You might already have heard of this place: Danjugan Island. It’s not labeled as a resort but as a sanctuary, and we well understood this when we got there.
Dave Albao, the island manager of the island, first-handedly entertained our group during our stay in the island.
|Our group with Dave (second from left) (📷: Ino S.)|
|Curiously gawking at the turtle nest as Dave explained how he found the eggs.
(📷: Krishan T.)
|Me prepping for our educational snorkeling! (📷: Ino S.)|
|Happy snorklers. (📷: Krishan T.)|
|I’m pretty sure I was pointing at something awesome.
(📷: Krishan T.)
|Just casually kayaking by… 🛶 (📷: Krishan T.)|
During the sunset, Dave guided us to another part of the island (can’t remember anymore which part it was 😭). But the one thing that stuck to my mind was the scenery there — there were lots of plastic bottles along the shore. It was part of Dave’s habit to go here regularly to collect the bottles. You won’t believe where all these trash were coming from. These bottles come all the way from the South China Sea! True enough when I looked at the bottles, it all had Chinese characters on it. It was kinda sad to know we humans leave behind so much trash, and that it can travel far and wide (even crossing an ocean!). 😔
Spending the night in Danjugan island gave us an authentic experience of nature. Sadly in these modern times, people are always online, busy with their phones and gadgets. Through that one night we spent on the island, we unplugged. There was no phone signal and limited electricity at night so we just bonded and talked endless stories throughout the night.
One unforgettable moment was the magic of seeing fireflies come out of the trees. It felt so surreal I thought I was just dreaming. Together with the stars twinkling in the sky, these fireflies subtly lit up the place while we were all chatting away by the shore. I will never forget that night.
Visiting Danjugan is such an astounding experience. You’ll not just enjoy the place, but you will learn to respect nature and care more about the other creatures living in the ecosystem. I hope Danjugan island, and all the other natural treasures that we have, will be preserved so the natural life there can live and thrive.
Danjugan Island is being managed by The Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc.