Pamilacan Island

Pamilacan Island
The Pamilacan Island not only holds an enormous variety of marine life, but also an interesting history dating back as far as two centuries ago during the Spanish regime.

As of today, hundreds of tourists visit this wondrous island situated 8 nautical miles from the town of Baclayon via pump boats docked at the Baluarte on a daily basis. One attraction that is considered to be one rare opportunity is the renowned dolphin and whale watching. Get a dose of excitement as you witness the lively dolphins playfully jump up and down alongside the boat you are on. Not only that, you also get another shot of astonishment as a cluster of huge whales emerge up ahead.

It certainly is a one-time chance to get to know these creatures up close since they are considered as endangered, thus they are vitally protected by the government. It is of utter importance that these dolphins and whales are protected, as well as the surrounding ocean since these waters have been believed to be the breeding grounds of these mammals.

On land, one could be fascinated by the huts and houses built by the locals who reside on this island as the walls are decorated with bones and jaws which served as remnants and relics from hunting these mammals decades ago. As of today, it is strictly prohibited to hunt these remarkable creatures, and anyone who violates is clearly punishable by law.
On the northeastern part of the island, you can find a Spanish Fort that is about 200 years old. This fort served as a watch station to look out for incoming intruders who might attack and invade the mainland.

Undeniably, Bohol is blessed with such an island rich in oceanic flora and fauna. Each year, Pamilacan continues to blossom with flamboyant reefs of corals, starfishes, cetaceans, giant gorgonians, sponges and anemones.
Recently, a villa was created along the immaculate beaches of Pamilacan Island for guests who wish to stay overnight and experience the sights and sound of the island up close and personal.

The ideal time to catch a glimpse of the amazing dolphins and whales is from March to June or July, preferably at night or early morning. The best time would be at dawn where these mammals show their playful side to their human spectators.

Below is the list of commonly sighted animals when you go on sail around the island:
• Bottlenose Dolphin
• Bryde’s Whale
• Sperm Whale
• Risso’s Dolphin
• Melon-headed Whale
• Pygmy Killer Whale
• Short-finned Pilot Whale
• Spotted Dolphin
• Fraser’s Dolphin
• Manta Ray

Getting to Pamilacan Island:
To get to the town of Baclayon, you can ride on a public vehicle such as the jeepney and hang out for a while with the locals for a short ride of 10-15 minutes. Near the Baclayon Church, you can see a pier from a distance which is locally called as Baluarte. There you can find pump boats on standby for passengers bound for Pamilacan Island. The ride takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on the weather and the waves. Another alternative route especially for moody weathers, is at the port of Loay, two towns away from Baclayon.
You can also make advanced reservations with a travel agency which offers dolphin and whale watching packages. They will take care of the necessary arrangements once you arrive in Bohol.

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