The Philippines is a vast country with over 7,100 islands to choose from when planning your vacation. Each island has its own unique culture and landscape waiting to be explored. If you’re looking for paradise, then look no further than Bohol.
The Virgin Island in Bohol is one of the most stunning and photo-worthy spots. With crystal-clear water, a sand bar, and delicious seafood, it’s easy to see why this spot is a favorite among locals and tourists alike.
So if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, read on for our complete guide to the Virgin Island in Bohol!
Spoiler Alert: It’s one of our favorite in our list of things to do in Bohol!
What to Know Before You Visit Virgin Island, Bohol
About Virgin Island
Virgin island is called so because it’s relatively virgin and bare compared to the other islands nearby. It’s well known for being a stunning stop on Bohol Island-hopping tours.
The virgin island is uninhabited and surrounded by the most beautiful turquoise water. It’s the perfect place to relax, swim, and snorkel.
How to Get There
The Virgin Island is located in Bohol, which is in the central Visayas region of the Philippines. The closest airport is Panglao Airport.
You can also take a ferry from Cebu City, which takes about 1.5 hours to get to Bohol.
Once you’re in Bohol, head to Panglao island. Then, rent a boat for around P1,500 to take you to the Virgin island or join island hopping tours.
There are many tour operators offering Bohol Island-hopping tours that will take you to virgin island. The most popular way to get there is by boat from Alona Beach, which is about a 30-minute ride.
You can also book an island hopping tour from Klook in advance.
When to Visit
The best time to visit the Virgin Island is between January and May. The weather is sunny and dry during this time, making it perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying all that the island has to offer.
The sandbar is only visible during low tide, so make sure to check the tide schedule before planning your trip.
However, it’s still fun to visit during high tides (like we did lol). It’s a different experience all together. You get to eat in the middle of the sea literally.
What to Pack
Since the Virgin Island is a beach destination, you’ll want to pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, and a dry bag. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture all the beautiful views!
What to Do
There are plenty of things to do on the Virgin Island in Bohol. Here are some of our favorites:
- Swim in the crystal-clear water
- Relax on the sandbar
- Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach
- Take plenty of pictures!
If You Have More Time
In case you want to explore more of Bohol, here are some other tourist spots near Virgin island that are worth visiting:
- Balicasag Island – This is a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkeling.
- Pamilacan Island – You can go dolphin and whale watching here.
- Panglao Island – This is a beautiful island with white sand beaches.
What to Eat
The Municipal Tourism Council of Panglao announced on Tuesday, August 2, that effective August 3, the island will be closed to food vendors and tourism activities, except sightseeing. Read the related story.
Our Experience (May 2022)
When our boat docked on Virgin island, we weren’t expecting anything spectacular. All we saw were these pop up food stalls in the middle of the ocean.
But we were pleasantly surprised by the food! There was a wide variety of seafood to choose from, and it was all cooked fresh. We had sea urchins, abalone sisig, and sea cucumbers, and they were all absolutely delicious.
This was Ryk’s favorite food stop during our Bohol trip but the food was a bit expensive.
Where to Stay
There are no accommodations on the Virgin Island, so you’ll have to find a place to stay on Panglao Island or elsewhere in Bohol.