Panglao Island

Travel Guide Asia Philippines Visayas Bohol Panglao Island

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Introduction

Panglao is an island in Bohol Province in the Philippines with world-class diving and many tourist resorts. The resorts and other tourist facilities are concentrated in the Alona Beach area, but there are some other tourist areas and beaches scattered around the rest of the island.

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Towns

Dauis, on the northeast, right across the bridge from Tagbilaran which is the provincial capital and the region's main ferry port.
Panglao Town, on the southwest.

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Sights and Activities

Hinagdanan cave. There is a tiny lagoon inside a coral cave. Enjoy a dip in a fresh water. The cave is completely dark, the guides have a flashlight. The admission is around ₱20. To get here, you can take a bus or mini van towards Panglao island from Tagbilaran. If you tell them you are going to Hinagdanan cave, they will know what intersection to drop you off at. ₱50.

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Getting There

Panglao is often reached via Tagbilaran, the capital of Bohol Province, where there is a ferry terminal. Tagbilaran on the larger Bohol Island and Dausis on Panglao Island are separated by a narrow strait, and there is a bridge between them. You can also fly directly to Panglao which has the province's main airport.

By Plane

Bohol–Panglao International Airport (TAG IATA). A new airport, large enough for international flights using large aircraft. It is expected to handle many charter flights for package holiday companies. Until this airport opened Cebu Airport was the only one in the country close to beach resorts and capable of handling these flights.

By Boat

Most visitors reach Bohol via the large modern ferry terminal in Tagbilaran. The most common embarkation point is Cebu City; see the Tagbilaran article for details on that, and for boats from other places.

A taxi from the ferry terminal will cost ₱500-600, whilst a local tricycle will set you back ₱350-450 to Alona Beach on the far end of the island.

Alternately, you can get a tricycle or taxi from the ferry terminal to the bus terminal then get the air conditioned bus to Alona beach. Southern Star transit Large air conditioned buses from Tagilaran bus terminal going to and from Alona Beach via Panglao international airport, every 45 mins from 6.45am till 6pm ₱50, takes about 30 minutes, has room for Luggage.

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Getting Around

The island has two main roads; the Circumferential Road circles the island near the coast while the Dauis-Panglao Road goes lengthwise through the center of the island to connect the two main towns.

Tricycles and habal-habal (motorcycle taxis) are abundant, with prices ₱20-50 for a ride. The trikes can take more people, have room for luggage, and are safer and considerably more comfortable. Frequent jeepneys cruise the island with rides as low as ₱15.

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Eat

Both the towns have some restaurants, including some candelaria which are plain cheap Filipino places, with food that is always filling and often quite good. Almost every resort has a restaurant, the airport has several, and there are a few more here and there around the island.

The heaviest concentration is along Alona Beach which has a few dozen tourist places — mostly international cuisine at mid-to-high prices — plus some chains like McDonald's and Dunkin Donuts.

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Drink

Most restaurants also serve alcohol, except for some of the candelaria. On Alona Beach, many are more bars with food than restaurants with drinks, and quite a few have live music in the evenings.

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Sleep

There are hotels, mostly beach resorts, all over the island. Alona Beach in particular has a everything from luxury resorts to backpacker hostel dorm beds from ₱350.

At peak times, like Christmas and Easter, it is quite difficult to find accommodation unless you have booked well in advance. Many of the hotels are on the usual hotel booking sites.

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