Travel Guide to Pamilacan Island in Baclayon, Bohol

Bohol, Philippines — Have you ever been to a paradise? Some people say that paradises don’t exist. Well, I beg to differ because I just been to one. In the second day of our three-day Bohol tour, after having a satisfying breakfast at Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort, we visited another tourist spot in Bohol. This time we went to Pamilacan Island in Baclayon Bohol.

Approaching Pamilacan Island
Approaching Pamilacan Island

Pamilacan Island is also famous for Dolphin and Whale Watching tours. Bohol is a haven to more than 11 species of dolphins and whales, including the bottle-nose dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, pantropical spotted dolphin, long-snouted dolphin, Fraser’s dolphin, melon-headed whale, short-finned pilot whale, Bryde, and the sperm whales. Unfortunately, we left our hotel too late to catch these playful dolphins.


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Our Boat in Pamilacan Island
Our Boat in Pamilacan Island

About Pamilacan Island

The small island of Pamilacan is nestled in the heart of the Bohol Sea. Its name is derived from the word pilak, which is a large hook made and used by islanders to capture manta rays.

Catholic Church in Pamilacan Island
Catholic Church in Pamilacan Island

Pamilacan is a coral island, and fossilized seashells are preserved on the island’s rocky hill. Jaws and other bones of marine mammals and whale sharks adorn some homes in the village. The blue waters surrounding the island teem with lush and colorful marine life.

Pamilacan Island White Sand Beach in Bohol
Pamilacan Island White Sand Beach in Bohol

Calling this island beautiful is an understatement. In fact, I can’t describe its beauty in one word. But I have to say that this place is truly a paradise. The ambiance is calming and the sand is well-refined and white. If you want to have an amazing vacation, this place is perfect for you.

Under the Tree in Pamilacan Island
Under the Tree in Pamilacan Island

Things to do in Pamilacan Island

I came on the island together with fellow travel writers and friends from the Department of Tourism. Upon reaching the island, we had a simple but filling “merienda” prepared by the locals.

Kamote and Corn Coffee
Kamote and Corn Coffee
Fried Banana
Fried Banana

After eating, some went for snorkeling while some of us just walked around the island to take photos. One of the most interesting structures in the island is the 200-year-old Spanish fort. According to the locals, it served as a look-out post for Moro pirates. The specific watchtower is a declared National Cultural Treasure.

The Old Spanish Fort
The Old Spanish Fort
Walls of the 200 year old Spanish Port
Walls of the 200 year old Spanish Port

Travel Tips

Here are some travel tips. I hope this will be helpful to you my fellow traveler. If you’re going to this paradise of an island, bring the following:

Sunblock – The sun can be unforgiving on the outdoors. So if you don’t want to suffer from skin conditions, protect your skin with sunblock.
A Date – Believe me, you don’t want to be alone in this beautiful island. So you should bring a date to make your trip more fun. Bonus if your date is attractive. And if you know what I mean, you’ll have a one of a lifetime experience.
Extra Cash – You don’t want to have problems with the payment so bring to extra cash with you.

Travel Writers in Pamilacan Island in Bohol
Travel Writers in Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Pamilacan Island Hotels and Resorts 

There are very few accommodation options on the island of Pamilacan.

Pamilacan Island Paradise Hotel

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The resort is a private beach villa on a seven-hectare property. The 220 square meter accommodation offers 3 guest rooms of various sizes. The resort also offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

How to Get There

Here, let me show you how to get to this paradise. If you’re coming from Manila, you can get there by taking a plane. Once you’re in Tagbilaran airport, go to Baclayon or Loay boat station. It’s about 10 to 25 minutes to the station. After that, ride a boat to reach Pamilacan Island. In my estimation, it will take you about 35-50 minutes to get there. But if the waves are terrible, it might take you longer.

But if you’re coming from Cebu, you can go to Tagbilaran port by ferry. Cebu and Bohol are near to each other so it will take you only one and a half hour to get there. Also, there are at least seven trips per day so you have lots of options. And of course, once you reach Tagbilaran, you know what to do.

Pump-boat rental from Baclayon to Pamilacan Island can cost upward from Php 1,500 per boat depending on its passenger capacity.

My time on this island is unforgettable. I will definitely come back soon.

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Dolphine Watching in Bohol photo via KLOOK
Dolphin Watching in Bohol photo via KLOOK

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  1. […] Visiting Pamilacan Island in Baclayon, Bohol […]

  2. i think panglao is getting too mainstream now when this one in Baclayon ain’t really different from the island as well. guess, there’s still more to come back to in Bohol.

    -jamesedventures

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