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Monfort Bat Sanctuary, Samal Island
(4.2/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Spot fruit bats as they circle overhead at Monfort Bat Sanctuary. This, one of the world's biggest bat colonies, clutches to the ceilings of a 75 m (245 ft) long cave, which you can explore on an educational day tour. Enchanting night tours are also available with advanced booking. Keep in mind monthly themed events take place throughout the year here, so plan your visit accordingly. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Monfort Bat Sanctuary by using our Samal Island vacation builder.
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  • I had goose bumps looking at all the millions of bats inside the cave. You cannot enter but you can watch the bats all upside down hanging from the cave. spend about 30 minutes there. They also recomm...  more »
  • This place is worth visiting. You'll be amazed to learn more on how the bat lives. The tour guides are also very friendly ready to accommodate your questions. The place stinks but that would be pretty...  more »
  • Very impressive to see people taking care of the bat species. See bat habitats up close. The place, of course, has a pungent smell due to the nitrogen from the guano droppings -- but who cares? Nice t...  more »
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  • It's amazing to see a lot of bats. The tour guide showed us drunk bats, mother huggig their baby bats and cave for oldies bats. We also witnessed a rat trying to eat a bat. It's really amazing to see this nature personally.
  • The Monfort Bat Cave is Samal Island's premier attraction and is actually in The Guinness Book of Records as the largest single bat colony of it's type in the world. The cave is home to 2.3 million Rousette fruit bats so when you arrive at the cave there is no missing them. However the cave does have other inhabitants, I have personally seen impressively large monitor lizards and pythons on the floor of the cave, these play a part in the ecosystem of the cave as they feed on injured and sick bats which fall to the cave floor. Cats visit from time to time and crows are predators as well, although the cats and crows only account for a very small losses to the bat population as a whole. The cave itself is some 75 metres long and has a lower main entrance as well as a number of top openings along it's length, the top openings serve both as observation points and to allow the bats to enter and leave. It is not possible to enter the cave itself nor would you want to because of the heat generated and the health hazard from the guano. There is adequate car parking and when you walk towards the cave itself you will see that there is a large amount of educational material on view concerning the bats and the attraction. In days gone by there were a number of other inhabited bat caves on Samal Island with a much larger population of bats on the island but one by one most of the other caves on the island have been deserted by the bats due to interference by man, both to mine the guano and to take the bats themselves as a food source. I only know of two other much smaller inhabited bat caves on the island today, one is at the bottom of The Bito Depression, so good luck in visiting that, and I am not going to where the other one is! The present owner of the cave is Miss Norma Monfort, the cave and surrounding area have been in her family since the 1900s. Much kudos to Miss Monfort in developing the cave to what it is today and being such a strong proponent for the welfare of these creatures. Their effect on the more widespread environment in Mindanao is also of importance because as they feed the bats pollinate the flowers on the trees and they spread and distribute the seeds which pass through their digestive systems, some authorities believe that they play apart in the abundance of durian trees the fruit of which is such a hallmark of Davao City. Visitors are welcome during the day but it is also possible to visit after sunset when the bats are leaving starting at 18:00, but only by appointment, and in maximum groups of 6 persons.
  • Great place! Educational and informative
  • Let's protect those bats that lives in this caves because they release seeds from the fruits they eat and it will grow into a trees that maintains our rich forests.
  • Nice go see a colony of bats in an underground cave. A local guide will give you a tour and explains.