Monfort Bat Sanctuary

Attraction Babak, Circumferencial Rd, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
04:00 PM
05:00 PM
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The Monfort Bat Sanctuary is home to 1.8 million Geoffroy’s Rousette fruit bats (Rousettus amplexicaudatus) – the largest known colony of the species in the world.

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Why Monfort Bat Sanctuary is special ?

The Monfort Bat Sanctuary is home to 1.8 million Geoffroy’s Rousette fruit bats (Rousettus amplexicaudatus) – the largest known colony of the species in the world. The bats all live in a single cave – guests aren’t allowed to enter, but they can peer over bamboo railings into any of five openings where the seething masses of sleeping fruit bats can be seen coating the cave walls.


Today, this Samal Island bat sanctuary shows no signs of slowing down. A recent cave-mapping expedition found that the female bats were almost continuously pregnant, a departure from the bats’ usual seasonal gestation habits.

What to explore at Monfort Bat Sanctuary?

After this incident, Norma Monfort changed the rules – bamboo rails were added around the cave openings, visitors now have to sit through an orientation talk before seeing the bats, and loud noises are prohibited. Ms. Monfort has even resisted harvesting bat guano, which can sell for hundreds of dollars per kilo, for fear of scaring the bats. Still, managing the bat cave is largely a one-woman show, which Ms. Monfort rues.

The Monfort bat sanctuary sees about a hundred visitors a day, according to Ms. Monfort’s estimate, each paying about PHP 100 P for the privilege of seeing the bats roosting on the cave walls. Visitors enter an orientation hall, where a guide explains the significance of the bats in the local ecosystem.

After being briefed on the bats, visitors walk up a cobbled path to see the cave openings, each one surrounded by bamboo railings. The cave openings exude a strong ammonia/musk smell of bat poop (guano), but that is nothing compared to the sight of hundreds of thousands of Geoffroy’s Rousette fruit bats massed on the cave walls.

Visitors can walk around the cave openings at their leisure, seeing the bats from numerous angles. Despite their nocturnal nature, the bats roosting on the walls are not always asleep – in fact, there’s a flurry of activity among the bats even in the daytime. The bats are constantly jostling each other, changing position, fighting for space, and caring for their young. The bats’ constant shrieking echoes from the caves.

Source: http://goseasia.about.com/od/philippinestopattractions/a/Monfort-Bat-Sanctuary-Samal-Island-Philippines.htm

How to get to Monfort Bat Sanctuary?

The Monfort Bat Sanctuary is located near the Samal Island coast, and is accessible by road via hired car. You can also ride a bus headed to Samal, the Samal Island City Express, from Magsaysay Park (7°4'28.5992"N, 125°37'31.0364"E) in Davao City – the bus crosses the strait separating Samal from Davao via a Roll-On-Roll-Off ferry. From the ferry wharf on Samal, you can commission a “habal-habal”, or a motorcycle driver, to take you to the Monfort Bat Sanctuary.

To reach Norma Monfort’s Philippine Bat Conservation foundation, call +63 82 221 8925, +63 82 225 8854, +63 917 705 4295 or email: [email protected]

Source: http://goseasia.about.com/od/philippinestopattractions/a/Monfort-Bat-Sanctuary-Samal-Island-Philippines.htm

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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
92.39 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Babak, Circumferencial Rd, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte

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Tips for you

  • There is a distinct smell which is normal for bat caves
    Environment
  • Bring some "off lotion" to keep the mosquitos off
    What to bring
  • Best to go here before the night falls so you may see the bats come out from their cave
    Timming
  • Visitors are not allowed to enter the cave but you'll definitely see a lot of bats
    Experience
  • Loud noises are strictly prohibited
    Experience
  • Stow away your lights and cave gears since you won't be able to enter the caves anyway
    Experience

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100 pesos is too much for the Bat Viewing.

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Visitors are not allowed to enter the cave but you'll definitely see a lot of bats, for me, the most ive seen in my entire life! Good job for Norma Monfort (the owner) for preserving it! :)

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Best to go here before the night falls so you may see the bats come out from their cave. Stow away your lights and cave gears since you won't be able to enter the caves anyway - you're not allowed to.

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Maybe Dracula is inside the cave.. ?

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Guinness record holder for largest bat colony in the world. Apply insect/mosquito repellant before visiting this place.

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At first I did not expect that the bats in there is about 2.5 M+... But when I saw the 5 caves I was really amazed. And talking to bat women? my friend friend really enjoyed talking to her. And more amazing is that it was already recorded in Guinness as a largest colony of bats. If I can just stay overnight in that place and experience the flight of the million bats... But did you know that before the bats staying in those caves can be counted. but time goes by population just increase it self.Love the smell and feeling...

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There are really a lot of bats in this place, the best time to visit is when the sunset is near, or a night tour of the place, bring mosquito repellents for the mosquitoes!

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I have been several times at the batcave. Last time we took the night tour. The night tour is 200/person with a minimum of 5 persons. If you are less then 5 then you have to pay for 5. The reason is that they dont have daily sunset tours. They will organize it for you with a tourguide. They will prepare flashlights and umbrellas in case of rain. The nice thing on sunset tour is that all bats leave their cave at sunset. They make formations above the cave. This show takes hours. Nice experience that everybody should try.

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At first I did not expect that the bats in there is about 2.5 M+... But when I saw the 5 caves I was really amazed. And talking to bat women? my friend friend really enjoyed talking to her. And more amazing is that it was already recorded in Guinness as a largest colony of bats. If I can just stay overnight in that place and experience the flight of the million bats... But did you know that before the bats staying in those caves can be counted. but time goes by population just increase it self.Love the smell and feeling...

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Best to go here before the night falls so you may see the bats come out from their cave. Stow away your lights and cave gears since you won't be able to enter the caves anyway - you're not allowed to

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