El Nido Resorts and Lio Tourism Estate in the Philippines have become the first in the world to be awarded the Sea Turtle Friendly™ Tourism Certification by the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN).

A hatchling safely released at Lio Beach. Photo courtesy of Jamie Dichaves via WFEN

El Nido, a group of private island resorts in Palawan province, and Lio Tourism Estate, Ayala Land’s first tourism estate in the Philippines, together supervised by the Ten Knots Group, earned WFEN’s “global distinction for their dedication to the conservation of marine turtles through nesting beach protection, reduction of lighting impacts, visitor education efforts”.

El Nido and Lio Tourism satisfied The Sea Turtle Friendly™ standards criteria to receive the certification announced by WFEN on February 19, 2020:

  • Nesting beach management
  • Conservation of foraging habitat
  • Beachfront lighting
  • Guidelines for visitor behavior near sea turtles
  • Monitoring
  • Community involvement
  • Education and outreach

El Nido Resorts is a group of eco-resorts located in the municipalities of El Nido and Taytay in Palawan, Philippines. The group is currently comprised of Miniloc, Lagen and Pangulasian Island Resorts in El Nido, and Apulit Island Resort in Taytay Bay. These 4 resort properties have met the requirements for mitigating key threats to sea turtles and their survival through their Be G.R.E.E.N. (Guard, Respect, Educate El Nido) program.

Lio Tourism Estate is also known as Lio Beach, an integrated resort community with hotels and resorts, commercial establishments, residential communities, amenities and facilities for eco-adventure and leisure travelers. Watch this preview and see how beautiful Lio Beach is!

The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network conserves threatened wildlife while contributing to the economic vitality of rural communities. WFEN’s mission is to protect wildlife in wild places, and on agricultural lands in-between, by certifying enterprises that assure people and nature coexist and thrive.

With El Nido Resort and Lio Tourism Estate working with WFEN since 2017, both have demonstrated their commitment to sustainability and the protection of biodiversity including critical mangrove, seagrass, and coral reef ecosystems which have been named a top pick in the Most Instagrammable Places in the world.