Precisely the moment we have met, I knew, I humbly submit that you and I make a better team than most relationships I’ve ever seen. You told me to just grab you and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but to ride I am taking. And so you made me realized that I love few things more than fettering with a spangly riding bit.
Then you eventually divulge the true reason why I come up with taking the time to bond with you, because you allow me to create a fresh relationship between my life-space and my lifetime, between my territory and the pulse of my being, without destroying my inherited balance.
Someone came across, freely giving you a reason for doing something and makes you require to do it. An unexpected invitation coming from a friend who happened to be adventurous just like my inmost being is always seeking of. A message who had just popped up and took hold of my attention. Truly, how her name was created, with an essence of angel touch that eventually will make you to nod and would eventually say yes to her invitation.
The dark clouds were hovering overhead, trying to induce doubts to exist and would stop us from our biking journey to Olango Island. But our positive thoughts are more potent than any impediment could adhere. Then the sun slowly surmounting the dark clouds and freely disseminating its lights and finally looming overhead, which caused us to set up our precious smile.
From the port of Angasil, we were welcomed by big waves splashing the coast and seemed to be swathed with anger. I couldn’t help but think that it’ll be a tough boat ride. I was straining to escape from the nautical life for the moment, but the wavering ocean is freely dashing the boat with an intend to shower us with a salt water and get wet.
The boat docked off together with the strong waves kissing the coast near the port of Olango Island. We then ride a motorcycle going to Candagsao to rent a bicycle. Angel knows the island very well, for she has been staying in Olango for 2 years because of her work before.
Olango Island is known for owning nearby Islands that are perfect for an island hopping focal point. But this time, we will experience Olango Island in another means of adventure.Bicycling the whole island and taking advantage of the Islands landscape is our way of enjoying the island. The roads are very easy, navigable and has flat topography. Unknown to most people, Olango Island is a secure place to do biking, aside from usual road scenes that has few vehicles passing by, the island as well boasts awesome scenery that one can enjoy.
Caw-Oy, Floating Restaurant
Olango Island is known not merely for having rich in marine life, but also for having an array of fresh seafood. Exactly in Caw-Oy where you can find several floating restaurants that serves the best and sumptuous seafood. Though, it’s a bit expensive, but very worth it.
Tungasan Board walk
A simple wooden pathways made from bamboo that is peacefully situated in its own comfortable state. There were kids playing during our visit and we get the opportunity to interact with them. Seeing the kids grinning from ear to ear made me so happy as well. It speaks so much about their freedom and had influenced me.
Andong Coconut House
Right after we had our lunch, we resolved to have some fresh buko juice refreshments at Andong Coconut House. I saw other bikers who have just had their refreshment during our sojourn. So if happen you visit Olango island, never miss this nature’s most refreshing drink that will snuff out your tropical summer thirst. You can as well have some rest under the shade of coconut trees as what I and Angel did.
Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary
Along this wide wetland of Olango Island, A flock of migrating birds often happens on a regular seasonal movement from September to April, as their stopover to seek for food and nesting locations. There were only 4 Korean visitors during our visit, hence the place wasn’t that crowded. From the viewing deck, there’s an available telescope to have a glance of the birds. There’s also an in house guide to explain about those birds, and it got my attention because he is too smart to recognize those birds by name and their characteristics.
It wasn’t even the season of migrating birds during our visit, but I’m still blessed to be able to see like around 5 to 7 birds in different types. While trying to cipher out how on earth these birds are migrating with a pin-point accuracy and how they navigate, and it must be an exhausting journey for them to fly hundreds and thousand kilometers. I can really say that they really go to their limits. Out of my oddity, I asked a bunch of questions to the in house guide to meet the foods of my curiosity and be filled with information. So he then told me that these migrating birds are normally controlled by changes in day length as it is their timing upon migrating. They are navigating by using celestial cues from the sun, stars, the earth’s magnetic field, and from landmarks seen during the daytimes.
San Vicente Marine Sanctuary
The minute we arrived at the entrance area of Marine Sanctuary, the board walk made in bamboo within the mangrove caught my attention. The warm welcome from the leaves of mangrove trees and the soothing breeze from the sea is beyond compare. After paying for the entrance fee, me and Angel proceeded to the Marine Sanctuary, as we acted upon our way, I’d noticed the 500 meters long bamboo bridge that seems to be very romantic on its own state. It provides the panoramic view of the visible City of Lapu-lapu and Cebu City.
San Vicente Marine Sanctuary is a protected field of waters that includes underwater habitats such as coral reefs, fishes, and many other marine creatures. It is an Eco-tourism destination as well, for they make use of recycled bottles, shells and other indigenous materials, to produce a beautiful decoration near the entrance and office area. If you’re the kind of person who loves to see the underwater creatures, then you can choose to do snorkeling since San Vicente Marine Sanctuary is a nice dive site.
We passed through this road upon making our path back to Candagsao. I love the nuance of these trees offers to me. It is very soothing and refreshing. I couldn’t just pass by without a photo, so I asked Angel to take pictures of me.
strand Beach Resort and RestaurantAfter our long day, we decided to end our day with a refreshing Mango Shake at Sagastrand Beach Resort and Restaurant. Their restaurant is perfectly facing the inviting swimming pool, so we rest and had a short talk while celebrating our productive and fun-filled day. Soon enough, we went back to Candagsao to return the bicycles and went back to Lapu-Lapu City.
We actually bid to see the dramatic scenery of the sky when the sun resting on his throne below the horizon, but since it didn’t happen, we decided to maybe return again next time.
I would like to thank Angel Villamor of Travel Blogs and More for spending her time with me as we had pedaled the whole island of Olango.
How to get There
There are two access going to Olango Island, one is by taking a pump boat from Angasil Port near Mactan New Town, and the other one is from Punta Engano Port near Movenpick Hotels and Resorts. The fare is PHP 15 for one way.
Things to do for travelers, tourist and backpackers
Olango Island is a secure place to do biking, you’ll get to experience the beautiful scenery and get a chance to indulge with locals.
2. Island Hopping
Olango Island is a good spot to do Island hopping. It owns a nearby Island that has different nature’s beauty to offer and that seems to what catches the attention of most travelers and tourists.
One of the most interesting underwater activities in Olango Island is snorkeling, you take the chance to see some hidden garden of paradise and other marine creatures that will satiate your eyes and your adventurous soul.
I must say that this Island is a safe spot for camping, it throws you a new experience and you’ll get the chance to pamper yourself with the locals.
- If you’re projecting to spend your day on Olango Island, with friends, I advised you to do Island hopping. Please be guided with rate, some resorts are extending for an Island hopping with a price of PHP 3,000 and that’s good food 10 people.
- Cycling around Olango Island is also one of the best things you can do, especially if you’re fond of physical activity. If you can’t carry your own bicycle you can actually rent a bicycle just ask the locals around. The one that we rented is located at the back of Candagsao Elementary School. Look for Erwin or locals known him as Erwax.
- Bring enough water and if you can bring your own food, it’ll be a lot better. But you can actually catch some food station around, so no worries.
- Always ask the locals about anything you want to know, they will surely assist you.