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Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary

The Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary is a sanctuary for migratory birds and other marine species in the Olango Island Group spotted around the range of five kilometers east of Mactan Island. The group of islands comprises of Olango Island and six different islets specifically Sulpa, Gilutongan, Nalusuan, Caohagan, Pangan-an, and Camungi.

The Olango Island Group has an aggregate land area of about 10.3 square kilometers or 1,030 hectares. The island group is under the jurisdiction of Lapu-Lapu City and the municipality of Cordova in the province of Cebu.

The island group is a diverse waterfront ecosystem comprising of noteworthy coralline sand flats, mangroves, sea grass beds, and offshore coral reefs. The mangroves of Olango Island are the most praiseworthy in the territory of Cebu and its offshore corals are home to different sorts of marine species. The island group is encompassed by warm seas and partly protected from storms and strong trade winds.

The Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary has turned into a major vacation spot as it is one of the seven best-known flyways on the planet for migratory fowls. The 920-hectare sanctuary is a shelter for feathered creatures relocating from Siberia, Northern China, Japan, and other different parts of northern Asia throughout the winter months.

Every year from September to April, the birds utilize the wildlife haven as a wintering ground and feeding station in their annual southward migration to Australia and New Zealand. The birds then stop at the wildlife sanctuary in their northward migration back once again to the Northern Hemisphere to breed throughout the summer months from June to August.

Sightseers and bird-watching devotees typically visit the wildlife sanctuary in the months of July to November during the winter in the Northern Hemisphere. There are 97 types of birds in the Olango Island Group comprising of 48 transitory species, while the remaining 49 species are local to the island.

A few types of the migratory birds that stop at the wildlife sanctuary are acknowledged endangered. Among the migratory birds in the island group are Chinese egrets, Asiatic dowitchers, Eastern curlews, plovers, sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwit, and Red Knot.

The Philippines government in 1992 pronounced the 1,020 hectares of tidal flats in the Olango Island Group as a protected area. The tidal flats in the island group is additionally home to different types of marine invertebrates that are the essential nourishment of the migratory birds.

Getting There: From Cebu City, take a jeepney for Lapulapu City. Upon arrival in Lapulapu City, go for the tricycle bound for Dapdap or Angasil. Disembark at the Mar Y Cielo Beach Resort. Take a pumpboat for Santa Rosa Pier in Olango island. If you are from the Mactan International Airport, you can take a taxi to the pier beside the former Hilton hotel (now called Movenpick Resort and Spa) in Brgy. Punta Engano, Mactan. In the Hilton Pier, you can take a pump boat to Sta. Rosa Pier. From the Santa Rosa Wharf, you can take a tricycle to the ?Sanctuario? or the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary or you can reach it by foot. For a hassle-free travel, you can also have a rental car to pick you up from the airport. They usually have a fixed rate. There is also a RO-RO (roll-on roll-off barge) that can take vehicles to the island.