Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrPanglao Island is a paradise on Earth located southwest of Bohol Island. The island has an estimated population of over 68,000 and has two municipalities, Panglao and Dauis. The island of Panglao offers its guests a unique travel experience, and has become one the most popular summer destinations in the Philippines. Aside from the powder white sand and emerald water, Panglao boasts a rich collection of beautiful coral reefs and marine sanctuaries more diverse than those found in the Mediterranean Sea.
AttractionsSightseeing in Panglao Island:
Alona BeachA tropical beach paradise located at the southern part of the island. It is 0.9 miles long, and is the main area where most of the resorts and restaurants are situated. Aside from the white sand beach and pristine waters, Alona Beach is the place to go for some diving and snorkeling action.
Hinagdanan CaveA coral cave with a clear lagoon inside. Although the descent to the cave is completely dark, tour guides will assist tourists around with their flashlights. Once you reach the cave, there will be some natural light seeping in from the cave’s ceiling. Tourists can also take a swim in the pool for only ₱75 ($1.65).
Dolphin Watching and Island HoppingTourists can get to see the elusive dolphins and whales around the island by booking a tour at Alona Beach. The tour usually starts at around 6 AM. This is the best time to get a glimpse of the majestic sea creatures floundering around the waters of Panglao. Snorkeling around Balicasag Island and Virgin Island (small islands near Panglao) are also included in the tour. The tour would last a whole day and the rate is usually around ₱2,500 ($55).
DiningPanglao Island has a lot more to offer to its foodie visitors aside from amazing fresh seafood. Plenty of other culinary gems can be found around the island, mostly along Alona Beach. The L’Elephant Bleu Restaurant offers the best French and American cuisines on the island, make sure to taste their Crème Brulee. Tourists can also enjoy different varieties of European and Filipino cuisines at the Tarsier Paprika (they don’t actually serve Tarsier s here). The Guiseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian serves authentic Italian cuisines and bestselling pizzas.
Resorts and AccommodationMost resort hotels around Panglao Island are situated along the beautiful Alona Beach. Some luxury resorts are so beautiful, they are on par with other popular resort hotels in Boracay and El Nido. Generally, there is a wide selection of accommodations available for all kinds of tourists, ranging from five-star resorts down to budget-friendly options. Here is a short list of the best luxury resorts in Panglao Island, and also some resorts in Alona Beach you may want to visit:
- Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa – A resort with 68 fully air-conditioned rooms with private patios and balconies. The resort also has a recreational center, spa services, and other premium amenities.
- Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort – A five-star resort hotel with 54 beautiful guest rooms, the hotel also has its own private beach and full-service spa.
- Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa – Probably the most luxurious resort hotel on the island. The resort features a large outdoor infinity pool, villas with fully equipped modern features, and a fine dining restaurant that serves exquisite international cuisines.
Resorts Along Alona Beach
- Panglao Regents Park – A nice resort with well-maintained guest rooms and a large swimming pool. The resort also has its own cocktail bar and a restaurant.
- Oasis Resort – An ideal place for some quiet time and relaxation. Cottages are made with native materials, but they are still fully equipped with modern features.
- Alona Vida Beach Resort* – Aside from its deluxe rooms and freshwater swimming pool, Alona Vida is also well-known for their scrumptious European and Filipino cuisines.
Getting ThereFrom the Cebu-Mactan International Airport (or any part of the city), take a taxi ride to Pier 1 or Pier 4. Upon arriving at the pier, book a ticket for a fast ferry (Ocean Jet or SuperCat), whichever has the most convenient departure time for you. The fare is around ₱800 ($18), and the travel time is about 2 hours.
When you arrive at Tagbilaran Port, taxis and rental vans will be available to take you to Panglao Island (specifically Alona Beach, where almost all of the accommodations on the island are found). The fare is around ₱400 ($8.80) – ₱500 ($11). Another great option is to have your hotel in Alona Beach arrange their a shuttle bus to pick you up directly from the port.
- When visiting Hinagdanan Cave, there will be a park before the main entrance where tourists can get the cheapest souvenirs on the island. These include printed shirts, key chains, handicrafts, and even pearl necklaces at very reasonable prices.
- Since Bohol is situated right next to Panglao Island, be sure to visit the Chocolate Hills, see the Tarsiers (the smallest primate in the world), and experience the Loboc River Cruise when you get the chance.
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Author: radiantan. Last updated: Apr 24, 2015