7 Things You Need to Try in Panglao, Bohol

When you think of Bohol, the iconic Chocolate Hills may instantly spring to mind, inviting travelers to their natural wonder. Tarsiers, those adorable, tiny rainforest creatures, also dance into view, capturing hearts with their curious eyes and delicate features. However, nestled within this captivating province lies a hidden gem waiting to be explored: Panglao Island. 

Panglao offers a unique charm and allure that promises an unforgettable experience for those seeking tropical bliss. If you have Bohol in your travel bucket list, make sure to not skip Panglao Island and try these activities.

Ride a tuktuk

Estimated cost: PHP 50 to PHP 200 per way 

Bohol tuktuk. Photo by Rheinalee Casupanan 

Immerse yourself in the island's local culture by hopping aboard a tuktuk. These three-wheeled vehicles are available a few blocks away from Bohol-Panglao International Airport, ready to bring you straight to your hotel or transient home. You may also opt to hire a tuktuk driver for an island tour which will take you to Panglao’s must-visit spots including Hinagdanan Cave, Panglao Church, Panglao Old Bell Tower, and Shell Museum.

Go on an international food trip 

Estimated cost: PHP 350 to PHP 1000 per meal

Authentic Mexican fajitas at Poco Loco Bohol. Photo by Rheinalee Casupanan 

Panglao boasts a diverse culinary scene that invites you on a global gastronomic journey. From a full American breakfast to savory Italian pastas to zesty Mexican tacos to scrumptious Thai food, the island's eateries offer a delectable array of authentic flavors to tantalize your taste buds. It’s like going on a test tasting adventure in multiple countries, but only within the island.

Try Bohol Bee Farm’s Malunggay ice cream

Estimated cost: PHP 125 per cup

Bohol Bee Farm Malunggay Ice Cream. Photo by Bohol Bee Farm Ice Cream

Now, all of Bohol Bee Farm’s ice cream flavors are must-tries, that’s for sure. But if you should only get one, make sure to try their malunggay ice cream. Crafted from locally sourced ingredients, this refreshing treat is the perfect way to cool down under the sun. It’s homemade, healthy, and guilt-free! Plus, you’ll be supporting sustainable farming practices and community initiatives.

Turtle watch at Balicasag Island 

Estimated cost: PHP 1500 to PHP 2000 per person 

Balicasag Island snorkeling site. Photo by Rheinalee Casupanan 

Part of Panglao’s island hopping adventure is going to Balicasag Island, snorkeling, and—if you’re lucky—witness sea turtles glide gracefully through their natural habitat. Join a guided island hopping escapade for an awe-inspiring encounter with these majestic creatures. If you want to watch dolphins as well, you may choose to start your tour at 6:00AM. Otherwise, 9:00AM tours will be fine for turtle watching. Private tours start at PHP4,000 for two people, while group tours cost PHP 1,500 per person. 

Enjoy a chill night out at Moonlit Restaurant

Estimated cost: PHP100 to PHP600 per drink

Moonlit Bohol. Photo by Rheinalee Casupanan 

Panglao has a thriving nightlife. But if you are looking for something a little more laidback, Moonlit Restaurant is your go-to place. This cozy establishment offers a serene retreat from the energetic pulse of the evening, serving Korean liquor, draft and craft beers, sparkling sangria, and unique cocktails to cap your night off.  As its name suggests, Moonlit is truly illuminated by the soft glow of moon-shaped light fixtures, both inside the bar and along its inviting façade. It’s an ideal spot for an evening of leisurely wind-down and late-night camaraderie after a day of adventure.

Spend a day at South Palms Resort 

Estimated cost: PHP1,288 per person 

Dumaluan Beach at South Palms Resort. Photo by Rheinalee Casupanan 

If you still have an extra day to spare, spend it at South Palms Resort to lounge at Dumaluan Beach. Bean bags, sun loungers, swings, and sunbeds are scattered in their shoreline, perfect for a day of just relaxing and taking your mind off your usual daily hustle. They also offer a Beach Dining package for one-day visitors, inclusive of a five-course meal beach dining experience, kayaking and stand-up paddling rental, access to their beach lounge and pool, and access to their gym and tennis court. 

Shop for Bohol pasalubong

Estimated cost: PHP 250 to 500

Peanut kisses. Photo by Visit Central Visayas

No visit to Panglao would be complete without some pasalubong shopping. Aside from the usual refrigerator magnets and destination shirts, there are a variety of local delicacies including the famous peanut kisses, tablea, kalamay, and kalamay buns that will make great choices for your loved ones at home. Multiple local shops are easy to spot along Panglao Circumferential Road. Make sure to look for package deals!

Panglao is not just an island destination. It’s a tapestry of diverse experiences just waiting to be uncovered. Make the most out of your Panglao trip with these activities! Who knows? You might just discover a few more treasures they’re hiding. 

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Posted on 03/01/2024 featured 0 1778

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