Sibuyan Island (the original) | The Rain Forest Touring
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Sibuyan Adventures - Tour Operator in Sibuyan Island

This rain forest tour is very popular among our guests, because this guided tour leads you through the world densest rain forest.

The Sibuyan rain forest tour is available in two variations, tailored according to your wishes and your condition.

The"small" rainforest tour starts from the upper pool of the Dagubdob falls.

It is spread over four levels with four separate natural pools.

Sibuyan Adventures - Rain Forest Tour

At least on the so-called "carabao path" you will have your first impression of Sibuyan's rain forest.

The second option brings you deeper into the rainforest and is also the way to the Summit of Mount Guiting Guiting. Our guide takes you, passed on the crystal clear rivers, first to Camp1.

Here, a short break is inserted before it then goes to the Camp2. During this tour, you learn about the endemic flora and fauna of the rainforest.
On your way, you will be accompanied by 123 species of trees, and of this number, 54 are found nowhere else in the world, wild orchids and the endemic pitcher plants "Nepenthes sibuyanensis".

Note also of our special "Back to Nature - Tour"... not to be missed!

Sibuyan Island - Endemic Nepenthes sibuyanensis

Sibuyan’s forests are unique in a country that has been besieged by deforestation. Most of the island – about 50 percent – is still covered in forest, including large swathes of primary-growth woodland. A significant portion of these rare and invaluable forestlands is now protected in Guiting-Guiting Natural Park, which spans 15,700 hectares of the 44,500-hectare island.

The forest is humbling both in its scale and diversity. Rare lowland dipterocarp forest rings the outer fringe of the island, reaching to within meters of the coast before giving way to mangrove forest or, more often, developed land. The soaring lowland canopy, which reaches heights of up to 40 meters, climbs the mountainous island to 1,000 meters or so, and then subtly transitions into the smaller 15-to-20-meter resin-bearing trees of the montane forest.

Higher up, at 1,500 meters, a more obvious boundary of smaller, gnarled trees marks the beginning of the mossy forest. This almost-Dr. Seussian habitat, composed of plants listing at odd angles in search of light, is home to seemingly incongruous species like pumpkin-orange freshwater crabs, startlingly electric blue earthworms, and a variety of birds such as the mountain white-eye and barred buttonquail that somehow manage to stay well hidden despite the lack of cover. Near the top of the mountain range, several jagged peaks earn it the name Guiting-Guiting or “saw-toothed,” and high-elevation forest falls away to reveal sparse heathland and rough bare rock where cracks hide grasses and ground orchids.

The Philippines is known as a global biodiversity hotspot...
and small Sibuyan Island is no exception.

Two species of civet cat and a native wild pig skulk in the forest undergrowth. The wily long-tailed macaque is frequently heard but rarely seen in the overhead canopy, where it shares space with more than 100 bird species and more than 15 types of bats.

Dozens of different reptile and amphibian species crawl and hop through the densely packed trees, chasing insects yet-undescribed by science. The estimated 700 types of plant on the island include 54 species endemic to Sibuyan, and 180 that are endemic to the Philippines.

When measured in 1995 by researchers from the Philippine National Museum, Sibuyan’s forest was proclaimed to be the densest recorded in the country at 1,551 trees per hectare, and – as was often said to me with true Filipino grandeur – perhaps the densest in the world.

In a country that has demolished more 80 percent of its forestland, it is a treasure to have not one, but four forest types remaining in one region in any quantity.

Of these jewels, the Sibuyan lowland forest is the brightest:

It is one of the few remaining intact lowland forest tracts in the entire 7,000-island Philippine archipelago.