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A tiny island on the vast Camotes Sea, Pandanon Island is nestled between Cebu and Bohol.
While politically a part of Bohol being under the jurisdiction of Getafe, it is geographically close
to Cebu, about an hour away from Mactan.
Pandanon Island is bordered on the east by Mactan and on the south by Olango Island. On its
north is mainland Bohol.
Although it is officially part of Bohol, a day trip to Pandanon Island is usually part of Cebu Tour
Packages offered by tour operators.
Island Name’s History
It is believed that Pandanon Island got its name from the plant, pandan. A long time ago,
pandan plant used to grow abundantly on the island.
Pandan is known for its flavoring property used for desserts, drinks and baked pastries. This
plant usually grows freely in Australia, Madagascar and Asia Pacific, hence it is still a mystery to
the locals as to how the pandan plant made its way to the island a long time ago.
What to Do on the Island
The west side of Pandanon Island is home to about 2,000 residents whose major source of
livelihood is fishing. The east side of the island, however, is a secluded and undeveloped piece
of paradise that tourists enjoy.
While Pandanon Island isn’t the best spot for diving and snorkeling, tourists take delight in
swimming on the clear, shallow waters of the island. Its powdery white sand is best for
frolicking by the beach or sunbathing. And its beautiful long stretch of sand bar is a beauty to
behold where tourists can sit and relax and have a few drinks with friends while watching the
The picturesque view from the island is perfect for taking stunning photos or just plain nature
The vast area on the beach can be utilized for beach volleyball, football, skimboarding, Frisbee
Modest bathroom facilities are available for cleaning up.
There are open cottages that are for rent where guests can enjoy a picnic. However, since there
are no commercial establishments on the island, guests must bring in their own food and
drinks. For guests who fancy freshly grilled food, there is a designated spot for grilling.
Chapel on the Island
There is an unfinished structure on the island that looks like an old Greek ruins. It gives out a
Mediterranean vibe feel that is perfect for prenup photoshoots or editorial spreads.
A beautiful rustic chapel stand amid the island that may be utilized for destination weddings.