Thursday, June 2, 2016

Bohol: The White Sand Alona Beach in Panglao

During our recent summer family vacation in Bohol, we stayed for 2 days in the island of Panglao.
Our first day was spent doing the famous Countryside Tour while on the second day we hired a tricycle to tour Panglao's inland attractions. Afternoons were then spent at the white sand Alona Beach. Our accommodation was provided by Twin Tides Panglao which was only a few minutes walk to the beach.

Alona Beach is located in Barangay Tawala. Owing to the beach's popularity, this barangay became the most progressive area of the island, with plenty of commercial establishments such as hotels, restaurants, bars and convenience stores.




Alona Beach has a beautiful 1.5-kilometer stretch of fine white sands which make it popular to many tourists. The influx of visitors turned this once quaint beach into a developed area, much like a mini-Boracay with its row of beach-front hotels, restaurants, dive shops and bars. Alona Beach is also the jump-off to Panglao's dive spots, island hopping and dolphin watching. Despite being commercialized, I observed that the beach is overall kept clean.



So what to do when in Alona Beach aside from swimming and sunbathing? There are plenty actually. For a start, you may avail of the countryside tour offered by various operators and visit Bohol's famous attractions such as the Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Sanctuary and Loboc River . Then the next day, go dolphin watching and island hopping in Pamilacan, Balicasag and Virgin Island. Go diving and snorkeling and discover the island's amazing underwater teeming with marine life. Or hire a tricycle and visit Panglao Church, Hinagdanan Cave, Shell Museum and the Bohol Bee Farm.



For those who want a more laid back activity, you could simply take an afternoon walk along the beach's 1.5-km stretch. Stop every now and then to grab some refreshment, treat yourself to a massage by the beach and end your day with a sumptuous dinner and an ice cold beer.  


  How to Get There

1. Online booking of ferry from Cebu City to Tagbilaran City, Bohol is now available in this SITE.

2. From Tagbilaran City proper, you may take a taxi (about P500.00) or tricycle (P300.00) to take you straight to Alona Beach in Panglao.

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