A trip in the province of Bohol is not complete without a staying in Panglao Island. The island is rich in natural resources and beautiful tourist spots, like the Hinagdanan Cave and white sand beaches such as Alona Beach and Dumaluan Beach.
Hinagdanan Cave, Panglao
It is best to go to Panglao after you’ve taken the Bohol countryside tour and seen Bohol’s top tourist spots such as the world famous Chocolate Hills,Loboc River with its floating restaurants, hanging bridge, the Loboc River Zip line and the cute tarsier. After a day of touring the rest of the mainland, book yourself in a sea side hotel and relax in the white sand beaches of Panglao or go dolphin watching in the early morning of the next day.
Alona White Sand Beach, Panglao
Some of the most famous beach resorts in the Philippines are found in Panglao,Bohol. Beaches here such as Alona and Dumaluan has pristine waters and fine white sand could rival most of the top beaches in the Philippines such as Boracay and Pagudpod.
Walk Inn Haven Aparterlle in Alona Beach
The more upscale resorts and hotels in Panglao are located in Dumaluan Beach such as the famous Bohol Beach Club. But if you are after the night life and cheap accommodations in the island, it is best to go to Alona Beach instead. There are cheap hotels in Alona Beach such as in Walk Inn Haven, where we got our air conditioned room for only 1600 pesos, and can accommodate 3 or more persons. Walk Inn Haven is just a few meters away from the beach but is a bit hidden from view, but it is a good thing for you can enjoy a good night sleep, away from the noise of party goers. If you have extra cash, there are also more expensive and good looking resorts in the area such as the Alona Kew Resort and Charlotte Resort. Most of the beach side resorts such as Alona Kew Resort offers dinner buffet of fresh sea food, grilled meats and Lechon for 400 pesos per person.
Charlotte Resort, Panglao, Bohol
Another top tourist attraction in Panglao Islandi s the island hopping and dolphin watching tour. For only 1500 pesos, a group of five can get a chance to see real life dolphins in the wild, plus you can get to explore secluded white sand beaches as well. The dolphin watching tour starts at 5 in the morning so better go to bed early. Just head out to the beach at around 5 am and look for a guide duly approved by the local Coast Guard in order for you to go island hopping and dolphin watching. It is said that dolphins can only be seen during calm waters, so ask your guides first, especially if you’re visiting the island during the rainy season. Diving tours and classes are also offered by professional divers.