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Bird watchers heaven! During specific months of the year, thousands of migratory birds land in Olango Island located between the islands of Cebu and Bohol. The area is part of Cebu and is under Lapu-lapu City.

Referred to as “Southward Migration”, these birds are habitually fly towards the island from the months of July to November. The next few months would bring them back to their natural habitats and is reversely called “Northward Migration”.

Because of this, about 920 hectares of Olango Island was turned into Olango Island thorough the efforts of then President Corazon Aquino. The Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary (OIWS) was built to better accommodate these migratory birds, some of them coming from places are far as New Zealand. Once landing in Olango, they start eating and replenishing their food supply before moving on to the next step of their journey. During this “stopover” about 50,000 types of birds utilize this island as a “gasoline station”. Its wide array of aquatic animals serves as the food of these birds and is primarily the reason that attracts them to the site. The Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary also has the honor of being designated the first “Ramsar in the country, which basically means that it is the first wetland of value spanning several countries.

Other attractions include dive sites although they are basically recommended for experienced divers only because of the relatively strong current in the waters. Getting there is relatively easy. Start from Lapu-lapu City, take a tricycle to Angasil or Dapdap, stop by Mar Y Cielo Beach Resort and Take a pumpboat to Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is basically one of the barangay’s in Olango Island, from there you could now go to OIWS by tricycle or foot. Just ask some of the residents and they will gladly show you the way!

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