A Slow Day in Pamilacan Island, Bohol

When I was in Bohol on assignment for Mabuhay Magazine, the small island of Pamilacan was included in the itinerary. It’s well-known for dolphin and whaleshark watching, and of course, delicious seafood.

Pamilacan Island

Low tide at Pamilacan Island.

Unfortunately, we went there around March, which was not a good time to see dolphins. The sea was too rough in the early morning, so we had nothing to do except eat, sleep, and walk around the island.

Pamilacan Island

Photographer Hannah Reyes checks out Pamilacan.

Pamilacan in itself is small, nothing more than an island-barangay (village). The 200 or so families living here are mostly fisherfolk. They used to hunt whale sharks and dolphins, until it was banned by the Philippine government. Nowadays, they make a living through fishing and tourism.

We went around the island towards sunset and bought a few kilos of fish. We brought it back to our resort where it was cooked according to our orders. I’ve never tasted seafood so fresh and delicious! And yeah, it was cheap, too!

Electricity’s only on for a couple of hours at night; the resorts there usually have a generator. However, I wouldn’t mind having no electricity at night. When everything’s dark, the view of the night sky is unbelievably beautiful, with so many stars and constellations that you don’t get to see in the city.

Pamilacan Island

During low tide, you can see hundreds of these sea creatures.

With excellent and fresh seafood, good swimming spots, nice beaches, and very friendly people, Pamilacan is perfect for those who want complete relaxation for a few days.

It’s about an hour’s boat trip from Panglao Island where you can hire a boat or book package tours. Make sure to bring mosquito repellent when you go visit.

Pamilacan Island


Check out my other posts on Bohol:

The Fisherman on Virgin Island
Danao Adventure Park in Bohol
Taking the Plunge in Danao

 Aleah Taboclaon is a freelance writer and editor. She likes running (completed one marathon, training for the next!), diving (PADI open water diver), and traveling with her Kindle. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. You can also email her; she would love to hear from you!


  1. says

    I had a tour in Bohol. I’ve seen many wonderful spots there, but I have never been to Pamilacan Island. I wish you have more pictures uploaded so that I would know if my next travel there is worth investing. But anyhow, thank you for sharing this. :)

  2. says

    Imagine what bounty of whalesharks Bohol would have enjoyed till now if not for the misguided fishermen back in the old days! We often have to learn from mistakes to get things right.
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