Post-Symposium Tours

Island Hopping and Bird Watching around Mactan Island

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in coordination with the City of Lapu-Lapu, will be conducting a post-symposium tour for the participants of the 4th Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium to showcaseone of our National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) and best-managed local marine protected areas in Cebu.

  • Highlights

    Visit the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary (OIWS), and the community-managed marine protected area of Barangay San Vicente in Olango Island, and Gilutungan Marine Sanctuary.

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Olango Wildlife Sanctuary is a major refueling station for approximately 40,000 migratory birds. It is located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. The 1,030 hectare of sandflats and mangroves is a haven for the birds that come from Siberia, Northern China and Japan. These birds flock to the island seeking refuge from the winter climate of these countries. Olango Wildlife Sanctuary supports the largest concentration of migratory birds found so far in the Philippines. There are 97 species of birds in Olango, 48 of which are migratory species, while the rest are resident birds of the island.

The Philippine Dept of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has been tasked to protect and manage the area. A sanctuary office has been established in the area. The Olango Wildlife Sanctuary office also serves as a jump-off point for birdwatching in the reserve.







Travel time to Hilton Port, Lapu-Lapu City


Travel time to Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary (OIWS) Nature Center

(We will dock near San Vicente MPA)




Short Lecture on OIWS being the1st Ramsar Site in the Philippines and its role in the East Asian Australasian Flyway

Mr. Luther V. Dejadena,APASu, OIWS


For DENR Participants:


Coastal Clean Up with DENR Good Will Ambassador Ms. Antoinette Taus

**To be participated by some DENR employees and local community members


Breakout Group 1: Bird Watching(Swap with Group 2 after 30 mins)

Breakout Group 2: Nature Walk (Swap with Group 1 after 30 mins)


Lunch at the Nature Center


Travel time to Gilutungan MPA


Short Lecture on how the Gilutangan MPA became one of the country's best locally managed MPA


Swimming, Snorkeling in Nalusuan Island




Duration: 9 hours
Departure: 7AM

  • ✓ Lunch and snacks
  • ✓ Bus and Boat transportation
  • ✓ Life Vests
    ✓ Tour Coordinator
    ✓ Entrance Fees
  • Free Tour

  • Maximum of 80 participants
  • Sign-up will be on-site