Panglao is an island in the north Bohol Sea, located in the Central Visayas Region of the Visayas island group, in the south-central Philippines. Panglao has a terrain that range from plain, hilly to mountainous. Panglao is made of Maribojoc Limestone, the youngest of the limestone units found in the western area of Bohol. The limestone composition halted the development of an airport as coralline ...
limestone is soluble which causes formation of caves and sinkholes.
One interesting geological feature found in the island is the Hinagdanan Cave which has an underground water source. The cave is an important water source as the island has no rivers or lakes.
Panglao was known to Chinese, Malay, Siamese and Indonesian traders. In 1803, Spanish explorers came to the shores of Panglao in search of fresh water. At the time a couple of natives on the seashore were making fishing devices called "panggaw". One of the Spaniards asked what the name of the island was. The natives??"who thought the visitors were asking what they were making??"then replied "panggaw". Hence, from that term, was derived the name Panglao.
About 250 new species of crustaceans and 2500 new species of mollusks were found around the island. The discovery was the work of the Panglao Marine Biodiversity Project. The project found that Panglao alone has more marine biodiversity than Japan and the Mediterranean sea.
Panglao Island is one of the main tourist destinations on the Philippines. The Alona Beach is the most popular tourist spot on the island, noted for its white sand and clear water. Like Boracay, this place has become crowded due to opening of more and more restaurants and bars. Still the diving around the island is one of the best of the Philippines. Especially Balicasag Island is really worth diving at. If you can avoid to go there in the very high season Alona Beach is still a beautiful place. Wiki
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Things to do in Bohol, Philippines over the course of a weekend in Bohol and on Panglao Island. I visited the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary, Chocolate Hills, Virgin Island, went scuba diving at Balicasag Island, and visited the beaches in Panglao Island.
Check out my new Movie about Bohol and Panglao Island, Philippines.
It's an awesome place to be. Everything is flown by me with the DJI Spark Drone.
Most residents here have chosen to spend the first day of the year at the beach.
For Rosemary Malasarte, a resident of Graham Avenue in Barangay Cogon, it was a double celebration on Tuesday as she turned 28.
"Nagtapok mi karun kay birthday naho then naglingaw-lingaw pud mi," said the birthday celebrant. Her family and friends brought the Media Noche leftovers to Caingget Beach.
"Family bonding namo sa New Year unya ang sobra namo ni among gida diri sa dagat," said Aiza Gahit, Malasarte's cousin.
Other residents enjoyed swimming at the beach because of the good weather.
Fantastic island in Philippines - Bohol.
That one time we spent four days wondering around Panglao and main Bohol island, enjoy the video.
This is where I began my adventure of what I lovingly refer to as the Candy Land of the Philippines. I flew from Hong Kong to Cebu in the Southern part of the islands for around $130 USD. By the way, the local currency is pesos and the current exchange rate is around 54 pesos to the American dollar making this an extremely affordable country to visit. Stay tuned, you'll see why as we travel around the Philippines.
Travel Bucket List: Wonders of Bohol Island Philippines. Experience beauty as we take you to the scenic, most eye-catching views and fun activities in Bohol Philippines. Learn also the rich culture and traditions of Bohol. You will see Panglao Island, Chocolate Hills, Alona Beach, Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary, Bilar Man-Made Forest, Baclayon Church, Talima, Kawasan Falls to name a few. Come on now and let's explore the beauty of Bohol Island Philippines!