" I don't mind if my butt hurts. I missed biking. It’s so nice to be far away from the city and be here at peace.”
-Giovanni Elijah J. M.
My birthday, November 9, was fast approaching so I decided to have a pre-birthday celebration before our second semester starts by arranging this mini trip, that is a trip to Olango Island- an island that is known for its migrating birds of different species from different countries and a place where some college students go for a day tour with bikes. We spent just a day there and spent less than what was expected which was totally awesome. Yes, it was a simple trip but the experience and the fun we had there was worth than the value we had in our pockets. I suggest that you don’t travel alone. Bring your closest friends with you and spend quality time together here.
*Going to Parkmall: from South- ride any jeep going to SM Cebu City and ride a 01K jeep from Sun Gold(Near the crossing/traffic lights beside SM). Or ride 01K jeep at Emall.
from North- there is a one ride jeep going to Parkmall on the main road.
*Parkmall to Punta Engaño- From Parkmall's terminal, get a jeep heading to Punta Engaño and drop off at Hiltons Hotel. We paid P18 each for the fare.
*Punta Engaño to Olango Island(Sta.Rosa Port)- Beside the Hiltons Hotel, there is a port where you could buy a ticket worth P15 and a terminal fee worth P5. We traveled by boat for 20min.
RENTING A BIKE: We told the driver to bring us to Candagsao Elementary School. Our ride to Candagsao costs P20 per person. Just behind the school, there is a house surrounded with bamboo fences and has a mini store. There were motorcycles and tricycles beside it. We went to their mini store and we asked for the bikes. We were welcomed with smiles and yes, they were expecting a lot of costumers because they already knew what we were there for, Bikes! The lady, who is the owner asked for an ID before we could get a hold on the bikes. The renting rate was P10/hr which was so affordable that we could tour around the island all day long! We only left one ID which was mine as a representative for the 4 bikes we rented and the payment was to be paid after we return the bikes to them. Well, if you own a bike at home, it is possible to bring them with you to the island but you got to pay additional P10 to load it on the boat.
*If you have no plans staying there more than 24 hrs and would just want to come to bike, then travel light. You don’t want to get tired pedaling on your way with heavy loads unless you’re a pro.
*Don’t forget to bring your school IDs to avail discounts in tourist spots' entrance fees and for emergency purposes.
*If biking is not your thing, I guess you have to negotiate the motor/tricycle drivers to take you around the island with a good price.
*Make sure you visit the Bird Sanctuary because Olango is known for its migrating birds.
*If you're going to bike and you are unfamiliar with the place, print and bring a map with you.
*Asking for directions from strangers is fine but be wise and be careful.
*Travel in the morning to avoid traffic.
*Bring your own food. I just realized that finding a proper place to eat was so hard unless you're going to eat at some expensive restaurants in some hotels.
*Bring first aid kit
*Be very careful when you are on the road. There are some parts in the island where the roads are having sharp and angled edges.
*Don't forget to bring your sun protection gears.