When one visits Roxas City, what does one do aside from partaking all the fresh sea foods available? One can always enjoy the cool breeze in Baybay while drinking an ice-cold beer with fresh oysters as “pulutan”. And when one looks out the vast Sibuyan Sea, two islands are visible: the uninhabited islet Mantalinga and the bigger island Olutayan (which is a barangay of Roxas City).
Olutayan island is just a 45 minute motorized boat ride from the wharf in Pan-ay, Capiz. It has largely been under-developed although there are some cottages for rent in the island.
There is a small part of the island facing Capiz that has a stretch of white sands and fine corral beach. Perfect place to laze around and watch the fishermen do their chores.
In the past, dynamite fishing has destroyed much of the coral reefs around Olutayan Island. But this has changed and coral reefs are beginning to grow again and attract more colorful deep-sea fishes. Hopefully in time, the coral reefs will be in full bloom again.
So the next time you visit Roxas City, consider a day trip to Olutayan Island. It’s a slice of Boracay – without the unruly crowd and the pesky algae.