Recently we did the usual tourist thing and experience Pamilacan Island Dolphin watching Bohol. Many island hopping tours include it but is it worth it?
Dolphin Watching Bohol
Bohol is a haven to more than 11 species of dolphins and whales, including the bottle-nose dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, pan-tropical spotted dolphin, long-snouted dolphin, Fraser’s dolphin, melon-headed whale, short-finned pilot whale, Bryde and the sperm whales. The Bohol Sea is said to be one of the breeding grounds of these social animals. Whether you plan on seeing the Spanish fort or diving in the gorgeous sites, Pamilacan Island has a lot to offer.
Experience Pamilacan Island Dolphin Watching Bohol
According to a few of the boatmen on the island, the best time to watch dolphins is between 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. That’s why we woke up before 6am and headed to the beach. While waiting for the tour, guides, I was busy catching jellyfish while Gary is enjoying the sunrise view..
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It takes about an hour to reach the viewing spot. (You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see all the bancas gathered in one area).
After a few minutes into the journey, we passed by other tourists having their own dolphin watching experiences.
To be honest, we booked the island hoping tours as a package without realizing it included the Dolphin watching. So, when we headed out that morning we were wondering why we were heading out to sea towards what seemed to be nothing. After a while we saw other boats gathered in areas in the distance and then we realized… Ohh Dolphins…
Experience Pamilacan Island Dolphin Watching Bohol
While we were watching, the Dolphins decided to put on a show for us doing a few somersaults in groups of three or more.. Very impressive.. But you do need to be fast with the camera because if you are not ready you will miss it. They usually come in groups so don’t be surprised when you see a group of these creatures appear out of nowhere. Just be sure to have your cameras ready to be able to take a photo of them! ! You just need good timing or a lot of luck
For a while it is a game of hid and seek because the Dolphins only stay close to the surface for short periods before diving down to come up in a totally different location causing us to move to boat closer again. After a while it did seem like a little game the Dolphins where playing with us.
Aside from dolphins, other sea creatures that you might be able to see if you are lucky would be blue whales, short-finned pilot whales, melon-headed whales, and even whale sharks! Hunting for these species are not allowed. These dolphins are best for sightseeing only because they serve as stewards of the sea.
It’s a different feeling seeing these dolphins freely swimming in their natural habitat, rather than seeing them at zoos or Manila Ocean Park. The experience is more organic, and dare I say, exciting and heart-warming.
They say you only get a 40% chance to see them. If you wish to visit this area, kindly tell your boatmen that you would want to see dolphins because the locals know when is the best time to go there and see these cute creatures.
Pamilacan Island’s white beach is also a must-see if you wish to unwind for a bit and enjoy the beautiful view that Bohol’s beautiful island has to offer. If you wish to get on an island hopping tour, don’t forget to include Pamilacan on your list!
How to Get There:
Dolphin Watching Bohol –
From Manila, you can fly to Tagbilaran City . Manila-Tagbilaran flights take an hour and 10 minutes.
From Tagbilaran Airport, you can take a tricycle to Baclayon or a metered taxi. You can also catch the jeep, but you would first have to take a tricycle from the airport to Gallares Hospital where the terminal is, and take the jeep to Carmen or Loboc, which will both pass by Baclayon. There are also daily boat trips from Cebu to Tagbilaran. Get off at the Baclayon port for the boats to Pamilacan.
If you are arriving at night, it’s best to book an airport transfer with your hotel because it’s hard to get a ride past 9 p.m. We stayed in Hennan Beach Resort in Panglao..
Watching these graceful creatures swim by was something we’ll never forget.