Powdery white sand, clear blue turquoise water and long shoreline are the attractive characteristics of Panglao Beach. Considered as one of the Philippines most beautiful beaches and one of Bohol’s prides.
These inviting qualities had have attracted many foreign and local businessmen to put up resorts that had sprouted rapidly all over, starting from low-cost, high costing prices and even to private resorts.
The well-known Panglao’s long beach or what they called the Alona Beach, is similar and has almost the same setup to the Boracay Beach. Three to four meters wide walkways beside the beach shore, numbers of front beach resorts (which rates vary or dependent on the type of season), spas, diving offers, souvenir shops, banks, henna tattoo, nightlife; happy hours for beers, music bands; and etc. With all of this, I mistook the feeling of being on Boracay while I was having my first bottle of beer in one of the restaurants on my first night.
The diving offer is a must try, Panglao Beach is a world-class diving location and apparently considered to have more marine biodiversity compared to Japan and Mediterranean Sea. But if you find this activity too expensive, then snorkelling is a fun way, an alternative that cost less when you take the island hopping tour.
Located in the southwest part of Bohol, it is a 19minute (21km) from Tagbilaran City Tourist Port or 23minute (23.1km.) from Tagbilaran airport by car or a bit longer by commuting.
For the lowest accommodation rate offer; during off-peak season is 1000Php for four persons; and for the rate during high-peak season ranges about 2,500Php up.