Nalusuan Island


This tiny island, southwest of Olango, encompasses a marine reserve which is managed privately by Nalusuan Island Resort & Marine Sanctuary. The snorkelling on the house reef is good, though expect plenty of company from midmorning to midafternoon, as it's very popular with day trippers (who have to pay a P200 fee to snorkel or dive on the reef and use the resort facilities).

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1. Hilutangan Island


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2. Caohagan Island

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3. Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary

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4. Mactan Shrine


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5. Fort San Pedro

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6. City Hall

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Lords it over Plaza Sugbo and Magellan's Cross.

7. Magellan's Cross

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8. Carbon Market

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