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- Buyayao -

The largest island in Bulalacao covering 206 hectars of lush green forest reserve. It has several white beaches, limestone formations and over 500 species of plants and animals including a large Snake called Sobre Kama that can be found in the big Bat Cave Malaking Yungib.

The island was partly developed during the time of minister Manda Elizalde of Panamin, he built an air strip on the island and the remnants of the road network can still be seen, what was the island port for his private boat is now in ruins but is now a local landmark and sanctuary to small fishes.

That is all above ground, below the waters Buyayao holds some of the most spectacular dive sites within its turquoise waters. Buyayao can have strong currents and the eastern side can have some rough waves in the windy season but is well protected on the western side and is used by boats to shelter during typhoons.

- Suguicay -

Suguicay is an oblong shaped island, it has fine white sand, lots of coconut trees and is surrounded with mangroves. Suguicay is a popular island for people to visit and spend the day it has beach huts to hide from the sun, floating cottages on the water and a few small sari-sari stores serving snacks and fresh coconuts. The waters surrounding the island contain a diverse marine life and coral formations that stretch far out into the ocean on the southern point where a shallow shelf extends before dropping off into deeper waters. The island and area is also known as a turtle breeding area and turtles can be seen.

- Tambaron -

Tambaron is a 160 hectare rocky, mountainous, island. This island is one of the few that is actually populated and has accommodation available for people to stay overnight. The White sand beach in-front leads to a protected cove and large sea grass area, hiding in the sea grass you can find plenty of starfish and small fishes sheltering. The island is also surrounded by Taclobo, a pearl-producing shell.  Tambaron is separated from the mainland by a 30m deep channel which is great for diving and snorkeling to see a larger range of corals and fish life.

- Maasin -

Maasin island is located next to Tambaron island, also separated by a deep channel great for diving.

Maasin is smaller than Tambaron but has a more developed community built up around the sheltered bay on West side with a sandy beach and a rocky pebble beach on the opposite east side. The West and North side can be sheltered and are great spots for snorkeling. The East and South sides drop off into deeper water faster and make for some good dive spots.

- Aslom -

Aslom island is a 12 hectare private island and named after the Cebuano word for “sour” due to the abundance of Sampaloca tree which bears sour fruits.

The island has 3 beaches one of which at low tide is a gorgeous crescent shaped sand bar stretching 500 meters into the crystal clear waters. The beaches here are coarse coral white sand, snorkeling starts steps off the beach where there are lots of varieties of corals and marine life,

Half the island is planted with coconut trees and at the southern end a cave can be found. The island has some basic roads connecting the beaches and includes a cottage and tennis court. As a private island travelers are allowed to visit but overnight stays are not permitted.

- Silad -

Siliad is also a privately owned island as such access onto the island is sometimes prohibited.

 

The bone shaped island has 2 yellow coral beaches and is surrounded by shallow coral reefs. A cement path leads to a view point on the southern end which gives you panoramic views of the western beach. The shallow waters can be crystal clear making for spectacular snorkeling and diving around the island. The island is deserted has no electricity or drinking water and its jagged rock formations and windy location do not make it a good location to spend a night but is great for a trip island hopping along with Target and Aslom.

- Target -

Target island also known as Alibatan island is a stingray shaped island. It received its name due to being used for target practice by American soldiers duringworld war II.

 

Luckily times have changed and this island is now a small paradise with pure white sands. Target is also Privately owned. The island has a cemented path that follows the coastline and a house situated on the rocks. The center of the islands hosts a lake with mangroves and is also a popular breeding ground for turtles and seagulls.

 

From the top of the limestone cliff you can get amazing panoramic views of the island, lake and beaches. Overnight stays on the island are not allowed. However along with Aslom and Silad make for a great trip island hopping for the day.

- Liwagao -

Liwago is an 114 hectar island under dispute with Municipality of Caluya Antique.

 

It has long stretches of white sand, spectacular fringing reefs, various coral formations and a diverse marine ecosystem. The island is also known as a turtle hatching area.

 

Trips to Liwagao are subject to weather conditions due to its extended distance from shore. Liwagao is an all day trip due to the travel time but is well worth the visit.

- Pocanil -

Pocanil is a small rock formation just off the coast of mainland San Roque. Not much to see in the way of diving however swimming around the small island is nice.

 

The island is more known for its rock formation, which compared to Palawan, on a smaller scale. The area will soon be developed for rock climbing as soon as all safety measures have been implemented to do so. A nice island to relax on the beach and have a picnic. Shaded cottages are available to use and you are allowed to pitch a tent to spend the night or a couple of basic rooms are available to rent.