Danjugan Island Nature Tourism Program (DINTP)
“Experience Danjugan Island”
About Danjugan Island
The island is located 3 km off the shore of Brgy. Bulata, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, Philippines. It is 150 km away from Bacolod, the nearest city with an airport. The 43-hectare island is 1.5 kilometers long and 0.5 kilometers at its widest point, has 5 lagoons, is surrounded by a fringing coral reef, and is covered with limestone and mangrove forests which provide asylum to many wildlife species that struggle to exist in the mainland. What was once a threatened and over-fished area is now a protected sanctuary with a dazzling array of marine and terrestrial life. Today, the island serves as an outdoor classroom for students, a research area for conservationists, and a haven for tourists eager to experience nature at its purest. Danjugan Island is managed by the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc., a non-profit non-government organization.
Danjugan is NOT A RESORT
We are a marine reserve and wildlife sanctuary. We are an ecotourism destination aimed towards conservation, environmental education, sustainable livelihood, science and research. We welcome all visitors to experience nature and immerse themselves in the sanctuary we have preserved for future generations. Please visit us with an open heart, and an open mind.
We respect nature, learn from it, live with it harmoniously, and love it. Our goal is for every visitor to experience the sanctuary through its programs.
We are a model ecotourism site that cares for wildlife, our natural resources, and the people and communities around us.
Our mission is to promote responsible and sustainable ecotourism by:
- Educating island staff and guests to protect nature;
- Providing sustainable livelihood for coastal communities;
- Creating a positive island experience to our guests, staff, volunteers and partner communities.
The island’s ecotourism program offers activities that bring people closer to nature, teaching them to respect it and not degrade it. From the Eco-Briefing, nature walks to snorkeling, Danjugan Island will rekindle your love for nature, awaken your senses, and inspire you to be an advocate for the environment.
- Trekking and Nature Walks – explore our beaches and lagoons, mangroves and limestone forests
- Birdwatching – we are home to more than 72 species of birds, including the elusive stork-billed kingfisher, migrating black-crested terns, the Philippine scrub fowl, and a nesting pair of white-bellied sea eagles
- Snorkeling and Diving – we are home to more than 500 species of fish and more than 200 species of hard and soft corals. Other animals that can be observed during snorkeling and diving are giant clams, seasonal visitors like reef sharks, rays, sea turtles, dolphins and on occasion the migrating whale shark
- Kayaking and Glass Bottom Inflatable Raft – row through the still waters of the lagoons or along the island’s shores. Marvel at limestone formations, seagrass beds teeming with life, and birds flying freely above
- Hobie Cat or Paraw Sailing – sail along the island coast to quiet the mind and soul
- Massage – relax after a day of exploring
- Citizen Science – scientific activities may be arranged including transect surveys, species identification and the like
- Earthing and Meditation – mindfulness workshops to cap off a newfound reconnection with nature
- SPECIAL PROGRAMS: We also schedule Marine and Wildlife Camps, trainings and team-building workshops, yoga and meditation retreats, artist residency and volunteer programs, etc. We may develop or customize activities or programs upon request.
Note: Activities depend on weather/sea conditions and availability. Please inquire and request for any of these activities in advance.
Danjugan Island has two different types of accommodation:
- Moray Lagoon Camp: Located on the Eastern side of the island, this camp has five eco-cabanas with a magnificent view of a lagoon. Guests sleep in dorm-style single mattresses draped with mosquito nets set up inside roofed, open-air eco-cabanas. Shared water toilets and showers are located at sea level. Lights are generated by solar power; phone charging not available. There is mobile phone reception in this side of the island. Best time to visit: Habagat and summer seasons. Maximum capacity for Moray Lagoon Camp: 32 guests / 8 guests per eco-cabana.
- Typhoon Beach: Located on the Western side of the island facing the Sulu Sea. This facility currently has 4 private rooms with en suite toilet and bath, a private lounge area, solar powered lights and fans. Phone charging available here, but there is no mobile phone reception. The Nudibranch Bar is also located here. Best time to visit: Amihan and summer seasons. Maximum capacity for Typhoon Beach: 16 guests / 4 guests per room.
All meals are served buffet style, making use of locally available produce sourced from the nearby community. We offer a variety of dishes that cater to each individual’s dietary requirements. Please make arrangements in advance should you have special requests.
Conservation of Resources
There is no freshwater source or power lines on Danjugan Island. We encourage guests to be mindful of this and to reduce their consumption of water and electricity.
Guests are requested to clean as they go, not to leave trash anywhere on the island. Residual trash are disposed at a designated facility in the mainland. Other trash are either composted or recycled.
The island is a private property of the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc.; only booked or authorized guests can stay on the island. We can accommodated infants and children, but parents or guardians must take responsibility for them on the island. Our staff is trained for first aid and emergency response, but all activities are to be done at each guest’s discretion. Waivers must be signed by all guests and insurance policies are included in each booking. Guests are not allowed to bring in firearms or dangerous substances.
When visiting Danjugan Island, please remember to:
- Take Nothing but Photos
- Leave Nothing but Footprints
- Kill Nothing But Time