Pamilacan island is located in the south of Bohol island and the southeast of Panglao island. This small island with a population of around 1,500 people, is a barangay of the town of Baclayon, Bohol, where the oldest church in Bohol can be found. You can see the ruins of a 200 years old Spanish Fort on the Pamilacan island that was used to be a hideout of the locals during the intrusion of the pirates.
Pamilacan island is famous for dolphin and whaleshark watching. This island lies in the heart of the Bohol Sea, which is a haven to more than 11 species of dolphins and whales. It is one of the ecotourism destinations. Here, you can also find the white and black banded sea snakes, sea turtles, moray eels and many, many more wonderful sea creatures.
This island is also known for its white sand beaches. You don’t want to miss swimming the crystal water which has a vast area for snorkeling and diving around the island. You will definitely enjoy swimming in the blue water with its natural powdery white sand beaches. It is the best place to chill out and have an enjoyable summer vacation.
Pamilacan Island Tour
Pamilacan island is more or less a 45-minute boat trip from Baclayon pier. Upon arrival on the island, you can start a tour in the village. Taking a walk and playing on the powdery white-sand beach are few of the fun things to do on the island. You might also want to do some snorkeling in the coral gardens nearby the island. And of course, take some pictures as a souvenir.
Dolphin and whale shark watching is a daily attraction surrounding the island. The best tour season is during summer from March to June. However, the resident dolphins and small whales can be found all year round.
Mostly the people who live on the island are fishermen. Their main source of income used to be catching dolphins, Bryde’s whales, whale sharks and manta rays. Since the island is declared an ecotourism destination, the fishermen who live on the island have been forbidden to catch fishes and other marine life in the marine sanctuary. Therefore, the Pamilacan tour was mainly designed to help these fishermen in their daily living. You will be accompanied by them who are skilled spotters and whose familiarity of the area make them the very excellent guides to your tour. The locals also make enticing jewelries such as earrings, bracelets and necklaces made of seashells for tourists to buy for either personal use or souvenirs.