Postcards from Alona Beach, the Philippines

Life seems to be much better on the beach, right? 

Today’s post is all the palm trees, coconuts, golden sand and crystal  clear sky. We are taking you to Alona beach, a small stretch of tropical paradise on Panglao Island, Bohol in the Philippines.

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Alona beach

 

Alona beach is becoming one of the top travel destinations in the Philippines at breath-taking speed because of it’s wonderful white sand beach, world class diving and beautiful blue waters.

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Alona beach

Flower

Wonderful flowers we spotted at the beach

 

Alona Beach is easy to get to and is a must-see while you are in the Philippines and it is an ideal base for exploring Bohol.

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Alona beach at 5.30 in the morning

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Beautiful scenery of Alona beach in the afternoon

 

Alona Beach is about 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) long. Many of Bohol’s restaurants and activities are centered on Alona Beach. This patch of tropical bliss is surrounded with palm trees that veer towards the crystal clear waters.

Starfish

Starfish we have found on the beach

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There are rocky cliffs on both ends of the beach, and some excellent snorkeling or diving within swimming distance from the beach.

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Just to give you a quick overview of Panglao itself, it is a fourth class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines, 18 kilometres (11 miles) from Tagbilaran City.

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The beach looks the best in the morning around 5.30 am when you can experience one of the most amazing sunrises.

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Sunrise at Alona beach

 

Panglao is known for its diving locations and tourist resorts.

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Panglao is renowned for snorkeling and dive sites such as Doljo Beach, Garden Eels, Arco Point, Kalipayan, Napaling, and Puntod.

Alona beach in the morning

Alona beach in Black and White

Alona beach in Black and White

 

How do you like the beach? Would you spend here a couple of hours or more?

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  • The Guy March 5, 2014, 1:59 pm

    This looks like a wonderful spot for some R+R.

    I especially like the photos at 5:30 in the morning with the one boat anchored by the beach.

    It does look very busy with boats later in the day though. I hope it doesn’t become too crowded.

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    • Agness Walewinder March 6, 2014, 2:12 am

      We woke up very early to capture the scenery in the morning. Totally worth it!

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  • Rachel of Hippie in Heels March 5, 2014, 2:46 pm

    Looks like fun :) I have never seen a starfish before!

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    • Agness Walewinder March 6, 2014, 2:11 am

      It was my first time as well! It was moving and I was freaking out!!

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  • Mike March 5, 2014, 5:28 pm

    Oh gosh yes we would love to spend time on the beach, Agness! Your pictures are absolutely terrific by the way. That would be so much fun…well, until Phoenix started stealing the fisherman’s gear and hats! :)

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    • Agness Walewinder March 6, 2014, 2:11 am

      LOL!

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  • rebecca March 5, 2014, 6:04 pm

    meanwhile its raining outside my window and I have to walk to work… these photos just make me jealous!

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    • Agness Walewinder March 6, 2014, 2:10 am

      I’m so sorry for you… :P :-P

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  • Becky Padmore March 5, 2014, 8:24 pm

    Beautiful, could do with some beach time right now!

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    • Agness Walewinder March 6, 2014, 2:10 am

      Me too! Missing this place a lot these days… :)

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  • santafetraveler March 5, 2014, 11:29 pm

    I was going to say the same thing as the comment above me said- I loved the early morning photo especially. The entire post is loaded with great photos. Didn’t know that was on your travel itinerary.

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    • Agness Walewinder March 6, 2014, 2:09 am

      Thank you!!

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  • J in Beijing March 6, 2014, 1:45 am

    Errrm yes, I wouldn’t mind spending a couple of hours there! It looks pretty nice! It already seems ages ago since I was last at a beach but it was only a couple of months ago. I think, since moving to Beijing, I’ve been obsessed with looking at blue skies and blue water… At least we have beautiful blue skies here today.

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    • Agness Walewinder March 6, 2014, 2:09 am

      It’s freezing cold here in Dongguan, China, so I’m jealous! Enjoy Beijing!

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  • Emily March 6, 2014, 1:50 am

    I have wanted to go to the Philippines for a while since a best friend of mine is from there. Those beach shots are definitely calling me!!

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    • Agness Walewinder March 6, 2014, 2:08 am

      Emily, you have to make it there. Alona is great, but there are also other, even more beautiful, beaches there!!

      Reply
  • Arti March 6, 2014, 2:14 am

    Brilliant post, I like beaches exactly as you described! The captures make me want to go there, its a beautiful place. Not too crowded, which is a plus :)

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    • Agness Walewinder March 7, 2014, 2:28 am

      Thanks Arti!

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  • Mary {The World Is A Book} March 6, 2014, 7:22 am

    What a beautiful collection of beach scenes! I’ve never heard of Alona Beach but it looks very lovely. I’m an island girl so I can spend hours at the beach. Love the starfish photo!

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    • Agness Walewinder March 7, 2014, 2:27 am

      We truly loved this place, Mary! Starfish was amazing. My first time to see it!

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  • Tim | UrbanDuniya March 6, 2014, 7:57 am

    Gorgeous pictures!! I love the ones of the flowers and the starfish :)

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    • Agness Walewinder March 7, 2014, 2:27 am

      Thanks Tim a lot!

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  • Franca March 6, 2014, 4:53 pm

    I’m not a big beach person, I mean I like walking and watching the sea, but I get bored if I have to sunbath. These places are fantastic and I’d definitely spend some time there watching the waves :)

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    • Agness Walewinder March 7, 2014, 2:26 am

      Franca, we’re in the same team. I love to walk around and swim a lot, but sunbathing is way too booooring for me!

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  • Anu @ CountryHoppingCouple March 6, 2014, 5:14 pm

    Looks so calm and tranquil out there! Would definitely like to visit Philippines to see its beautiful islands and beaches!

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    • Agness Walewinder March 7, 2014, 2:25 am

      Yes, it was a very quiet beach, not many tourists around.

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  • Shing March 7, 2014, 12:22 am

    I’m not really into sunbathing but if I’m going to then it’ll be in Southeast Asia! The Philippines has so many beautiful beaches but I’ve never heard of this one! Thanks for introducing me to somewhere new!

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    • Agness Walewinder March 7, 2014, 2:25 am

      Hi Shing,

      We travelled a lot in Southeast Asia and we fell in love with Koh Phangan Island, but Alona beach… can’t compare it to anything!

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  • Agness Walewinder March 8, 2014, 11:32 am

    You have to!

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  • Heather March 8, 2014, 2:47 pm

    It looks so pretty and peaceful! And that starfish is amazing!! I hope to visit the Philippines the next time I’m in Asia!

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    • Agness Walewinder March 9, 2014, 4:08 am

      It is, you definitely need to make it there soon!

      Reply
  • The Travel Fool March 8, 2014, 7:00 pm

    Spent a week there about a year ago and had a blast.

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  • Marek Indietraveller March 9, 2014, 1:31 pm

    Looks amazing! Such a slice of paradise. Shows how great (and often strangely overlooked) the Philippines really is.

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  • Stef March 9, 2014, 7:30 pm

    Beautiful photos! My favorite is the one of the starfish :)

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  • Sarah | The Wanderblogger March 12, 2014, 8:53 am

    Oh, I’m so jealous!! You were saying how much you missed the snow, but now you’ve got me missing the coast! I’ve never been to the Philippines, but Alona Beach looks incredible in your photos!

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    • Agness Walewinder March 13, 2014, 12:40 am

      I miss the coast a lot these days since I am back in China. It’s been foggy and rainy brrrrr!!

      Reply
  • Cat March 17, 2014, 9:09 am

    I loved the starfish pic too. I never saw one when I was there. I did an island hopping tour around Panglao and got to this sandbar in the middle of the sea, it was pretty cool.

    I hope that tourism is picking up, after the quake and all.

    Great pictures!

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    • Agness Walewinder March 18, 2014, 1:31 am

      This starfish was just incredible. My first time to see it live in the water!

      Reply
  • Tiffany March 17, 2014, 5:13 pm

    It looks absolutely beautiful, and I’m not even a big fan of beaches. Cudos for getting up early as well and capturing the blue hour!

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    • Agness Walewinder March 18, 2014, 12:27 am

      I agree. I hope you can make it there soon!

      Reply
  • KENDRA REYNOLDS March 20, 2014, 3:25 am

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  • Kay March 20, 2014, 5:43 am

    Hi Agnes, found your blog from Sophie’s World and i was impressed how you and Cez both enjoyed your trip and it was for a fair price too.

    I’ve been to Alona beach March last year. We only stayed there for a couple of hours, around noon, the sun was shining bright and best to go swimming.

    Good to hear that you both enjoyed your stay in Alona Panglao too. :)

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  • Michelle March 20, 2014, 10:10 am

    Ohh that’s so pretty! I love beaches….I’m always happiest when I’m at one :)

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  • Benny March 21, 2014, 6:49 am

    I’m from the Philippines currently living in Canada. Just a tip to travellers to the Philipppines . . . you can get a better experience if you go to beaches that are not tourist destinations. In Western Visayas for example, Boracay Island is the “place to go” because everyone goes there. However, there are other islands in the vicinity that are not well known but offer a better experience because not a lot of people know of these places, thus less crowds of tourists . . . an example is Carabao Island, not far from Boracay . . . also Guimaras Island . .. where the best mangoes in the world can be found. There are a lot of other areas to explore in Western Visayas, you just have to know a local who can show you around.

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  • Jhim March 22, 2014, 7:30 am

    Great photos! What camera do you use?

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  • Michelle March 31, 2014, 9:44 pm

    Wow, really great photos! I especially liked that starfish…i’ve never seen a live one before!

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    • Agness Walewinder April 1, 2014, 6:01 am

      It was also my first time to see the starfish!

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  • Fellow Traveller April 10, 2014, 12:30 pm

    Oh gosh! You’ve been to Bohol! I am so jealous! Were you able to see some Tarsier? I have never seen one! I am a Filipina but it’s quite shameful to say I’ve never been to any of the places you have recently visited in my country. However, I have been to many places here in my second home, Indonesia. Quite ironic. XD

    My dream is to be able to visit Palawan which is considered the last frontier of the Philippines and Bukidnon to see the Chocolate Hills. My Javanese boyfruend is obsessed with the Chocolate Hills. He has photos of it in his phone, made it his laptop wallpaper, and has a postcard of it in his room.

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