Beyond chocolate hills and big-eyed tarsiers, Bohol has a lot more to offer tourists who want to be surrounded by nature. Located in the southwest tip of the province, Panglao is Bohol’s beach getaway, perfect for tourists looking for a relaxed and serene experience.
What to expect when you're there:
Panglao’s main attraction is the picturesque Alona Beach, a long stretch of powdery white sand and crystal clear water that capture Bohol’s tranquil environment. Relax under the Bohol sun or enjoy swimming in the crystal blue waters, and end your days by grabbing a bite in one of its many beachside restaurants.
Alona Beach is only one of several beaches around Panglao, and each one is just as magical as the last. Whether it’s diving in Danao or catching the sunset at Doljo, Panglao is a haven for beach lovers!
For those looking for even more beautiful sights, there are many tours that explore the small islands surrounding Panglao. Balicasag Island offers one of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the country as you’ll be swimming alongside sea turtles and other colorful fish, while Virgin Island has a sandbar perfect for relaxing afternoons.
Whether it’s unique diving experiences, picturesque landscapes, or hours of relaxation, Panglao has a lot to offer travelers!
How to get there:
All commercial flights headed to Bohol enter the province through the Bohol-Panglao International Airport, which is located in Panglao Island. Bohol is a one-and-a-half hour direct flight from Manila or Clark, while the flight from Davao takes one hour and 10 minutes.
Many of the beach resorts in Panglao that cater to tourists are only a few minutes away from the airport.
If you’re coming from Cebu, there are no direct flights that will take you to Bohol. However, you can take a two-hour ferry ride from Cebu City to Tagbilaran City, Bohol’s capital. From Tagbilaran, you’ll reach Panglao Island in around 30 minutes via land travel.