KAYAKASIA PHILIPPINES Exploring the Philippines by Kayak
On the island of Bohol, ecotourism is transforming communities’ relationship with their river.
As darkness falls over Bohol’s Abatan River on a clear night, a host of dancing lights flicker in the tangled mangroves that fringe the water: fireflies. When the tide is high, the river itself begins to glisten as it laps around kayakers’ prows and paddles, a phenomenon known as bioluminescence which is caused by tiny marine organisms.
KayakAsia Philippines is using kayaking to help preserve these precious ecosystems. Coastal mangroves form natural barriers that will become ever more important to the Philippines as climate change raises sea levels and increases the intensity of typhoons.