Panaon Island

Panaon Island is a small island in the Philippines, in the province of Southern Leyte. It lies south of Leyte, separated from Dinagat to the east, and Mindanao to the southeast by Surigao Strait. The Mindanao Sea lies to the southwest.

Panaon Island
Wawa Bridge connecting Panaon and Leyte island
Panaon Island
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates10°3′5″N 125°12′45″E
Adjacent to
Area191 km2 (74 sq mi)
Highest elevation2,290 ft (698 m)
Highest pointMount Nelangcapan
RegionEastern Visayas
ProvinceSouthern Leyte
Population57,703 (as of 2015)
Map of Southern Leyte with Panaon Island on the right bottom corner

Panaon is about 30 kilometres (19 mi) long from north to south. The largest town is Liloan, which is connected by a bridge called the Wawa Bridge to the main Leyte Island.

Panaon Island is composed of the municipalities of Liloan, San Francisco, Pintuyan and San Ricardo. The basic forms of living are harvesting coconut, rice, fish and edible green leaves.

Scuba diving and whale watching (referred to locally as Tikitiki) are popular tourist activities.

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