Pamilacan island was one of the best places we visited on our trip to the Philippines. It was an island for which we couldn’t decide if we want to visit just on a day trip from the nearby Panglao or spend two full days there and book a bungalow on the beach for the night. Pamilacan Island is actually only a good hour boat ride from Panglao, Alona beach. There are no group tours organised to the island as most of the tourist head to the nearby Balicasag Island, so we opted for more expensive private boat. In the end we ended up paying quite good price, around 2500 Php for both of us for a boat to take us there and back.
On our way to the island we were greeted by a group of dolphins which was a real treat for us and a great start of our morning! The playful creatures followed us and swam with our boat for quite some time!
When we reached the island we immediately fell in love. The charming island with its relaxed vibes simply invites you to let go and enjoy.
Upon arrival our boat captain advised us of different snorkelling spots around the island. You then take a smaller boat and your captain take you to desired places. As most of the island is part of the National Park you have to pay a fee for each spot you visit. The price tag is additional 500 Php/person. We decided for only two spots and then later on went on to explore the island. The island is pretty small so in half an hour you can get from one point to another. On the way we were greeted by friendly locals and after a short walk reached a beach which we had completely to ourselves! The corals are especially colourful and the sea invites you to discover the incredibly rich marine life.
If you are planning a visit there make sure to spend more than just half day there (it is certainly something we wished for!). The island is incredibly peaceful, unspoiled and beautiful.