WHY BACKPACKERS SHOULD CHOOSE INATÔ HOMESTAY?
One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are. — Edith Wharton
REASON 1: DISCOVER THE LOCAL LIFE
What better way to discover Filipino’s way of life than experiencing it?
More than making great memories with families, this is the opportunity for backpackers to eat local, sleep local, live local!
All the families love sharing their culture and learning about others.
REASON 2: HAVE A REAL IMPACT
DURING YOUR STAY
Inatô Homestay spearheads an ethical and sustainable local economy by providing families with alternative incomes. On average, families have increased their incomes by 30%.
Moreover, a part of your fee goes into a seed fund dedicated to providing members of the association access to interest free loans to make physical improvements, repairs and renovations to their homes. Another major purpose of the seed fund is for the families to build an emergency fund to draw on in the event of a natural disaster, such as typhoon Yolanda which damaged/destroyed 95% of all structures on the island in 2013.
Since the start of the program in 2015, 19 different loans have been granted for a total value of 130,000 PHP.
REASON 3: CHOOSE AN ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION
INATÔ HOMESTAY IS NOT JUST ACCOMMODATION,
IT’S A WAY OF LIFE!
- FAMILIES ARE ENGAGED
By signing up with Inatô Homestay, families agree to adopt an eco-friendly way of life. They segregate their waste, they recycle, they make compost and participate in Island wide clean-ups.
- WE PRESERVE RESSOURCES
Water is a scarce resource on Malapascua. Please be mindful of your water consumption.
Electricity is expensive on the island. Switch off all lights and unplug fans/appliances when not in use.
Waste is a major issue throughout the Philippines. Please refuse single use plastics, try to reduce the packaging you bring to the island and ideally, bring your waste back to the mainland at the end of your stay.
- WE PRESERVE THE OCEAN
It is difficult to get access to both drinking and tap water here on the island. The water you use for your shower will come from a well and the drain will exit either into the ground or directly into the sea. In this case, reducing the use of products that contain chemicals will in turn contribute to Malapascua’s preservation. At People and the Sea office, you can buy reef friendly sunscreen, natural shampoo, bars of soap etc. These are entirely eco-friendly and natural products from Human Nature that are good for your health and for the island! Online prices are the same as our office.
REASON 4: SUPPORT PEOPLE
AND THE SEA’S ACTION
Inatô Homestay has been issued by the association People and the Sea, who’s objective is to support local communities in Malapascua in identifying innovative ways to manage their marine environment and have a positive economic impact.
By choosing Inatô Homestay, you help them developing the local economy. Beside that, People and the Sea work on Marine Conservation and waste management on the Island. For example, every Thursday they organize clean-ups, if you want to join.
Feel free to drop by the Office, they are always happy to discuss their projects and meet new people !