Olotayan Island: A Romantic Getaway

Olotayan - A romantic island destination
Olotayan – A romantic island destination

Olotayan island is a good place for snorkelling.  You can also enjoy sailing, jet-skiing/flat boat riding, wind surfing, fishing and also seaweed harvesting.

Referred to as the “Mini-Boracay” in the City of Roxas, Olotayan Island is approximately an hour boat ride from Banica wharf at Roxas City, this barangay is blessed with serene shores with white sand mixing with corals washed ashore by strong waves, Olotayan beach offers a tranquil and relaxing “out of the city hassles” atmosphere.  With clear waters and a rural setting, where sea waves and occasional laughter’s from kids playing at a distance, the place is fit for honeymooners or businessmen who wants to have “a get away” from it all. 

Olotayan Island Local Tourist from Manila

Olotayan Island Local Tourist from Manila

With relatively few visitors and tourists visiting the area, the place remain as placid and native all through the years.  Despite its short distance from the city, the place have maintained its rustic view, thus giving visitors an opportunity to be close to nature.  With most native folks still adhering to rural way of life, the most sophisticated tourists will find ways to commune with Mother Nature and a chance to get back to the basic of living and witness for themselves the way it used to be with no cars or other usual city amenities available.  The residents of the island consider it as a mini Boracay because of its crystal clear water and white sand.

45 minutes travel by boat from Roxas City to Olutayan Island

45 minutes travel by boat from Roxas City to Olutayan Island

Olotayan, the only island barangay of Roxas City with estimated land area of 100 hectares, actually got its name from native word “olo” (head) and “Tyan” (stomach).  A popular legend that have survived the passing of decades said that in the olden days a wicked giant lived in the land and has always brought havoc and sufferings to the inhabitants who turned to the “anitos” or “anitas” (gods or goddess) who dwells in the land for help.  Their pleas were heard and a strong lightning hit the wicked giant which scattered his body to the sea.  The islands of Roxas City where then named after the body parts of the giant.  Thus, his head and stomach (Ulo and Tiyan) became the island of Olotayan.  Other islands like “Mantalinga” came from the Mata (eyes) and Talinga (ears), Tuwad (Buttocks) and Sepatos (feet).

Olutayan Island is rich of coral reefs and good sight for scuba diving, sailing and jet-skiing

Olutayan Island is rich of coral reefs and good sight for scuba diving, sailing and jet-skiing

There is no electricity within the island.  Drinking water supply was rationed every week from Roxas City by the Metro Roxas Water District.  If you want to visit the island you can contact the Olotayan Beach Resort  which is owned by “Dos Hermanas”: Dra. Evelyn Sicad and Mrs. Magallanes.  There are cottages and beach house with 2 rooms and sleeps up to 4-6 people. A solar panel system generates electricity for the resort.

Sunset view at Olutayan Island overlooking Napti Island and Roxas City

Sunset view at Olutayan Island overlooking Napti Island and Roxas City

Olotayan island is composed of four (4) different sitios: Puting Balas, Look, Sawang and Capaculan. Majority of the people in the island lives within Sawang and Capaculan sitios. The most popular among this is Puting Balas,  where Olotayan Beach Resort is located. It could be found in the south-western part of the island.  Puting Balas 100 meters shoreline is made up of white corals, shells and white sand. This is an excellent beach for sunrise or a picnic lunch and a very scenic or picturesque beach location.

At present, the total population of the island is 959 more or less with 175 households.  80% of this are in the poverty threshold. Fishing is the major industry on the island. It produces blue crabs, squid and different variety of fish. Barter system or trade still exists in the island.

Illegal fishing using a trawl at the shoreline of  Olotayan Island destructs and damaged  the coral reef. The island has been declared as a fish sanctuary by the Roxas City government.

An islet in the western coastline called Magatalihan is ideal for diving. It was preserved to be a fish sanctuary of Roxas City. From this beach, you can see Napti Island and the lights from the “Peoples Park” in Baybay Beach  at Roxas City during night time could be seen.

The best time to visit Olotayan Island is during summer (March-May). Seasonal conditions can also affect the beach itself.  Strong currents and dangerous shorebreaks in the mouth of Punta Cogon River could be experience going to the island in the month of November and December due to typhoon season.  You have to check and observed the surf condition at Baybay Beach before going to the island.  Hire a bigger boat with life jackets available for the passengers at the Banica Wharf.

Olotayan island is a good place for swimming and snorkeling during calm surf.  You can also enjoy sailing, jet-skiing/flat boat riding, wind surfing, skimboarding, fishing and also seaweed harvesting. Don’t forget to bring your goggles, underwater camera, swimwear, first aid kits, foods and water supply in visiting the island.

Children at Olotayan IslandOlotayan Beach ResortCorals and shells at Olotayan shorelinesSkull of an animal along the shorelineNapti Island, Panay CapizTyphoon Frank hits Olotayan IslandWhite sand shorelineShoreline at the Puting Balas near the German owned propertyOlotayan Island landmark at Sitio SabangAn anchor and the author at Olotayan IslandExploring the islands treasureCaptivated by the white sand and coral shoreline of the island

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Boat trip to Olotayan and Napti Island is accessible at Brgy. Banica Wharf. We can facilitate your trip and itinerary for a very unforgettable experience in Olotayan island.  For more information or reservation just call or text Lucy @ +639193080592 or (036) 6211058. Email us at olotayan@capisnon.com with the following details:

  • Schedule of Arrival:
  • No. of Days:
  • No. of Adults:
  • No. Of Children:
  • Food Preferences and other request


Cottages Rate

  • Small (5-10pax)- P 200 per day (if overnight, P 400)
  • Medium (with Ladder accommodates 5-7 pax only) – P 300 per day (if overnight, P 600)
  • Large (10-20pax) – P 400 per day (if overnight, P 800)
  • House Cottage (with 2 bedrooms and Sala ) – P 1,500.00 Overnight (4-5 pax only, additional P100 for each extra person). With beddings, kitchen and utensils.

Boat Fare (Back and Forth)

Banica Wharf – Olotayan Island – Banica Wharf
Small Boat (1pax to 5pax) – P1,800.00
Medium Boat (6pax to 10pax) – P2,000.00
Large Boat (11pax to 15pax) – P3,000.00

For Boat booking, contact +639197079224.

Advance booking (3 days before) is necessary in order to arrange your transportation and other request specially those who plans for overnight stay. It is advisable to bring distilled/mineral water, medicine and foods in going to the island because of limited stores or “tyangge” that sells such products.

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32 responses to “Olotayan Island: A Romantic Getaway

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  3. I’ve never been to olotayan.. hehe I’m hoping I could go there on my next visit to roxas.. Sir, sana my underwater pics from olotayan, para mas masaya 😉

    • hi win, how I wish I could take underwater pictures in Olotayan… we were not able to dive at Olotayan last time we visit because of the fast current. Just inform me pag nagabakasyon ka so para masamahan kita…

    • jacky

      hayy how i wish napuntahan ko ulutayan before umalis roxas.. my causin told me nami da daw.. as i view all the picx nami gid man sa… dont worry win makakadto kagid da.. kaw pa adventurous … weeeeee remember the tym we go to banate… ang sarap balikan ang nakaraan… toink:)

  4. Kurt

    nice work! hehe. and btw. tnx for the information about Olotayan, im working on a project about Capiz, and kinda lack of information about Olotayan, but thanks to you.. i think i can work my project after all.

    • thanks kurt… i’d been in olotayan… and I do have student from the island… Rico (SK Chairman) and my classmate during college.. (Kenneth Arenajo)… its really a nice place and once developed …it would be a good opportunity for tourist attraction..

  5. We were in Olutayan island last Palm Sunday and we were amazed that the corals are alive again. Just to share:

  6. arnel asuncion

    Just wanna know how much are the cottages to stay overnight if you have any ideas?many thanks

    • Olotayan Cottages cost is ranging to:
      Overnight (2 rms) – P1000-1500
      Cottage – P500-P700
      Note: Since the island doesn’t have electricity, they are using Solar System as a source of energy, or Lampara o Petromax.

    • arnel asuncion

      who should I contact for room booking please?

  7. who is the owner of the olotayan i heard that olotayan is beautiful……

  8. rhepaul

    hello.. i’m from brgy cogon, dati ang olotayan simple lang walang gaanung pumupuntang mga tao kc hndi pa noon kilala ang olotayan. they are tru that olotayan is like a paradise dahil yan sa mga opisyal nang roxas kc pinaganda pa nila lalo ang olotayan… pag uwi ko sana mas maganda pa lalo ang olotayan… tnx

  9. leah ann

    super nice..

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  12. jewels

    im from roxas and i want to go to olotayan… but i dont know how much the transportation fee is… can you help me?

  13. your blog is very interesting for me, thanks

  14. Kurt

    Hello, i find your website very interesting, but i just want to ask if you have any information about the marine organisms there in Olotayan. Im hoping for your immediate response 🙂

  15. rondzkie

    Gooooo…Capiz,,,, wag tyo mag patalo sa mga isyo,,and make a strong to our province and hope we improve our street and brgy,,,,

  16. kilatda !

    Olotyan here we come. Its paradise.
    No frills. Just be there!

  17. parvs

    hi. i’ve plan to spent my semestral break there capiz i want to spent my time with my friends their in napti island or olotayan island . is there any accommodation or cottages?? how much is the cost if it’s overnight stay??


  18. gummybear

    Hi! Do you know how to get to Olotayan Island from the President’s Inn? My boyfriend and I are planning to go there in October and we want to know the rates for a half day trip. Thanks! 🙂

  19. yeah!..capiz was surrounded with a beautiful spots..as of now it was not yet belong to those well known cities..but sooner or later it would be famous too..by means of advertising it through mass media and also to the web by means of internet..like what i am doing right now..we are making a website of certain establishments, municipalities and spots here in capiz..kindly follow this link to view my page http://staanaresortcapiz.weebly.com/ ..or email me at mantac.eduard@yahoo.com or else try this one khailkaiser@yahoo.com..lets introduced capiz as a tourist attraction in web..olotayan is great island

  20. how i wish ths web.help me to widen my knowledge bwt my prj…tnx

  21. nice scenery.im so very proud of being capiznon.

  22. KC

    My dad hails from Roxas City and I’ve been there many times but I have never heard of Olotayan Island. Sir, can you please post more photos of the island so I can show that to my friends so we can talk it out and go there.

  23. Gby.13

    Olotayan island are very visible when you’re in “Baybay”. Tomorrow, we plan to go there but first we’ll just need to ask some people how to go there.

    Geomricj Yu from Cainta, Rizal. 😀

  24. wow how nice:’D
    i want to go there ..
    specially to that low tide scenery ..
    it is so beautiful ..

  25. how i wish that i can get there someday … :’)

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