Monday, September 17, 2007

Panglao Island

The beach, the sand, the fun in the sun - it's all here in Panglao Island. If you are looking for an alternative to Boracay or Puerto Galera, you may want to visit and try Alona Beach in Panglao Island, Bohol.




Alona Beach is probably the most beautiful, and surely the most developed beach on Panglao Island. Located at the Southwest of the island, this beach is about one and a half kilometers long, lined with nice resorts including The Bohol Diver's Resort where I stayed.



I gather that the Alona Beach was named after a sexy starlet in the 80s, Alona Alegre. She used to shoot movies in that unnamed stretch of beach and the townfolks would often flock the beach to watch her. Boholanos used to call their neighbors and told them "Halikayo puntahan natin si Alona". So even when the movie was long finished the Alona got stuck with the beach.



One of the drawbacks of the beach are the large numbers of sea urchins that inhabit the water, starting some twenty or thirty meters out of the coast. You will just have to be careful when wading. Further, the beach is littered with sea weeds. But I am sure that come summertime, the resort owners would clean them up.




Of course, the best time to stroll in the beach is between five to six in the morning where you can see and view the spectacular sunrise. As evidenced by these three snapshops below taken at 5 am, 5:30 am, and 6 am.





Serene and romantic beach! People are warm and friendly. A place where you can forget everything! Hey! Don't expect an awesome nightlife here! It's going to be you guys,the moon, the beach, the wind, and pareng san mig light!

18 comments:

  1. Awesome view. Nice pics.

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  2. Hi there!been to bohol 5 yrs.ago and were planning to go back there by january.Any suggestions of resorts in Alona or Dumaloan who are affordable? Tnx a lot!

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  3. As I look at the pictures taken from alona beach, i said to ma self that i wont waste ma time going out to places that it too far, ill just go directly to BOHOL and experienced the crystal water and the good accommodation in ALONA..

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  4. im gonna take a 4 days vacation there in bohol...my friends and i will stay at alona...id like to see the choklit hills and all the beautiful beaches in tagbilaran..il also visit a friend of mine there in tubigon....im sooo excited...see u mga boholanos this saturday..hope to meet new friends there!!

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  5. mary grace santiago2:18 PM, September 18, 2007

    i went to alona long time ago,it wasnt like that yet at that time,i was with a religiouse group that time,,,now that i have a friend comming over,i decided to bring him here since he love the beaches..i want to know how much do we have to spend for the cottage.i love that place personally and u want to go back there,is saw that palce on tv, and wow!!!!! it was so nice and beautiful.please let me know how to get there and how much so i can accompany my freind there,,,more power and thanks...

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  6. Alona Beach is one of the prettiest beaches I have ever been. It was more than a paradise to me, I like it better in any other beaches in the Philippines. It was so relaxing and the corals are so fantastic, and I guess its really safe for everyone to visit the place. I together with me partner was there last December and we stayed there for almost a month. We supposed to go to some place aside from Alona, but I decided to stay coz I was so amazed with the beauty of the place and the white sand was so good, it was peaceful and the people are so friendly that you can't find anywhere else.

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  7. Panye, puro ka libot magtrabaho ka naman hehe.

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  8. @ queenie - there are high-end and low-end beach resorts along alona. I stayed in Bohol Diver's Resort, its relatively new and transactions are in dollars but the rates are reasonable.

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  9. @ matthew - thnx for droppin' by, go see alona.

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  10. @ nyoronn - chocolate hills is really breath-taking. i'll post some pics of my trip there soon. while in bohol, you may also want to go to loboc river.

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  11. @ mary grace - well let me see, based on my personal spending, you need around 4 thou for the round-trip plane tickets, about 2 thou for car rentals, around 1,200 a night for hotel accomodation and about 1 thousand for meals.

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  12. @ panye enrico - there is a time for everything, pero alam mo malapit na ko ma-fire sa trabaho ko hehehe.

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  13. Nice shots, there is really something amazing about beaches. I just love the sunrise shots.

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  14. kaya pala di ka napapasyal sa barops, nasa lakwatsa ka lagi! :-)

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  15. @ galadriel - i couldn't agree more, i love the beach and we are so blessed that Philippines has lots of them.

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  16. @ panyero aryo - i'll be in Manila for the last Sunday, galit na nga sakin dean namim eh hehehe.

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