Ecotourism projects eyed for Tawi-Tawi’s Turtle Islands - an Official Gazette PH Special Section
Ecotourism projects aimed to protect endangered marine species and help sustain community-based tourism enterprises are being developed on Turtle Islands, one of the world’s major nesting sites of marine turtles and located in the country’s southernmost frontier.
Turtle watching lounges, elevated wooden boardwalks, and several wooden cottages are among the ecotourism facilities that are considered on the islands of Taganak, Bakkungan, and Baguan, three of the six major islands that comprise the municipality of Turtle Islands.
The wooden boardwalks and turtle watching lounges will protect the green sea turtles from tourists who visit the islands to watch the reptiles lay their eggs at night. The facilities will also allow watchers to observe this rare experience without bothering the nesting creatures.
“Through these initiatives, the residents of Turtle Islands can earn sustainable livelihood by promoting this famous attraction, while ensuring the protection of the endangered species and their nesting sites,” said Luwahati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority.