Geography[change | change source]
The island is in the northern part of the Bohol Sea (or Mindanao Sea), to the southwest of the island of Bohol and to the east of the island of Cebu. Panglao is separated from the Bohol island by a narrow strait, the Tagbilaran Strait, and two bridges connect the island with the city of Tagbilaran.
There are several smaller islands close to Panglao, such as Gak-ang, Pontod, and Balicasag.
Panglao has a terrain that range from plain, hilly to mountainous, composed by a limestone that is soluble and that causes the formation of caves and sinkholes. One interesting geological feature of the island is the Hinagdanan Cave which has an underground water source; because there no rivers or lakes in the island, the cave is an important water source.
Biodiversity[change | change source]
During the works of the Panglao Marine Biodiversity Project, about 250 new species of crustaceans and 1,500-2,500 new species of mollusks were found in the waters of Panglao and Balicasag. The project found that Panglao alone has more marine biodiversity than Japan and the Mediterranean sea.
Administrative divisions[change | change source]
Notes[change | change source]
- The area of the island was calculated adding the areas of the two municipalities of the island.
- The total population of the island was calculated adding the populations of the two municipalities of the island.
References[change | change source]
- "PSA-Makati - Active Stats - PSGC Interactive - Province: BOHOL". National Statistical Coordination Board - NSCB. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "Panglao Island, Bohol". World Heritage Centre - The List. UNESCO. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
- Pedroso, Kate (2 March 2007). "Panglao, Bohol: a center of marine biodiversity". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 23 October 2014.