Marine resources abound in the waters surrounding Cabilao, an island in Bohol Province in central Philippines. Hammerhead sharks, pygmy seahorses, and hard and soft corals make the island a must-see, especially for scuba divers. There are two marine protected areas (no-take zones) around the island.
Tourism is concentrated around Baluarte Point, in the village of Pantudlan. Near this part of the island is the most frequented dive spot. A Spanish-era lighthouse there, long abandoned, is already a tourist attraction. If it were renovated, it could also be an ideal visitors center, providing information for tourists and displaying local island products.
Working with nonprofit partner PROCESS Bohol, Seacology will fund the renovation and conversion of the lighthouse. In return, Cabilao Island’s five villages will add 50 acres to the existing marine protected areas (25 acres to each) for 20 years.