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

  • 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.

  • Panglao Islands Very Own Sardine Run Is Back And We Couldnt Be Happier

    Panglao Islands Very Own Sardine Run Is Back And We Couldnt Be Happier

    Greetings from windy Panglao island! Its been a while since the last blog post due to summer holidays (we travelled back home to Finland, Als post coming later), but now its time to get back to island routines. Panglao gets pretty quiet during summer months with almost everyone who live here permanently taking their holidays this time of the year. Many of the diving instructors leave elsewhere else to work, some return later to Panglao, some not. You can definitely find plenty of tourists wondering on the streets, although Alona beach is definitely quieter than normally. Well lets put it this ...

  • Philippines 2017 - From Cebu To Bohol

    This is the travel video of our Summer holidays 2017 in Philippines. We arrived first in Cebu on Lapu-Lapu Island at Plantation Bay Resort. Then moved to Bohol on Panglao Island at South Palm Resort. We saw the Chocolate Hills and the famous Tarsier monkey. The weather was perfect and food delicious ! We really enjoyed our time there!

  • Exploring Exotic Bohol By Motorbike

    Exploring Exotic Bohol By Motorbike.

    We made it to Bohol and found a hostel on Panglao Island (Bohol Coco Farm). Today, we rented a motor bike and set off to explore the island! What a long day! We visited the Bohol Python, Twin Hanging Bridges, Tarsiers, the Chocolate Hills, and ended the day playing basketball with some locals on Panglao Island! Another incredible day in the Philippines!Thanks for watching! Salamat po!

  • Panglao Experience

    Panglao Experience

    Panglao is one of the many Island you can't get enough with here in the Philippines. The photos I will share in this post will never justify the beauty of this island.

    We spent a little time in Alona Beach on our first day; our first afternoon rather and a half day after our island hopping and a whole morning on our 3rd day. Waste no time in paradise.

  • Philippines, Beautiful Bohol

    Philippines Day 9: Sit back and enjoy the beautiful sites of Panglao, Bohol. A lazy day spent cruising around this small island exploring the hidden beaches and less travelled roads.