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I’ll see you in Sabang

By Charmie Joy Pagulong (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 5, 2015 
Isla Rita in Ulugan Bay is a snorkler’s paradise.

MANILA, Philippines - There’s a spot of green paradise amidst the crystal clear blue waters of the West Philippine Sea, tucked between the heights of mountain ranges. The green hotel Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa in Puerto Princesa, Palawan is the perfect jump off for a long list of sea and land adventures that await exploration this summer.

First on the list is touring the jade-green water and stretch of stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations inside the Puerto Princesa Underground River, chosen as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The 8.2-kilometer natural cave is a 20-minute boat ride from the resort and about one and a half hours from the town proper of Puerto Princesa to Sabang Port.

Dive into the pristine waters of the snake-like privately-owned atoll of Isla Rita that lies inside Ulugan Bay on the northwestern coast of Puerto Princesa. The laid-back island, which is a 45-minute van and boat ride from the resort, is ideal for snorkeling, with its wide selection of magnificent, colorful coral reefs and the busy communities of marine creatures that live within this ecosystem.

General manager of Sheridan resort Mike Villegas says they plan to develop the islands around Sabang as a diving spot for underwater enthusiasts.

Another adventure awaits when you brave the 800-meter long and 150 feet above sea level zipline across the waters of Sabang beach. It’s exhilarating not only because of the sheer thrill of zipping high above solid ground, but also because of the magnificent panoramic views laid out for you.

You need to trek the mountain trail for about 10 to 20 minutes to the get to the starting point of the zipline, but believe you me, it’s worth the effort!

From the resort, one can take the 8x8 amphibious ATV transport to the mangrove site and paddle through the mystical century-old ecosystem. The untouched mangroves, with its unique biodiversity, is home to numerous species of birds as well as other migratory species, thus attracting birdwatchers and nature lovers.

The wildlife friendly area also has a 100-meter mangrove boardwalk which provides an entry point to capture the beauty of the forest up-close. Black and yellow species of mangrove snakes can be spotted lazing on the branches of the trees, while the exotic woodworms, locally known as tamilok, is a must-try delicacy for the first-time visitors.

Travelers can also engage in other water activities such as glamor sailing, kayaking, fishing, aqua aerobics and aqua zumba. Or, if total relaxation is your thing, lounge around the resort and take a dip in their signature 340-foot long infinity pool against the glorious backdrop of towering mountain ranges.

Go “green” and wander around Sheridan’s organic farm, located a few kilometers away from the hotel. Villegas says 80 percent of the resort’s food resources are harvested from the organic farm, including black rice, fresh fruits and vegetables. The farm features a 12-hectare tree planting area which is also an ideal camping site.

Aside from organic farming, the first-eco resort in the Philippines promotes greater environmental sustainability. The hotel uses wind turbines and solar panels for energy, effective waste and water management systems, water conserving landscaping and efficient lighting as part of their environmental efforts and “Green and Eco-friendly Design” programs.

Due to its environmental conservation efforts, the hotel has garnered a Sustainable Energy Finance Award from the International Finance Corporation through the Bank of the Philippine Islands last September. It also took first place in the Beaches Category of the Puerto Princesa city government’s Clean & Green Award through the Oplan Linis Program.

The hotel has 95 Asian-inspired rooms and suites and a grand conventional hall.  Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa is located on Sabang island, Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Photos by Charmie Joy Pagulong


Apr 7, 2015

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