The heat of the sun these days! If you live or if you are in the tropics, you would know what I mean. It is scorching, really. The sweltering heat would make you want to just dive or take a dip in the ocean, sea, pool, makeshift pool at home, or whatever body of water you have..eat lots of ice cream, drink gallons of ice-cold water, or just fan yourself to death. But whatever you plan to cool your self down, the beach is always a good idea. Add the best buddies in the world to that and it would make a whole lot of difference.
My Summer2016 started just right — at the right place and with the right people. When I first visited the Island two years ago, it was only fleeting. I fell in love right there and then, but our quick visit also immediately broke my heart. This year, I intended to savor every moment. A few hour visit is enough to fall for the place. But a two-day stay is enough to make you want not to leave.
How to reach Pamilacan Island
Pamilacan is an island barangay in the town of Baclayon, the home of the famous Baclayon Church in Bohol. You can reach it through a motor-boat that starts off from Baluarte Port, located just around the area fronting the Baclayon Church. It is only about an hour ride from the port. The best time to travel is very early in the morning to get a chance to see the dolphins, or if you are lucky enough, the whales, locally known as Butanding. You might also want to avoid big waves, so travel early. Due to some unforeseen events, we traveled around 8:00AM already, so we were a little bit sea-sick when we arrived. That did not lessen the excitement though.
Where to stay in the Island
Building cottages and boats(bangka/motor boats) are among the main sources of income of the locals in Pamilacan aside from fishing. We stayed in one of the many cottages in the area, called Shirley’s Cottage. Ours already had two rooms that can accommodate up to 4 persons (we were 8, so we just brought an extra tent), a furnished kitchen where you can cook your own food, and an adjacent dining area. The best part is, the cottage is fronting the beach.
Not shown in the photos are more areas to relax nearer the beach, another table, a siesta area under a tree, and a hammock.
What to do in Pamilacan
After we took our lunch and after we had siesta and some photo sessions, we went to the Island’s Sanctuary to go snorkeling. The main docking area is just a few meters away from where we stayed. From there, we rode a smaller boat (small bangka) to the Sanctuary, which is only about a kilometer away from the main docking area. We rented goggles, life jackets and flippers from the owner of Shirley’s Cottage. Too bad I did not get to shoot photos in the Sanctuary. I would tell you that it was not as nice as the one in Balicasag Island (I am planning to go there again this Summer 🙂 ) but it was also very beautiful.
The view of the sun setting is another wonderful view in Pamilacan. I am really getting upset writing this because I forgot to take my own pictures of the sunset we witnessed after snorkeling. For one who is a lover of sunsets, it was really majestic.