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DIY Budget Travel Guide: Panglao, Bohol

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Destination: Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Travel Dates: March 24-28, 2016

Looking to get a tan, see fine white sands just like in Boracay / Malcapuya Island in Coron, want to relax and have some fun-filled activities? Bohol will give you that! No wonder Bohol has been always on the list of must-visit places in the Philippines.

 

H-A-B-I-T         

H for Hotel / House / Hostel

Options in Panglao, Bohol
1. Dumaluan Resort
Available kubo for budget travelers / backpackers (nipa hut w/ a fan inclusive of foam mattresses)
Peak season: P1000 per night

Regular rate: P850 per night
Breakfast not included

Click the photo to zoom info from Dumaluan:

Dumaluan Beach Resort, beach front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Bolod Beach Resort

If you can manage the ff:

– dirty bathroom with cockroach; flooding when you take a bath.

– room not being cleaned the following day; sheets not being changed.

– very little water coming out of the shower and faucet (need to wait for the pail to be filled)

Rate: P1500 per night
3. South Palms Beach Resort (http://www.southpalmsresort.com/)

4. Bohol Beach Club, Panglao, Bohol (http://web.boholbeachclub-panglao.com/)

Click the photo to zoom the info from Bohol Beach Club:

Bohol Beach Club, beachfront resort, 5-star

  1. La Pernela, Panglao, Bohol (http://www.lapernelaresort.com/)
    – More private, peaceful and homey accommodation where you can relax
    – has swimming pool
    – walk a few minutes to the beach
    – hearty breakfast, plated
    – dog lovers would love it, owner has 10 friendly dogs

La Pernela Beachfront Resort, 4.5 star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Tagbilaran City, Bohol:

Dayview Tourist Home: highly recommended

Homey place with a few rooms

Clean, very accessible to the airport (w/ tricycle, motorcycle, bike or car)

Near Plaza Marcela (walk in less than 5 minutes)

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A for Activities / Action / Adventure

  1. Island hopping

Boat Rental: P1800-2500 approx
Tip: ask your resort for their best price so you can check other resorts and negotiate before you decide

Balicasag Island:
Dolphin watching – free as it goes with the island hopping rate

Turtle watching – P200 / pax

Snorkeling to see giant clams – P250 / pax

Snorkeling to see fish sanctuary – P250 / pax

Isla de Francisco (formerly known as Virgin Island) no entrance fee, here you will see sand bar, statue and little museum of Padre Pio

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Aquasports Rates from Dumaluan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Land tour

Blood Compact (no entrance fee)
Tarsier Conservatory (P60/pax)
Chocolate Hills @ Carmen (P50/pax)
Butterfly Sanctuary (P30/pax)

– try their ice cream there! So deli!!! 😋
Hanging Bridge (P20/pax)
Lunch @ Loboc River Cruise (P400 Eat all you can) but since there are

a lot of people during the Holy Week, we decided to eat at:

Loboc Restaurant, this is on the other side of the bridge

Eat all you can for only P200 – not bad at all
Man Made Forest (no entrance fee, along the highway)

Clarin Ancestral House (P25/pax), they also have restaurant but only open in the evening or for reservation/s

Bohol Bee Farm (this is where you can see weaving, you can also dine here and buy unique flavors of ice cream!)

3. Loboc Adventure Park
Zipline – P350/pax
Cable Car – P250/pax
Combo (Zipline and Cable Car) – P550/pax

4. Pasalubong buying – Kalamay, biscuits, bread, pork chicharon, toasted muffins, polvoron, Star Peanut, Peanut Fingers, Banadas, and  Egg Crackers

BQ Mall grocery

Plaza Marcela

 

B for Budget

Cebu Pacific roundtrip airfare – P3413.72 (you may get it lower depending on available promo/s)

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Pasalubong – P1000
Entrance Fees – P185
Van for Land Tour – P400 / pax  (P2000 total for 5 pax in a van)
Island Hopping – P600 / pax (P1800 to P2500 approx depending on the size of the boat available)

Day 1 dinner @ Dumaluan Grill – P100 – 150 / pax (approx P200-300 for 2)

Day 2 merienda – P100 / pax (approx P200 for 2)

Day 2 dinner – P100 – 150 / pax (approx P200-300 for 2)

Loboc Restaurant – P200 / pax

Day 3 dinner – P100 – 150 / pax (approx P200-300 for 2)

Prawn Farm Restaurant lunch buffet – P325
Loboc Adventure – P350 zipline

Day 4 dinner – P200 / pax (approx. P350-400 for 2)

Day 5 breakfast – P75 (P150 for 2)

Balicasag Island – fish sanctuary P250 / pax
Fare (jeep, tricycle, van) – P350 (approx. P700 for 2)

Total = P7,698.72 / pax
I for Itinerary

I know you’re eager to know the itinerary and travel plan for this excursion and surprisingly, traveling Bohol is budget-friendly.  Anyone can enjoy the island, chocolate hills and experience some adventure without burning the pocket.

Here’s our DIY and budget-friendly itinerary:

5 days, 4 nights

 

Day 1: We arrived @ 2:25PM, Tagbilaran Airport

From Tagbilaran Airport it’s either you’ll take a cab (P500) or tric (P350) going to Panglao, Bohol

We took the tricycle for more adventure that would cost less.
Side trips on the way: Tagbilaran church and Dauis church

430pm: Arrival in Panglao

Check in and stroll around the beach

Dinner @ Dumaluan DBR Grill

 

Day 2: Island Hopping

Note: You can do this half day, either morning or afternoon but we highly suggest you do this in the morning to catch the dolphins 🐬☺️

Boat Rental is P1800-2500 approx.
Tip: ask your resort first of their best price then you can check other resorts and negotiate before you decide

5:30AM: Preparation & Breakfast
6AM: Departure of the boat to start the island hopping
Activities:

A. Dolphin watching (no entrance fee)
B. Balicasag Island (no entrance fee but need to pay for the activity or if you want to snorkel)
Note: You may bring your own mask and snorkel but if you don’t have this, you may rent it for P150. Also, wear aqua shoes to protect your feet from sharp stones, corals and sea urchin.

Fish Sanctuary – P250/pax
Turtle Watching – P200/pax
Snorkeling for Giant Clams – P250/pax

C. Isla de Francisco (formerly known as Virgin Island) no entrance fee, here you will see the sand bar, statue and little museum/shop of Padre Pio.

1PM: Back to resort for lunch
We ate at Dumaluan Resort then we stayed at the beach

Day 3: Land Tour

Time: 9am – 5pm
Note: You need 1 day for this because each tourist spot is far from each other.

Package Rate: P1000 per head in a van (we were 5)

Blood Compact (free entrance)
Tarsier Conservatory (P60/pax)
Chocolate Hills @ Carmen (P50/pax)
Butterfly Sanctuary (P30/pax) – try their ice cream there! So deli!!! 😋
Hanging Bridge (P20/pax)

Lunch @ Loboc River Cruise (P400 Eat all you can) but because there are a lot of people waiting outside we decided to eat @ Loboc Redtaurant, this is on the other side of the bridge ( P200 Eat all you can)
Man Made Forest (no entrance fee, along the highway)
Clarin Ancestral House (P25/pax) , they also have restaurant but only open in the evening.
Bohol Bee Farm (this is where you can see weaving, you can also dine here and buy unique flavors of ice cream!)

Day 4: Panglao to Tagbilaran (we planned to go back and stay in the city near the airport for the last night)
Van – P25/pax from highway
Jeep – P20/pax but you need to wait  for a jeep going to Tagbilaran from 9AM then 1 hour of interval.

We ate lunch @ Prawn Farm Resto in Island City Mall buffet for P325/pax (food is good especially the tempura – with the price, it’s not bad at all)

From Island City Mall take a jeep going to Loboc Adventure Park (P17/head) go down in front of church where you will see Loboc River Cruise. Take “habal-habal” (motorcycle) to Loboc Adventure Park (P100 back and Forth going up to the park)

Prices and Adventure:
Zipline – P350/pax
Cable Car – P250/pax
Combo (Zipline and Cable Car) – P550/pax

From Loboc Adventure Park, we went to BQ Mall grocery and bought some pasalubong. Jeep going to BQ Mall is P27/pax, travel time approximately 40 minutes.

Took the tricycle back to Dayview Tourist Home before going to the Catholic church nearby “Our Lady of Lourdes Parish,” which is also a tricycle away.

Dinner @ Chinese restaurant “Shiang Ma Nou Restaurant” right in front of the church.

Day 5:
7:50AM from Dayview Tourist Home (we highly recommend this homey place, clean, accessible to the airport, near Plaza Marcela less than 5-minute walk away)

Bought pasalubong @ Plaza Marcela and ate breakfast at Jollibee

Walk back to hotel, passed by “Our Deli Bread” and bought some bread

then took the tricycle to Tagbilaran Airport (P20/fare) approx less than 2 minutes

Then off to Manila 😔 back to reality LOL

Important note: Don’t buy Kalamay in the shell if you don’t have check-in luggage because it is not allowed in the airport, they will either ask you to eat it or buy a container and transfer it just like what happened to us LOL 😂 There’s kalamay being sold in a container in groceries or pasalubong centers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T for Transportation

Manila to Tagbilaran, Bohol (TAG)

Airline: Cebu Pacific

Roundtrip fare: P3413.72 / pax (you may book for cheaper rates depending o

n available promo/s)

Travel time: 1 hour & 25 minutes

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Other available airlines:

PAL, Air Asia

Tagbilaran Airport to Panglao

Tricycle

Fare: P350.00

Travel time: approx 30-40 minutes

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Panglao to Tagbilaran

Shuttle / Van

Fare: P25.00 / pax

Jeepneys passing by the highway ( approx. 1 hour interval)

Fare: P20.00 / pax

Travel time: 30-40mins.

 

Tagbilaran to Loboc Adventure Park

Jeep from Island City Mall

Fare: P17.00 / pax

go down in front of the church and take “habal-habal” (motorcycle/bike) twaiting in the area to Loboc Adventure Park

Fare: P100.00 back and forth

click to see / zoom gallery below

 

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