Probing Panglao Island

Panglao Island is probably Bohol's most famous destination, particularly Alona Beach. There's more to Panglao Island than just the beach actually and a popular activity for Bohol tourists is the Panglao Island land tour, which should rank behind island hopping and the Bohol countryside tour in popularity. Notable stops in this tour are the Bohol Bee Farm, Hinagdanan Cave, Nova Shell Museum, Dauis Church Complex, and of course Alona Beach.

Alona Beach

Alona Beach is simply Bohol's most popular beach destination. It is a party place that can be compared to Boracay Island's Station 2. This place just comes alive specially on weekend nights where there are all kinds of music, fire dances, dining by the beach, massage services, and just about anything one can imagine.

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A section of Alona Beach at night

Nova Shell Museum

The Nova Shell Museum at Bon Perfecto Street, Panglao, Bohol is an interesting place to visit. One can learn a lot about shells here. The guided museum tour allows one to appreciate this species of marine life. 

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Colorful shells on display at Nova Shell Museum
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Dauis Church Complex

The Our Lady of Assumption Church in Dauis is said to be a miraculous church. A well inside the church is fed by a spring. Water from this well is said to be miraculous and is bottled and given to faithful tourists in exchange for a voluntary donation. The church was heavily damaged during the 2013 Bohol Earthquake and renovation efforts are underway. The privately-funded restoration will probably be the first one to be completed among the Bohol heritage churches that were damaged. The church complex also features the old convent, Cafe Lawis, and the Handumanan Gift Shop. The souffle cake is the specialty at Cafe Lawis.

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Dauis Convent

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Souffle cake from Cafe Lawis

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Bohol Bee Farm

Bohol Bee Farm in Dao, Dauis is popularly known for it's floral salad and organic ice cream. More than the floral salad and organic ice cream, Bohol Bee Farm advocates for companion farming, apiculture, preservation of the use of traditional hand loom machine in raffia-weaving, and giving back to the community. A guided farm tour can also be availed for the price of PHP 30 per person.

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Bohol Bee Farm

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Hinagdanan Cave

Bohol's most popular and most visited cave is the Hinagdanan Cave in Bingag, Dauis town on Panglao Island.

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Hinagdanan Cave

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