Panglao is an island found in the province of Bohol, Philippines. Its territory includes the smaller islands of Balicasag, Pontod, and Pungtud or the Virgin Island. It is politically divided into 10 barangays namely; Bil-isan, Bolod, Danao, Doljo, Libaong, Looc, Lourdes, Poblacion, Tangnan and Tawala. One of the only small islands in the Philippines that doesn’t require a boat for access, a very quick drive over a bridge will surely get visitors there in time to be mesmerized with the amazing things the unique place has to offer. White sand beaches, friendly Boholanos, terrific diving sites, exhilarating kayak experiences, safe snorkeling, and amazing accommodations are just some part of this wonderful island. The Panglao Marine Biodiversity Projected reported that about 250 new species of crustaceans and 2500 new species of mollusks were found around the island and that Panglao’s marine biodiversity has more than the marine biodiversity of Japan and the Mediterranean Sea so it’s one of the best places that should be discovered by travelers.
1. White Sandy Beach and Blue CloudsBlue clouds should always be paired with white sandy beaches and that is always the view in Panglao. One of the primary attractions of Panglao is its beautiful white sand beach, shallow depths, and crystal clear waters where visitors can wade out into the sea in a lot of ways. All beaches are well-maintained and not too crowded. It’s always possible to see and swim with marine dolphins, whale sharks, and even manta rays. There are green sea turtles, baby crabs, urchins and a lot more to which visitors can see up close and personal. Resting in the shallow waters where the tide is mellow, and basking into the lovely sun, thanking the creator for all the goodness the place has to offer, and a peaceful mind while leaving an imprint of memories is what all the blue skies and blue water are all about in Panglao.
2. Comfy Accommodation for EveryoneYes, the island features a lot of choices for accommodation, resort, and restaurants for every visitor's budget. Budgeted bungalows to mid-range hotels and upscale resorts are offered in the island life province. Every resort and hotel offers lovely majestic views of the water, laidback vibe, island lifestyle, seaside restaurants and plenty of tour guides to makes everyone’s trip to the island a truly fabulous and unforgettable experience. Since the place is not too crowded, it is easy to spot a perfect resort and be greeted with welcoming services from the resort itself.
3. Renowned Diving SitesGoing to Panglao means it’s time to free the mind and body by jumping through the cold waters of the famous diving sites of the Philippines. The best part of this is visitors can go without the hassle by simply asking the resort to schedule and arranged this one of a kind experience. Training, diving gear, and dive tours are always available at some of the famous resorts of Panglao. The myriad of falls, countless springs, clear rivers, riversides with thousands of young coconut trees maturing, and captivating underwater caves make this beautiful island irresistible and a favorite paradise sanctuary for all.
Panglao Tourist Spots
1. Peaceful Loboc River One of the cleanest rivers in the Philippines is found in the province of Bohol. The Loboc River is a serene attractive picturesque freshwater river surrounding with very lush countryside and extremely tall trees. A lot of open boats for visitors to choose from where they can comfortably eat, listen to good music and just feel the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere of the place. Each boat has a fantastic musician team to entertain its visitors. Classical songs to famous trending songs are played and visitors are welcome to request a song. Cultural presentations in some of the boats are a great scene too. The Cruise on Bohol offers a superb buffet lunch while staring at the peaceful river and its surroundings. Some of the activities featured are standup paddleboarding, firefly watching at night, bird watching and paddleboard yoga. The river has a very gentle current through the forest and recommended for paddleboard or kayak adventure.
2. World’s Wonder Chocolate HillsThe incredible landscape of Chocolate Hills is very accessible in the province of Panglao through the village of Carmen. It’s the chocolate that never melts as they say. The countless natural formations that turn brown during the summer months look like chocolate sitting next to each other. Through the view deck, a lot of majestic grassy green hills are made from limestones that span far into the horizon making is a beautiful natural photo background. Visitors should be ready to climb the 220 steps before reaching the top of the hill. An ATV ride for the local and foreign tourists is available to fully discover the stunning surroundings, magnificent Chocolate Hills and how wonderful God for this beautiful place.
3. A Sanctuary Place for the Extinct TarsierThe smallest endangered primate in the world is found in Bohol. A one -hour journey from Panglao takes visitors to this very quiet and peaceful Tarsier Sanctuary. Visitors walked to a beautiful jungle path surrounded by green trees and foliage and are always accompanied by strict tourist guides to make sure that people keep distance and to keep quiet so that the sensitive tarsiers will not be disturbed. The place is very well-organized and the adorable tarsiers have a huge fenced area in which they can freely move and be protected from natural enemies. These little territorial shy tarsiers are free to roam around for food in the special conservation sanctuary. It’s a simple way to discover and see up close the ever cute tarsiers but not too close as they tend to get suicidal when stress.