I used to think about travelling to different places through a plane, boat, bus or car but I never thought of using my bike. When you meet people who also have the same passion for travelling or sports, anything is possible.
My colleagues and I have been biking around Cebu for months until we decided to go to Olango Island, which was the first time for most of us.
The Olango Island Group is a group of islands found in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. It is composed of Olango Island and 6 satellite islets namely: Sulpa, Gilutongan, Nalusuan, Caohagan, Pangan-an, and Camungi. Olango Island and its neighboring islets has a total land area of approximately 10.3 square kilometres (4.0 sq mi). The island group is under the jurisdiction of the City of Lapu-Lapu and the Municipality of Cordova. The island group is a part of Cebu Province. It lies 5 km east of Mactan Island and a major tourist destination in Cebu. It is known for its wildlife sanctuary. (Wikipedia)
For those who were in Cebu City and in the Mandaue area, we met at Jollibee Highway at 4:30 am where we had our breakfast and then biked to McDonald’s Lapu-Lapu where we met the others. The route from the old bridge to the Hilton Port took about an hour by bike. It was drizzling and we were hoping that it wouldn’t rain hard. We got wet but we still went on.
We got so hungry and decided to go to a place where Wendell knew someone who could cook delicious Saang or Spider Shells. We forgot what the place was called. Since the island is small, you’ll be able to pass by small huts where the locals sell and cook Saang. There were also eateries near the port where you can buy these. Just ask the locals.
We then went to our last stop, the Olango 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. (http://www.olangowildlifesanctuary.org)
We wanted to check if there were any birds in the sanctuary. Since we were not able to bring slippers/diving shoes, we walked barefoot towards the viewing station.
Olango Island is perfect for biking. You have to prepare your body for hours of pedaling and staying under the heat of the sun. It is definitely a must try for all biking enthusiasts. 🙂
P.S. The photos were taken using a Samsung Galaxy S5.