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Information about Pamilacan Island

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Pamilacan Island, Baclayon, Bohol, Philippines
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Pamilacan Island Bohol

Pamilacan Island in Bohol is known for its white sandy shores and crystal clear waters. It is a popular attraction for whale and dolphin sightseeing.  

The island’s name is derived from the local word pamilac, which means harpoon, a large hook used by the islanders to capture manta rays, whales, and dolphins. However, since the provincial government has banned the fishing of endangered species, locals have focused on tourism as their main livelihood. They have prioritized protecting and caring for marine life in the Bohol Sea. 



How to get there

Situated about 23 kilometers east of Balicasag in the Bohol Sea, Pamilacan Island is accessible from Tagbilaran Airport through the Loay boat station. It’ll take approximately 30-35 minutes to reach the island via boat from there. You can also join a day tour for a more convenient trip.

Once on the island, tourists will witness for themselves the rich marine life that Bohol has to offer, including whales, dolphins, and even sharks. 



Best time to visit

Pamilacan Island can be visited all year round, but it’s highly recommended to see the island from May to July, the summer season of Bohol.

Suppose you’re going to participate in a dolphin-watching tour on Pamilacan Island. In that case, it’s best to embark on an early adventure between 6 AM to 8 AM, as morning excursions tend to have a high probability of sightings.

Frequently asked questions

What is Pamilacan Island known for?

Pamilacan is a coral island that is known for its dolphin watching tours. It is also a popular site for snorkeling, diving, as well as fishing.

What are the other attractions in Pamilacan Island aside from beaches?

Other than its white sandy beaches, another attraction in the island is the 200-year-old Spanish fort built on its shore. Locals say that the fort served as a watchtower for Moro pirates during the Spanish colonization and is now declared a National Cultural Treasure.

What are some notable diving sites in Pamilacan Island?

A notable diving site in the area is Dakit-dakit, while on the south of the island (about 18 meters deep) is another island called the Snake Island or Cervera Shoal. Here, the current is usually substantial as it is teeming with corals and a bunch of marine animals, such as sea snakes, sea turtles, moray eels, nudibranchs, and sponges.

Is Pamilacan Island Paradise located near the city center?

It’s a bit far from Tagbilaran City, about 20 kilometers away. However, trips going to the island can be easily arranged by either boat transfers or by joining a day tour that includes roundtrip travel.

Is Pamilacan Island safe for travel?

Yes, Pamilacan Island is safe for visitors as long as you practice proper precautions and be aware of your surroundings.

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