Rima De Dios
Rima De Dios, who grew up in Manila, took up biology at the University of the Philippines and entered one of the country's most prestigious medical schools, but after three years her real passion called-nature conservation and the great outdoors. Rima headed for El Nido, a marine sanctuary in the island world of Palawan, where she led snorkeling trips and educational programs on marine biology, ecology, and conservation. In 2012, Rima joined the non-profit Haribon Foundation, facilitating community workshops on forest management throughout the Philippines, giving biodiversity lectures, and leading birding trips. In Rima’s words, "Filipinos are incredibly warm by nature—we always have a ready smile and do our best to make you feel at home and connected, and in that respect, I am Filipino to the bone! I share more than just the facts about Palawan. I try to share the deeper stories behind what can readily be seen and touched." The incredible biodiversity of marine life in Palawan inspires her, and she advises WT travelers to expect "encounters with thousands of colorful reef fish, dazzling coral gardens, unusual and interesting invertebrates, several species of sea turtles, and perhaps even a shark." Rima is a licensed scuba diver, an avid snorkeler and birder, and a great lover of literature. When she’s not marveling at the beauty of nature, she can usually be found in a quiet spot reading a good book.