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Mactan and Olanga

PHILIPPINES | Tuesday, 4 November 2014 | Views [359]

Bird sanctuary, Olango Island

Bird sanctuary, Olango Island

SINCE OUR CEBU PACIFIC FLIGHT FROM PALAWAN to Mindanao was stopping there anyway we decided to spend a few days on Cebu.  Actually we stayed on the tiny island of Mactan where the airport is located.  Vista Mar is a sprawling hotel that, except for the absence of snow, reminded me of the one in The Shining.  It was undergoing a much needed facelift but it was only a short walk to pier for the 30-minute ferry ride to Olanga Island.

The wildlife sanctuary on Olanga is the only place Lonely Planet bothers to mention for birding and it looks promising — a great tangle of mangroves and even a stone pier into the flats to a viewing platform.  But someone forgot to tell the birdies and we added only a single new species, the rufous lored kingfisher.



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