This Remote Island in The Philippines is The Galapagos of Asia

by: Claire Marie Algarme

Accessible only by sea via pump boats, Sibuyan Island is one of the remote places in the Philippines. The Sibuyan Island ecotourism and rich biodiversity, such as the flora and fauna which have grown abundantly over the years when the island remained isolated from the rest of the world, has earned Sibuyan the moniker as the “Galapagos of Asia”.

Sibuyan is one of the seven islands in the province of Romblon, considered as the heart of the Philippines, geographically speaking. It is covered by forests, which made it a favorite place for exploration and study by scientists who are mapping the various species endemic in the island. It has the densest forest in the country.

The National Museum once conducted a study in Sibuyan and found 1,551 trees within one hectare which contained 123 tree species, 54 of which is unique in this island. There are hundreds and thousands of plant and animal species that are still up for cataloguing. Among the animals that were identified were the Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Philippine Pygmy-woodpecker, Colasisi Loriculus philippensis bournsi, fruit bat species, and rodents. The pitcher plant, or the Nepenthes sibuyanensis, is one of the popular vascular plants that are endemic to Sibuyan Island.

  1. Guiting-Guiting: hike towards its jagged peaks
Sibuyan Island landscape, plants, and birds
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