What to Do in Alona Beach (Panglao, Bohol)

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Hey everyone! I’m back with another dose of sun, sand, and sea.

Actually, we were planning to spend a week in Baguio this month, but we weren’t able to save up enough money for it, so we went to Bohol instead.

While growing up, I’ve traveled to Bohol with my family almost every year (or every fiesta lol) because it’s where my mother is from. I’ve seen most of the usual tourist spots, and so has he, which was why this time, we opted to just chill by the beach. Oh, and we went to the Bohol Bee Farm too, but I’ll save that for another post.

So, here are some activities that you can do in Alona Beach.

SWIMMING AND BEACH BUMMING

What else? It is the beach, after all.

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KAYAKING

This transparent kayak will allow you to see what’s in the water without having to jump in. It was fun paddling around until it rained… HARD. We were supposed to use it for 1 hour, but because of the terrible weather, we had to go back to shore after 20 minutes. You can rent a transparent kayak for P200 per hour. However, in our case, they didn’t let us pay anymore. Haha!

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EAT, EAT, EAT

Unlike in the popular Boracay White Beach, there aren’t any commercialized food/restaurant chains here. You won’t find Leilam Shawarma, Starbucks, Mang Inasal, Army Navy, or McDonald’s – the usual stuff – in Alona. However, you won’t run out of options. Fancy Korean food for lunch? You can have it. BBQ? Fresh seafood? Greek salad? Italian cuisine? Ice cream? Name it, you’ll find it there.

Hayahay Resort & Restaurant

We stayed at Hayahay Resort and we noticed that their restaurant was always packed, so their food must be good!

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Seafood madness along the beach!

As the sun sets, you’ll begin to see tons of seafood stands being set up along the beach. I’m usually not a fan of seafood, but at the time, it was what I was craving for. Why does seafood have to be so damn expensive though? *cries*

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The Buzz Cafe

Here, you can have a sumptuous meal at the cafe or just drop by for some ice cream. The best ice cream flavor for me was chocolate (not in the photo). I could taste the honey in it. I can’t really explain how good it was though. I guess you’d have to try it to find out. Oh, and they have organic goods in their store too, like pesto spread, vegetarian chips, ice cream cones, honey (of course), pastries, tea, etc.

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Hera Greek Taverna

If you’re looking to surprise your palate, then you might want to try indulging in the flavorful Mediterranean dishes that this restaurant offers. We went here to have some afternoon snacks, and we ended up ordering an appetizer and a salad. I can’t even remember the name of this white-colored dip. lol

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Tip: The food from the restaurants along the beach are quite expensive. If you want to fill your stomachs without having to hurt your budget, there are restaurants outside the beach proper that offer cheaper, but still delicious and satisfying, meals. Go for the combo meals – you won’t regret it!

TAKE PICTURES (duh?!)

Capture the beauty of the beach and immortalize the memories you’ve created through photographs. And yes, take pictures for Instagram too. But don’t let it take too much of your time. Live in the moment!

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ENJOY THE NIGHTLIFE!

Nightlife at the beach is the only kind of nightlife that I like. I’m the kind of person who prefers to stay indoors, tucked in a corner with my laptop, when it gets dark outside. Even on Friday nights. But when I’m at the beach, it just feels different. I feel at ease going out at night. And I feel more alive.

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I don’t know if it’s always this festive at Alona Beach, with the fire dancers and all, but it sure made people’s Valentine’s Day dinner more interesting!

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If you decide to have dinner by the beach, get ready to be serenaded by kids… lots of them. Better prepare enough money because they’ll come in different groups. Haha!

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DIVING AND ISLAND HOPPING

There are a lot of diving shops along Alona Beach. Since we’re not divers, I couldn’t tell you much about it. Although, what I do know is that the turtles and the other beautiful marine life are a must-see. Also, you can rent a boat to go to the nearby islands, such as Balicasag Island, a popular destination for divers, and Pamilacan Island, where you can go dolphin watching.

The funny thing about this place is that it felt like we weren’t in the Philippines at all because it was packed with foreigners! We felt like aliens in our own country. Haha!

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Hope you enjoyed this post and decide to visit Bohol soon!

xo Faith Mari

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, I’m going to Bohol and saw your post. Thanks for sharing. Can you kindly tell me where to rent this transparent kayak? Is it just by the beach facilities? Thanks:)

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