Pamilacan island dive sites and diving in Pamilacan.
Pamilacan island (some call it Pamilican though) is a remote island on the far side of Bohol and southeast of the Panglao Island.
This isolated island is only at 17 kilometers (9 nautical miles) heading to the 109° from our Scotty's Dive Center in Panglao (Bohol).
Pamilacan is uniquely situated from the mainland and has a marine sanctuary where dolphin and whales can be sighted. Pamilacan island is also known for its big barracudas and manta rays, as well as many other species of marine lives lurking in its waters.
The Pamilacan Island, which is made of corals and fossilized shells, has an underwater sloped reef where the soft and hard coral biodiversity is unique to the region.
The Pamilacan island is also endowed with beautiful dive sites. The tunicates, sponges, anemones and massive gorgonians are growing in an excellent environment.
Diving at Pamilacan is often combined with another diving site, on the way back, called the Cervera Shoal, also known as the Snake Island.
Giving the distance and the time by boat, we recommend taking the package associating these two dive sites.
Diving at the Pamilacan island.
Pamilacan island is well known for island hopping and tours, because of the whale sharks and dolphin watching.
Having said that, diving around the different spot of Pamilacan Island is a pure joy.
The seabed is full of colorful corals where many types of critters inhabit the huge gorgonians and sea fans living all around.
Depending the tides, a strong current rush around the island. Drift divers will enjoy the drift above this beautiful underwater garden.
Huge fishes are shoaling around Pamilacan Island, as weel as all the reef fishes and the traditional coral's fishes.
It's hard to describe all the biodiversity as it is so numerous and varied.
Our thoughs about diving at Pamilacan island.
If during your holidays, your are in Bohol or Panglao and you miss to dive in Pamilacan Island, it will be sad for you, as you will lose a major diving spot in the region.
Soft and hard corals fully cover the seabed as well as different species of colorful sponges. Damsel and many other species of reef's fishes are shoaling around these corals.
The overall biodiversity attracts the bigger predators, like the groupers and trevallies, as well as the school of jacks and much more.
Dive nitrox to not feel tired, will be our recommendation, as the diving trip might feel long especially if it's a full day trip.
The last but not the least, take your underwater camera to not miss these moments.