EL NIDO, PALAWAN – NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS - Rakso Travel

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

EL NIDO, PALAWAN – NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS

PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES – El Nido together with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) started imposing a carrying capacity on its 3 most commendable tourist attractions after recognizing the overcrowding and habitat disturbance issues in the Big and Small Lagoons.


Last December 01, 2018 – the implementation of the carrying capacity policy for Big and Small Lagoons was finally effective after a series of meetings, dry runs, and consultations. Both lagoons will become premium tours and can no longer be visited on the same day.


As a responsible tourist, here are the guidelines that you MUST KNOW and FOLLOW in order to make a difference:


Small lagoon

 1.  The entry to the small lagoon is limited only to 40 persons on 20 kayaks for every 30 minutes while entry to the big lagoon is limited only to 80 tourists on a total of 40 kayaks for every one hour and 30 minutes.

Big Lagoon


2. Due to the limited availabilities, advance booking will be essential and tourists must secure first a permit from DENR’s Protected Area Management Office (PAMO). From there, they will be given small flags that indicate their batch or travel time.



3An environmental user fee of Php 200.00 will be collected from each tourist for either Big Lagoon or Small Lagoon. Make sure to also bring a valid identification card as you’ll need it for registration.

  
    4. Other guidelines include the following:
All guests entering the above lagoons must wear life jackets
No cooking/ grilling, washing of utensils, or throwing food scraps/ leftover foods in the water
No smoking or alcoholic liquors
No stepping on Corals
No loud sound or music inside the lagoons
No cliff diving or other activities except those allowed by PAMB
All El Nido tours are still plastic-free and plastic bottles are prohibited so guests must bring their own tumbler.

TIME SLOTS AND FLAG CODE

COLOR AND FLAG NUMBER
PERIOD
BIG LAGOON
GREEN #1
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
GREEN #2
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
GREEN #3
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
GREEN #4
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
GREEN #5
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
GREEN #6
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
SMALL LAGOON
YELLOW #1
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
YELLOW #2
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
YELLOW #3
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
YELLOW #4
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
YELLOW #5
11:00 AM – 12:00 NN
YELLOW #6
12:00 NN – 1:00PM
YELLOW #7
1:00 PM  – 2:00 PM
YELLOW #8
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
YELLOW #9
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Each lagoon is guarded by DENR park rangers and coast guard personnel who ensure that the policies are strictly followed. Though it might cause some inconvenience at first, this new policy is expected to lower the risk of environmental deterioration and also part of the rehabilitation process of El Nido.

Reference: Department of Environment and Natural Resources

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