With a full three days, you’ll have plenty of time to tour Cebu City, explore the island’s spectacular natural attractions, and head farther afield to other stunning spots in the archipelago. Here's how.
Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary San Vicente, Olango, Lapu-Lapu City Philippines, Olango Island, Visayas, Philippines
Sprawling across 2,500 acres (1,030 hectares) of wetlands to the south of the island, the Olango Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the Philippines’ most important bird-watching sites. Over 100 species—including egrets, sandpipers, kingfishers, and dowitchers—stop off here over the course of the year, while plenty of species are resident year-round. Besides bird-watching, island-hopping, and kayaking tours; some travelers come here for scuba diving, snorkeling, or simply to escape the city for a weekend on the beach.
Things to know before you go
- Some use the term “Olango Island” to refer to all seven islands in the Olango island group.
- Mosquitoes can be an issue in the wetlands. Bring repellent.
- Charges apply to visit some smaller islands in the group.
- With many roads still unpaved, Olango Island is a challenging destination for travelers who rely on wheelchairs. High-end resorts generally have accessible rooms and services.
How to get there
Olango Island is about 2 miles (3 kilometers) east of Mactan Island, which is linked to neighboring Cebu City by ferries and buses. Several daily ferries run from Hilton Port on Mactan Island to Santa Rosa Port on Olango Island. Book an island-hopping tour to experience the smaller islands.
When to get there
October, November, February, and March are the peak seasons for bird-watching on Olango Island. Experts recommend visiting around the turn of the tide. Avoid island-hopping on weekends, when the islets can be crazy busy.
Island-Hopping the Olango Islands
The Olango Islands are the focus of Mactan island-hopping tours. Snorkelers will love Nalusuan, known for its protected marine sanctuary and private island resort; Gilutongan (also written Hilutangan) offers restaurants and white sand beaches; Caohagan is a tiny island with a warm, cozy feel and fascinating crafts. Less visited are Sulpa, with beautiful beaches; Panganan, so close to Olango you can walk there at low tide; and Camungi, still home to traditional fishing villages.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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