April 03, 2016

Alona Beach

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  • Boracay, Palawan, Puerto Galera. These are just some of the places that come to mind when you say “beach”. Panglao Island in Bohol is also gaining ground, thanks in large part to Alona Beach.


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    WHITE SAND + CLEAR WATERS. The perfect combination for a relaxing vacation (rhyme intented).


    Alona Beach is located towards the southern tip of Panglao Island, a mere 20 km away from the Tagbilaran airport. Its location is perfect for anyone who wants to spend time on the beach, yet still be close everything that Bohol has to offer.

    You don’t have to stick to your Bohol itinerary, though. Alona Beach is a destination in itself. The 1.5-km coast is enough for most people, with its white sand beach and relaxing atmosphere. There isn’t much nightlife on Alona Beach, but its relaxing atmosphere is a welcome change for a lot of beach goers.


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    SUNSET ON THE BEACH. Always a perfect way to end your day.


    If you’re used to Boracay, Puerto Galera, and Cebu, you’ll find yourself in a completely different atmosphere once you hit Alona Beach. You won’t be able to resist the temptation to just relax and lie down on the beach.

    It’s also known for being a world-class diving destination, similar to what you’d find in Palawan. For the consummate diver, you will not find a shortage of dive boats you can hire to take you to the island’s best dive spots.

    If you’re not the diving/snorkelling type, or the lay-around-the-beach type, there’s still fun to be had just within the island of Panglao. The Bohol Bee Farm is a great place to visit if you’re looking for local organic food. Hinagdanan Cave is also a popular destination because of its many rock formations. Since you’re only 20 km from Tagbilaran airport, you won’t even miss the sights of Bohol, like the Chocolate Hills and the Tarsier Sanctuary.

    You will not run out of places to stay in Alona Beach. Much like Puerto Galera, the beach is lined with different hotels and cottages available for anyone to stay in, all at affordable rates. You won’t find yourself hungry even if you’re at the beach, with restaurants lining the coast.

    The best way to get to Alona Beach is to fly into Tagbilaran via Manila or Cebu. You can also take a 2-hour fast ferry ride from either Cebu or Dumaguete, with daily trips at P500 and P650 respectively.



    Source: Alona Beach Guide, My Bohol Guide, Sea Explorers Philippines

    Photos courtesy of: Qaalvin via Wikimedia Commons


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