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How to go to Panglao Island, Bohol Philippines


The Enchanting Panglao Island

Panglao Island, located at the southwest part of Bohol just a few minutes away from Tagbilaran City, the capital city of the province. It's one of the most beautiful beaches here in the Philippines. It's my fourth time to be there and I can say that its natural beauty remains splendid as always.


My first time here was during our high school immersion; instead of having the usual prom night the Nuns in my school, yes I was enrolled in a catholic school so I'm really nice, anyways they decided to it in Bohol for a more memorable experience. We stayed overnight at a remote community, then on the next day had our tour around Bohol and our last stop was at Panglao Island. My first time and it was love at first I tell you. On our boat ride back to Cebu, we had a rough ride as they was a sudden storm which made the trip even more significantly memorable. The nun's prayed and I thought to myself after that event; I guess my highschool batch will be the first and the only batch to have an immersion outside Cebu- lucky me! My second trip was with my friends where we conducted a cultural mapping for our school project. Third time was spent with my co-workers at work during our company team building. Lets' go!


How to get there: ( by air or by sea ) Updated 2019

By Air
For Locals: Book a domestic flight bound for Bohol. There are direct flights to Bohol from most part of the country. 

For foreigners: Some airlines offer direct flight to the province. If you can't find a flight to Bohol, stopover to Cebu (Mactan-Cebu International Airport) then book your domestic flight to Bohol. 


Another alternative if you want to save some money, you can take a ferry from Cebu to Bohol.

From the Mactan-Cebu International Airport:
You can take a cab going to Pier 1, Cebu Pier Area.  Estimated fare is 250 PHP – 350 PHP, depending on traffic.  

Alternatively, if you're familiar with Uber and/or Lyft, then you can download and use the mobile app, Grab, to book your transportation. 


If you have luggages have your cab enter the ferry terminal for a fee of 10 PHP. Take note the ticketing office is outside the ferry terminal gates.



By Sea: I personally trust Oceanjet and Supercat ferry operators. Both has daily trips.
There are two ports: Tagbilaran Port or Tubigon Port. Save your worries and take the Tagbilaran Port.

Option 1.Ferry from Cebu Pier to Tagbilaran Port: ( Tagbilaran is the capital city of Bohol )

Boat Fare: 500 PHP - 1,200 PHP
Travel time: 2- 3 hours

Option 2.Ferry from Cebu Pier to Tubigon Port:
Boat Fare: 200 PHP - 300 PHP
Travel time: 2 - 3 hours
From Tubigon Port to TagbilaranCity by Van: 90 PHP - 120 PHP
Travel time: 1 hour

Terminal Fee: 25 PHP


Prices may have changed.  Please check the ferry operators for more information.

From Tagbilaran Port: Book ahead of time for city tours. 
Van tours: 2,500 PHP - 3,500 PHP

Pre-arranged pick up transfer from your resort/hotel or take a tricycle. Tricycle fare: 30 PHP -100 PHP


Take a cab or van if you're going straight from Tagbilaran Port to Panglao Island
Cab fare: 300 PHP - 1,000 PHP
Tricycle fare: 250 PHP - 350 PHP
Motorcycle fare: 150 PHP - 250 PHP

Travel time: 20 minutes - 45 minutes


Tips
Power outlets: are commonly type A, with standard voltage 220 V and frequency 60 Hz.  Be sure to bring a universal plug adapter!
Money matters:  We recommend getting your currency exchanged via Western Union (WU) since you'll get a better rate than at the airport.  You can send your travel budget to yourself and pick up the exchanged amount at the local WU.
Convenient phone apps:  Grab for transportation.


Suvival Terms
CR is the term for the toilet
Salamat means "thank you" 


What to do in Panglao Island


Welcome to Paradise! Now what?!



1. Where to stay: Dumaluan Beach Resort 

For this trip I'm with my gang: my family and my best friend. We stayed at Dumaluan Beach Resort 2 located at Bolod, Bohol; you'll have more privacy here compared to Dumaluan Beach Resort 1. Dumaluan 1 was actually our first choice however it just so happens that we went after New Years with no reservations. The resort was fully booked, so next time it's better to be prepared. On the other hand I love the feeling of being a walk-in customers; you'll never know what's in store for you. I wasn't worried that much because I have this vibe feeling that everything will go well. Our trip started with unexpected, exciting and happy twist; I don't believe our luck for the last day in the Island will fall apart.



The receptionist then said that one customer has just checked out and one cabin was available. My eyes sparkled for anticipation and my stomach growled for a tasty meal. All the rooms were taken so we had an exclusive small hut or "bahay-kubo" (bamboo house or a type of stilt house) for the whole family. The cabin-like hut was perfect and they gave us a further discount too. My charm was still working on full force ^__^. In addition, we went there almost at dinner time so you can see how we were really testing our luck. 

Let's talk about the motorcycle ride going to the resort, its best I share this with everyone to avoid being tricked. People would always take advantage of tourist so better keep your heads up. After we went to Danao Adventure Park the van parked at DaO Terminal, we weren't able to convince the van driver for a cheaper ride to Panglao; he offered 1200 PHP, which is hilariously too expensive. I did my research and that was overpriced. The van was owned by an agency so tourist price was given. 

There are actually jeepney's and tricycle rides which can take you to Panglao however we underestimated our time and it was dark when we arrived at the terminal. We managed to hire a tricycle ride for 2 persons at a price of 250 PHP which is not bad, so we took 2 vehicles and off we go. There are actually three roads that leads to our destination, the driver thought it was our first time in the island, so he took the road less traveled for tourist without telling us. It was a bumpy and torturous ride. 

It took more than an hour and when we arrived at the resort he asked for another additional 50 PHP as he said the resort was really far. No fees were given as we've already talked about the fare in the terminal - a deal is a deal! It was frustrating to know they're trying to trick us plus we were starving as it was past dinner time. Later on I found out that it's only 20 minutes to the resort. I will never make the same mistake again so going back to the port I'd made sure to book a van from the resort to the ferry terminal. The van from the resort cost around 700 PHP and you can even ask for a 15 minutes stop over to buy souvenirs. Quality service at it's best.

All is well that night as we had our very own place, the rooms were spacious and clean, plus the bathroom was not the way I pictured it out. It had no ceiling at all, fresh air  ahahaa. 


2. Food



Our stay also includes a complimentary breakfast buffet. The resort's restaurant is situated right in front of the beach. Resort Food Ranges from 200 PHP - 500 PHP




My unusual Birthday Cake and I love it! my elder brother paid for the pizza which rarely happens and my little brother freely ordered for my dessert which he eventually ate almost half of it- so much for my dessert eh?!

You can also check out the restaurants at Alona Beach. Food Ranges from 150 PHP - 600 PHP per meal.




3. The Beach 






Afterwards it was a fun dipped in the swimming pool and a walked along the white sand beach. The resort has a long stretched of white beach and an unlimited supply of blazing sun with clear waters. It was low tide and there's see an endless horizon of white sand as you left footsteps in the sand. I really have a thing for the beach, the blazing sun, the white sand, watermelon shake, dry hair and the smell of summer breeze. I like to get sweaty and have sand in my hair which a lot of girls find it uncomfortable. 

Note to thy self: I know sunblock is really important but I've never brought it in my trips to the beach aside that its expensive; it gives you this slimy and sticky feeling. I know there's a lot of a new brands in the market now that gives you more cleaner finish. It's smart to have this kind of product to avoid premature wrinkles and sunburn; I should have thought about this back then but it's never too late  to start eh?!



4. Island Hopping 


It's a less hassle if you book straight from the resort, no need to haggle with the boatman at the beach but if you have great talking power skills then no need to worry.

Island hopping rates from Alona Beach: 400 PHP - 1,000 PHP, depends on head count.

Island Tour Packages: Balicasag Island, Virgin Island, Dolphin and Turtle watching.
Some boat operators includes the entrance fees and gears.

Additional fees:
Environmental fee: 150 PHP
Lunch: 250 PHP - 300 PHP
Snorkeling in Balincasag Marine Sanctuary: 150 PHP - 200 PHP
Turtle watching: 200 PHP - 300 PHP

Optional Gear rentals:
Snorkeling gears: 150 PHP - 200 PHP
Fins: 250 PHP - 300 PHP
Aqua shoes: 100 PHP - 150 PHP
Underwater camera: 1,000 PHP - 1,500 PHP

For dolphin watching pick-up time: before 6 AM


Diving rates: 1500 PHP - 2,500 PHP
Diving courses: 3,500 PHP - 25,000 PHP


5. Panglao's Nightlife


Drinks: 80 PHP - 250 PHP (fruit juices, beer and mixed cocktails) 

Panglao is such a beautiful place and with it's beauty even bad tricycle rides can be forgiven. I am truly enchanted with the island. 


Bohol Tourist Spots and Entrance Fee: 
• Python Sanctuary, Albur, Entrance Fee: 10 php
• Hanging Brige
• Sagbyan Peak


Have fun and be safe ^__^

 

Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).


Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go to base jumping at E.A.T Danao Adventure Park

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to the Land of Smiles and that's no other than the Amazing Thailand.


11 comments:

  1. This is a topic which is close to my heart... Many thanks!
    Exactly where are your contact details though?

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    1. Welcome and thanks for checking out my blog.

      I actually have a message button, I guess I have to update my widgets soon. ^___^

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  2. Thank a lot of sharing. I love go vacation to the beach. I hope next year go to the beach...

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    1. @ srisahara

      If you crave for white sand beach, good food and friendly people then Bohol's beaches won't let you down!

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  3. so from tagbilaran port ill just ride a tricycle? that is 250 right?

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    1. Yep! You can also take a taxi/van or jeepney. Try to look for a vehicle in the morning so you can have a better deal with the driver. We actually paid more according to some locals.

      Enjoy your vacation! Don't forget to bring along your camera.

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    2. thanks for sharing your experiences and infos. We would like to go there DBR2 on October and made and inquiry from the hotel for the pik up & drop off service to & from tagbilaran seaport and it cost 600 per transfer which makes it 1,200 for the RT. Now, after reading your post, we'd rather take the tricycle. Do you have an idea how long is the travel time going to DBR2 via tricycle? And if jeepney & taxi are also available, do you how much is the cost? Thanks

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    3. Hello

      If you have the extra money why not take the car services but then the resort is really not that hard to find. From Tagbilaran you can hire a tricycle to take you there for maybe less than the price you're paying for the resort service. Travel time maybe around 30-45 minutes, depends with the traffic.

      Try to take the ride in the morning/afternoon so you can haggle with the driver. I even heard there's a jeepney that passes by the resort , that will definitely save you more bucks.

      Tnx for dropping by!

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  4. I like Bohol very much because of the famous Chocolate Hills. One of the exotic place to visit, they also has a lot of beautiful white sand beaches along the coastal. Bohol Tourist Spot entrance fee are very reasonable also, very ideal for family vacation. Bohol is a paradise place. Very informative post. Thank you.

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  5. Can you help me? I need to know the room rates... Thanks :)

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