We knew Bohol Island needed to be on our Philippines itinerary. With natural wonders like the Chocolate Hills, amazing animal life like the Philippine tarsier, and stunning beaches it was an easy choice.
We loved staying near Alona Beach but missed the wide beach and great swimming of Boracay. While not quite White Beach, Dumaluan is a great alternative to Alona for a day of sun and swimming on Panglao Island.
We had heard that the scuba diving in Bohol, in particular the diving off Balicasag Island, is supposed to be some of the best in the Philippines. So we were excited to dust off our underwater skills and make Balicasag our first dive spot in Asia. We scoured Alona Beach for dive shops and spoke to people in about a half dozen shops. All offered essentially the same services for “fun dives” (one-day trips for certified divers) for...
We initially intended to make a few day trips to the individual Bohol tourist spots, including the Chocolate Hills, from our Panglao base. But after thinking about it, especially given our slightly reduced time in Bohol due to Typhoon Ruby, we decided instead to combine it all into a one day Bohol tour.
We had a blast staying on Alona Beach on Panglao Island. There were great activities nearby, from scuba diving to a Tarsier monkey sanctuary, and the whole area had a relaxed island vibe that resonated well with us. One of our first adventures from Alona Beach was an awesome island hopping tour to Balicasag and Virgin Islands.