A tourist is taking a break from his vacation in the southern Philippines to visit the Samosa resort.
Samosa Resort is situated in the mountainous and lush jungle area of Palawan, a province in the Philippine state of Davao.
As one would expect, the resort is quite popular, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
But, this is no ordinary resort.
The resort is home to a variety of dangerous creatures and, as of 2018, the Samoans had recorded at least six recorded cases of snakebite.
“This is a very unique area, with no other resort in the country where snakes are a common sight,” said Raul Espinosa, the deputy manager of the Samosal Resort.
“You can see the snakes on the island, but you can’t touch them.
So it is dangerous for visitors.”
In January 2017, the first case of snakebites was reported at Samosa.
“I was taking a stroll on the beach when the snake bit me on my shoulder,” said tourist Angelia Cruz.
“It was very painful.
It was really frightening.”
Cruz was immediately rushed to hospital and doctors said they could not save her.
In June 2017, another tourist, Ana Rocha, was bitten by a snake in the resort.
“The snake was just on the edge of the sand,” she said.
“They were all over me.”
Cruz’s injuries required stitches and she had to stay at a local hospital for four weeks.
It was just two months after Cruz’s first snakebite before another tourist was bitten in the same area.
“My leg was really swollen and it was very sore,” said Cruz.
Cruz was taken to a local emergency hospital and a doctor was able to remove the snake and save her leg.
The Samosa experience is far from unique.
A report by the Philippine Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in July 2017 revealed that, of all the snake bites reported in the past year, two cases had been reported in Samosa, where a total of 10,000 tourists were believed to visit.
“This is the third incident of a snakebite in Samosas resort area in the last five years,” said PIMS Director Luis Antonio Raul.
“A snake was found in one of the villas.
There is also the possibility that the snake may have bitten a tourist, who may not have been wearing a mask.”
But what makes the Samoos such a popular tourist destination?
According to PIMs figures, the average tourist spend on the Samosphere Resort is estimated at $300, while a total number of visits is estimated to be about 6,000.
“There is an estimated tourist population of around 1 million people in Palawan province,” Raul said.
As of January 2018, there were 7,500 visitors, and a total population of 1,912,000, according to the Philippine Department of Tourism.
The Samoses population has been growing in recent years, as the resort area was the first tourist destination to host a large influx of foreign visitors in the early 2000s.
“In 2008, we started seeing an increase of foreign tourists.
By 2012, we saw that this tourist boom was spreading,” Raimundo Sotto, the owner of Samosasa, told Al Jazeera.
“More people are coming here, and the tourist numbers are increasing.
I am not going to give you numbers, but I am saying that our business has gone through a huge transformation.
We have a lot of foreigners coming in, and there is also a significant influx of Filipinos who are coming to Palawan.
It has become an extremely popular destination for foreign visitors.”
The rise in the popularity of Samoas tourism is attributed to a number of factors.
First and foremost, it has helped to boost the local economy.
“Many of the companies are small and local,” said Sotto.
“Most of the tourist establishments here are family-run and run by local people.”
Second, it is also part of a wider cultural shift.
In an interview with the Associated Press in September 2017, Raimondo Sotto said, “Palawan is not just a tourist destination, but also a cultural and spiritual center.
People who come here come here for the tourism and for the culture.”
In 2015, Samosa became the first major tourist destination in the world to host an international film festival.
“Nowadays, Samoasmas tourism industry is much bigger than the country,” said Tiziana Sotto Bautista, the chief executive of Samosa Hotel.
“Every year, we have hundreds of guests coming here to relax and have a good time.”
“Samosas is an example of a country where a lot has changed in the short period of time that we have been here,” Raffaela said.
While Samososa has witnessed a steady rise in its tourist profile, the locals have also witnessed a