Any trip to Bohol will never be dull. Wherever you go, you will always stumble on amazing and appealing places and discover interesting facts along the way. Take the Shell Museum in Panglao Island, for example.
A part of the Panglao-Dauis Day tour packages offered by travel agencies include an unforgettable treat to the Shell Musem an experience that promises a unique exposure to a rich Bohol marine life. The museum was founded by Mr. Quirino Hora a renowned sea explorer for over thirty years already. At sixty years old, Hora was able to singlehandedly collect unusual shells that are being displayed inside the deposity. In fact, two shells are already named after him, the Busa Quirihoria and the Primovula Horai. The former was discovered in 1987 and the latter in 1994, along the pristine shores of Panglao Island.
At present, the Shell Museum showcases one of the biggest shell collections in the world. For enthusiasts of the beautiful sea life, the place should definitely be on the top of your must-visit places indeed. Some species found in the exhibit include:
• Murex Alabster – a white shell that lives in some very deep parts of the sea where sunrays can no longer penetrate.
• Cypria Auruntium – where the name “Golden Cowrie” was derived.
• Vulva Queen – the smallest shell in the world ever known to man, the tiniest one recorded to be 5 mm. One rare size 7 mm has been reportedly sold for $1000 because it has been said that only three of this kind are ever produced in a year and can be seen through magnifying lens.
• Coridae family of shells – this family of shells are commonly known for their poison.
• Xenophidae family of shells – dubbed as the ‘first shell collectors’ because smaller shells and stones cling and stick to it.
• Sun Shell – characterized by its impressive swirly shape.
• A tourist guide on standby can provide information about the shells displayed inside the museum. Other collections include manta rays, shark’s mouth, sea urchins and seahorses.
Getting to the Shell Museum:
For a convenient travel, you can avail Dauis-Panglao Packages offered by many travel
agencies in Tagbilaran City. See to it your tour includes a stopover at the said shell reservoir, along with visits to other jaw-dropping spots within the island.
As an alternative, you can take a ride on a bus or jeepney destined for the town of Panglao. Ask the driver to drop you off at the town market. Once you arrive there, you may inquire some locals for directions to the Shell Museum. Frequently, the question “Asa dapit ila ka-Hora?” or simply the keyword “Hora” triggers an easy understanding between you and the local; and once understood, you’d warmly be escorted or shown the way towards the Shell Museum.