Monfort Bat Colony, Samal Island

Most visitors to Samal Island mainly visit there for the beaches but beyond the pristine sands are several undiscovered gems- like the Monfort Bat Colony.  It’s a large cavern located in the small village of Tambo, and recently recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest colony of fruit bats on the planet.  It’s such a pleasure to be visiting a place that’s Guinness- recognized.  I was in awe when I entered the colony, but beware: the caves are rather foul-smelling so go there with a strong stomach.  And 1.8 million bats?  Simply WOW.

TIP: Go there around 5PM onwards to take advantage before they wake in search of food.

Monfort Bat Colony
Brgy. Tambo, Samal Island
Davao del Norte


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