Panglao IslandBohol 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.
MunicipalitiesFor administration, the island is divided into two roughly equal-sized municipalities, each with a small town as its center. Wikivoyage has an article for each:
- , on the northeast, right across the bridge from Tagbilaran
- , on the southwest
BeachesThere are also beach towns around the island, particularly in the south. While these are in the municipal regions listed above, many of them are separate enough from the municipal towns and have enough tourism to get their own Wikivoyage article.
- on the southeast coast is the island's most popular tourist destination. Many visitors to the island spend all their time in just this area. Administratively it is within Panglao Municipality, but Wikivoyage treats it in a separate article.
- and are east of Alona Beach; they are covered in the Bolod and Libaong Wikivoyage article.
- is between Alona Beach and Panglao Town, and it is covered in a separate Wikivoyage article.
- is considerably less developed and less hectic than Alona. It is just east of Panglao Town and we cover it in the town article.
Nearby islandsAll of these islands can be visited on a separate tour or as part of dolphin watching or island hopping ones.
Balicasag IslandIsland 8 km offshore from Alona beach.
Pamilacan islandTour there is more expensive among other islands, prices start at per boat (2016), as they say, it's a more authentic experience, where dolphins and whale sharks can be seen wild and not in a artificial environments like in Oslob where animals got attracted to the place by being fed by locals.
By ferryMost 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 , whilst a local tricycles will set you back to Alona Beach on the far end of the island. you can get a tricycle or taxi from the ferry terminal to the bus terminal then get the air conditioned bus to Alona beach for only 50.
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 , takes only 30 minutes. (June 2019). has room for Luggage.
Bohol–Panglao International AirportA 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.
When Panglao International Airport opened in November 2018, the older and much smaller Tagbilaran Airport was shut down the same day. The new airport inherited the old one's code, TAG.
Tricycles and habal-habal (motorcycle taxis) are abundant, with prices for a ride. Frequent jeepney cruise the island with rides as low as .
Hinagdanan caveThere 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 . 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.
- 7-Eleven convenience store. Alona Beach.
- BPI Bank ATM Alona Beach. It takes Mastercard & Visa Card with a P250 fee for overseas cards (May 2019).
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
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.
Anda is another beach destination on Bohol, quieter and less crowded than Panglao.
Other places are easily reached by ferry from Bohol, mostly from Tagbilaran. Two nearby and much less touristy islands are Camiguin (ferry from Jagna) and Siquijor. Cities that are popular tourist destinations are Metro Cebu and Dumaguete. There is also a ferry from Ubay, on the eastern side of Bohol, to Maasin on Leyte Island