Alona Beach is a beautiful stretch of beach on Panglao island, Bohol, Philippines. With her azure blue sea in thousand shades and a white beach with a million palm trees. Beautiful colored boats dominate the sea view, but this has something beautiful. Old wooden bangkas in bright colors float quietly on sea, waiting until they will be taken by fishermen or tourists who want to explore the nearby islands. A backpacker vibe is dancing around this place, which I adore. A strip of restaurants, stalls with fresh fish next to smoking barbecues, cozy little shops, hostels and some small resorts runs along Alona Beach. A sandy path separates this strip from the many plastic chairs and outdoor cafes on the beach, with the delicious casual atmosphere that Asia as dominating. The first nights we stay in the Hayahay hostel, where they serve the best shakes and sandwiches and where you can take yoga classes on their roof with views of the sea.
Unfortunately, we have suffered from a typhoon on Bohol. No clear blue skies, but grey skies and dark clouds, rain and high winds. The photos are not like it truly feels to be there, but nevertheless, it is great to relax at this spot. During the worse days I’ve worked for my businesses on my laptop and with a view like that, a mango daquiri and my dearest love next to me I can imagine a worse office. From Alona Beach we explore the interior of Bohol, we visit an orphanage and we go snorkeling with whale sharks. An ideal base to explore the island, a place with the typical Asian backpackers atmosphere. Amazing relaxation and enjoyment. Like it should be on a place like this.
The last days we stay at ChARTs, a few steps from the busy beach, nice and quiet accommodation in a tropical garden with swimming pool. ChARTs has a great art-café, where local art is sold and you can have a lovely lunch. The typhoon is gone just in time and we take a boat to Cebu, where we stay in the beautiful Bluewater Resort Maribago. The next morning we fly to Puerto Princesa, on the unspoilt island of Palawan. More mighty touching stories to come. I can’t wait to take you there.
ChARTs, Panglao Island
Curious for other stories on Bohol, the Philippines? Here you’ll find travel stories about the interior of Bohol, here you’ll read about the paradise stay in South Palms, here the adventurous whale shark dive and here the touching story of the orphanage on Bohol.
And we made a travel movie about Bohol. Please enjoy.