Take me to…Pamilacan Island

May is the best time for spotting dolphins and whales in Pamilacan island, home to a massive number of these gentle creatures

Photo by Ferdz Decena

Head to Pamilacan Island off the waters of Bohol Sea in Bohol for a chance to see the biggest pods of dolphins this side of the planet. A prime cetacean channel, Pamilacan is home to a massive number and variety of cetaceans with over 15 types of whales and dolphins spotted in the waters around Bohol, including, killer and sperm whales, and during the Archipelago team's last visit, the occasional blue whale. While the calm months of April and May usually record high sighting rates, several species can be seen almost all year round in the waters of Southern Bohol.


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For dolphin and whale watching tours in Pamilacan, book with Bohol Life Tours. Rates are from P3,950 (US$88) per person. Philippine Airlines flies daily from Manila to Tagbilaran, Bohol's capital city. Bohol is an easy island to explore, with a well-maintained 161km coastal road. Best to arrange boat rentals with your resort or at the tourism center. There are regular boat trips to Pamilacan.

Bohol offers a wide variety of lodgings, from luxurious to basic. Peacock Garden Luxury Resort & Spa is in a good location and offers luxurious rooms and a spa, and is a good base for exploring Pamilacan.

Read more about Bohol adventure tours.

Stay at Ananyana Beach Resort.

Underwater photographer Gutsy Tuason recommends a stay at Bohol's Peacock Garden Resort.

Find hotels near Pamilacan Island on Tripadvisor.

Originally published in InFlight Traveller August-September 2010. Updated May 2016