Panglao Island Map:
Our house is basically across the street from this new hotel in Dauis, Panglao:
G Hotel – Chinese-owned place I believe. We haven’t stayed here, thought it is nice, but I think a little bit pricey for the location/amenities. But at least that marker on the map will let you know essentially where our place is located. There is also a computer & electronics shop out front, a few local-style restaurants and mini-mart within walking distance.
We are only about a 5 minute drive into the city (Taglibaran, across the bridge) but on the small island of Panglao where all the nicer resorts and beaches are. If you stay somewhere near us, it’s about a 20-30 minute drive to some of the most popular tourist areas and beautiful beaches.
Our house in Union-Dauis, Panglao. Wherever you stay, you’re more than welcome to come chill here and use the high-speed internet in the daytime, as well as join us for homemade dinners with the family!
My favorite hotel we’ve stayed in the area so far, and one of the nicer resorts, is Bohol Vantage Resort – it’s within about 10 minutes motorbike drive from our house, on the mountain top overlooking the bay and Tagbilaran city. Super quiet and peaceful up here, great internet connection, beautiful rooms, good restaurant, very good value for the price if you want to splurge a little (this is kind of my hideaway when I have a really important work/writing project)
Of course we could just drive up there one evening for dinner and to enjoy the view or use a day pass at the pool at the neighboring Bohol Plaza Resort also.
The most popular tourist area on the island is Alona Beach, where there are lots of restaurants, a few cafes, nightclubs, and beach bars.
We’ll definitely make a trip or two over there during your stay, but if you want to stay somewhere a little less busy/cheaper, away from the buzz of tourist traps and ladyboys, but still very close to nice beaches, then I’d highly recommend looking in the Dumaluan Beach area:
Chris enjoying South Palms Resort beach (we can go for a day pass if you want).
There is also a local Dumaluan Beach Club that’s only about 50 cents to get in per person, and maybe another dollar per vehicle, so we tend to go there often on Sundays.
We have a few friends with smaller hotels or hostels in the Dumaluan area that I’d highly recommend:
Maya Playa Resort is run by our friends Vanessa and Marco, they have very decent, clean western-style rooms, good wifi, and a great Italian restaurant.
Right on the main perimeter road, but probably about a 10 or 15 minute walk down to Dumaluan Beach.
Maybe 5 minutes closer down the beach access road is our friends Chona and Andrew’s backpacker hostel — Adrianna’s Place:
They have basic Filipino-style nipa huts (they just build two brand new ones) with fan only, but there’s a beautiful garden with fantastic restaurant, and I’m sure the cheapest prices in the area. (Actually if you want to stay with them, Chona has said she can give you an additional discount if you stay for 5 days+.)
We also often go to White Beach which is just a little closer to our house from Dumaluan:
but there’s not a lot of places to stay around there unless you want to splurge at the very fancy Amarela Resort, a rustic boutique place with a huge property and private beach.
Other fun things to see on your trip:
Baclayon Church (oldest Catholic cathedral in Asia from the 1500s)
Loboc River Floating Restaurant
Man Made Forest
Philippines Tarsier Sanctuary (the world’s smallest monkeys)
Alicia Panoramic Hills
Candijay- Waterfalls , Cold Spring and Rice Terraces
Dimiao Twin Falls
Anda – Anda cave
Danao Adventure Park