Panglao Island is easy two explore. There are three main roads emanating from the 2 bridges connecting the island to Panglao and all roads lead to the poblacion of the town of Panglao. The best way to go around Panglao is by motorcyle, either self driven or with a driver guide.
In my case, I have a guide with motorcyle and he had become my good friend. through motorcyle, I was able to explore even those places seldom reached by other visitors.
Panglao island is such a beautiful island with breathtaking coast lines. There are also other islands near Panglao that are worthy one's trip. Thus, a boat is indispensable.
There are a lot of boats for hire in the island. You can pick one at Alona Beach, the fishermen village in Barangay Danao and the small wharf near the Panglao church. they all charge reasonable rate. Be sure to indicate the places you want to reach and they are friendly enough to recommend other places without extra cost.
If you are coming from Cebu City and you want to go to Panglao Island, you have to take the ferry first from Cebu to Tagbilaran. There are three ferry lines that have different trip schedule everyday. They are Weesam Express, Oceanjet and Supercat. The fare for one way is around Php500.00. They usually have promos for early bookings and roundtrip tickets and it is highly recommended that you take the same ferry for roundtrip so as to avail the said promo and save money. Also, the trip gets fully booked most of the time so it is advisable to go earlier at the port, say 2 hours of your intended trip.
Private taxi drivers will be harassing you the moment you step out of ferry terminal or Tagbilaran airport. One way taxi transfer is between PHP300-450.
- 1/2 hour road transport time to Alona Beach
Your hotel will be more than willing to pick you up at PHP450 per trip.
If you really want to reduce the fare to PHP300, walk straight to a nearest cafe for a bottle of Coke (PHP11) and wait for few drivers coming to you the moment all visitors seen to hop on negotiated vehicles. When the supply is more than demand, the price of taxi fare will drop.
Prices quoted are one way only, please double the amount for budgeting purpose.
Take USD1 = PHP50 for easy calculation purpose.
International divers from Singapore or Hong Kong can fly Cebu Pacific Air to Cebu Island & arrive at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (Cebu Pacific's hub), catch a speed boat to Tagbilaran one way PHP400. Weesam (Pier 4) is currently offering PHP500 for return tickets.
Divers/visitors from Kuala Lumpur will need to transit at Manila and fly Tagbilaran on next available flight.
Forget about Air Asia/Tiger Airway (arrive at Clark) because you'll need extra hours/day to finally fly into Cebu due to the distance/timing limitation.
There are three companies offering fast fery service between Cebu and Tagbilaran.
Two of them (Weesam and Supercat) leave from pier 4 in Cebu, and the other leaves from pier 1.
Price is approx 400 pesos ($12 USD) per person one way. You'll need to buy a terminal fee ticket as well, about 25 pesos.
Supercat is a much more modern, comfortable boat. The Weesam does offer outside seating, though, for sunny day picture taking on the trip over (would not be fun if it started to rain).
Tricycles are a cheap and easy way to get around the island, although not neccesarily the fastest.
Negotiate your fare before getting in.
Can generally fit two thin people and your bags, but have seen some loaded up with whole families. :)
I suggest you coordinate with your resort/hotel if you need transport going around the island (internal) since the taxis will charge you x 2 of what is in the meter and the tricycles in line outside the entrance of Alona Beach could ask you exaggerated rates.
If your resort has a "mini-ca" service or van service, do book through them and do make price negotiations.
"Minica" is smaller than a regular jeepney but should be comfortable if you are a group of 4-6 persons.
approximately 20 mins is the travel time from tagbilaran airport to panglao island. it is better if you already contacted someone who will fetch you. if none yet...you have to deal with the drivers who are outside the airport offering their services. if you need a ride or tour at bohol...contact ROD at +63-918-5914969. this guy is friendly, knows much about bohol and its sites and will even give you advises so that your stay will be pleasant. he even helped us find a resort.
An inexpensive way to go to Tagbilaran City while staying in one of the resorts in Panglao Island is by a jeepney. Just get to Panglao Island’s main road, if you’re staying in Alona Beach, go to the intersection near Rona’s Corner Store and the main entry road to Alona Beach. A jeepney usually passes by every hour or so. The sign in front of it would say “Tagbilaran”. Get on it and you’re on your way to Tagbilaran City. The trip takes about 45 minutes because the driver has to make a lot of stops. If you’re in a hurry, it’s better to hire a cab, tricycle or a “Habal-Habal” (motorcycle with driver) but if you have plenty of time to kill and on a budget, then taking this inexpensive form of transportation would just be fine. The fare is around 20 pesos one way and per person and you have to pay the jeepney conductor (guy who usually hangs on the back of the jeepney and takes the fares from the passengers), not the driver. The last stop would be the transportation terminal near a mall (I guess it was called “Island City Mall”, I forgot the name, sorry) or the Bohol museum. If you’re finished with your shopping in downtown Tagbilaran, then just go back to either one of the two terminals I’ve mentioned above and get on a jeepney with a sign of “Alona Beach” and you’re on your way back to Panglao Island. The last scheduled trip for these jeepneys bound for Panglao Island is around 6:30 pm, by this time you’ll be riding with people who just came off from work or school and are on there way back to their homes in Panglao Island.
When you're heading for Alona Beach on Panglao you will pass through Tacbilaran. The normal way would be with the Supercat ferry (http://www.supercat.com.ph/) from Cebu City or Dumaguete. Once off the ferry you can get a taxi or a tricycle (3 wheel motorcycle with side car). If you're travelling alone the tricycle is the cheapest solution (something like 150-200 PHP) but if you're travelling in a group a taxi will be pretty much the same.
In either case you should expect to spend around 40 minutes passing through a beautyful countryside before arriving in Alona Beach. Notice that there might still be 200 m to go (e.g. to Alonaville) when they wont take you any longer! Ask them to carry your bag if you're bringing your own dive equipment.
According to Mang Jun our hired taxi during our trip in Bohol there we're only 50 taxi's registered for hire in Bohol during peak seasons these taxis were fully booked and busy touring the visitors of the Island. Taxi fare Tagbilaran to Tawala Panglao cost you 300php-400php one way. We are lucky to found Mang June as our service (refferal from a friend), he picked-up us at the airport and drop-off at the pier and even booked us at Bohol Divers Resort which we have enjoyed our stay. To contact Mang Jun Malisa txt him @ 09287342073.
It is cheaper if you take a taxi from Tagbilaran to Panglao. If you're staying in Tagbilaran for a night or two, you can ask your hotel to call you taxi and take you to Panglao. The taxi charges you +50% of the meter rate going there. you can arrange with the driver to pick you up to back to Tagbilaran. The rate is times two of the meter rate. That's the standard rating system that the province use. No worries. :>
You can reach Panglao Island using public transportation through Tagbilaran's Dao Terminal. Take the Tawala-bound jeepney and expect about an hour before you reach Dumaloan/ Alona beaches. Fare at the time (July 2007) was P20 per person.
It’s cheaper to take a tricycle to Panglao Island from Tagbilaran City, Bohol. It costs about half of the regular taxi fare. We paid 250 pesos from the Tagbilaran Airport to Bohol Beach Club. Taxi fare is so expensive, it would cost around 450 pesos if you hire one from the city or around 600 pesos if you make arrangements with the resort. Tricycles usually have a storage compartment at the back, so the driver can place your entire luggage there. The trip from Tagbilaran City to the Bohol Beach Club is around 30 minutes. There’s plenty of fresh air and nice sceneries, so if you’re into budget travel and not that picky, taking this kind of transportation would just be fine. The tricycle drivers in Bohol are friendly and the trip is safe.