Lamanok or Lamanoc Island is dubbed as Bohol’s cradle of civilization due to its rich heritage. This island in the Anda peninsula boasts tall limestone cliffs, untouched forests, hidden waterfalls and white-sand beaches, and mystical caves. Some of the caves served as a burial place, so you’ll find several boat coffins as well as
earthenware jars here. The presence of balete trees around these ritual caves further adds to the mysterious atmosphere of the island. Further into the caves, there are hanging stalactite and stalagmite formations, rock shelters with ancient graffiti paintings, and a fossilized giant clam embedded in a rock. Natives of the island believe that the place is a holy spot where mystical creatures or spirits live. This belief first spread among local priests and medicine men before the Spaniards colonized the Philippines.
Situated about 111 KM from Tagbilaran City, Lamanok Island can be reached via private or public transport. When commuting, you can ride a bus to Barangay Badiang in Anda and rent a tricycle that will take you to the jumping-off point to Lamanoc Island. Otherwise, you can book tour packages that include Lamanok Island in their itineraries for a hassle-free trip.
To explore as much of Lamanok Island as possible, the best time to visit would be between the months of November to April. During these months there are fewer chances of rainfall, perfect for an adventure on a tropical island. During high tide, you can ride paddleboats to get to the mystical island while passing through a fish sanctuary, and then continue paddling through the caves in small canoes. But when the tide is low, you can just wade in knee-deep water as you make your way to the island. Just be careful not to step on cone snails or other sea creatures that can give you a sting.