Saturday, April 7, 2012

Bohol: Traveling to Alona Beach in Panglao Island

Bohol, being one of the top local destinations of the Philippines, is becoming more and more known to both local and foreign travelers. One cannot help but marvel at a destination that has, what people say, "the complete tourism package" because there is something for everyone. Bohol has a provincial allure rich in history, heritage and culture, resorts of all class, best dive sites, great adventure, good food, and a lot more!


Bohol is valued to be a tropical, eco-tourism paradise - a must-see destination in Central Philippines, with the ancient limestone formations of the Chocolate Hills, the Tarsier Sanctuary, unparalleled underwater marine life, 16th century churches, and delicious native delicacies, being some of the reasons why people go to Bohol.


It was my first time in Bohol, and admittedly, I was thrilled and eager to see the tarsiers and the chocolate hills, two tourism-icons of Bohol, which I have known since I was a kid. So with the Department of Tourism “Your Guide To Bohol Philippines” guidebook as the only information I have, I have put my faith and fate to Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 7 Director Rowena Montecillo, who graciously arranged an itinerary tour for me, to see what Bohol has to offer to weekend travelers, like myself.


Upon arrival at the Tagbilaran Airport, I was fetched and shuttled to my resort at Panglao Island, some 30-40 minutes drive from Tagbilaran City. I didn’t have anything planned on my arrival, so I explored the stretch of Alona beach, one and a half kilometer of white sand, where my resort is located, dined by the shore, swam and snorkeled.


One cannot help but notice that there are a lot Europeans on the stretch of Alona Beach at 12 noon, having their tans and being sun-kissed (or burned by the heat of the sun). Although that kind of fun may not be for me, I had a perfect beach-bumming day, just sitting under the shade of the trees and relaxing, to cap off my first day in Panglao Island, Bohol.

The view right outside my resort/hotel/room

Next post is about Amorita Resort in Panglao Island, Bohol! :) Woot, woot!


  1. This is so nice, I was left hanging! Can't wait to read the next installment of your piece. How helpful was the DOT in getting your tour arrangements together? How do you recommend traveling--going online or is going through the DOT more helpful?

  2. I miss Alona Beach! <3 Alona, you're oh-so-fine! <3



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