Bohol resorts and hotels

Panglao Island:

Alona Kew White Beach Resort, Tel. 63-38-5029027 or 63-38-5029042

Alona Palm Beach Resort, Tel. 63-38-5029141 or 63-38-5029142

Alonaland Resort, Tel.63-38-5029007

Alona Tropical Beach Resort, Tel. 63-38-5029024 or 63-38-4112244

Alumbong Resort
Tel. +63 38 502 5528, Mobile +63 927 443 1769

Ananyana Beach Resort, Tel. 63-38-5028101

Banana Land Resort, Tel. 63-38-5029068

Bohol Beach Club, Tel. 63-38-4115222, Fax: 63-38-4115225

Bohol Plaza, Tel. 63-38-5000882, Fax: 63-38-5000970

Bohol Diver’s Resort, Tel. 63-38-5029047, Fax: 63-38-5029005

Beach Rock Cafe & Lodge, Tel. 63-38-5029034

Crystal Coast Resort, Tel. 63-38-5029001 or 63-38-4113009

Flower Garden Resort, Tel. 63-38-5029012

Oasis Resort, Tel. 63-38-5029083

Panglao Island Nature Resort, Tel. 63-38-4112599, 63-38-4115866

Playa Blanca, Tel. 63-38-5029015

Peter’s House, Tel. 63-38-5029056, 63-38-5029107

Rene’s Place, Tel. 63-38-5029149

Tierra Azul, Tel. 63-38-5029065

Sun Apartelle, Tel. 63-38-5029063, 63-38-5029064

History of Bohol

Bohol already had contact with other civilizations even before the discovery of the Philippines. This was evident in the remains of people found in Anda Peninsula indicating the use of gold, jewelry and death masks, buried their dead in wood coffins and “enhanced” their women’s appearance by flattening and shaping their skulls.

Trade between Chinese began in as early as 5th Century, bringing wares and porcelain goods for their return to their mainland. Boholanos served as distributors, taking the Chinese goods as far as the Mollucas to barter with honey, spices and other items. This practice made Boholanos reasonably stable than other islands.

Panglao Island is said to be connected with the mainland through stilts in the shallow harbor of the strait. According to legend, Portuguese sailors demolished the town and abducted one of the queens, pushing Sultan Sikatuna to move his people to Bool, an area just outside Tagbilaran City. Other sultans moved its people to Mindanao.

When Legazpi arrived in the island, he signed a peace treaty with Sultan Sikatuna, contrary to how he took other places. Sikatuna’s friendly acceptance resulted to a peaceful agreement. Legazpi was impressed of the native’s lenient character and but his attention focused more on Bohol’s established economy.

The treaty between the two leaders was recognized for 45 years. Sikatuna’s baptismal just before his death caused a serious conflict with other Muslims. Despite their conversion to Catholicism, however, Boholanos never really submit to friar’s abuses. That’s enough reason for Dagohoy’s successful revolt in 1744. For 85 years Bohol stayed an independent region under the Spaniards but diminished its importance as a trading center.

In contrary to the island’s open acceptance with the Spanish, Bohol was not easily suppressed by the occupation of the Americans. They succeeded on keeping their independence even with the strong forces of the Japanese. They printed their own money and have supplied their own people with abundant produce of livelihood without the help of other islands.

Since 1945 Bohol remained a peaceful island with inhabitants used to independent living and equality between each other. Even when the Spanish left the Philippines, people who acquired possessions on lands never took power over low class farmers. Having equal relationship among each other kept their island one of the safest places in the Philippines.

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Points Of Interest

Panglao Island– Panglao’s other attractions aside from diving are its white sand beaches, humble sights of tiny bars made out of bamboos and nipa located along the shore, and well developed beach resorts. Some shell dealers and backyard jewelry makers can also be of great interest to visit. These jewelers are expert in transforming silver coins into lovely rings and bracelets.

Hinagdanan Cave– can be easily reached inside Dauis Panglao, this laddered cave has an ascending steps to a cavern with an underground pond oftenly visited by local kids for diving and swimming.

Barrio Cancatac, Corella– a place considered to be the breeding center of the shy, delicate Tarsier- the tiniest primate ever to exist nowadays. They are naturally nocturnal creatures so it is best to visit them at night time.

Baclayon Church– Located in Baclayon, this church is known to be the oldest stone church in the Philippines built in 1595. The interior is beautifully decorated with original gold leaf paint.

Chocolate Hills– When viewed from a far, they look like scattered pieces of chocolates on dry season. Whatever they may look like, green or brown, mythical or real, these pieces of closely scattered landforms are just so lovely to witness.

River Safari– From Loboc town, some boats have trips along Loay river that can take you to Busay Falls. Watching thick surrounding flora and farms along the way is worth experiencing after a hectic day. The trip ends up at Busay Falls which is perfect for a refreshing swim. On the way back (if the timing is right), sunset sneaks in beautifully into the river.

CAVING in Bohol– Caves in Bohol are mostly accessible with climbing equipments and climbing expertise. It is highly advised not to proceed without proper orientation by local caver organizations.

Carmolaon 2 in Jagna Town– is considered the deepest cave in Bohol, has 144m below ground level.

Caves in Batuan Town- can be reached through trekking over rocky terrains. Camping is recommended to explore all the caves. One has waterfall that creates noticeable vibrations underground.

Antequerra Cave– known as a snake pit, this cave inside Antequerra Town is an isolated home of phytons. If you are interested in snake watching this place is a good spot.

Francisco Dagohoy Cave– noted a hiding refuge of the famous Boholano hero during the Spanish period; this cave has an underwater path heading to a dry ground where Dagohoy seeks refuge from the Spaniards. It is located 5 km away from Barangay Magtanghoy inside Danao Town.

Bohol

Chocolate HillsLocated in Central Visayas, Bohol is an island famous for its well preserved natural environment. The island’s reigning pride are the world-famous Chocolate Hills, its little islands surrounded by white sand beaches, and Tarsier- the world tiniest primate. Considering its features Tarsier has been calculated a confusion of normal primates’ evolution. Characterized by its bizarre looks, this timid creature with big bright round eyes unfortunately faces the threat of extinction. Their habitat are destroyed and have these animals sold to mostly unwitting foreigners for souvenirs. Other distinct animals that also are suffering from this local ignorance are the lovely flying lemurs.

Apart from strips of white sand beaches, chocolate hills and Tarsier, touring the interiors of Bohol will give you sights of historic edifices built with strong European influence, lavishly designed with Tarsier carvings and painted ceilings. With a few efforts to exert, these magnifique sights of Bohol are enough to comprise a worthwhile touring vacation.

Motor biking is the easiest and the most exciting way to see these classic landmarks. If you are staying in Panglao Island, resorts’ staff are best source of information regarding bike rentals. When you reach Loboc town, don’t miss to pass by “nuts huts”, a hidden restaurant resort up in the mountains overlooking Loboc River and Busay Falls. The ride can be tough and tricky but as soon as you get there, you will see what its worth. Then follow the road to Chocolate Hills. This trip gives you sights of sleepy towns, rolling hills, green fields, rivers and dark roads amidst thick forest.

White-sand beaches and nearby reefs inhabited by thousands of tropical fishes obviously account for the island’s invincible fame for water activities. The richness of Bohol’s marine life sited nearby Panglao Island is world-known destination both for beginners and advance divers. Even for swimming in its prestine water or simply walking on its sugar-like sand bars are just enough reasons to visit Bohol. Among these known destinations is Panglao Island, which has nice resorts, lively bars and delightful restaurants scattered along its wide strips of whitesand beaches. See Points Of Interest for details on adventure activities in Bohol.

Panglao IslandGeographic Description: Bohol is an island located in the Visayas, south-central Philippines, and lies between the Camotes Sea (north) and Bohol Sea (south). It has an area of 3,864 sq/km with mainly coastal settlement except the town of Carmen, which is surrounded by a low central plateau. Its volcanic core is mostly covered by coralline limestone. The rivers are short and there are few good anchorages. The spectacular Chocolate Hills or Haycock Hills are named for their brown appearance during dry season. They are limestone remnants of an earlier erosion cycle, a phenomenon known to be present in only two or three other places in the world.

To get there, PAL, and other local airlines have regular flights from Manila to Tagbilaran. Another option is via Cebu but you will have to spend 20 mins by car From Mactan Airport to the Supercat Terminal and 90 mins by Phil. Fast Ferry Corp. to Tagbilaran. And 30 mins more by car if heading to Panglao Island.

Activities:

Visiting old centuries churches, motor biking around the island, visiting the famous chocolate hills, enjoying the white sand beaches of Panglao Island, Bar hopping in Panglao and scuba diving. Caving as well is recommended to do in this island.

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