This has become a yearly habit! The first time I went to Olango Island in 2015, it involved a lot of biking under the heat of the sun. Last year, it was a bit more relaxed, mostly just spent bird watching and taking photos of random things. When I went back in November 2017, it involved a lot of swimming and walking.
San Vicente Marine Sanctuary is a great destination for snorkelers. With its vibrant marine life, you will see various species of fish, corals, echinoderms, and more.
But before you get to take a dip in the water, you would first have to walk along a looooong wooden bridge. Under the heat of the sun. With all your stuff. So, the best advice I could give you is to pack light! lol
However, it was all worth it because we enjoyed watching all the colorful sea creatures go about their day. These photos cannot even justify the beauty that our eyes had seen.
The water was really shallow, so we had to be careful with our every move. If you’re planning to go snorkeling here, I suggest you wear short fins or no fins at all.
Sadly, though, we also saw dead and dying corals, just like the one in the photo above. This is caused by several factors, such as climate change, pollution, and… well, the carelessness humans. May it be intentional or not, touching or stepping on corals can do more damage than most people think. When we’re swimming in the sea, we must remember to respect its inhabitants. You can look, but don’t touch!
The photo above shows the communal area, where you can eat your baon and bond with your friends and family. It gets crowded on weekends, so don’t expect some peace and quiet. Also, since this is not a restaurant where you have people to clean up after you, always remember to clean as you go. Be careful with plastic bags as well because these can get carried away by the wind and would end up in the water!
Shown above are the rates for the activities you can do in San Vicente Marine Sanctuary.
Additionally, there is another marine sanctuary in the island where you can enjoy diving a bit deeper compared to the shallow waters of San Vicente. In Brgy. Talima, there is a popular snorkeling and diving spot called Talima Marine Sanctuary. It is accessible by boat, if you are on an island hopping trip around Mactan. However, if you are already in Olango, the two entry points I know of are in Talima Beach Villas and Dive Resort or Belo Beach, which is located just beside it.
Here are some of the photos we took there:
Have you been to these marine sanctuaries? Do tell me about the other snorkeling spots around the Philippines that are worth visiting! 🙂
I am a twenty-something free spirit from Cebu, Philippines. I love to travel, take photos, and write about my experiences. When I’m not traveling, I go freediving wherever. I aim to inspire others to care for the environment, especially our oceans as it is the lifeblood of our planet.