Are you trying to have a plastic free Christmas? Do you want to be more eco-friendly and have a green, zero waste Christmas? The easiest way is to do it yourself and have a hand-made festive season.
Christmas may be the most wonderful time of year, but not for our environment. Wherever you look, plastic is used from the tree, to the decorations, to wrapping paper. However it doesn’t have to be this way, you can have an eco-friendly Christmas and plenty of fun.
It was important our first Christmas at the Eco Lodge was plastic-free, so I began researching handmade eco-friendly Christmas trees, and DIY decorations. I discovered a huge variety of options, and chose what I thought would be the most fun to make, the easiest, and what would give us the most zero waste Christmas.
From dried oranges to paper stars, I enjoyed putting together our green Christmas Tree and all the handmade decorations to hang from it.
Moalboal Eco Lodge share our handmade, plastic free, eco-friendly Christmas tree and decorations.
The Philippines is known for its beaches and world class diving, and Moalboal is one of the best diving spots in the Country. If you have decided to “get your PADI”, have you thought whether Freediving or Scuba Diving is best for you? Before you dip your head underwater, you should consider the benefits of both.
This article aims to show that you don’t have to choose between Freediving and Scuba diving, and doing both will make you a better overall diver. With the use of equipment, scuba diving enables you to breathe underwater giving you more time to observe marine life, however Freediving allows more freedom without the need for lots of equipment and a tank of air.
Learning to relax is the most important aspect of learning to dive. Freediving requires you to hold your breath, so if you practice yoga or meditate, you will see similarities in relaxation techniques enabling you to dive longer. In contrast, the number one rule of scuba diving is never hold your breath, but mental relaxation and slow breathing are required otherwise you may not be able to stay underwater.
Awareness is another difference; when you scuba dive you look around at what you can see, so this provides external awareness. Freediving brings awareness to your inner self, your strength of mind and many dive to discover or improve themselves. There is a quote “Scuba Divers look outside, Freedivers look inside.”
Visitors to Moalboal can do a taster session for both Freediving and Scuba Diving, so its the perfect place to give it a try.
Moalboal Eco Lodge show you Freediving and Scuba Diving, the benefits of learning both.
In the Philippines, there are many islands where you can go dolphin watching. We have been twice, once in Alegria, and the second time was just off Panagsama Beach in Moalboal for sunrise.
Dolphin watching in Cebu is the perfect day trip from Moalboal, and as this has been on my bucket list for years, I was keen to give it a try. But is it ethical?
We only support ethical animal encounters, and when our research discovered there was no feeding, no chasing, no touching, no human involvement to attract the dolphins, we knew this was the sustainable dolphin watching experience we wanted. The only tricks the dolphins performed were because they were having fun in the wild – the best way of seeing them.
Our dolphin watching experience in Cebu was amazing and unforgettable. Viewing these playful and intelligent animals in their natural habitat was very special, and a memory that will stay with us forever.
In a series of articles showing day trips from Moalboal, Moalboal Eco Lodge share ethical dolphin watching in Alegria, Cebu.
As Christmas approaches, 2020 will undoubtedly be the strangest festive season any of us have experienced. Yes things will be different, and if you are someone who loves to celebrate Christmas, you can still do so in style, but it may require a different approach.
Choosing a more sustainable approach to Christmas is the way to a better future. If you watched Netflix’s David Attenborough documentary “A Life on Our Planet”, you will have heard his plea regarding climate change, and how we need to do something now.
Every year the festive season is a time of excess; too much eating and drinking, buying so many presents people get into debt, stressing about cooking far too much food it ends up wasted in landfills.
Although it is the season to be jolly, the spirt of Christmas has become lost. It’s not about how much money you spend or how many presents you buy. If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s to value time spent with friends and family more.
Christmas is the season for being charitable, and after a difficult year, presents are not always the best way of showing your love. Remember that spending lots of money on a gift doesn’t necessarily make it special.
Moalboal Eco Lodge share an eco friendly gift guide for all occasions; Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthday, or any occasion where you need to give a present.
Kawasan Falls, Badian is Cebu’s most famous waterfall, and an easy day trip from Moalboal. Did you know Kawasan Falls is a multi-level waterfall and it isn’t one but is actually three stunning waterfalls?
Although Canyoneering at Kawasan Falls is the most popular activity, and a highlight of many adventure lovers trip, thrill seekers looking for an additional adrenaline rush to start their canyoneering day can zipline to the first jump point!
If you prefer to admire the falls without quite so much action, you don’t have to jump from a cliff to enjoy this natural beauty. Kawasan Falls has a walking path running alongside the river, so anyone can enjoy one of Cebu’s most beautiful waterfalls, and swim in its stunning turquoise jungle pool.
If chasing waterfalls is on your bucket list of things to do in Moalboal and the Philippines, you definitely need to visit Kawasan Falls.
Moalboal Eco Lodge share Kawasan Falls, Badian, a must-see Cebu attraction for anyone visiting South Cebu.
Lambug Beach, Badian is one of Cebu’s secret beaches, and a perfect day trip from Moalboal.
Located around 20 minutes south of Moalboal in Badian, this area is also home to the famous Kawasan Falls. Lambug Beach is a perfect place to relax after you’ve been canyoneering, or if you have spent a few hours chasing waterfalls.
A beautiful stretch of white sand, Lambug Beach has that quintessential Philippine vibe with coconut palm trees leaning towards the crystal clear aquamarine ocean. It isn’t very well known outside of the local community, so you could be the only tourists here. It’s paradise away from the crowds.
In a series of articles showing day trips from Moalboal, if topping up your tan on a white sand beach in the Philippines is on your bucket list, Moalboal Eco Lodge share all you need to know about Lambug Beach, Badian.
Mantayupan Falls, Barili is the tallest waterfall in Cebu, and an easy day trip from Moalboal. Water cascades 98 metres through the jungle into a milky green coloured pool, so if you love chasing waterfalls and want to connect with nature, Mantayupan Falls is one you should definitely add to your list.
Known by locals as Ambakan Falls, Mantayupan Falls is very easy to reach, and one of the awesome things to do in Moalboal. Set in the jungle, the falls are a beautiful area to hang out. Surrounded by nature, it’s a cool and refreshing place to visit if you want to escape the heat of the Philippine sun, but also perfect on a cloudy day as you will be walking amongst tall trees.
Moalboal Eco Lodge share a lovely day trip from Moalboal: Mantayupan Falls in Barili, Cebu.
Orangutans are being killed. The Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Rhino and Sumatran Elephant are dying and classed as “critically endangered”.
Deforestation in Indonesia is escalating climate change, and increasing the number of landslides and flash floods.
Why? Because of the palm oil industry – a “harmless natural” oil used in over half the products on our supermarket shelves, including foods, toiletries and cosmetics. Palm oil is also used as biodiesel in USA and Europe.
The unsustainable collection of palm oil is the new secret killer. The key word here is unsustainable.
How? Borneo and Indonesia produce 85% of the world’s palm oil, which involves cutting virgin rainforests, then burning the land to make way for oil palm plantation. Orangutans and the other endangered animals mentioned only live in Borneo and Sumatra (Indonesia) so their habitat is being destroyed.
Orangutans suffer the most, with over half their population being killed in the past 15 years.
We will explain why the unsustainable collection of palm oil is killing the Orangutans, and how deforestation for the palm oil industry is contributing to climate change. Find out the outcome of Moalboal Eco Lodge's Palm Oil Free Challenge in support of International Orangutan Day.