PULAU UBIN | Singapore’s Off the Beaten Path

Singapore Merlion

Singapore is known as one of the best places to travel with family, and just this year, Lonely Planet has ranked Singapore as the world’s number one country to travel to next year. Why not? Singapore is like traveling the world without leaving the island. When I move here, I was thinking of Singapore only as a major shopping destination for shopaholics. A stopover for travelers to explore its neighboring countries—Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the list goes on. It never crossed my mind that Singapore has a lot to offer for adventure seeker who is in constant search for that off the beaten path. All you need to do is explore.

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Olango Island | Biking Trip

Olango Island is located east of Mactan island, and lies between Bohol Strait (South) and Camotes Sea (North). The island houses the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary, which has become a major tourist attraction as it is one of the seven best-known flyways in the world for migratory birds. Recently, Olango island has also been a great destination for weekend biking trip.

It’s always been my dream to go on a biking trip with my friends. But I have this issue with traffic and cars. Yah! I’m scared of biking on the road with cars. It even took me a few months to overcome my fear. When my friends invited me on a biking trip last weekend, I was hesitant.  Everyone was in our meeting place just waiting for me. It was a last minute decision. I could have change my mind and just stay at home, but I chose to face my fears. Next thing I knew, I’m riding my bike.

Departure time was supposed to be 6AM. But since I was late, we leave for Olango island around 10AM. It was nerve wracking at first, but I kind of pick up my phase and manage to ride comfortably on my bike.  We arrived in Lapu-lapu around 12PM, with a couple of stop over along the way to buy food for lunch.

It was one of the best decisions I made. I enjoy the ride so much that I almost didn’t feel tired. The best thing about this trip is that, I get over my fear of biking on a highway. I even manage to cross a busy intersection. Wew!

We ride a motor boat from a pump-boat pier, just beside Portofino Beach Resort, to Olango Island. It was almost 1PM when we arrived in Santa Rosa Wharf. We decided to eat our lunch in the Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a 15-minute bike ride from Santa Rosa. As we ride our way to the Bird Sanctuary, we come across this awesome place. We all agree that this place (picture above) is a great spot for a pre-nuptial photo shoot.

We had an hour and a half exploring the Bird Sanctuary. While doing our own exploration of the place, we come across this bird. I don’t know what they call this or what breed of this bird belong to, but I’m pretty sure this is my first time to see its kind.

After a couple of hours riding around Olango Island, we decided to head home and call it a day. It was a great experience and an activity that must be done again.

Olango Island Biking Trip (suggested) Itinerary:
0700 Assembly time at Jollibee Panagdait (near Sykes bldg.)
0800 ETD for Lapu-lapu
1100 ETA Pier (beside Portofino Beach Resort)
1130 ETD for Sta Rosa (Olango Island)
1230 ETA in Sta Rosa, proceed to Bird Sanctuary
1300 ETA in Bird Sanctuary/Lunch
1400 Free Time
1600 ETD for Lapu-lapu
1630 ETA Lapu-lapu, proceed to Cebu City
1830 ETA Cebu City
Estimated Expenses: 
Pumpboat Fare (Lapu-lapu-Olango) -P20 bnf
Lunch ———————————— P50
Wildlife Sanctuary Entrance Fee —– P20
                                        TOTAL:  P90

Adventure Bucket List

I love adventure ever since I was a child. I love to climb trees and spend most of my time outdoors. Now that I’m all grown up, I’m loving more extreme outdoor and adventures. I’ll give you a chance to have a peek at my adventure bucket list. This might encourage you to create one. ^_^

Note: ☻ = been there, done that! ^_^

Scuba diving
Bike Tour
White water rafting
Run a full marathon
Bungee Jumping

So there you go. My kind of adventure!