Capitancillo Island

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Capitancillo Islet, Bogo, Cebu
Capitancillo is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Location Visayan Sea
Coordinates 10°59′25″N 124°06′14″E / 10.9903°N 124.1039°E / 10.9903; 124.1039Coordinates: 10°59′25″N 124°06′14″E / 10.9903°N 124.1039°E / 10.9903; 124.1039
Archipelago Central Visayas
Adjacent bodies of water Camotes Sea
Area 6 ha (15 acres)
Highest elevation 4.5 m (14.8 ft)[1]
Province Cebu
City Bogo
Barangay Odlot
Population uninhabited

Capitancillo (historically Islote de Captitoncillo and variously Capitancillo islet) is a small, coral island near Bogo City, Cebu, Philippines. The island is a protected marine sanctuary, featuring three dive sites and a lighthouse.

Location and geography[edit]

Capitancillo is a small uninhabited island northeast of Cebu Island in the Camotes Sea. It is 6.1 kilometres (3.8 mi) east of Odlot barangay, Bogo. Three areas around the island (the Ormoc Shoal, the Nuñez Shoal, and the southwest wall of Capitancillo) are recognized dive sites. Polambato Port, Nailon Wharf, Marangog Cove, and Odlot Hideaway all serve as jumping-off points to the island from Bogo, and the trip takes anywhere from fifteen to 45 minutes. There are no stores nor accommodation available on the island.[2]


Legends surrounding the island state that Capitancillo was named after Captain Basillo, the captain of a Spanish trading vessel. According to the legends, Captain Basillo insulted a local datu, named Bugtopasan. Bugtopasan cursed Captain Basillo and put a spell on him, transforming the Captain's galleon into the island.[3]


The original lighthouse was listed in the Faros Españoles de Ultramar as one of 27 major lighthouses of the Philippines.[4][5] The Capitancillo lighthouse was built in 1905, with the current white steel tower dating from the 1950s. The tower is 83 feet (25 m) high and flashes three white lights every ten seconds [Fl.(3)W.10s]. The lighthouse's designations are • NGA 112-14800 • Admiralty number F 2406 ARLHS PHI-079.[6]

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