ave you been to the province of Bohol, located in the Central Visayas, Philippines? Bohol, to most Filipinos, is also synonymous to "Chocolate Hills"
which is one of the major tourist attraction in the province.
|Closer look of Chocolate Hills in Carmen, Bohol.|
The countryside tour in Bohol
is a must have experience when visiting the province. It allows you to reach the areas, experience and feel the beautiful side of Bohol. The entire tour will cover all these destinations or tourist spots: The Bilar Manmade Forrest, The Chocolate Hills, The Shiphaus, The Sevilla hanging Bridge, Tarsier viewing, The Loboc River Cruise and Buffet Lunch, Python Sanctuary, and The Blood Compact Monument.
|The bridge connecting Bohol to Panglao Island.|
Usually, after the countryside tour, people opt to stay in Panglao Island to experience the beautiful white sand beaches and party till dawn by the beach especially on the Alona beach area. Aside from this, you may also try the dolphin watching which is a tour package offered by most resorts and even hotels in the area.
During my stay in Panglao, I never experience the dolphin watching since I was alone so I only did a short day trip by visiting caves, churches and other beautiful places in Panglao Island as advised by my airbnb host in Tagbilaran.
In order to fully enjoy and experience Panglao, hire a car or a tricycle driver to tour you around. Or you can rent a motorbike and do the tour by yourself as most travelers did. In my case, I hire the same tricycle driver from previous day's countryside tour for only 600 pesos.
Below are the things to do when visiting Panglao Island.
1. Visit the Dauis Church
|The Church ceiling|
The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption is located in Dauis just near the bridge that connects Bohol and Panglao Island. It has interesting ceiling and impressive frescoes painted by Ray Francia in the year 1916.
Unfortunately, like any other old churches in Bohol, It was under renovation during my visit due to an earthquake that hit Bohol.
2. Visit St. Agustine Church
|The Church's interior|
The church is located on the southwest side of Panglao. The back area is close to the shore and the front is a beautiful and wide plaza which also serves as the venue for town's many religious and social activities.
3.Explore the Hinagdanan Cave
|Interior of the Hinagdanan Cave.|
The Hinagdanan cave is an underground lake that is a popular swimming spot for locals. It has plenty of stalactites and stalagmites inside and has a hole in the ceiling to which sunlight passes through during the day. Careful when entering the cave since it has been paved and some area could get slippery sometimes.
4. Visit Bohol Bee Farm resort and Restaurant
|At Bohol Bee farm|
Bee farm is dedicated to bee cultivation hence the name but also a home of organic plants and foods that they serve to their guest. They also sell a lot of goods for pasalubong at their store.
The place is located in Dauis, on a cliff overlooking the beach. When in Bee Farm, please try the many different flavors of their Ice cream products which really tastes good.
|My ginger flavored Ice cream. Creamy, sweet, and spicy. Delicious!|
When I was in Panglao, my hostel is around a kilometer away from the beach. Good thing they also offer bicycle rentals for just a hundred pesos for the whole day. Every morning and late afternoon, I pedaled my way to the beach and it's just awesome wandering around and watching people enjoying the beach.
|Entrance to my Hostel, Bohol Coco Farm|
When In Panglao, I chose to be in the Dumaloan area because it's peaceful and not crowded in there compared to Alona area which most tourist go and party. Also, in Alona, eatery or restaurants, and bars are plenty so you can have a lot of options if you prefer to stay there.
There it is! I hope this list could help you get the most of Panglao Island and if you're looking for a place to stay in Panglao Island, click the photo below to check the best deals you could get.