Island Hopping and Island Walking: Pangan-an Island
A barangay of Lapu-Lapu City, Pangan-an Island lies east of Mactan Island and next to Olango Island. And by "next to" we mean that you can walk from Olango Island to Pangan-an Island at low tide.
The name Pangan-an comes from the word kan-anan, which means "eating place." In the past, the waters around Pangan-an Island were rich in fishes. Fishermen would come from far away to fish in the waters and then eat on the island.
You can stay overnight on Pangan-an Island in a cottage and then walk back to Olango Island the next day.
Island Walking to Pangan-an Island
Pangan-an is unusual in that, during low tide, you can walk on top of a reef flat to get there. In fact, you have to watch out for tricycles if you walk too close to their track. You will even pass a waiting shed between Pangan-an Island and Olango Island. Tricycles actually wait here for passengers.
Because of the nearby Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary, you will no doubt see birds. The scenery also includes coconut islets and mangroves.
Adding serenity, the seascape may include far away rainfall. If the weather permits, you may even see a rainbow.
Your Pangan-an Island Excursion
Walking to Pangan-an Island and back is an unforgettable experience. Once there, relaxing activities include:
- climbing trees
- cooling off in the crystal water
- enjoying the seascapes
- playing basketball
For a unique experience while on vacation, be sure to include Pangan-an Island in your package tour.