KASAMA: Kalibo Hike Tour: Experience a Community-Run Eco Park

Kalibo Hike Tour: Experience a Community-Run Eco Park

Kalibo, Philippines

KASAMA

Non-profit organization

2 hours
From$25 USDper person

Kalibo Save the Mangroves Association Inc. works around the clock to both preserve and expand the forest located in New Buswang, while simultaneously increasing worker productivity within the community.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the exotic home of over 1.6 million locally-planted mangroves, and help the surrounding community grow alongside these lush trees.
  • Enjoy a guided nature stroll along our exotic bamboo boardwalk with a spectacular view of the picturesque forest greenery.
  • Reward your taste buds with some of the local delicacies and try the “tamilok”, a mangroves wood worm!

Tour revenue funds the mangrove reforestation program, which supports both the environment and culture of the Philippines.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    Flexible

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals

  • Languages

    English, Tagalog

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 100

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Hat, Light shirt, Rain gear, Sunglasses

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

  • This org is new to the travel industry

    Your visit will make an extra impact! Expect off the beaten path conditions.

Tour Description

Hike through the man-made forest of Kalibo on misty bamboo boardwalks. Listen to the ambient sounds of Filipino wildlife and hear the soft rustling of the rustic trees on your journey through the natural world. Witness the captivating sight of the preserved mangroves that you are helping to protect. Visit the nearby beach and see majestic waves crash on the shore. Enjoy one of our succulent local meals made with native produce. If you're feeling brave, taste “tamilok”, a mangroves wood worm that locals nibble on!

Upon taking in all of the spectacular sights and sounds of the forest, gain an understanding of our motivation to raise awareness for this extraordinary slice of environmental diversity. For the past twenty years, Kasama's work has helped expand the forest by over 175 hectares and has supported the quadrupling of trees over that same span, and now you will be helping to continue that work!

Tour Start Address

Kalibo Save the Mangroves Asso Inc. Bakhawan Eco-Park, New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

How To Get There

Via airplane: from Kalibo International Airport, take a tricycle going to New Buswang terminal at wet market, then ride another tricycle going to Bakhawan Eco-Park.

Via ship or RORO: From jetty port, Catiklan, Malay, you can take the bus or van going to Kalibo. From the Kalibo terminal, ride tricycle going to New Buswang terminal then ride tricycle going to Eco-park.

More About KASAMA

Mission

Kalibo Save the Mangroves Association (KASAMA) aims to protect mangroves and raise awareness in the Philippines for the numerous benefits that mangroves can offer for both the community and environment.

Main Programs

  • Planting mangroves (more than 1.6 million mangroves have been planted so far).

  • Preserving the mangroves.

  • Organizing community access to the mangroves to take shells .

  • Maintaining the bamboo boardwalk for tourists and organizing guided tours.

  • Inviting researchers who study biodiversity in the man-made mangrove forest.

Awards & Recognition

Climate Reality Leadership
Training with former US Vice President Al Gore
Zoological Society of London
Partners
Ateneo De Manila University
Research Partner
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Mangroves Planting Partner