And the adventure begins.
Panglao is an island in the Philippines located in the Central Visayas, with an area of 80.5 sq. kilometers. Politically, it is divided into two municipalities: Dauis and Panglao, part of Bohol Province. Panglao is located southwest of the island of Bohol and east of Cebu. It is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines and includes several small islands like Gak-ang, Pontod, and Balicasag. - Wikipedia.
traveled by air via PAL. The flight duration took us 1hour and 20 mins. to Tagbilaran City, Bohol's capital. We were greeted with cloudy sky in Manila . Outside the terminal, a lot of locals greeted us, offering
tours and rides but we opted for an adventure.
We hire a tricycle that will bring us to the bus terminal. The tricycle driver keep insisting that he can bring us to Panglao for 350php one way but we said, we choose to take a
bus. The tricycle driver charge us 50php per pax from the airport to Island City Mall (ICM) which was only 20 mins. more or less travel and we felt that the fare is too much. The bus terminal is located near ICM. Raff left his sunglasses and needed to
buy a pair, so, we went inside the mall to look for a cheap one and since it was past 11pm
we decided to have our lunch also.
We checked for a restaurant that Tagbilaran City when we touched down
can’t offer and we saw this “The Buzzz Café” of Bee Farm. Manila
|"Boy and Kris"|
After we had our lunch, we headed to the bus terminal and look for the bus going to Panglao Island. We asked one local for the direction and the man pointed us to an old mini-bus. We all laugh upon seeing the mini-bus. We asked ourselves if we were sure to take the bus or we just take a tricycle that will bring us to Panglao Island. After some deliberation, we decided to take the adventure of taking the mini-bus. It reminds us of the
The man seated besides Raff said that the bus can occupy more than what we can imagine. The middle isle that normally a path way for those exiting passengers will also be occupied. The passenger also said that after we leave the station, the bus will stop at the second bus station to picked up more passengers.
|The jeepney going to Panglao|
|Passengers in our mini-bus|
|L' Elephant Blue|
Alona beach is similar to Boracay’s white beach and crystal water. The only difference is that Boracay's sand is more powdery. We've noticed that most tourists were European and the establishments are owned mostly by European also. There were only few local tourists in Panglao at the time we've visited and still not many people were in the island as we expected.
|Me and the Beach!|
|Alona Beach Sunset|
|All busy with their phones!|
|Yummy Ice Cream|