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My Favorite Tourist Attractions in Panglao Bohol

Have you ever dreamed of escaping to a tropical paradise? Welcome to Panglao Island in Bohol, Philippines, a place where adventure meets relaxation. Just a bridge away from the hustle of Tagbilaran City, Panglao is your quiet retreat with stunning beaches, cool wildlife, and great food. Whether you’re up for some fun in the sun or just want to chill, Panglao has something special for everyone. I should know, we’ve been visiting the place a couple of times every year. But first, if you’re new to Bohol and looking for a travel guide, please visit our page here.

Discovering Panglao’s Pristine Beaches

Alona Beach

beach umbrellas and lounges on a white sand beach facing the turquoise green ocean under the clear blue sky

Walking on Alona Beach feels like stepping into a postcard. Soft white sand, warm sun, and clear blue water make it a popular tourist spot on Panglao Island. If you’re into underwater fun, there’s snorkeling and scuba diving with lots of colorful fish to see. Dive shops along the beach make it easy for anyone to try. Hungry after all that swimming? Grab some yummy seafood right on the beach and eat under the stars!

  • What to do:
    • Snorkeling and scuba diving to see beautiful reefs
    • Beachfront dining for fresh seafood
    • Relaxing in the sun or enjoying a beachside massage
  • Where to stay:
    • From cozy beach huts to luxury resorts, Alona Beach has lots of places to stay, making it perfect for both romantic getaways and family trips.

Doljo Beach

Doljo Beach is the quieter cousin of Alona, perfect if you’re looking for a place to just unwind and enjoy the scenery. The beach stretches out with its calm waters and is less crowded, making it an ideal spot for a peaceful day under the sun. And keep your eyes peeled for unique art made from beach materials, scattered along the shore. And if you’re into sunset viewing, Doljo beach is the place to do just that.

  • What to enjoy:
    • Lazing around and sunbathing in a serene environment.
    • Checking out creative art installations right on the sand.

Dumaluan Beach

dumaluan beach withwhite sand, palm trees, some white chairs on the beach with the view of the ocean and clear blue sky

Now, if you’re traveling with family, Dumaluan Beach is a must-visit. It’s famous for its wide, kid-friendly shores and a relaxed vibe where you can spread out a picnic blanket and chill. The water here is calm, which is perfect for swimming, and there are plenty of amenities like showers and snack bars to make your stay comfortable.

  • Perfect for:
    • Family picnics and swimming in shallow, clear water.
    • Long beach walks and building sandcastles with the kids.

Click here for more information on Bohol beaches.

Top Natural Attractions

Hinagdanan Cave

3 women wearing outdoor clothes, and a small girl all inside a cave with the background of a pool of water
here’s my family NOT wearing a swimwear in Hinagdanan Cave

Ever wonder what’s beneath those rocky hills? Hinagdanan Cave is a cool, mystical place with stalactites and stalagmites that light up in the dim sunlight peeking through. It’s not just a sight to see; it’s an adventure as you step down into a different world. Remember to wear comfy shoes, and bring a camera – you’ll want to capture the beauty of this natural wonder.

  • Tips for visiting:
    • Best to visit during the morning to catch the magical light rays.
    • There’s a small fee, so have some cash handy.

Virgin Island

me, male wearing glasses and blue rash guard standing in front of a sign saying welcome to virgin island

Just a short boat ride from Panglao, Virgin Island is like a hidden treasure in the sea. Its famous sandbar appears and disappears with the tide, making it feel like you’re discovering it for the first time, every time. It’s a fantastic spot for a day trip, especially if you want to beat the crowds and enjoy a quiet afternoon.

  • Don’t miss:
    • Walking the sandbar and finding tiny sea creatures in the shallow waters.
    • Bringing a picnic to enjoy on the sandbar (just remember to carry your trash back).

Cultural and Historical Sites

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church (Dauis Church)

Imagine stepping into a place that’s not just a church but a piece of history. The Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church, or Dauis Church, is one of those places. With its stunning architecture and murals, it tells stories of faith and community from centuries ago. They also host cultural events, so you might catch a festival or a local wedding!

  • What to explore:
    • The beautiful frescoes inside the church.
    • The healing well inside the church believed to have miraculous powers.

Panglao Church and Watchtower

panglao church on the left with a tourist taking a picture and the watchtower with a man with glasses in a blue shirt on the right

Just a short drive from the bustling tourist centers, Panglao Church stands as a testament to the island’s deep historical roots. This old stone church, with its quiet dignity and serene surroundings, offers a peaceful retreat from the day’s adventures. It’s not just a church; it’s a cornerstone of the local community.

  • Highlights:
    • The intricate stone carvings on the church façade.
    • Peaceful courtyard perfect for reflection or a quiet break.

Nova Shell Museum

a 4 tier shelf with different kind of shells

For something a little different, check out the Nova Shell Museum, where you can see some of the most beautiful and unique shells from around the world, collected right here in Bohol’s waters. It’s educational, fun, and you might even find the perfect shell to take home as a souvenir!

  • Features:
    • Interactive displays that are fun for kids and adults.
    • The chance to learn about marine conservation efforts in Panglao.

Agri-Tourism Ventures

various herbs plants in plant containers arranged in an herb garden

South Farm and Egay’s Farm

Imagine visiting a farm where everything is grown with love and respect for nature. At South Farm and Egay’s Farm, you can get your hands dirty and learn how sustainable farming works. They offer tours where you can pick your own vegetables, learn about organic farming, and even cook a meal with what you’ve harvested.

  • Activities to enjoy:
    • Farm tours that include hands-on agricultural activities.
    • Cooking classes using ingredients picked from the farm.

Island Hopping Adventures

Balicasag Island

colorful corals and fishes under the blue sea

Just a boat ride away, Balicasag Island offers some of the best snorkeling and diving in Bohol. The island is surrounded by a protected marine sanctuary, so the waters are teeming with fish and vibrant coral. It’s a must-visit for anyone who loves the underwater world.

  • Diving highlights:
    • The turtle area where you can swim with sea turtles.
    • Coral gardens teeming with colorful marine life.

Adventure and Activities

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

red clown fish in the ocean playing along the corals

Panglao is a diver’s paradise, with crystal clear waters and abundant sea life. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or trying it for the first time, local dive shops offer everything you need from gear to guides.

  • Try these activities:
    • Night dives to see nocturnal sea creatures.
    • Beginner diving courses available at various dive shops.

Exploring Panglao Island on Two Wheels

Rent a scooter or a bicycle and take a leisurely drive around the island. It’s a fantastic way to see the local villages, meet friendly locals, and discover hidden gems that aren’t on the typical tourist trail.

  • Routes to explore:
    • Coastal roads with stunning sea views.
    • Inland paths that take you through small villages and lush fields.

Where to Stay in Panglao

resort hotel with 3 floors, a swimming pool in front and some benches

Panglao offers a variety of accommodations that cater to different tastes and budgets, ensuring every visitor finds a perfect place to stay.

  • Luxury Resorts: For those seeking luxury, Amorita Resort stands out with its cliff-top views over Alona Beach, award-winning service, and exquisite dining options. It’s ideal for travelers looking for indulgence and relaxation in a beautiful setting.
  • Mid-Range Hotels: The Bellevue Resort offers a fantastic mid-range option, providing comfortable and spacious rooms with excellent facilities, including a private beach and an infinity pool, all at a more affordable price than the luxury resorts.
  • Eco-Lodges: Bohol Bee Farm is not just an accommodation but an experience. It promotes sustainable tourism, offering cozy rooms and activities like organic farming. It’s perfect for eco-conscious travelers interested in a stay that’s both relaxing and educational.
  • Budget Accommodations: Alumbung Tropical Living provides a unique and budget-friendly option. Its traditional bamboo huts give a more authentic and rustic feel to your stay, ideal for backpackers and solo travelers looking for a quiet retreat close to nature.
  • Hostels: For younger travelers or those on a tight budget, Moon Fools Hostel is a popular choice in Panglao. Known for its friendly atmosphere, clean facilities, and social vibe, it’s perfect for meeting other travelers.

Planning Your Trip

Best Time to Visit Panglao

To make the most of your trip, timing is crucial. The best time to visit Panglao is during the dry season, from December to June, when the weather is sunny and conducive to outdoor activities. However, for those who prefer a quieter experience or are looking for better deals on accommodations, the months of November and July can be ideal as they mark the transition between the peak and off-peak seasons.

  • Seasonal tips:
    • Cool and Comfortable: December to February are cooler and comfortable, perfect for exploring the island without the heat overwhelming you.
    • Hot and Sunny: March to May are the hottest months, which is ideal if you want to spend most of your time swimming or engaging in water sports.

Local Transportation

green tricycle on the upper left, yellow buses on the upper right, chrome mitsubishi suv on the lower left, motorcycles on the lower right

Getting around Panglao is part of the adventure. The island can be explored in various ways, each offering a unique experience:

  • Rent a Scooter or Motorcycle: This is the most popular way to explore at your own pace. Rental shops are plentiful and prices are reasonable.
  • Tricycles: For short distances or if you prefer not to drive, tricycles are available for hire. They’re affordable and drivers often serve as informal tour guides.
  • Car Rentals: For families or groups, renting a car might be more convenient. It offers comfort, security, and the flexibility to explore beyond Panglao.

Connectivity

Staying connected during your vacation can be important, especially to share your experiences with friends and family or in case of emergencies.

  • Mobile Data: Local SIM cards are widely available and affordable. Major providers include Globe and Smart, which offer good coverage across Panglao and Bohol.
  • Wi-Fi Access: While many resorts and cafes offer free Wi-Fi, the connection might not always be reliable, especially on more remote parts of the island. Consider purchasing a portable Wi-Fi device if you require a steady connection.

Local Dining

different local cuisines like pork barbecue,beef in peanut sauce,fish in coconut sauce, local fruits and vegetables all placed on a table like in a feast

Panglao is a delight for food lovers, offering a mix of traditional Filipino cuisine and international dishes. Exploring the local dining scene is a must.

  • Try Local Dishes: Don’t miss dishes like “Chicken Inasal” (grilled chicken) and “Kinilaw” (Filipino ceviche).
  • Seafood: Being an island, Panglao has an abundance of fresh seafood. Look for restaurants that offer “catch of the day” specials.
  • Street Food: For a quick and tasty snack, try street food from vendors. Popular items include mangoes sprinkled with salt and chili, and “Balut” for the adventurous eaters.

Conclusion

Panglao Island offers beautiful beaches, rich history, and thrilling adventures, making it perfect for any traveler. Whether you’re after relaxation or adventure, Panglao is unforgettable. Let’s respect and preserve this beautiful place for future generations. Like this article? Visit our Blog for more information about traveling Bohol.

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