Dinagat Islands

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Dinagat Islands
Province of Dinagat Islands[1]
Dinagat Islands Provincial Capitol.jpg
Provincial capitol
Flag of Dinagat Islands
Official seal of Dinagat Islands
Location in the Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 10°06′N 125°36′E / 10.1°N 125.6°E / 10.1; 125.6Coordinates: 10°06′N 125°36′E / 10.1°N 125.6°E / 10.1; 125.6
RegionCaraga (Region XIII)
Founded2 December 2006
CapitalSan Jose
 • TypeSangguniang Panlalawigan
 • GovernorGlenda Ecleo (UNA)
 • Vice GovernorBenglen Ecleo (UNA)
 • RepresentativeKaka Bag-ao (Liberal)
 • Total1,036.34 km2 (400.13 sq mi)
Area rank75th out of 81
Highest elevation
(Mount Redondo)
939 m (3,081 ft)
(2015 census)[3]
 • Total127,152
 • Rank77th out of 81
 • Density120/km2 (320/sq mi)
 • Density rank65th out of 81
 • Independent cities0
 • Component cities0
 • Municipalities
 • Barangays100
 • DistrictsLone district of the Dinagat Islands
Time zoneUTC+8 (PHT)
ZIP code
8411–8415, 8426, 8427
IDD:area code+63 (0)86
ISO 3166 codePH
Spoken languages
Income classification4th class

The Dinagat Islands (Cebuano: Mga Pulo sa Dinagat; Surigaonon: Mga Puyo nan Dinagat) are a group of islands constituting a province in the Caraga region in the Philippines, located on the south side of Leyte Gulf. The island of Leyte is to its west, across Surigao Strait, and Mindanao is to its south. Its main island, Dinagat, is about 60 kilometres (37 mi) from north to south. Declared a province in 2006, the Dinagat Islands comprise the second newest province of the Philippines, with Davao Occidental (2013) being the newest.


An old map showing the current territories of the province as part of the historical province of Surigao
Surigao province map in 1918

The province is known as one of the archipelago's holiest sites in the Pre-Christian native religion. It is here where the God of Hurricanes was persuaded to relent his attacks on the islands by Da, the God of Peace. The province in pre-colonial times was much influenced by the Rajahnate of Butuan which was nestled in present-day Agusan del Norte. It was also used as the entry point of the Rahajnate of Ternate, present-day Moluccas of Indonesia, to attack the Rajahnate of Butuan, Rajahnate of Cebu, the indigenous settlements in the Anda Peninsula of Bohol, and the Kingdom of Dapitan (located 'between Panglao and Bohol), which later moved in northern Zamboanga after the Kingdom of Dapitan was destroyed.

Although one of the newest provinces of the country, settlements in the Dinagat Islands were already present during the Spanish regime as a result of migration of people from nearby provinces of Bohol and Leyte. The so-called mystical province played an important role in the country's history, particularly during World War II.

The municipality of Dinagat is the oldest community in the province. In the early days, a story was told that a stranger reached the place in search of greener pastures. He approached a native and asked what the inhabitants do for a living. The natives said that they farm and fish to live. The stranger's interest in fishing prompted him to inquire where they fish, and the native replied and pointed to a place saying dinhi niini na dagat (here from this bountiful waters). Since then, the place was called "Dinagat".

The municipality was formally established in 1855. It occupies the territorial boundaries of the whole island. From 1890 to 1990 its boundaries were gradually reduced giving rise to six municipalities, Loreto, Cagdianao, Libjo, Basilisa, Tubajon and San Jose.

Soldiers of the 6th Ranger Battalion move through a village on Dinagat Island, 18 October 1944.

Loreto became a Spanish pueblo on September 4, 1890 under the supervision of Governor General Manuel Sanchez by the virtue of Direccion General No. 30. It was originally called Mabua due to the ever-foaming river that runs right into the center of the community. It was named Loreto in 1881 by the Spanish priest who frequents the town, in honor of the wife of the Alcalde Mayor of the Province of Surigao.

The province was the site of the historic Battle of Surigao Strait during the Second World War. The Municipality of Loreto became the entry point of the American Liberation Forces on October 17, 1944. It was on this shore that the 6th Ranger Battalion of the 6th U.S. Army under Col. Mucci landed at Sitio Campinta of Barangay Panamaon in Loreto. It was during this landing that the first American flag flew on Philippine soil since the Japanese invasion in 1941. The Americans named the place "Black Beach No. 2."

The northern part of the island served as a refuge for the American soldiers, while the western border was held by Japanese forces. Capsized vessel structures are still found today in the waters of Basilisa.

On December 23, 1959, Cagdianao was created into a municipality under Executive Order No. 367.[4] Its name came from the Spanish word Cada dia linao meaning "everyday peaceful and calm". However some scholars say that its name came from the Visayan word Taga Danaw meaning "the lake people".

Libjo was created into a municipality and named Albor on February 29, 1960 under Executive Order No. 381.[5] It was taken from the municipalities of Dinagat and Loreto. Albor came from the surname of the mayors of Loreto and Dinagat — Alfaro and Borja. It was renamed as Libjo on June 17, 1967. The name came from the word Liboo, a kind of mussel clam.

Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association Shrine built and maintained by members of the association in memory of Ruben Edera Ecleo Sr. the founder of the PBMA, Situated at Aurelio, San Jose.

In 1965, Ruben Edera Ecleo Sr. founded the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA) at Sitio Puyange, now Poblacion in San Jose. PBMA is a non-sectarian organization bounded by a strong spirit of brotherhood. Not long after that, members from all over the Philippines migrated to the island to be in constant association with their founder.[citation needed]

Meanwhile, Basilisa became a municipality on June 17, 1967 under Republic Act No. 4986. It was then named as Rizal, after the country's national hero.[6] The municipality was renamed as Basilisa on June 21, 1969 under Republic Act. No. 5775.[7]

Tubajon, which was once a barangay of Loreto, became a municipality on June 21, 1969 under Republic Act No. 5643. According to local folklore, during the Spanish regime, a banca boarded with Guardia Civils landed in the shores of Tubajon in search of a criminal. One of them came across a river and saw a man pounding leaves. Curious, he asked the man, "What will you do with it?" The man answered "Akong Tubajon ang suba aron sayon dakpon ang mga isda" (I will poison the river with Tuba leaves so that the fishes could be easily caught). When the man returned to the group, he narrated everything he saw and heard from the native to his companions. From then on, the place was called Tubajon.

The newest municipality is San Jose, created on November 15, 1989, under Republic Act No. 6769.[8] The town was named in honor of Jose Ecleo who was its pioneer and father of then mayor of the municipality of Dinagat, Ruben Edera Ecleo Sr. The town is the seat of the PBMA.

The Dinagat Islands was part of the First District of Surigao del Norte Province until it became a province on December 2, 2006, with the approval of Republic Act No. 9355 (authored by Rep. Glenda B. Ecleo), the Charter of the Province of the Dinagat Islands, in a plebiscite.[1] President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed the province's first set of officials on January 26, 2007.[9] Provincial officials were first elected a few months later, in the May 14, 2007 elections; these elected officials took office on July 1, 2007.[9]

On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of the Philippines declared the creation of the Dinagat Islands Province null and void on grounds of failure to meet land area and population requirements for the creation of local government units.[10][11][12] The decision was not yet rendered final and executory before the May 10, 2010 elections; therefore the Commission on Elections still organized the elections for the province's separate congressional representative and provincial officials.[13] Although the original decision was made final and executory on May 18, 2010—thereby reverting the Dinagat Islands to Surigao del Norte—the officials elected in 2010 continued to serve the province, even throughout the legal battles that followed, which eventually saw the Supreme Court reverse its position.[9]

On April 12, 2011 the Supreme Court reversed its earlier ruling,[14] upholding the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 9355 and validating the creation of Dinagat Islands as a province. An Entry of Judgment on October 24, 2012 ended the legal battles surrounding the status of the province, and finalized the separation of Dinagat Islands from Surigao del Norte.[15]


Caraga region map showing the Dinagat Islands
Nepenthes bellii, a tropical pitcher plant endemic to the Philippine islands of Mindanao and Dinagat, where it grows at elevations of 0–800 m above sea level

Located to the northeast of Surigao del Norte, the Dinagat Islands are separated physically from the mainland of Surigao City by a narrow channel, which takes about 45 minutes to cross by pumpboat from the Surigao City Port to San Jose Port. The province is one of the smallest island provinces in the country with a total land area of 1,036.34 square kilometres (400.13 sq mi).[16]

The province consists of the eponymous Dinagat Island and surrounding islands and islets, including Cabilan Island in Dinagat, La Isla Aga and Lalaking Bukid in Basilisa, Kisses Islets in Libjo, and Hibuson, Stingray Islet, and Puyo Islet in Loreto. Mount Redondo is Dinagat highest point standing at 939 metres (3,081 ft) above sea level.

The Dinagat Islands are known for its caves, resorts, and beaches. These include Bitaug Beach, Campintac Black Beach No. 2, Linao Spring Resort, and San Juan Cave (all in Loreto), Lake Bababu, Puerto Prinsesa Beach & Hagakhak Cave in Basilisa, Tagberayan Beach, Sayaw Beach, Legaspi Water Falls, Hinabyan and Leandro's Beach Resort in Cagdianao, Talisay Beach in Tubajon, Quano Blue Lagoon and Quano Cave, Ben Paz Mountain Resort and Oasis Islet Resort in Libjo, and the Cab-ilan Beach & Cab-ilan Gamay Beach in Dinagat.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The Dinagat Islands province comprises seven (7) municipalities, all encompassed by a single legislative district.

Municipality[i] Population ±% p.a. Area[16] Density Brgy.
(2015)[3] (2010)[17] km2 sqmi /km2 /sqmi
9°59′55″N 125°30′37″E / 9.9985°N 125.5104°E / 9.9985; 125.5104 (Basilisa) Basilisa 29.0% 36,880 33,880 +1.63% 92.68 35.78 400 1,000 27
9°55′22″N 125°40′19″E / 9.9229°N 125.6719°E / 9.9229; 125.6719 (Cagdianao) Cagdianao 13.2% 16,808 15,047 +2.13% 249.48 96.32 67 170 14
9°57′39″N 125°35′28″E / 9.9609°N 125.5911°E / 9.9609; 125.5911 (Dinagat) Dinagat 8.4% 10,632 12,786 −3.45% 139.94 54.03 76 200 12
10°11′43″N 125°31′57″E / 10.1953°N 125.5325°E / 10.1953; 125.5325 (Libjo) Libjo 14.0% 17,760 17,567 +0.21% 180.57 69.72 98 250 16
10°21′33″N 125°34′45″E / 10.3592°N 125.5793°E / 10.3592; 125.5793 (Loreto) Loreto 7.3% 9,309 8,920 +0.82% 255.87 98.79 36 93 10
10°00′34″N 125°34′15″E / 10.0095°N 125.5708°E / 10.0095; 125.5708 (San Jose) San Jose 21.6% 27,487 31,035 −2.29% 27.80 10.73 990 2,600 12
10°19′38″N 125°33′22″E / 10.3272°N 125.5562°E / 10.3272; 125.5562 (Tubajon) Tubajon 6.5% 8,276 7,568 +1.72% 90.00 34.75 92 240 9
Total 127,152 126,803 +0.05% 1,036.34 400.13 120 310 100
 † Provincial capital     Municipality
  1. ^ The globe WMA button2b.png icon marks the town center.


Population census of
the Dinagat Islands
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 98,865—    
1995 100,537+0.31%
2000 106,951+1.33%
2007 120,813+1.70%
2010 126,803+1.78%
2015 127,152+0.05%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][17][18]

The population of the Dinagat Islands in the 2015 census was 127,152 people,[3] with a density of 120 inhabitants per square kilometre or 310 inhabitants per square mile.

Old settlers of the province are called "Lumad". Residents of the Dinagat Islands are called "Dinagatnon". The Dinagat Islands is predominantly a Cebuano-speaking province. However, towns facing the Surigao del Norte are Surigaonon-speaking, particularly the municipalities of Dinagat and Cagdianao due to their proximity to the province of Surigao del Norte. Influences of the Cebuano and Boholano languages with a Tausug accent can be traced. A majority speak English.


Religious breakdown in the province shows Roman Catholicism at majority with 53% adherence while Iglesia Filipina Independiente or Aglipayan is the significant minority religion at 23%. Other minority religions are the Aglipayan Body of Christs (12%), United Church of Christ in the Philippines (4%), Iglesia Ni Cristo (3%) and other smaller Christian groups (Dinagat Island Socio Economic Factbook, 2007).[full citation needed]

Recent cultural, religious and socioeconomic changes of the province have allowed the rebound of Roman Catholics (and Aglipayans in some degree) and their numbers have constantly increased; the province had experienced a Catholic decline in several decades (1970s-early 2000s) due to immigration of the members of Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association in the 1960s. There were some decades (1990s-2000s) where Roman Catholics became minority with as low as 37% of the population.[citation needed]

Several religious conflicts[further explanation needed] were recorded in the province. But at present, religious harmony is relatively observed in most parts of Dinagat Island.


The Dinagat Islands have unique structures and landmarks as reminders of an affluent way of life.

Islander's Castle at San Jose. Owned by Governor Glenda Buray Ecleo.

Some of which are:


Tabo, Libjo, Dinagat Islands.
  • Bugkusan sa Isla ... Dinagatan Festival — a provincial festival bringing together Dinagat Island's seven municipalities. The festival celebrates the islands rich history, arts & culture, tourism, trade, commerce & industry, beauty & talent.[20]
  • Banwag Festival — San Jose
  • Sirong-Sirong Festival — Cagdianao
  • Kinabog Festival — Tubajon
  • Lawigan Festival — Loreto

Tourism & Attractions[edit]

Dinagat Islands is a young island-province at the northern tip of Mindanao. Many describe Dinagat Islands as a hidden gem of the Caraga Region XIII. The Islands are enriched with great bio-diversity, abundant natural wonders and rich resources. Dinagat Islands has a multitude of fascinating white sandy beaches with arrays of colossal rock formations. These sites and attractions are as diverse as the topography of the islands and islets.

According to an old legend told by older islanders, who called themselves Lumads of the island-province, there is a story behind the naming of the island to "DINAGAT". There once was a "Prinsesa" named Dina and "Prinsipe" named Gat who escaped from their respective kingdom. They nourished, cultivated and protected the island-paradise in preparation for the future generations. One day, the island-paradise was invaded by foreign intruders. The couple and their children escaped from their enemies.

They dove and swam in the deep blue sea and until today their survival is still a mystery because after two days, two mythical islets appeared in the middle of the sea replicating a giant human figure that the Lumads called "Lalaki and Babaeng Bukid. "Lalaking Bukid and "Babaeng Bukid" is "Prinsesa Dina" when combined becomes Dina-Gat or Dinagat.[21]

Provincial Tourism & Culture Office, (PTCO)

Dinagat Islands has 7 Municipal Provincial Tourism & Culture Offices, (PTCO) located in each municipality. The main office is located in the Brgy. San Juan, San Jose.[22]

Provincial Tourism & Culture Office, Email: ptco.dinagatislands@gmail.com Phone: (+63) 9483958853 ; (+63) 9773002415 ; (+63) 9506682780

List of Attractions[edit]

Below is a list of Beach Resorts & tourists attractions, recognized by the "Provincial Tourism & Culture Office, (PTCO)". Listed by Island and Municipality, from north to south and east to east.

Loreto Municipality

Image Name Location Island/City Municipality Type of Attraction Notes
Black Beach No. 2/US Landing Marker (Mainland) Loreto Historical Site Historic WWII Site
Linao Spring Resort (Mainland) Loreto Natural Spring Resort
Polo Islet (Mainland) Loreto Islet
Kamangon Cave (Mainland) Loreto Cave
Hinophopan Cave (Mainland) Loreto Cave
Mini Hydro Electric Plant (Mainland) Loreto Hydro Electricity Plant
Mount Redondo/Bonsai Forest (Mainland) Loreto Bonsai Forest
Cambinliw Watershed (Mainland) Loreto Watershed
Sangay Beach (Mainland) Loreto Beach Resort
Dhican Beach 1 10.454710, 125.486207 Hibusong Island Loreto Beach Resort
Dhican Beach 2 Hibusong Island Loreto Beach Resort
Liberty Beach Hibusong Island Loreto Beach Resort

Tubajon Municipality

Image Name Location Island/City Municipality Type of Attraction Notes
SPDC (Sinapyahan Beach) (Mainland) Tubajon Beach Resort
Galeto Ancestral House (Mainland) Tubajon Historical Building
Talisay Beach (Mainland) Tubajon Beach Resort
Bankaw Falls (Mainland) Tubajon Waterfall
Tambongon Lagoon (Mainland) Tubajon Lagoon
Tubajon Bat Sanctuary (Mainland) Tubajon Bat Sanctuary
7 Tier Waterfalls (Mainland) Tubajon Waterfall
Paragamac Beach (Mainland) Tubajon Beach Resort

Libjo Municipality

Image Name Location Island/City Municipality Type of Attraction Notes
Mount Palhi Babaeng Bukid (Mainland) Libjo Bukid (Bukid) means small hill or mountain.
Kisses Islet (Mainland) Libjo Islet
Salvador Beach (Mainland) Libjo Beach Resort
Beloved Beach Resort (Mainland) Libjo Beach Resort
Pangabangan Beach (Mainland) Libjo Beach Resort
Blue Lagoon Tidal Pool (Mainland) Libjo Tidal Pool
Jelmar's Islet Resort[23] 10.173102, 125.500087 Magsaysay Libjo Beach Resort
Quano Cave (Mainland) Libjo Cave
Punta Villa Cave (Mainland) Libjo Cave
Oasis Islet (Mainland) Libjo Islet
Punta Villa Beach[24] (Mainland) Libjo Beach Resort
Punta Buena Suarte Resort[25] (Mainland) Libjo Beach Resort

Basilisa Municipality

Image Name Location Island/City Municipality Type of Attraction Notes
Bitaog Beach 10.010314, 125.526781 Unib Island Basilisa Beach Resort
Cabacongan Beach Unib Island Basilisa Beach Resort
Duyos Camping Resort Unib Island Basilisa Cottage Resort Popular resort among locals, white sandy beaches, abundant Starfish and rock formations.
Gealan Beach Unib Island Basilisa Beach Resort
Isla Aga (Mainland) Basilisa
Catadma Beach Lingig Island Basilisa Beach Resort
Sondayo Beach[26] 10.083307, 125.482142 Hagakhak Island Basilisa Beach Resort
Agongon Cove (Mainland) Basilisa Cove
Bababu Beach 10.069292, 125.506937 (Mainland) Basilisa Beach Resort This is the starting point of the Bababu Lake hiking trail.
Bababu Lake[27] 10.074326, 125.509112 (Mainland) Basilisa Lake Bababu Lake is the largest of four marine lakes in Basilisa and is a unique body of water. Although composed mostly of seawater, it has a 20-foot top layer of rainwater. These two layers of water do not mix because the lake is protected from the wind by towering chalk-white limestone walls draped in riotous foliage. The name of the lake was derived from the Cebuano words baba sa buwaya or crocodile’s mouth, referring to the shape of Babas Cove, the inlet that funnels to a small white-sand beach where the lake trail begins.
Bilabid Beach (Mainland) Basilisa Beach Resort
Baclayan Beach[28] 10.067163, 125.577949 (Mainland) Basilisa Beach Resort
Forest Park Inn (Mainland) Basilisa Inn
Palahang Resort (Mainland) Basilisa Beach Resort

San Jose Municipality

Image Name Location Island/City Municipality Type of Attraction Notes
Lawis Beach (Mainland) San Jose Beach Resort
Santa Cruz Beach[29] 10.025109, 125.575367 (Mainland) San Jose Beach Resort
San Jose Watershed (Mainland) San Jose Watershed
3R Swimming Pool (Mainland) San Jose Swimming pool
Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association Administration Building San Jose San Jose Community gathering place Many festivals are held here, including the PBMA Banwag Festival and Bugkosan Festival.
PBMA Founder's Shrine.JPG Divine Master's Shrine 10.004665, 125.580598 San Jose San Jose Shrine
San Jose Public Market 10.009095, 125.568740 (Mainland) San Jose Market
Islander's Castle Dinagat Islands.JPG Islander's Castle[30] 10.002225, 125.584302 San Jose San Jose Tourist attraction

Dinagat Municipality

Image Name Location Island/City Municipality Type of Attraction Notes
Baeng Beach (Mainland) San Jose Beach Resort
Khass Tasil Farm Resort (Mainland) San Jose Resort
Stingrays Inlet (Mainland) San Jose Inlet
Asinan LCD Seminar House (Mainland) Dinagat
Catadaman Beach (Mainland) Dinagat Beach Resort
Divine Master White House (Mainland) Dinagat Historical building
Bijasong Beach (Mainland) Dinagat Beach Resort
Leonora Edera Resort (Mainland) Dinagat Resort
Biasong Beach Cabilan Islands Dinagat Beach Resort
Cabilan Rock Formation/Dive Site Cabilan Islands Dinagat Recreational diving
The Divine Monument.JPG Divine Master's Monument Cabilan Islands Dinagat Historic Monument
Edera Beach Cabilan Islands Dinagat Beach Resort
Islanders Beach Cabilan Islands Dinagat Beach Resort

Cagdianao Municipality

Image Name Location Island/City Municipality Type of Attraction Notes
Legaspi Falls (Mainland) Cagdianao Waterfall
Punong (Mainland) Cagdianao
Tidal Pool (Mainland) Cagdianao Tidal Pool
Mayatoy Rock & Roll Falls (Mainland) Cagdianao Waterfall
Hinabyan Beach (Mainland) Cagdianao Beach Resort
Del Pilar Dam (Mainland) Cagdianao
Immaculate Conception Church (Mainland) Cagdianao Historical building
Campijagit Point (Mainland) Cagdianao Surfing area
Tagbirayan Beach Resort (Mainland) Cagdianao Beach Resort
Dakit-dakita Dive Site (Mainland) Cagdianao Scuba diving site
Leandro's Beach Resort (Mainland) Cagdianao Beach Resort
Sogbohan Islet (Mainland) Cagdianao Islet
The Strand Pension House & Resort (Mainland) Cagdianao Resort
Campagoyok Mangrove (Mainland) Cagdianao Mangrove
Sayaw Islet (Mainland) Cagdianao Islet
Daku Waterfalls (Mainland) Cagdianao Waterfall



Magsaysay, Dinagat Islands.
Magsaysay, Dinagat Islands.
Magsaysay, Dinagat Islands.
Magsaysay, Dinagat Islands.
Magsaysay, Dinagat Islands.
Magsaysay, Dinagat Islands.
Magsaysay, Dinagat Islands.
Magsaysay, Dinagat Islands.
Magsaysay, Dinagat Islands.
Magsaysay, Dinagat Islands.
Magsaysay, Dinagat Islands.
Pangabangan, Dinagat Islands.
Pangabangan, Dinagat Islands.
Libjo, Dinagat Islands
Libjo, Dinagat Islands
Libjo, Dinagat Islands.
Nepenthes Viridis Islet, Dinagat Islands.
Traditional Filipino houses, Dinagat Islands.
Coconut farm, Dinagat Island.
Preparing coconuts for coconut oil.
Coconut farm, Dinagat Island.
Coconut farm, Dinagat Island.


The Governor of the Dinagat Islands is the local chief executive of the province of the Dinagat Islands.

No. Name Took office Left office Party
1 Geraldine B. Ecleo-Villaroman 2007 2010
3 Glenda B. Ecleo 2010 2013 Lakas-Kampi
2013 2016 Nacionalista
2016 present UNA

The Representative of the Dinagat Islands is the congressperson of the province of the Dinagat Islands in the House of Representatives.

No. Name Took office Left office Party
1 Arlene "Kaka" J. Bag-ao 2013 present

Environment and wildlife[edit]

The Dinagat Islands is one of the most environmentally-significant provinces in the Philippines, where endemism of fauna is unique in its region. Animals that are endemic to the province include the critically endangered Dinagat bushy-tailed cloud rat which was recently rediscovered after decades of disappearance, the endangered Dinagat hairy-tailed rat, Dinagat Gymnure which has been declared by the EDGE Species Programme of the Zoological Society of London as one of the top 100 most evolutionary distinct and globally endangered species in the world, and a strange sub-species of the Philippine Tarsier which is unusually larger and darker in color than the common Philippine tarsier. The province is highly forested and is considered as a Key Biodiversity Area by Haribon Foundation and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines because of its unique fauna and flora, along with its lush rainforest which are classified as primary forests, or forests which have never been fully obliterated since pre-colonial times.

UNESCO has once recommended the filing of UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination for areas in the country with high endemism rate and high conservation rate, such as the Dinagat Islands. The UNESCO nomination bid of Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary of Davao Oriental was approved last 2014 after the government filed a nomination for it after the UNESCO recommendation.



Nepenthes Viridis

Nepenthes viridis intermediate pitcher, photographed on an islet off Dinagat Island.
Nepenthes viridis upper pitcher, photographed on an islet off Dinagat.
Nepenthes viridis habitat, photographed on an islet off Dinagat, Philippines.

Nepenthes Merrilian

Nepenthes merrilliana upper pitcher from Dinagat Islands.
Nepenthes merrilliana lower pitcher from Dinagat Island.
Nepenthes merrilliana lower pitcher from Dinagat Islands.
Nepenthes merrilliana young plant from Dinagat Islands.

Nepenthes Mindanaoensis

Nepenthes mindanaoensis upper pitcher from Dinagat Islands.
Nepenthes mindanaoensis upper pitcher from Dinagat Islands.

Nepenthes Bellii

Nepenthes bellii lower pitcher from Dinagat Island.
Nepenthes bellii rosette plant, Dinagat Islands.


Giant scops owl Otus gurneyi (Tweeddale, 1879) (= Mimizuku gurneyi).
Carlito syrichta (Philippine Tarsier), found on Dinagat Island.
Trunko carcass washed ashore, near Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands.
Trunko carcass washed ashore, near Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands.
Jewel Beetle, Dinagat Islands.
Familie: Cerambycidae Größe: 18 mm Fundort: Philippinen, Dinagat-Isl. det. Breuning; Holotypus, Coll. Museum Dresden Foto: U.Schmidt, 2008


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  19. ^ Tubajon Bat Sanctuary
  20. ^ Turtz on the Go: Dinagat Islands, "The Mystical Island, Province of Love"
  21. ^ [Provincial Tourism & Culture Office - San Jose, Dinagat Islands]
  22. ^ Provincial Tourism & Culture Office, San Jose, Dinagat Islands
  23. ^ Jelmar's Islet Resort, Dinagat Islands
  24. ^ Punta Villa Beach, Dinagat Islands
  25. ^ Punta Buena Suarte Resort, Dinagat Islands
  26. ^ Sondayo Beach, Dinagat Islands
  27. ^ Lake Bababu, Dinagat Islands
  28. ^ Baclayan Beach, Dinagat Islands
  29. ^ Santa Cruz Beach, Dinagat Islands
  30. ^ Islander's Catle, San Jose, Dinagat Islands

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