Panglao: Alona’s Allure

Alona Beach

Panglao Island is home to Bohols’s fine white sandy beaches and amazing scuba diving sites, and when talking of Panglao Island, Alona Beach will surely come out for being a favorite of beach lovers, sun worshippers and scuba divers!

Alona Beach
Western end of Alona Beach

Alona Beach is considered heart of Panglao Island, many of the island’s restaurants, resorts and shops are located here since most of the activities are centered in this spot. It is situated on the southwest tip of Panglao Island fronting Bohol Sea and boasts of one and a half kilometer of fine white sand bordered by rocky cliffs on both end. Its rich water is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving with Balicasag and Pamilacan Island not far away. Balicasag and Pamilacan islands are both marine sanctuaries and undeniably two of the best dive sites in the Philippines.

Colorful underwater scene at Balicasag Island

During the day, the stretch of the beach becomes a stage for scuba divers and beach lovers while at night, the beach comes to life with its booming nightlife where various resorts and restaurants set up tents and dining table for fresh seafood dining.

Some of the resorts located here are Alona Tropical Beach Resort, Hennan Resort, Peter’s House, Alona Vida Beach Resort, Oops Bar and Cottages, Oasis Resort, Hayahay Resort and Restaurant, Alona Beach Pyramid Resort, Alona Kew White Beach Resort, Lost Horizon Beach Dive Resort, Bohol Diver’s Resort, Trudis Place, Aquatica Beach Resort, Kalipayan Beach Resort and Charlotte Diving Resort among others.

Alona Beach
Busy morning at Alona Beach

Beachfront accommodation ranges from as low as P700 to thousands but for budget travelers and backpackers, there are cheaper accommodation on the main street which is a few minutes walk from the beach. Some of the non-beachfront accommodation are Paragayo Resort, Alona Grove Tourist Inn, Villa Almedilia Pension, Chill Out Guesthouse and Casa Nova Garden.

Alona Beach
A boat quietly sits in the calm water of Alona Beach

How to go to Alona Beach (Panglao)

From Tagbilaran City, go to the Panglao Bus/Jeepney Terminal in the corner of Hontanosas and F. Rocha streets and catch a Tawala – Danao bound bus or multicab. Fare is P25 as of March 2014, travel time is approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Ask the barker or the driver to drop you off at Alona Beach.


  1. Joel Galisanao

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  3. it is a great place to relax

  4. our stay was just a short notice. we’re not scuba divers so what we did was only relaxing, eating, drinking and

    1. weng

      where did you stay james? price range? review?

  5. it was great place. i had alot of fun. i rented a scooter in cebu put on the ship and went to bohol. it was great that i rented the scooter i saved alot of money. from port to panglo island is quite far, you need to take try cyle of taxi or private bus. which cost alot , if you have scooter you will save alot going to choclate hil. and all the tourst places . This guy is foringer and he rent scooter check his facebook page. you will find more information.

  6. I’ve been to Alona beach once. My cousin brought me there when I visited Bohol. This is one of my favorite beach. 🙂

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