Panglao Island Bohol (Complete 2023 Travel Guide)

panglao island

Panglao Island is a beautiful place located in the Philippines. If you’re looking for a peaceful and relaxing vacation, this is the perfect destination for you. There are plenty of things to see and do on Panglao, so read on to find out more about this amazing island!

Panglao at a Glance

Panglao is an island located in the Visayas region of the Philippines. The island is situated near the city of Tagbilaran, which is located on the island of Bohol. Panglao is accessible from Tagbilaran by a bridge. You can drive from Tagbilaran to Panglao island in 20 minutes.

Panglao is a part of Bohol province and is well-known for its white sand beaches and clear blue waters. Panglao has a tropical climate. The temperature on the island is usually around 30 degrees Celsius.

How to Get There

By Air

Via Tagbilaran airport

You can fly directly to Tagbilaran airport from Manila or Cebu. From the airport, you can take a tricycle to the city center. From the city center, you can take a jeepney or bus to the bridge that leads to Panglao island.

Via Panglao airport

There is also an airport located on Panglao island. You can fly directly to Panglao airport from Manila.

By Sea

You can take a ferry from Cebu to Tagbilaran. The journey takes about 2 hours. From Tagbilaran, you can take a jeepney or bus to the bridge that leads to Panglao island.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Panglao island is from January to May. The weather is dry and sunny during these months. It’s the best time to enjoy the beaches and other outdoor activities.

Panglao Tourist Spots to Visit

Alona Beach

Alona Beach

Alona Beach is the most popular beach on Panglao island. The beach is well-known for its white sand and clear blue waters. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops located near the beach. You can also find several resorts on Alona Beach.

Hinagdanan Cave

Hinagdanan Cave

Hinagdanan Cave is a must-visit tourist spot on Panglao island. The cave is located in Dauis, which is about 10 minutes away from Alona Beach. Hinagdanan Cave is home to a natural pool with crystal clear waters. You can take a dip in the pool or just enjoy the view.

Dumaluan Beach

 Dumaluan Beach

Dumaluan Beach is another popular beach on Panglao island. The beach is known for its fine white sand and clear blue waters. Compared to Alona beach, Dumaluan beach is more secluded and quiet. There are several resorts (especially luxurious ones) located near the beach.

Panglao Watchtower 

Panglao Watchtower

Panglao Watchtower is located in the town of Panglao. The watchtower was built in the 1800s. It’s a good spot to learn about history and architecture.

Bohol Bee Farm

Love ice cream? Don’t miss Bohol Bee Farm! They sell various ice cream flavors. What I loved best were the cassava ice cream cones. I could eat one raw. Haha. But they’re all yummy! You can buy their ice cream in Alona Beach or their main branch in Dauis. Visit early, it can get crowded later in the day.

Bolod Beach

Aside from Alona beach, Panglao also has Bolod Beach. This beach boasts of white sand and shallow waters making it great for families with kids. It’s a good place to relax and enjoy the view.

Doljo Beach

If you plan on going beach hopping, you can also check out Doljo beach. Though not as popular as the other beaches, Doljo beach is good for talking a walk. It can be tricky to find the way to the beach since a lot of private resorts are built by the beach.

Nearby Tourist Spots to Visit

Balicasag Island

Balicasag Island

Balicasag Island is one of the most popular diving spots in the Philippines. The island is located about 30 minutes away from Alona Beach by boat. Balicasag Island is home to a marine sanctuary where you can find turtles, corals, and plenty of other marine life.

Virgin Island

virgin island bohol

This is one of my favorite islands in Bohol. The island is uninhabited and has a very relaxing vibe. You can find plenty of photo ops on the island. The best time to visit Virgin Island is during the low tide so you can walk around the sandbar.

Pamilacan Island

Pamilacan Island

Pamilacan Island is another good spot for diving and snorkeling. It’s known for its whale and dolphin-watching tours.  You can find plenty of corals and marine life around the island.

Things to Do in Panglao

Island Hopping

Island hopping is one of the most popular activities on Panglao island. You can go on a tour and visit several islands around Panglao. The most popular islands to visit are Balicasag Island, Virgin Island, and Pamilacan Island.

Go island hopping by tour

You can also book an island hopping tour earlier with Klook. For more information and availability, click the button below:

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Diving and Snorkeling

Snorkeling in Balicasag
Snorkeling in Balicasag

Panglao is a good spot for diving and snorkeling. There are plenty of dive sites around the island. You can also find several diving schools if you want to learn how to dive. The best one would be by the sardine run.

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Pamilacan Island is the best spot for whale and dolphin watching. But you can also find plenty of dolphins around Panglao island.

Beach Hopping

Panglao island has plenty of beaches to choose from. You can go on a beach hopping tour and visit several beaches in one day. The most popular beaches are Alona Beach, Dumaluan Beach, and Bolod Beach.

Food Trip

Panglao is a foodie’s paradise. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from. You can find all kinds of food on the island.

Here are some we’d recommend you try.

  • Bohol Bee Farm – Homemade ice cream and cassava ice cream cones! Need I say more?
  • Footridge Food Park – Best to visit for dinner. You get live music and lots of food choices from several food stalls.
  • Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast – Pizza here is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Also, try their truffle pasta (I’m craving this one every now and then – super delicious!) and their lava cake (must-try)!
  • Myst – An insta-worthy restaurant but service can take a bit long. Avoid going during dinner. You’ll find yourself waiting in line for more than an hour.
  • Woody’s Bar and Grill – Yummy burgers especially when paired with their craft beers.

Where to Stay in Panglao

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Where We Stayed

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