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Polilio Island is located thirty kilometers off the north-eastern
coast of Quezon Province, Luzon, in the Philippines. Facing
the Pacific Ocean, twenty-five kilometers East of Luzon.
It is separated from the island of Luzon by the Polillo
group of islands is comprised of twenty-seven islands
and islets belonging to five municipalities, namely: Polillo,
Burdeos and Panukulan, which occupy the mainland, and
the two island municipalities of Patnanungan and Jomalig.
should not be confused between "Polilio" and "Polillo".
Polillo is one of the municipalities in the Polilio, while the
Polilio is the name of the whole island itself.
Polilio Island, with a land area of three-hundred and eighty square
miles, considered as the second largest island of the Pacific
coast Luzon, approximately 110 kilometers east of Manila and just
North of Lamon Bay in Quezon Province.
island is administratively part of Quezon Province's first district.
It is also a bird sanctuary and the home of a rare bird called
"balod". Eighty percent of the island is unspoiled forest
and almost all of its coastal seas are surrounded with corals.
island derived its name from the Chinese word “Pu-Li-Lu”,
with the meaning of “an island with plenty of food.”
Then later on, due to language difficulties, to make it easier
to pronounce, it bacame Polilio. It is an apt name because aside
from the plentiness of seafood, the islands also boast of its
amazing terrestrial resources some of which can be found nowhere
else in the Philippines, much less the whole world.
a three-hour boat ride from Real, Quezon, the Polillo towns are
typically rural, with no permanent and regular public utility
buses and jeepneys that runs the routes from one municipality
to the other, and the road system not yet well established. The
most common mode of transportation here is by boat and many residents
have to settle for motorcycles as inland transportation.
environment here is quite peaceful and simple. Electricity is
available only between two o’clock in the afternoon to six
o’clock the following morning. Simple as it may the lifestyle
may be, the Polillos have much more to offer, which many of its
residents are even unaware of, and these are the rich biological
resources found in this part of the country.
island has been identified as one of the priority areas for biodiversity
conservation because it is home to at least seven endemic species
and sub-species of fauna and numerous other biologically important
Polilio, consists of several islands with beautiful, fine beaches,
a game refuge and bird sanctuary. Shallow waters, with extensive
mangrove forests surround the islands and coral reefs. In the
underwater, you can see many species such as, hammerheads, sharks,
and whale sharks.