PROTECTED AREAS
Minsawa Island Game Refuge and Bird Sanctuary

The Minsawa Island Game Refuge and Bird Sanctuary (MIGRBS), a portion of public domain situated formerly under the Municipality of Polilio, Quezon, may well be considered a paradise for nature enthusiasts, especially bird watchers.

With pristine white beaches and a 500 meter sanctuary from the shoreline toward the sea that preserve the water habitat, the 4.8 hectare land area is surrounded by trees, shrubs and vines that occasionally intermingle with larger tree species, leading to a truly natural habitat undisturbed for the protection of wildlife.

The MIGRBS is famous not only for its heavily vegetative cover but also its rich habitats of protected wildlife such as Dugong, fruit bats, Tabon birds, Nurmeg imperial pigeon, Black napped oriole, Turtle dove, Reef egrets, Cattle egrets, Sub bird, Sea eagle, Brahminy kite, Black winged kits, Green sea turtles, Olive ridley turtles and monitor lizards.

The climate from May to October is generally warm while a pronounced wet season is expected throughout the rest of the year.

As the area is considered a wildlife sanctuary, there are no residents occupying the area, except for fishermen who use the island to rest. Only protected area personnel are allowed to stay in the bunkhouse/station to strengthen protection measures in the island.

ACTIVITIES

Minasawa Island itself can be considered as a potential site for ecotourism and scientific research.

The presence of white sand and abundant flora and fauna thriving in the area attract adventurers and travelers to the area. Local and foreign tourists will enjoy bird watching, trekking, swimming or even scuba diving and boat riding.

However, there are no cottages in the island for the tourists to stay. The adjacent Patnanongan island's residents offer these services through "homestay" because camping is not encouraged since it would disturb the birds.

GETTING THERE

The Island can be reached by bus about five hours from Manila to Infanta, Quezon, and another three to four hours from Infanta to Minasawa Island by motorized banca.

It is approximately 10 kilometers from Burdeos town proper and is accessible by motor boat from Burdeos town proper to Minasawa Island.

CONTACT

Reynulfo A. Juan – Regional Executive Director
DENR-Region 4-A (CALABARZON)
DENCRIS Business Center, National Highway, Brgy. Halang, Calamba City, Laguna
Contact No.: (049) 502-7500

Protected Area Management Board (PAMB)
- for reactivation

Cristituto Bermudez - Protected Area Superintendent (PASu), Minasawa
CENRO Real Quezon
Contact No. (042) 536-6093