Panglao Island

Alona BeachPanglao Island is located at the southwest tip of Bohol and is accessible through Tagbilaran City, Bohol‘s capital. Trips to Bohol are available daily, and the capital city can be reached either by commercial flights or by boat. Panglao Island is home to Alona Beach, Bagobo Beach, Bolod Beach, Danao Beach, Doljo Beach, and Momo Beach. Panglao is a perfect for a great dive and beach holiday. It is a small island on the Philippines southwest of the bigger island, Bohol. On the southern beach of Panglao there are several resorts that line up on the beach.Panglao was proclaimed under the  National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) by virtue of Pres. Proc. No. 426 on July 22, 2003

The terrain of Panglao Island ranges from plain, hilly to mountainous.  Panglao Island is of Maribojoc Limestone which is youngest among the limestone units occurring extensively in the western portion of the Province of Bohol. It is flat, poorly bedded, cream to buff to brownish yellow. One of the geological features found in the protected area is the “Hinangdanan Cave” found in Bingag, Duis which features an underground water source. Panglao Island has no rivers and lakes and has this water source in the cave.

An estimated 1,500-2,500 mollusks are believed to be found in the waters of Panglao and Balicasag. Inventoried were about 1,200 decapods and 6,000 species of mollusks were identified in a study area of only about 15, 000 hectares. In comparison the Mediterranean Sea has yielded only 2,024 species in a 300 million hectare area.

Panglao Island is currently listed on the tentative lists of UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
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