Postcards from Alona Beach, the Philippines

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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.

Alona beach
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.

Alona beach
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.

Alona beach
Alona beach at 5.30 in the morning
Alona beach
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
Alona beach
Alona beach

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

Alona beach

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.

Alona beach

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.

Alona beach
Alona beach
Alona beach

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 days or more?

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Agness Walewinder
Agness Walewinder
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48 thoughts on “Postcards from Alona Beach, the Philippines”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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. :)

  4. 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.

  5. Fellow Traveller

    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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