 2020

DOT Welcomes Lifting of Travel Ban For Outbound Passengers

The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomed the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to lift the 72-hour window for individuals departing overseas.

— Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Recovery flights, tourism transport to continue for stranded passengers

Both international and domestic tourists, whose flights were affected by the community quarantine impositions across the country, are being assisted by the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT), local government unit (LGU) officers, local airport staff and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in terms of recovery flights, transportation, meals and accommodation.

— Monday, March 16, 2020

DOT STATEMENT ON THE CURFEW RECOMMENDATION FOR LGUs

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is aware of a resolution calling for the implementation of a curfew in Metro Manila.

— Saturday, March 14, 2020

STATEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM (DOT) on COVID-19 local transmission

In light of recently reported community transmissions of COViD-19, the Department of Tourism (DOT) calls on all tourism industry stakeholders to remain calm, to be constantly updated and to report suspected cases to local health authorities.

— Monday, March 9, 2020

DOT, TURKISH AIRLINES FORM PARTNERSHIP TO INCREASE PHILIPPINE TOURISM FROM EUROPE AND MEDITERRANEAN SOURCE MARKETS

The Department of Tourism (DOT) and Turkish Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that aims to reinforce and affirm the country's position in the European, Mediterranean and other international markets being serviced by Turkish Airlines.

— Monday, March 9, 2020

DOT celebrates first run of the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in CALABARZON

The Department of Tourism (DOT) hailed the successful opening day of the Flying Carnival 2020 on Friday, March 6, 2020.

— Friday, March 6, 2020

Puyat convenes Tourism Council; invites public to travel within PH

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat today assured the country of the tourism industry's fortitude and resiliency through the global health crisis brought by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in 60 countries, including the Philippines.

— Wednesday, March 4, 2020

International visitor receipts hit USD 9.31B in 2019, 20.81% up from 2018

MANILA – The Philippines' all-time high 8.2 million international tourist arrivals in 2019, contributed USD 9.31 billion or PHP 482.15 billion in visitor receipts, 20.81 percent higher than the 2018 figure of USD 7.71 billion, the Department of Tourism (DOT) disclosed.

— Monday, March 2, 2020

DOT POSTPONES NATIONWIDE MALL SALE TO PRIORITIZE SAFETY OF CITIZENS

Given the alarming rise in corona virus disease (COVID-19) infections all over the world during the past few days, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has postponed the nationwide mall sale portion of the 2020 Philippine Shopping Festival until further notice.

— Saturday, February 29, 2020

Department of Tourism unveils new ad inspired by the ABaKaDa alphabet, highlighting unique Filipino culture

Makati City – Culture buffs around the globe can now learn the ABCs of the Philippine culture as the Department of Tourism (DOT) unveils its newest ad at the Culture Launch on Thursday, February 27, held at the Shooting Gallery Studio in Makati City.

— Friday, February 28, 2020

DOT: 1st PHL SHOPPING FEST KICKS OFF MARCH 1st

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Department of Tourism (DOT) and partner malls and associations announced on Wednesday it’s all systems go for "The 2020 Philippine Shopping Festival".

— Wednesday, February 19, 2020

DOH, DILG and DOT give public gatherings green light

The Department of Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Department of Tourism (DOT) announced, in a joint statement, that it is safe to organize and attend public gatherings, meetings and festivals as long as all precautionary measures identified by the DOH are observed.

— Tuesday, February 18, 2020

2019 International arrivals exceed target with 8.26 million visitors to the Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The year 2019 is deemed celebratory for Philippine tourism as international visitors numbering 8.26 million, exceeded the 8.2 million annual target set in the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) for 2016-2022.

— Monday, February 17, 2020

DOT welcomes lifting of Taiwan travel ban

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomes the lifting of the travel ban on Taiwan to minimize the impact of the nCov global scare on the local tourism industry.

— Friday, February 14, 2020

JOINT STATEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM AND TOURISM CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Congress of the Philippines (TCP), which represents the country's tourism stakeholders, assure the public, especially our foreign and domestic tourists, that the Philippines remains a safe destination for travel.

— Sunday, February 11, 2020

Relive the history of Intramuros city with augmented reality app Experience Philippines

February 3, 2020 – Tourists and culture buffs can now immerse themselves in the past of Intramuros via their mobile phones. Experience Philippines, an augmented reality application available on iOs and Android, houses a treasure chest of visuals and information about the famed walled city of Manila. This innovative tourism application is a joint project of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and iACADEMY, a school in Makati that offers specialized courses on computing, business, and design. To download the free app, simply key in "Experience Philippines" on Google Play or the App Store.

— Monday, February 3, 2020

DOT statement following the President's latest directive to contain the NCov

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has immediately advised its foreign offices in China to relay to all stakeholders involved in bringing markets to the Philippines on the latest directive by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to temporarily ban "the entry of any person, regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of Permanent Resident Visa issued by the Philippine Government, directly coming from China and its Special Administrative Regions," Hong Kong and Macau, in order to contain the spread of the novel corona virus (NCov).

— Sunday, February 2, 2020

Guidelines in Handling Guests in Tourism Enterpises in the Advent of nCOV Global Health Emergency

The Department of Tourism (DOT) enjoins tourism enterprises such as accommodation establishments to take immediate protective measures to avoid, correct or remove imminent danger in areas where tourists are evidently at risk of infection.

— Saturday, February 1, 2020

Statement of the Department of Tourism (DOT)

In light of the first confirmed case of novel coronavirus (nCoV) in the Philippines, the Department of Tourism (DOT) urges the public, locals and foreign tourists alike, to take the necessary precautions to minimize the risk of contracting the virus.

— Friday, January 31, 2020

Puyat eyes Isabela as top agro-ecotourism destination

ILAGAN CITY, ISABELA – Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Isabela deserves to be regarded as one of the country’s premiere provinces for its very promising agriculture industry and richly-diverse natural attractions that make for a potential agro-ecotourism haven.

— Friday, January 31, 2020

Sec. Puyat to grace 2020 Bambanti Festival

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Fatima Romulo-Puyat is Guest of Honor and speaker during the Bambanti Festival on January 27-31, 2020 in Ilagan City, Isabela. Secretary Puyat will be speaking at the Festival and Street Dancing showdown on January 30 to be held at the Isabela Sports Complex.

— Wednesday, January 29, 2020

DOT allocates P340.7M for Iloilo tourism infrastructure development

ILOILO CITY–Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat assured the agency's continued support to Iloilo's tourism business by earmarking a total of PHP340.7 million for the province's tourism infrastructure requirements via the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), its infrastructure arm.

— Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tourist arrivals mark 7.4M in November, up by 15.58%

MANILA–International visitor arrivals in the country continued to increase sharply last November, a momentum that indicated another record-high finish for the tourism industry by the end of 2019, according to the latest data released by the Department of Tourism (DOT).

— Friday, January 24, 2020

Safety of tourists is DOT's top priority – Sec. Puyat

Makati City–Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo–Puyat emphasized today, January 24, that the safety and security of tourists remains the top priority of the Department of Tourism (DOT).

— Friday, January 24, 2020

DOT, CAB collaborate to enhance Air Passenger's Bill of Rights

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), in which the Department of Tourism sits as vice-chair, held its regular board meeting on January 20 to thresh out issues and discuss the implementation of rules, which airlines must abide by during emergencies and similar situations.

— Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Statement of the Department of Tourism

The Department of Tourism (DOT) strongly advises all tourism enterprises operating in all affected areas of the Taal Volcano disaster to immediately cease operations in light of DOST–Phivolcs' Alert Level 4 warning.

— Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Statement of the Department of Tourism

The Department of Tourism (DOT) joins the nation in hopes and prayers that Taal's volcanic activity would soon dissipate, as millions of lives and livelihood are imperiled by the continued eruption.

— Tuesday, January 14, 2020

DOT thanks Smart for emergency satellite phones

The Department of Tourism (DOT) extends its appreciation to Smart Communications for offering satellite (SAT) phones to regional tourism offices for use in times of emergencies.

— Thursday, January 9, 2020

DOT–DOTr meet to boost tourism infra, connectivity;Puyat to push approval of 1B for night-rated airports

CLARK, PAMPANGA – Philippine tourism and transportation officials on Tuesday convened to strengthen the tourism infrastructure convergence program to ensure that the country's tourism industry is off to another productive year with enhanced tourism infrastructure and increased connectivity.

— Wednesday, January 8, 2020

DOT Chief to visit, vows to revitalize Baguio

Manila – Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo–Puyat confirmed that the triumvirate of the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) are slated to visit the City of Pines on Friday January 10.

— Tuesday, January 7, 2020

March 27, 2020 2020 DOT FOREIGN TOURISM SERVICE EXAMINATIONS UPDATES Download
March 26, 2020 ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2020-001-B Download
March 16, 2020 Department of Tourism Advisory - Contact Details Download
February 24, 2020 Career Opportunties Download
February 20, 2020 2020 DOT FOREIGN TOURISM SERVICE EXAMINATIONS Download
May 14, 2019 Career Opportunties Download
May 10, 2019 Attention: All DOT-Accredited Travel and Tour Operators Download
April 24, 2019 Career Opportunties Download
January 11, 2019 Career Opportunties Download
September 21, 2017 National Day of Protest Download
August 9, 2017 Bid Opportunities Download
July 2017 Career Opportunties Download
June 21, 2017 6th UN World Tourism Org. Int'l. Conference on Tourism Statistics Video
June 21, 2017 ASEAN 2017 Website Link
January 6, 2017 2017 Market Dev’t. Group Calendar of Travel Fairs and Selling Missions Link
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ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2020-001-B
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Career Opportunties As of February 24, 2020
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List of Boracay Accredited Accommodation Establishments As of October 16, 2019
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List of Boracay Accredited Accommodation Establishments As of September 24, 2019
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List of Boracay Accredited Accommodation Establishments As of August 6, 2019
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List of Boracay Accredited Accommodation Establishments As of July 10, 2019
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List of Boracay Accredited Accommodation Establishments As of June 28, 2019
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List of Boracay Accredited Accommodation Establishments As of May 25, 2019
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Attention: All DOT-Accredited Travel and Tour Operators
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List of Boracay Accredited Accommodation Establishments As of April 28, 2019
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List of Boracay Accredited Accommodation Establishments As of March 20, 2019
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List of Boracay Accredited Hotels As of February 27, 2019
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List of Boracay Accredited Hotels
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NVM 2018 Participation Form
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List of Boracay Accredited Hotels
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Regulations on Cross-border Transfer of Legal Tender Local and Foreign Currencies.(section 4)
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Banaue Rice Terraces — IFUGAO PROVINCE, CORDILLERA

Because of its high altitude, Banaue is often described as "where land merges with the clouds to meet the heavens" with the rice terraces as "the stairway to the sky."

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Boracay — AKLAN

There is an undeniable easy atmosphere in Boracay where walking barefoot than shod is the rule rather than the exception. White Beach is so, soooo fine, it feels like treading on miles of baby powder! No wonder, even swinging discos have the beach for a floor, giving dance a new twist.

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Davao — LAND OF PLENTY

"Kadayawan sa Dabaw" is Davao City's premier festival and showcases the natural and cultural bounty of the land. A movable feast in August, the week-long merrymaking highlights the manifold tribal cultures of the region which are vividly expressed in traditional songs, dances, games and crafts.

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Chocolate Hills — PROVINCE OF BOHOL

Chocolate Hills is a series of 1,268 perfectly symmetrical, haycock-shaped hills that rise some 30 meters above the ground. A National Geologic Monument, these unique, rock formations were cast after million years of evolution.

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Cebu — THE GATEWAY TO A THOUSAND JOURNEYS

Cebu is the traveler's fantasy of a tropical island come true - balmy weather, pristine beaches, crystalline waters, and luxurious resorts with all the frills of modern living.

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Manila — CAPITAL OF THE PHILIPPINES

The capital of the Philippines - its heart and soul -- is Manila. It sets the rhythm of life in this archipelago and is a pulsating hub that blends the Oriental with the Occidental, the quaint with the modern, the mundane with the extraordinary.

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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River — NATIONAL PARK, PALAWAN

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park lies in the Saint Paul Mountain Range, 81 kilometers from the center of Puerto Princesa City, but is still within the city boundaries.

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Historic City of Vigan — VIGAN, ILOCOS SUR

During the height of the Spanish colonial era in the 18th and 19th centuries, Vigan or Ciudad Fernandina de Vigan was the third most important city after Manila and Cebu.

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Nuestra Señora dela Asunción — SANTA MARIA, ILOCOS SUR

Not following fully the traditional Spanish urban town plan of situating the church as the focus of the central town plaza, the location of the Nuesta Señora De La Asunción church and convent in Sta.

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Banaue Rice Terraces — IFUGAO PROVINCE, CORDILLERA

Among the world heritage sites in the Philippines, the Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras have such a powerful presence that makes them one of the most outstanding places in the country.

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Church of San Agustin — PAOAY, ILOCOS NORTE

The San Agustin Church in Paoay began its construction in 1604 and finally completed n 1710. This is one of the most outstanding "earthquake baroque" structure in the Philippines where the primary concern was to design the church for earthquake protection.

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Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church — MIAG-AO, ILOILO

Built of local yellow-orange sandstone, the large fortress-church was completed in 1797. The church withstood typhoons and earthquakes, but it burned twice: first was during the revolution against Spain in 1898 and the second was during the Philippine-American War a few years later.

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Boracay — AKLAN

Boracay Island, with its sugary white sand beaches and azure blue waters, is located on the northwestern tip of Panay, Western Visayas.

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Pagudpud — ILOCOS NORTE

In the Northern part of the Philippines is a beach reputed to have the longest contiguous white sand with mighty waves and strong winds that can compare to Hawaii.

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Mactan Island — CEBU

Lying in the heart of Cebu is the island of Mactan. This tropical-island getaway endowed with a variety of colors from its beach, hotels, resorts, nightlife, music, food, drinks will guarantee to spice up every tourist.

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Panglao — BOHOL

Panglao is a perfect for a great dive and beach holiday. It is a small island on the Philippines southwest of the bigger island, Bohol.

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Camiguin — CAMIGUIN ISLAND

Camiguin, which rhymes with "come again," has been regarded as the most beautiful island in the country. As such, it is also referred to as the Philippines "Garden of Eden."

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Pearl Farm — DAVAO

Pearl Farm is located in the Samal Island off the coast of Davao City, Southern Philippines.

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Puerto Galera — ORIENTAL MINDORO

Known as the Pearl of Mindoro, it is world-famous for splendid beaches, coral reefs, and exquisite dive sites for new and experienced divers alike.

Anilao — BATANGAS

Located in the province of Batangas, it is not only ideal for poking around and observing marine life but also outstanding for macro photography.

Cabilao Island — PROVINCE OF BOHOL

The main reason most visitors come to Cabilao is diving on some of the wonderful reefs that surround the island. On the island are three resorts, that mainly cater to divers, who seek out the undisturbed reefs...

Balicasag — PROVINCE OF BOHOL

Around Balicasag Island, you'll find some of the best diving locations in the Philippines.

Apo Island — NEGROS ORIENTAL

Apo Island is one of the smallest volcanic islands in the Philippines. It is one of the world's best known marine sanctuaries.

Malapascua Island — CEBU

As a diving destination, Malapascua was "discovered" fairly recently, only in the early 90s.

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RARE AND EXOTIC FAUNA

The game preserve and wildlife sanctuary on Calauit Island is straight out of Africa. To add to an array of endangered endemic Philippine animals are 108 African animals transported here.

UNDER WATER

The Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park teems with 300 coral species, 46 coral genera, 7 seagrass species, 71 algae species; large marine life, dolphins, marine turtles; and seabirds.

FLORA

Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center in Quezon Avenue boasts of about 38 species of trees and shrubs, representing 2,443 trees commonly found in Philippine forests.

AVIAN

Olango Island, "The Bird Island of Central Philippines," is a critical stopover of up to 50,000 migrating water birds flying the East Asian migratory flyway yearly.

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