San Carlos City unveils Sipaway Island ecotourism tour package


The city government of San Carlos City has launched a new ecotourism experience focused on Sipaway Island.

The Sipaway Island Community-based Ecotourism Tour Package was unveiled at a welcome dinner for guests on June 19 at the SCC Multi-Purpose Hall.

The tour package offers visitors a chance to experience the beauty and culture of Sipaway Island firsthand. Guests embarking on the tour today, June 20th, will participate in a Nature-Based Tour, exploring the majesty of the century-old Balete Tree in Brgy. San Juan and the Negad Forests in Brgy. Ermita. Additionally, a Culinary Tour will showcase the island’s unique flavors, with guests witnessing the preparation of Sipaway delicacies at Coco Lane, Brgy. San Juan.

The launch event drew a distinguished crowd, including Dr. Jennylind Cordero (Department of Tourism Region 6 Chief Tourism Operations Officer), Cheryl Decena (Negros Occidental Tourism Officer), and representatives from various travel and media organizations. Guests were treated to a delightful evening featuring performances by the Pintaflores Dance Company and the San Carlos City Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble.

San Carlos City Mayor Renato Y. Gustilo expressed his gratitude to all who contributed to the launch’s success, highlighting the collaborative effort between city officials and the City Environment and Management Office in maintaining the island’s pristine state.

Tourism Operations Officer Jennifer Saballa-Paran emphasized the project’s culmination after eight months of planning. This initiative establishes a new model for sustainable tourism experiences within a community setting. City Tourism Consultant Joselito Costas underscored the significance of ecotourism in addressing environmental concerns and improving the lives of island residents. He further emphasized how ecotourism aligns with San Carlos City’s commitment to excellent governance.

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