Favorite thing: Hire a boat and go dolphin watching. The whole day trip including dolphin watching, Balicasag Island and sand bar hopping would cost around 2000 pesos. The boats they have in Panglao Island are bigger and the boatmen are friendly. You would just have to get up really early to go dolphin watching. You would have to meet the boatmen by 5am to 5:30am so you won’t miss the dolphins. They come out really early before the sun gets too hot for them. Bring food for the trip or once in Balicasag Island, you can buy fresh fish from the locals and have them cook it for you with a fee of course. They also have sodas and rice available or even vegetables or other food. After a delicious lunch, frolic under the sun and enjoy the beach. You can go infront of Balicasag Island Dive Resort. The sand and water in this part are excellent. Clear and so clean. Locals would also ask you to go snorkeling or feed the small fishes in their fish sanctuary. I think that’s about 200 pesos per head. After Balicasag, ask the boatmen to take you to the sand bar. The place is a small private island with an unbelievable sand bar. If you stay there for at least 3 hours, you almost feel that you have it as your own because only a few tourists come there at a time within the day. You get a nice view of Panglao Island and even Mindanao. Fresh air, perfect sun, fine white sand and beautiful ocean!
I am very fortunate to have friends in Panglao Island. My guide firts became my good friends and the network grew. It extended to the boatmen, the hotel staff, the other guides and even members of their families. It is really not difficult as the people of Panglao are happy people and quite friendly and accommodating.
Fondest memory: The warmth of the friendship extended to me by my friends in Panglao Island.
Alona Beach may be divided into three parts: central, western and eastern.
Central Alona is near the concrete road which is the access to Alona Beach. Eastern Alona is the left side if you are facing the sea. Geographically, it is part of Barangay Tawala and there are two ways to reach them, either, the Ester Lim Street or the beach front. . Western Alona is on the right side if you facing the sea and it is part of Barangay Danao.
Here are the known resorts per zone:
1. CRYSTAL COAST - the resort at the end of the eastern side
2. ALONA TROPICAL BEACH RESORT
3. ALONA PARM RESORT
4. PETER'S HOUSE
5. ALONA VILLE
Those located along Ester Lim Street about 50 meters from the beach
6. BANANALAND COTTAGES
7. ALONALAND COTTAGES
8. FLOWER GARDEN
2. ALONA KEW
4. LOST HORIZON
5. SUN APARTELLE
1. PLAYA BLANCA
2. ISIS RESORT
3. BOHOL DIVERS RESORT
4. TIERRA AZUL
5. CHARLOTTE - the resort at the end of Western Alona
Just like in any place, watching the sun rise has a calming effect. The tranquility of the dawn amidst white sand and gentle sea at Alona Beach provides an experience one cannot easily forget.
Fondest memory: The rising sun, casting subdued hue on the sand and the sea. I have seen them before, but the one in Alona beach is my favorite.
The less than one kilometer stretch of white beach of Alona is the most popular beach in Panglao. So many had been said about this beautiful place. Most of time I am in Bohol, I stay in Alona Beach as there is no substitute in beginning and ending a day at a beautiful place.
Fondest memory: Aside from the beach, I miss the friendly people of Panglao Island.
From Manila you can take a plane ride using either PAL or Cebu-Pacific, going to Tagbilaran. The ride from Tagbilaran to Panglao is about 30mins; est. Php300.
The room rates with AC is around Php1800-Php3000 per night in Panglao.
Go to Scubaworld for Scuba dives. They charge around $22-$24 USD; equipments are in good shape. The dive sites are in Balicasag Island, just 30mins from Panglao (by sea). It is a wall dive drifting with the current.
If you have any questions, just e-mail me. Have fun!
Fondest memory: Barracuda's...
Favorite thing: Here are some of the pictures of the resorts which you will find on Danao, Panglao or the western part of the Alona Beach