Panglao Island

Panglao, Bohol

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

Panglao Island News

  • Boholano Volunteers Clean Panglao Island On World Oceans Day

    Boholano Volunteers Clean Panglao Island On World Oceans Day

    At least 65 environmental advocates marched 19 kilometers from Tagbilaran to Alona Beach in Barangay Tawala in Panglao town on Saturday to raise awareness on the worsening threats to the world's oceans and seas.

    The event, locally named "Baktas Alang Sa Kadagatan" (March for the Ocean), took its cue from the USA's "March for the Ocean," which was set on Saturday and replicated globally, which advocates for the same intensified action to protect the oceans.

    The volunteers carried hand-painted pro-ocean anti-plastic placards and hardy eco-warrior hearts to echo the call for the ban of sing ...

  • Why Bohol Is Your Perfect Summer Getaway

    Why Bohol Is Your Perfect Summer Getaway

    It's no secret that tourists flock to Bohol to see its world-famous Chocolate Hills.

    But more than the picturesque land formations, the province is also home to a number of scenic spots and activities perfect for summer.

    A 30-minute drive from the province's capital Tagbilaran is Panglao Island which features a long stretch of powdery white sand beach. A more laid-back version of Boracay, Panglao exudes a relaxing charm with only a number of beachfront restaurants and shops.

    Tourists can opt to bask in the sun's heat, get a massage by the beach, try local treats, or simply chill at so ...

  • Bohol Divers Club, Panglao Island Philippines

    Dove at three areas: local reef and two sites at Balicasag Island. So many turtles and Jack fish.

  • Bohol And Panglao Island Philippines 4K Drone Footage

    Island hop from Panglao Island, swim with sea turtles and soar above the Chocolate Mountains in Bohol in our latest drone video.

  • Balicasag Island, Bohol Philippines: Virgin Island, Panglao Island Hopping

    Join us as we cruise the surrounding islands of Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines. See the turquoise waters of the beaches in Balicasag Island and Virgin Island. See aerial drone view of the islands.

  • Best Beach In Panglao Bohol Philippines

    A perfect blend of high class resort and spectacular beach and seascape plus their services and food are satisfactory. It's located in the beach area with the longest stretch in the whole Panglao Island.