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Introducing Panglao Island

Panglao Island is generally associated with Alona Beach, a congested strip of resorts and dive centres on the far west side. While Alona doesn't necessarily afford much sunbathing privacy, it's a logical choice for those who demand tropical drinks at beachside bars after diving.

There are several other pricey resorts scattered along the coastal strip surrounding this mostly flat island, which is separated from Bohol by a narrow channel.

A good way to get around Panglao is by motorbike - either get yourself a driver or rent one off the street for around P500 per day. Pumpboats can be rented off the shores to take you to nearby islands for around P2500 for half a day of island-hopping or dolphin and whale watching.

Fiesta time in Panglao town is in late August. In Dauis, it's in mid-August.