|Arrival in Urbiztondo beach in time to witness a beautiful sunrise|
Responsible Travel Tip #1 : Use products with ingredients that won't harm the ocean. Most synthetic suncreens that contain ingredients like parabens, oxybenzone and benzonphenone can contribute to coral bleaching. (Related Read : National Geographic | Swimmers' Sunscreen Killing Off Coral)
*Coral bleaching, which is primarily caused by global warming, drives away algae that gives corals its color and may also lead to its death. (More info about coral bleaching here.)
|AG Sano (in blue shirt) creating the outline|
|Lazing on the beach :)|
Responsible Travel Tip #3 : When you spot a sea turtle/pawikan, an endangered specie, leave them alone. Do not come closer to avoid disrupting them from laying their eggs. Sea turtles eat jellyfish and keep their numbers at bay, allowing us humans to wade in the water.
|Our yoga session with Corey Wills. Photo from Human Nature|
|The 180 meter sand art. We're standing at the "O" part as the drone flew over us for this |
monumental shot. (Photo fr Human Nature)
The S.O.S Coastival 2016 was initiated by Human Nature in partnership with WWF Philippines, CURMA (Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions), Save Philippine Seas and La Union Soul, an eco tourism movement by the local community.
Sharing with you a video of the highlights at the 1st Human Nature S.O.S. Coastival :
Where to buy environment-friendly personal care products?
For reef-friendly sunscreen and non toxic personal care products, visit Human Nature's website here.
Where to stay in La Union?
We stayed for a night in Chill'N, a new inn in San Juan, located 10 minutes on foot from Urbiztondo beach. It has its own pool, air conditioned rooms.
Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union, Philippines
For rates, get in touch with them through their facebook page, : http://www.facebook.com/chillnhotel/
Contact Numbers :
+63 917 575 0414 (Mobile)
+63 (072) 252 25 33 (Landline)