My first solo travel was such an achievement, know why? basically because it helped me discover myself more as I indulge into something new. Meeting strangers and different kinds of people, going to unfamiliar places and more of to conquer my fears and to enjoy the things around me with not lesser than my very own company.
My first official solo travel destination was in Olango Island. It is only about 20-30 min pump boat ride from Mactan Island.
There are two (2) most-used ports that will give you access to the Island. One Mövenpick Resort (Old Hilton) and the other one’s in Angasil next to the known Portofino beach resort (Mactan Newtown Beach now), pay around PhP15 and an additional PhP 5 for terminal fee.
When I went to the port near Movenpick I was in fear that I couldn’t go on with my first solo adventure just so as the port has temporarily paused its operation because papers have been in renewal process.
Minutes later, there were foreign couples who arrived in the port and luckily had the same destination as I am. So I approached them and asked if I could thumb a ride with them since they’re availing a special transfer to Olango. (With no hesitations, they said YES! YAAAY! I was so happy that it felt like I’m proposing to someone and finally its a YES!!! HAHAHA 😀 Never been better! )
Olango Island is known primarily for its wildlife sanctuary.
“The sanctuary supports the largest concentration of migratory birds found so far in the Philippines. There are 97 species of birds in Olango, 48 of which are migratory species, while the rest are resident birds of the island”.
I visited the bird sanctuary situated in Barangay San Vicente (southwestern part of the island). Registration and and entrance fee is collected upon entering the sanctuary. PhP 30 for locals and PhP 100 for foreign tourists.
You could see various kinds of birds all year round. However, the best time to visit there is the peak of the migration season which are the months of September to May.
Since I visited just this August so I barely had the chance to see several species. (So will try to revisit the sanctuary on peak season next time.)
For more information and to answer FAQs visit:
Not just that! There are also beautiful hidden paradise in the island. One is Casa Blanca Resort. Where I had my day tour and enjoyed my solitary moments. HAHAHA ( Exclusively for me! 😀 )
Want to know more about CASA BLANCA BY THE SEA stay tuned on my next post. My adventure is not yet over. 😀 <3