From The boat, one can already enjoy the sight of starfishes and some marine creatures amid the seagrass. To the adventurous, more creatures can be seen while snorkeling.
Brave the sun and stroll along the vast sandbar to reach the island. The place is really picturesque. You will enjoy taking pictures from all directions. As you look above, you'll sigh at the beautiful cloud formations and deep blue sky; as you reach the island, you'll feel refreshed by the lush greens and palm trees; and as you cast your eyes on the ocean, the vast expanse of azure sea waters will have a therapeutic effect on your tired body.
Time stands still when I am in this island paradise. I always make it a point to stay at least four hours when I visit Pungtod. I swim, do some snorkeling, watch the birds and the waves Just being alone in the island is joyful experience.
In this island, I learned to appreciate small things I normally ignore like counting starfish, futile attempt to catch birds, having my feet tickled by the seaweeds (that is after making sure that it is safe to do so) running after hermit crabs. It may sound inane but I even count footprints and the prints left by birds which visited the island.
We passed by Pungtod/Virgin Island as part of our Island Hopping Tours; otherwise, if you're going only there from Panglao, you'll have to hire a boat. Depending on your haggling ability and the size of the boat, you can get a boat for > or P600.
In order to economize, when you plan to go to Balicasag, you may inform the boatman that you want to pass by Gakang Island and Pungtod Island. Otherwise, you will shell out P600 to P800 for a boat ride going to Gakang and Pungtod Island.
You may contact any of the boatman at Alona Beach or the wharf near Panglao Church.
Enterprising locals have put up Fresh "Buko" (young coconut) stands at the docking area. There are also ambulant vendors selling purified water. Just what tourists need to quench their thirst!
What to buy: Fresh "buko"
What to pay: Sorry, we didn't buy, so I have no idea how much it cost, but for sure, it's going to be expensive!
The white sand bars of Pungtud Island are the very first thing noticeable and the very thing that will hold you captive. The sandbars are in their natural state and only the seas, wind and birds comb it.
Fondest memory: Walking on the white fine white sand.