Pantudlan, Cabilao Island

January 2010

Conservation benefit: Expansion of two marine protected areas for 20 years

Community benefit: Conversion of a Spanish-era lighthouse into a tourism center

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-related activities are 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.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Seacology Japan.
Project Updates
January 2015
After the lighthouse was damaged by an earthquake, Seacology approved a grant for repairs, which have been completed.
June 2011
According to project partner PROCESS Bohol, this project has been completed. The community inaugurated the refurbished lighthouse on May 18th; Field Representative Ferdie Marcelo attended the...
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January 2011
Renovation began in earnest last July under the supervision an architect from the National Historical Institute, to ensure that the original century-old structure will be preserved. The framing...
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June 2010
Field representative Ferdie Marcelo reports that since receiving Seacology funds in April, not much work has been done because of national and local elections. The project contact hopes to begin...
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