Aerial view of Panglao Island
|Area||80.5 km2 (31.1 sq mi)|
|Length||16 km (9.9 mi)|
|Width||7.5 km (4.66 mi)|
|Pop. density||845.4 /km2 (2,189.6 /sq mi)|
The island has an area of 80.5 square kilometres (31.1 sq mi). It is within Bohol Province, and is divided into two municipalities: Dauis and Panglao. Panglao is located southwest of the island of Bohol and east of Cebu.
Panglao has a terrain that ranges from plain, hilly to mountainous. Panglao is made of Maribojoc limestone, the youngest of the limestone units found in the western area of Bohol. The limestone composition halted the development of an airport as coralline limestone is soluble which causes formation of caves and sinkholes. One interesting geological feature found in the island is the Hinagdanan Cave which has an underground water source. The cave is an important water source as the island has no rivers or lakes.
Panglao is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines, and includes several small islands, such as Gak-ang, Pontod, and Balicasag.
In 2010 Panglao Island counted a total population of 68,051 people.
About 250 new species of crustaceans and 2500 new species of mollusks were found around the island. The discovery was the work of the Panglao Marine Biodiversity Project. The project found that Panglao alone has more marine biodiversity than Japan and the Mediterranean sea.
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Panglao Island is one of the main tourist destinations on the Philippines. Alona Beach is the most popular tourist spot on the island, noted for its white sand and clear water. Like Boracay, this place has become crowded due to opening of more and more restaurants and bars. There are also a lot of attractions to do for tourists such as scubadiving, island hopping, dolphin watching, snorkeling, kitesurfing and fishing.
The site of planned airport is very close to Tagbilaran Airport which currently serves Panglao Island and the rest of Bohol for domestic air travelers. It also is less than 2 hours travel time from Mactan-Cebu International airport, which is a gateway to the Central Philippines for international tourists.
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- Manager, Content. "Balicasag Island Dive Resort". www.tieza.gov.ph. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
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