Panglao Luxury Villas Guidebook

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Panglao Luxury Villas Guidebook

Sightseeing
These are just some of the things to do and see in Bohol and Panglao. Ask our friendly staff to help you arrange these tours or other specialized tours in the area!
The Chocolate Hills are by far the most popular tourist attraction on Bohol Island and once you see them, it’s easy to understand why. Here lay hundreds of symmetrical green mountainous hills as far as the eye can see. During the dry season, these hills take on a milk-chocolate color- hence “Chocolate Hills”. During the rainy season, they are lush and green. Hire a tour, a motorbike taxi, or drive yourself to take you and enjoy the winding roads with natural and cultural sights along the way.
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Chocolate Hills
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The Chocolate Hills are by far the most popular tourist attraction on Bohol Island and once you see them, it’s easy to understand why. Here lay hundreds of symmetrical green mountainous hills as far as the eye can see. During the dry season, these hills take on a milk-chocolate color- hence “Chocolate Hills”. During the rainy season, they are lush and green. Hire a tour, a motorbike taxi, or drive yourself to take you and enjoy the winding roads with natural and cultural sights along the way.
Butterflies, spiders, centipedes, caterpillars, birds, and flowers- come witness a dense collection of natural beauty at the Bohol Habitat Conservation Conservatory. Walk with a guide who will point out fauna indigenous to the island, persuade you to let bugs crawl on your arm, and take a few funny photos while you’re at it. Afterwards, stop by the restaurant and ice cream shop near the entrance to try some all-natural ice cream! As the tour doesn’t take much time- maybe 30 minutes- it’s a great idea to make this one of many stops that you do in the area.
Simply Butterflies Conservation Center
Butterflies, spiders, centipedes, caterpillars, birds, and flowers- come witness a dense collection of natural beauty at the Bohol Habitat Conservation Conservatory. Walk with a guide who will point out fauna indigenous to the island, persuade you to let bugs crawl on your arm, and take a few funny photos while you’re at it. Afterwards, stop by the restaurant and ice cream shop near the entrance to try some all-natural ice cream! As the tour doesn’t take much time- maybe 30 minutes- it’s a great idea to make this one of many stops that you do in the area.
Tarsiers- locally known as ‘mamag’- are an endangered species and would be close to extinction if it weren’t for the efforts of the Tarsier Conservatory in Bohol. Tarsiers are considered a “dependent” species meaning that they cannot thrive in the wild on their own. Every visit to the Tarsier Conservatory helps fund efforts and habitat to keep these cute little creatures alive. When you visit the conservatory, you’ll see several of these little frog-fingers primates hanging out in the trees, sleeping under leaves and staring at you with their great big eyes. The tour only lasts 20 minutes because they don’t want to stress these Tarsiers out, but it’s totally worth it.
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Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary
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Tarsiers- locally known as ‘mamag’- are an endangered species and would be close to extinction if it weren’t for the efforts of the Tarsier Conservatory in Bohol. Tarsiers are considered a “dependent” species meaning that they cannot thrive in the wild on their own. Every visit to the Tarsier Conservatory helps fund efforts and habitat to keep these cute little creatures alive. When you visit the conservatory, you’ll see several of these little frog-fingers primates hanging out in the trees, sleeping under leaves and staring at you with their great big eyes. The tour only lasts 20 minutes because they don’t want to stress these Tarsiers out, but it’s totally worth it.
On the way to the Chocolate Hills, you’ll drive along side a small river surrounded by pure jungle. Locals have built fishing huts and small vendor stations selling snacks. Some of these locals own small wooden boats and are happy to take you for a ride. You can ask your driver to help you arrange a deal. Once on the small local boat, the cruise down the river is absolutely breathtaking with tall palm trees and undisturbed jungle. It feels like a scene out of the book, “Where the Wild Things Are”. At the end of the river is a fresh-water waterfall. Hop in with your clothes if you’d like. You can splash around in the shallows or duck under the waterfall for a nice back massage.
Loboc River
On the way to the Chocolate Hills, you’ll drive along side a small river surrounded by pure jungle. Locals have built fishing huts and small vendor stations selling snacks. Some of these locals own small wooden boats and are happy to take you for a ride. You can ask your driver to help you arrange a deal. Once on the small local boat, the cruise down the river is absolutely breathtaking with tall palm trees and undisturbed jungle. It feels like a scene out of the book, “Where the Wild Things Are”. At the end of the river is a fresh-water waterfall. Hop in with your clothes if you’d like. You can splash around in the shallows or duck under the waterfall for a nice back massage.
Rent a motorbike to experience the beauty that is the Mahogany Forest. The roads wind and bend making for a seriously fun ride. The roads are nicely paved and the traffic isn’t too heavy so even new riders can handle the journey. Park your bike on the side of the road and meander up the hill to get a closer look at the massive roots that tangle together in the soil. With the sun peering through the trees and the fresh air surrounding you- you’ll get a feeling of what Bohol is all about.
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Loboc Man-Made Forest
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Rent a motorbike to experience the beauty that is the Mahogany Forest. The roads wind and bend making for a seriously fun ride. The roads are nicely paved and the traffic isn’t too heavy so even new riders can handle the journey. Park your bike on the side of the road and meander up the hill to get a closer look at the massive roots that tangle together in the soil. With the sun peering through the trees and the fresh air surrounding you- you’ll get a feeling of what Bohol is all about.
Baclayon Church, also known as “The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary Parish Church”, is the oldest Christian settlement in Bohol. Founded in 1596 and still standing, this Roman Catholic Church has been officially declared a ‘National Cultural Treasure’ that attracts thousands of tourists year round. The church is a mysterious-looking building made from grey coral stone that has been weathered over the centuries. There are archways starting to crumble and pillars that have been eroded by the wind and typhoons as it sits next to the seaside. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Bohol in 2013 did some damage to the church but luckily left the museum unharmed. All in all, it makes for an interesting visit.
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Baclayon Church
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Baclayon Church, also known as “The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary Parish Church”, is the oldest Christian settlement in Bohol. Founded in 1596 and still standing, this Roman Catholic Church has been officially declared a ‘National Cultural Treasure’ that attracts thousands of tourists year round. The church is a mysterious-looking building made from grey coral stone that has been weathered over the centuries. There are archways starting to crumble and pillars that have been eroded by the wind and typhoons as it sits next to the seaside. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Bohol in 2013 did some damage to the church but luckily left the museum unharmed. All in all, it makes for an interesting visit.
It will only take you five minutes to stop and gather the story that this bronze structure is here to tell. Set with the sea as the backdrop, the Blood Compact Monument features 5 soldiers gathered round a table making a toast. With a few drops of blood, a pact was made between Spanish General Miguez Lopez de Legazpi and the Native Filipino people who vowed to work together. There’s a short historical explanation near the monument to give you more information. Have a read, take some photos, and then carry on your merry way.
Blood Compact Shrine
It will only take you five minutes to stop and gather the story that this bronze structure is here to tell. Set with the sea as the backdrop, the Blood Compact Monument features 5 soldiers gathered round a table making a toast. With a few drops of blood, a pact was made between Spanish General Miguez Lopez de Legazpi and the Native Filipino people who vowed to work together. There’s a short historical explanation near the monument to give you more information. Have a read, take some photos, and then carry on your merry way.
Adventure
These are just some of the things to do and see in Bohol and Panglao. Ask our friendly staff to help you arrange these tours or other specialized tours in the area!
If you like heights, nature, and adrenaline, you’re going to love Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park. Located near the Chocolate Hills, this adventure park offers a day full of fun. You can buy a package ticket that includes the official lunch cruise down the Loboc River but not before you fly through the jungle on your belly via a frightening, yet exhilarating zipline course. This, however, is no standard zipline that simply plunges you through the trees at speeds too fast to enjoy the view. This zipline takes you over the jungle, the river and even gives you a view of the Chocolate Hills. This is definitely a GoPro-worthy adventure.
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Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park
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If you like heights, nature, and adrenaline, you’re going to love Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park. Located near the Chocolate Hills, this adventure park offers a day full of fun. You can buy a package ticket that includes the official lunch cruise down the Loboc River but not before you fly through the jungle on your belly via a frightening, yet exhilarating zipline course. This, however, is no standard zipline that simply plunges you through the trees at speeds too fast to enjoy the view. This zipline takes you over the jungle, the river and even gives you a view of the Chocolate Hills. This is definitely a GoPro-worthy adventure.
Are you brave enough to swim in the deep dark waters of this bat cave? Don’t worry, there are no scary creatures swimming around to pull you under. This cave might look very creepy with spikey features hanging from the ceiling and bats flying all around, but it’s quite a fun experience. There are a few holes in the ceiling of the cave that shine down on you like a Disney movie and make for the perfect photo opportunity. Make sure to go early in the morning before all the crowds of tourists show up!
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Hinagdanan Cave
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Are you brave enough to swim in the deep dark waters of this bat cave? Don’t worry, there are no scary creatures swimming around to pull you under. This cave might look very creepy with spikey features hanging from the ceiling and bats flying all around, but it’s quite a fun experience. There are a few holes in the ceiling of the cave that shine down on you like a Disney movie and make for the perfect photo opportunity. Make sure to go early in the morning before all the crowds of tourists show up!
Food scene
A very good dinner option at Alona Beach. Vegan Italian is a small niche, but the food is great and will be enjoyed by anyone. A bit noisy at is just in the road side but that goes for many Alona dinner options.
Luna Rossa Vegetarian Italian Restaurant
A very good dinner option at Alona Beach. Vegan Italian is a small niche, but the food is great and will be enjoyed by anyone. A bit noisy at is just in the road side but that goes for many Alona dinner options.
Excellent food especially crispy belly, beef ribs adobo, eggplant adobo Not the typical Filipino cuisine but with a twist Very good, people are friendly. Just too small of a place & no special table But otherwise it’s good overall.
Pilya! Basta Cuisine
Excellent food especially crispy belly, beef ribs adobo, eggplant adobo Not the typical Filipino cuisine but with a twist Very good, people are friendly. Just too small of a place & no special table But otherwise it’s good overall.
When you walk in, you will get a feeling of being in a great place. Delicious and tender ribs with the meat falling off the bone. Really friendly staff and service is fast. We've tried their bbq ribs, korean pork, chicken, pasta, noodles and they were all great. Small, but worth it. Try to get there early.
BARWOO
When you walk in, you will get a feeling of being in a great place. Delicious and tender ribs with the meat falling off the bone. Really friendly staff and service is fast. We've tried their bbq ribs, korean pork, chicken, pasta, noodles and they were all great. Small, but worth it. Try to get there early.
There is a beautiful view (not of the sunset unfortunately, but close) so I would recommend getting there before the sun goes down. Plenty of tables, some indoors with aircon and some out in the warmth. Worth booking if you'll be there at a busy time, Easter holidays expecially - they are on Facebook and email or get your hotel to call! Exceptional quality food and drinks. Highly recommended.
Paprika Restaurant
There is a beautiful view (not of the sunset unfortunately, but close) so I would recommend getting there before the sun goes down. Plenty of tables, some indoors with aircon and some out in the warmth. Worth booking if you'll be there at a busy time, Easter holidays expecially - they are on Facebook and email or get your hotel to call! Exceptional quality food and drinks. Highly recommended.
Lovely helpful service, cheap drinks, beautiful scenery and nice pool. Food is great! Happy hour means 2 cocktails for 1 from 5-8!
Namaka Beach Bar
Lovely helpful service, cheap drinks, beautiful scenery and nice pool. Food is great! Happy hour means 2 cocktails for 1 from 5-8!
Nice restaurant on the way to Alona Beach. About 10 min walk from Mc Donald’s (city center). Good service and excellent food. They serve pizza, pasta and lasagna. Everything is very tasty. Pricy according to Filipino prices, low accordingly to European prices. Well worth the money and time!
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Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast
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Nice restaurant on the way to Alona Beach. About 10 min walk from Mc Donald’s (city center). Good service and excellent food. They serve pizza, pasta and lasagna. Everything is very tasty. Pricy according to Filipino prices, low accordingly to European prices. Well worth the money and time!