Panglao Island Things to Do

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    Visit Dauis Church

    by cyndymc Updated Jul 24, 2009
    Apse, Tabernacle & Altar
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    Even if you don't go for a Panglao Island Tour, try not to miss Dauis Church,a pilgrimage site known for the miraculous waters springing from a well just in front of the altar. I looked forward to getting some of the healing waters but unfortunately, the time we went there, the well was covered with wooden planks and plastic because they had to lay the carpet for a wedding ceremony. It was really a downer for me but I consoled myself by taking pictures of the church interiors while the wedding ceremony has not yet started.

    Dauis Church is also known for its beautifully painted frescoes done by an artist in 1916. Most of my pictures are in my Dauis Church Travelogue at my Bohol Page. I wasn't able to take much outdoor shots because it was showering.

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    Have Lunch & Tour At Bohol Bee Farm

    by cyndymc Updated Jul 24, 2009
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    It was already way past 1:30 pm when we had lunch at Bohol Bee Farm. BBF has 3 restaurants (Cave Restaurant, Bamboo Resto & Honeycomb Resto). We opted to eat at the Bamboo Resto where they had a view deck facing the sea. While we waited for our orders, they served free bread with 3 types of spreads (pesto,honey-mustard and if I remember right, caramel). Bohol Bee Farm is known for its delicious healthy foods, quite expensive but still okay, considering their hefty servings; you'll get good value for money. We savored their fish & chips, spareribs, fettuccine and their famous vegetarian salad with flower petals (of cosmos, bougainvilla & katuray) and eggs. In fairness, the flower petals tasted good, especially with the honey-mustard dressing.

    After lunch, we explored the other restaurant called The Cave, so called because just beside it is an altar cave (but I don't know why they call it an altar cave). I was surprised to see a small swimming pool in the middle of the restaurant.

    Later, we were given an orientation tour at the apiary, vermiculture area, herbal and organic garden, and finally, their handicraft section.

    I have a similar post on Bohol Bee Farm and a BBF Travelogue at my Bohol Page

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    Tarsiers

    by schwein Updated May 13, 2009

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    While not on Panglao island itself, you can easily take a daytrip onto Bohol to see them while stationed at Alona beach.

    There are quite a few places to see them on Bohol, but the best place is the tarsier sanctuary.
    It's better because the tarsiers are living in their natural habitat, instead of being locked up in a small cage.
    A guide will accompany you through their compound trails, and find the tarsiers for you. You can take pics, just don't use your flash because it'll hurt their eyes. Admission charge is cheap.

    Neat animals to see in the wild!
    Well worth the trip. :)

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    Man made forest

    by schwein Written May 10, 2009

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    Bohol’s man made forest is a two km stretch of rainforest composed of mahogany trees.

    Planted 30 years ago by Lino Chatto, a former Filipino governor fed up with deforestation.
    The forest is nearby the Chocolate Hills, and is a nice place to stop for pictures and a walk.

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    Virgin Island

    by schwein Written May 10, 2009

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    Off the coast of Panglao island is an uninhabited island named Virgin island.
    At low tide it has a very long sandbar that curls off of the island's main body.

    Nice place for a picnic if you can time your boat to hit it at low tide.
    At high tide the island is still there, but the sandbar is hidden.

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    Caving

    by schwein Written May 10, 2009

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    A well known and easy to reach cave is Hinagdanan ("laddered" in Cebuano), 2.5 kilometers from Dauis.
    This cave has a large number of stalactites hanging from the ceiling, and
    matching stalagmites protruding from the ground below. The cave leads to a large underground cavern that contains a pond, and is naturaly lit by openings in the ground above.
    Both ends of the cave are open, but swimming in the pool is not advisable as the water there is polluted by ground runoff.

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    Chocolate hills

    by schwein Written May 10, 2009

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    While not on Panglao island itself, you can easily take a daytrip onto Bohol to see them while stationed at Alona beach.

    Geologists are still argueing about how the hills formed, and the Philippinos have ascribed more than one legend themselves as to their origin.
    Regardless of how they formed, they are a sight to see, and have been declared as a UNESCO tentative world heritage site.

    There are two different places that offer tourists great views of the hills, both near Carmen, on Bohol. The resort nearet Carmen is called Chocolate Hills Complex. The newest resort, in Sagbayan, is called Sagbayan Peak. They both offer food/restaurants/souvenirs, and even rooms if you want to spend the night.

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    Dolphin spotting

    by schwein Written May 10, 2009

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    While walking along the beach, you'll be approached by many people running early morning boats to see the dolphins the next morning.

    If there for diving, you can just ask your dive boat to leave earlier to catch them out by Balicasag island before starting the day's diving.

    Is neat to see dolphins in the wild, but it's not much of a show. Many boats wait for a pod to surface, then race around them untill the pod scatters. Repeat for a while, while hoping your boat doesn't hit another...

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    Panglao Island is a Paradise

    by freddie18 Written Feb 3, 2009

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    Cruising the Near the Island
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    Experience the lush of tropical landscapes in Panglao Island. This wonder is a sanctuary of natural beauty. Indulge yourself and relax while cruising the river.

    It surely is the perfect island getaway and an experience you will never forget. Have a slice of paradise in Bohol!

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    Spend the Day Going Around Panglao Island

    by brownkoala Written Aug 20, 2008

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    Rent a motorcycle or a mountain bike from a local rental shop near Alona Beach and spend the whole day exploring Panglao Island. Just make sure to put on lots of sunscreen, bring water and some snacks but if you don’t plan to bring extra stuff with you, it’s fine, you’ll never get thirsty or hungry. There are plenty of houses that have small stores called “Sari Sari Stores”, which sell almost anything. From bottled water, sodas, chips, chocolates, biscuits, toiletries or just about anything you might need, they have it. When we had our chance to spend an extra day in the island, we’ve decided to explore it. We went to the different beaches, churches and other old places around the island, taking breaks in between by going to “Sari Sari Stores” and some local eateries. The food is so cheap. You’ll never feel that you’re far away because the island has a lot of restaurants, internet shops and there’s even a bank along the entry road to Alona Beach.

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    Dolphin-watching/Snorkeling

    by kimshouts Written Apr 7, 2008

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    When dolphins came, they really came. It was like a musical piece, it started out slow... one or two dolphins would op out from the water. Towards the middle, they would jump out in bunches like 5 or 6 dolphins at a time. Towards the end, they were just all over the place. It was unbelievable.

    When we got to Balicasag Island from Panglao, after leaving at around 630AM (it was around 9AM when we were at Balicasag), we snorkeled in the fish sanctuary and schools of fishes literally fed of our hands. Our guides kept on pulling my feet to prevent me from drifting off because I wanted to go beyond the line set around the sanctuary.

    It was an amazing experience to be swarmed by so many colors all at once.

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  • Watch dolphins in the wild

    by gen_aquino Written Feb 25, 2008

    Wake up really early (say... 5:00 am) and be prepared to bring your breakfast to the boat. Seeing the dolphins (in groups of about 10-12 ) swimming around 50-100meters from from your pumpboat will definitely turn any grown-up into their awe-filled 4-year-old versions.

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  • around Bohol in 10 hours.....

    by davidyoung77 Written Feb 6, 2008
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    Bohol has a great roads and high-ways best for touring and coastal hooping. The cheapest and most convenient way to enjoy this road trip is to rent a motorbike, it should be 200cc and above for stronger power for the long distance yet less gasoline consumptions.
    Locals are giving their personal motorbike for 700/day , but I got a better offer from BoholRiders for 800/24hours. awesome adventure trip, will sure to come back soon.

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    Dumaloan Beach

    by nimato Updated Jan 26, 2008

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    Frolicking beach lovers at Dumaloan Beach
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    Aesthetically, Dumaluan is prettier than Alona. Beach combers flock here because of its very shallow beach that resembles Boracay's White Beach. The most beautiful strip of Dumaluan is at Bohol Beach Club.

    There's a public beach strip here with cottages and a grill restaurant with reasonably priced good-tasting seafood menus.

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    Explore

    by Yla Updated Oct 15, 2007

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    Balicasag beach

    You can rent a motorized boat to take you and your group to Balicasag Island, about 30 minutes from Panglao Island. If you make it early in the morning, you can watch dolphins playing with the waves or following your boat. Balicasag island is maintained by the government (Phil Tourism Authority), in fact you can check in one of the villas on the the island for about P1500 overnight and do a lot of diving and snorkeling around the island reef, or explore the other parts of the island by foot of which 1.5 hectares is developed.

    Boat rent at Panglao can start from P2000 or up depending on how many hours rented, the number of people it will carry, or if one will venture to other uninhabited islands off Panglao.

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