Tatay Pol has been working at HINP
with Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) as a maintenance employee, until he learned scuba diving.
The dolphin, which bore a wound on its back, was first seen by HINP
tourist assistants being pushed back to the sea by residents of Barangay Bolo, according to Toots Orfinada, HINP
marketing and promotions officer.
Irresponsible tourism, for one, has degraded the coral gardens of Macapagal Island and those behind Quezon Island at the HINP
, she said.
On ordinary days, Pilgrimage Island is one of the major island-hopping destinations in the HINP
. It used to be called Martha's Island, until the local government realized it was best suited for a giant Christ statue.
, which is Pangasinan province's leading tourist destination, was visited by thousands of tourists the during the Holy Week break.
Pilgrim's is a 15-minute boat ride from Lucap Wharf, the jump-off point to the HINP
. Visitors would need to climb 263 concrete steps with landings and resting benches to reach the statue.
The detached coral fragments were gathered from the reef and grown in coral nurseries in shallow portions of the HINP
also offers other activities, such as kayaking, helmet diving, jet skiing, parasailing, banana boat riding, diving, cliff diving and wall climbing.
In 2014, the agency rolled out the program to other areas, including the HINP
. It contracted PSU and the city government to plant 30,000 fragments.
This was the second time the ship had included the HINP
in its itinerary.
This was more than four times higher than the 1,776 tourists that visited the HINP
during the same period last year.
Today, the HINP
can accommodate more people after six islands were opened as additional destinations.