Olango Island: An Underrated Paradise in Cebu

olango island, cebu, philippines

Known for its wildlife heritage, this paradise is located offshore from Mactan Island in Cebu.

The Olango Island Group comprises of Olango Island and its neighboring islets namely: Sulpa, Gilutongan, Nalusuan, Caohagan, Pangan-an, and Camungi. It is about 1,030 hectares large and is a great destination for people seeking peace and relaxation. With its scenic environment, it continues to attract both local and foreign nature lovers.

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If you are a huge fan of the coastal environment, this place has ports around where you can catch a good view of offshore coral reefs, flatlands, and the sunset.

Scuba diving is also a fun activity you can do while visiting Olango Island. For advanced scuba divers, Tingo Point is a popular dive site to see thresher and hammerhead sharks as you swim down a sandy slope.

Olango Island, Cebu, Philippines

For a more relaxing experience, there are numerous resorts to accommodate your swimming and other aesthetic needs.

Listed below are the two most popular hotels in Olango:

You can also check for more hotel deals through Agoda.

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Visiting Olango Island between September to March, especially during the peak seasons of November and February, means you get to see the oodles of migratory birds coming from China, Japan, Siberia, and Australia. What more! You can opt for a kayaking experience and get a perfect glimpse of the birds and wildlife on display.

Indeed a great way to spend your day!


  • From Punta Engaño Port. Ride a jeepney or taxi to Punta Engaño and have yourself dropped off at the port beside Movenpick Hotel (formerly Hilton Hotel). From the port, hop on a boat going to Olango Island.
  • From Angasil Port. Ride a jeepney or taxi to the port near Mactan Newtown Beach (formerly Portofino Resort) and hop on a boat going to Olango Island.

Both rides take about 20-30 minutes and cost Php15 including the terminal fee.


Olango Island, Mactan, Cebu, Philippines


  1. Love the photos and details of your post! Definitely another place to add to my never ending travel bucketlist hehe.

  2. Seems beautiful! Don’t think I’ve heard of Cebu but it seems like paradise. Perhaps we will see it one day. Your pictures look lovely.

  3. I’ve heard great things about Cebu but haven’t heard of Olango it looks beautiful I love fantastic beaches so this appeals to me!

  4. This place looks amazing. I was wanting to go the Philippines last winter but went back to Peru instead!! Hopefully I can get there soon and do 30 days exploring. This place is certainly going to be on the list, its just stunning :-)

    • I hope you can visit the Philippines in the near future. :)
      Peru has always been on my bucket list too, especially Machu Picchu!

  5. I love the huts with the straw roofs! I’ve never heard of Olango Island before but it looks very untouched by tourism, which is awesome!

  6. I know someone who loves lesser-known beach destinations and this place would really appeal to her. The huts with thatched straw roofs are so pretty.

  7. It looks like a paradise indeed when I see your pictures. I honestly never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing your tips for this place.

    • Thanks for visiting, Wendy. :)
      Olango Island is not as famous as other islands in the Philippines but definitely worth a visit.

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