Proposed Manila to Equator Tour seen to boost BIMP-EAGA

El Nido, Palawan (Photo credit:hl.travel.austronesia.net)

A tour package from Manila going to destinations in Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia and that will traverse the World’s Best Island of Palawan is seen to boost the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) sub-region.

Shellemai Roa, the provincial government’s project development officer for BIMP-EAGA, said the tour will contribute to the region’s economic activities, considering that many destinations in Palawan will be included in the package.

The tour will start from Metro Manila, proceeding to Batangas and Mindoro followed by Palawan before jumping off the province’s southern port of Buliluyan to other destinations in Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia.

The Batangas roro port will connect the tour to Calapan in Mindoro province.

After Mindoro, Coron and El Nido in the northern part of Palawan will be the tourists’ next destinations. Both Coron and El Nido’s world class tourism jewels such as scenic islands, rock formations, beach resorts, and other natural riches in the northern part of the province could definitely draw more crowd and tourists, Roa said.

Roa pointed out that the provincial government has a port construction project in El Nido to address the influx of more tourists.

She said there are many places in the northern part of the province, and as well as in Puerto Princesa City, that the tourists will include in their visit, such as the Underground River, and the region’s numerous caves, beach resorts, and islands.

“It is indeed an adventure in the World’s Best Island. ‘Yun bang tour na sulit talaga para sa mga turista,” Roa said.

In the south, tourist can visit the Estrella falls, pineapple plantations, and many other farm destinations in the southern part of the province, specially in Bataraza.

Roa said they are promoting Farm Tourism in the southern part of the province, and the provincial government is doing its best help boost tourism activities in this area.

In exiting the province’s southern port, the tour will move towards Kudat, State of Sabah in Malaysia going to other destinations to complete the Manila to Equator tour.

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