For a large version click on the photo.
Pamilacan Island is a small island which is part of the municipality of Baclayon on the south coast of Bohol. It has three sitios, one at the southern coast, one situated inland and the other facing the town of Baclayon.
Home to more or less 200 families, this fishing community is closely knit. Their main livelihood is fishing, and in the past has gone after whales, manta rays and dolphins. Their houses are often decorated with large whale jaws and bones and these ‘relics’ adds to the interesting facet of the island.
In the local dialect, Pamilacan means “resting place of the mantas” though some local folks say that the name of the island was derived from the word “pamilac” or harpoon, a common fishing implement used to capture whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins.
Blessed with white sand beaches, the island is also a tourist destination because of magnificent dive sites nearby which gives the diver a breathtaking view of giant gorgonians, tunicates, sponges, anemones as well as other unique marine life. A very small coral island called “Dakit-Dakit” can also be visited.
Aside from the beautiful white sand beaches, magnificent dive sites, dolphin and whale watching, and bountiful marine life, the island also boast of a 200-year-old Spanish fort. The fort is situated at the northeast side of the island. In the past, it served as a watch station for intruders such as pirates and other enemies of the Spanish colony.
Though whales and many of the dolphins are most active at night and during early morning, the best time to watch them is at dawn when you can clearly see them and appreciate their antics. Trips usually begin in March until the onset of the rainy season in June or July though tours depend much on weather and sea conditions. One can see though resident dolphins and whales the whole year round.
Quite a surprise this is actually the first photo of Pamilacan Island. It was taken on the north western part of the island.
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hardyuno (4650) 2009-09-14 11:47
great POV and the large version is wonderful. I've made many dives in this site. Great memories of years ago. Thank you for sharing.
Have a nice day
guytoc (3614) 2009-09-14 13:23
I like your image very much because of its composition on a very unsymetrical way. That doesn't mean that there is no balance: the seapart brings a beautiful answer to the beach.
But how did you realize that "large version" ? I've already heard of it but I simply don't know how. Could you tell me ? Thanks a lot!
Have a good night in the Netherlands.
asajernigan (21427) 2009-09-14 15:08
This is a well composed shot of this island paradise. The placement of the buildings and boats work well allowing us to see their view of the beach and sea. The lighting and colors are great and the photo's sharpness and DOF are outstanding.
delpeoples (59886) 2009-09-15 0:08
Hi Harko, what a fabulous postcard from the Philippines, a place we don't see enough of here on TE. The DOF is truly excellent and the composition just beautiful with the horizon leading the eye off into infinity. Great job, TFS, Lisa.
Philippe (11836) 2009-09-15 0:57
Hi, Harko. A good composition with the island tip going into the sea. There is a good contrast between the sandy island with its green trees and the blue of the ocean. The houses are also very well placed amidst all the green.
Have a nice day,
jhm (160975) 2009-09-15 3:46
Ik vermoed dat dit een van de vele mooie beelden zijn, die kunnen genomen worden in Indonesië.
Dit mag er zeker zijn, door de zeer goede samenstelling vcan uw foto, zeker uw groot beeld.
Mooi foto werk, bedankt.
sacimar (29005) 2009-09-15 12:14
beautiful place and nice picture, I like the panoramic view, good composition and details, this place is a paradise, well done!
danyy (0) 2009-09-15 22:57
un format panoramique qui colle bien avec cette photo qui nous tansmet toute son ambiance tropicale. C'est une vue qui se respire, bien exposée.
My best regards.
PixelTerror (0) 2009-09-17 8:54
A place that concentrates the cliches of the tropical paradise, having no foreground it's a good idea to have widened the view with this pano framing
Have a nice day jY
rikko77 (10861) 2009-09-18 1:33
what really impress me in this pic is the high range visibility: we can see those mountains which are soooo faraway! You pic is well composed and shows us well this beautiful paradise. TFS
have a nice day!
ciakgiak (30433) 2009-09-18 13:49
the seascape is really superb, how I would like to stay here now! Anyway it's a great pleasure looking at this magnificent scenery, the large version is outstanding.
Congratulations and TFS.
carper (96) 2009-09-18 23:09
ziet er fraai uit daar Harko,
Mooie foto, goede compositie, fraaie balans, zeer goed neergezet. uitstekend fotowerk hier.
jurek1951 (42198) 2009-09-21 11:30
Beautiful presentation and landscape.
good colors and details,
Excellent point of view and composition.
Didi (60590) 2009-10-04 1:21
If you made a stitch of several picture it's ok.
Nice luminosity and your POV is good
Just try to underexpose a little if it's possible with your camera.
JCG (35129) 2009-10-05 9:03
A beautiful paradisiac place, I like much, especially with the weather which we had today on Versailles, a light wind and rain… In large version I have the impression to walk on the beach it is very pleasant. Good light and beautiful natural colors. A little dream, thank you Harko.
With all my friendships and a very good week,
- Copyright: Harko Pilot (TravelerNL) (3011)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-05-05
- Categories: Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Sony Alfa DSLR A100, SONY 3/5-5.6/18-70
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Philippines 2009
- Theme(s): Take me to the Philippine beach [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-09-14 11:00