Panglao Island, Bohol: What’s it all about

White sandy beaches are abundant in Bohol. But the most popular would probably be the beaches along Panglao Island. Just imagine stepping out of your hotel room into the infinite cloudless sky, white sand and clear, turquoise water. That is one beautiful experience of Panglao Island.

Panglao Island is a small island mostly made of coralline limestone found in the south western part of Bohol. It is connected to the main island by two bridges and is actually composed of two municipalities: Dauis in the northeast and Panglao in the southwest. You can reach Dauis for just a mere 5 minutes from Bohol’s capital Tagbilaran. But if you decide to go directly to Panglao, all it will take is just 30 minutes. Pangalo Island is both a popular sightseeing spot and diving spot.

Panglao Island’s diving spots are considered to be among the best in the world. It boasts of a marine biodiversity comparable to that of Japan and the Mediterranean, maybe even better. Its boasting rights are truly well deserved as it showcases very rare deep see sights and colors. Its marine life consists of 250 new crustacean and 2500 mollusc species. You can just imagine the sights to behold, not to mention the feast to taste (fancy eating lobsters for a very affordable price?). Tasteful seafood restaurants line up along the beach side so one’s gastronomic experience will easily be satisfied.

For your sightseeing needs, there are a number of things to see and experience while in Panglao Island. For example, taking the five minute travel to Dauis will allow you to experience nature’s majesty courtesy of the caves found in this area. May it be after dinner or during your afternoon adventure, anytime of the day would be a good time to visit the Hinagdanan (“laddered” in the local dialect) Cave in Dauis.

The Hinagdanan Cave is a maze of gaping passages that is now truly uplifting Panglao Island’s identity as a sightseeing spot. Its ceiling is covered with stalactites hanging like glorious chandeliers. Here, the combination of nature and technology allow visitors to see and enjoy the sights. With natural opening allowing the light from the sun (and even the moon and starts at night) as well as some artificial lighting being reflected on the waters, you can’t help but probably think that the area is sparkling.

As one leaves the cave, and exits through one of the openings, a different view will welcome the visitors. A sight that may be a little of a challenge to one’s pocket. Rows and rows of souvenir shops are lined outside the caves.

Panglao Island as a sightseeing spot is not just limited to the beaches and caves. Just like the main island of Bohol, Panglao Island is also rich in history especially in Dauis. The municipality has a lot of remnants from the Spanish era. So while you fill yourself up with the experience, your camera will also be filled with lots of pictures.