Our Time In Eden

  • Jun
  • 24

“WE SAVED A PHILIPPINE ISLAND. Now we invite you to explore it,” proudly proclaims a poster, dated 1994, in Danjugan Island‘s learning center.

In GRID Issue 13, Nayna Katigbak finds paradise untouched in Danjugan Island, and finds out that, for once, humans aren’t the villains here. Photography by Geric Cruz.

On Danjugan Island’s Tabon Beach there is a lone bird who is considered a bit of an oddity. He’s a homely fellow with a big beak, and not very vibrant as far as plumage goes. His only noteworthy trait is a pair of particularly knobby knees.
Our Time In Eden, GRID Issue 13


Our first stop is the Island’s Learning Center—a large, airy room bleached white, decorated with old maps and posters of Philippine fauna and flora.
Our Time In Eden, GRID Issue 13

A small detour led us to the entrance of the island’s bat cave, where, just a few inches away, you can quietly observe thousands of bats in repose, while breathing in the cloying scent of guano.
Our Time In Eden, GRID Issue 13


To say that Danjugan Island is rich in wildlife is an understatement. The entire place is built so that its presence does not interfere with nature. From its surrounding reefs to its thick limestone forests, to its five lagoons. Animals come and go, and plants grow wild, all undisturbed.
Our Time In Eden, GRID Issue 13

Only about ten percent of the island’s 43 hectares is employed for accommodation and operations, and it will stay that way. Certain portions are free for exploration, but the rest remains untouched.
Our Time In Eden, GRID Issue 13

Read the full story in GRID Issue 13, out now!