BOHOL PANGLAO ISLAND
Bohol is the perfect family destination with something for everyone. Adventure, diving, snorkelling, unique nature, history, beaches and much more. The airport is Tagbilaran, newly opened in late 2018 now located on Panglao Island is about a 1 hour flight southeast from Manila and conveniently near the resorts and hotels. Panglao Island's most popular area is Alona Beach (photo on top of page) and has many beachfront bars and multicultural restaurants. Ferries travel between Tagbilaran and Cebu every day. The fastest, "Super Cat" , takes about 90 minutes. These can be pre booked and ticketed by All About Asia.
Robert Graham visited Panglao Island in May 2019
TOURS ON BOHOL
Bohol Countryside Tour - Firstly visiting the historic Blood Compact Shrine, a historical landmark commemorating the first ever Treaty of Friendship between the east and the west, before visiting the over 400 year old Baclayon Church & Museum. View the TARSIERS, the oldest known smallest primate that lives only in Bohol. Visit a Butterfly Farm which showcases a variety of the many unique Philippine butterfly species. View the awesome hundreds of cone-shaped hills known as the Chocolate Hills from a viewing deck on top of one of these hills. Drive back to Loboc for a 50-minute river cruise along nipa palm-lined Loboc river on board a large native raft. A sumptuous lunch of local cuisine is served on board while being serenaded by the locals and the banks of the river. Tour takes about 4 hours from Tagbilaran City. Add 30 minutes from resorts or the Airport on Panglao Island. This tour can be also taken from Cebu using ferry to Tagbilaran Port. Takes about 8 hours return to Cebu.
Bohol Island Hopping and Snorkelling Tour
Embark on a marine adventure on this Bohol Island day tour. Depart from your hotel in Tagbilaran or Panglao Island and hop on a boat heading toward Balicasag Island. Admire playful dolphins up close on your way to the island. Go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of Balicasag Island. Gaze at tropical fish, black corals, and sea turtles. After a fresh seafood lunch, head to the picturesque Virgin Island. Revel in the white sand beach and pristine water. Stroll along the C-shaped sandbar that stretches out to a small island. Experience the laid-back island life on this thrilling Bohol day tour.
Cambuhat Oyster village tour
In this tour, you get to explore a village with a rich culture and resourcefulness. You get to experience a river cruise using a paddle boat going to the village. You will then be led to the oyster farm where a local guide will tell you of the process of growing oysters and its significance to their community. Then they let you taste their fresh harvest through a lunch buffet of seafood like fish, crabs and of course, oysters! After the feast, locals will present cultural dances and songs that show the history and culture of their village. And you get to try their dances too. Then you get to have a walking tour where locals show their traditional way of loom-weaving and broom-making using buri, a local palm abundant in the area.
On driving back from the village to the City, you get to see the churches of Loon and Maribojoc. These old churches were built in 1853 and 1886 but on 2013 a 7.2 magnitude earthquake caused damage. They are in the process of rebuilding and rehabilitation.
Amorita Resort on the eastern end of Alona Beach, has been renovated in 2018 It has modern rooms two beautiful swimming pools with fantastic sea views from the restaurant and bar area . The upstairs tapas bar is a welcome feature and the breakfast buffet is excellent. It also has a dive shop and spa. Very well managed, it is the best choice for location and facilities.
Bohol Beach Club is on the eastern side of Panglao Island and has a very white sandy beach which is cleaned constantly. It is about 15 minutes, by road from Alona Beach shopping area and 10 minutes from the new airport.
Be Grand Resort is about 10 minutes by road from Alona Beach and was newly opened in late 2015 and has many pools and also private family villas. An air-conditioned restaurant and 3 bars.
Panglao Bluewater is about 10 minutes by road from Alona Beach and was opened in 2014. Besides the deluxe pool side rooms it also offers private villas with plunge pools. The restaurant has sea views. It has a spa two swimming pools.
Bellevue is on beautiful Doljo Beach by itself. Well fitted out modern rooms, most with sea views and excellent food in the restaurant. The infinity pool is well positioned to take in the beach and sea views.
South Palms on the east cost of Panglao Island is about 10 minutes by road from Alona Beach on a lovely white sand beach. The deluxe beach front rooms are excellent with beach and sea views.
Bee Farm is a unique resort with local artisans making products to sell in their shops around Bohol. Meals in the restaurant, which overlooks the sea, are sourced from the farm. Most rooms have excellent sea views and the many outside spa pools are extremely relaxing
Panglao Regents Park Hotel is located one street back from Alona Beach. It has nice rooms and swimming pool. European managed with good food
Chocolate Hills Carmen- Bohol
Traditional dancing on the banks of the Loboc River
Vintage Car Museum Tagbilaran Bohol
Amorita Resort- Alona Beach- Panglao Island
Bellevue Resort- Panglao Island Bohol
Alona Beach Panglao Island