Monday, May 7, 2012

Panglao, Balicasag and Cabilao Islands



Panglao Island is somewhat out on a limb and so tends to be visited by travelers rather than tourists. Balicasag and Cabilao Islands have some of the best diving in the Philippines, comparable to that off Sipadan Island in Malaysian Borneo though on a smaller scale. Cabilao Island is also easily visited from the Mactan Island resorts.

Panglao Island and Aloha Beach
Located off the southwestern tip of Bohol, Panglao is a small coralline limestone island joined to the mainland near Tagbilaran by a causeway with connecting bridges. The island is known for its quiet beach resorts. There are few unsigned dirt tracks where even the local taxi drivers get lost, so you can imagine how difficult it can be to find your way about on your own!
There is a good snorkelling all round the northwest and southeast coasts, with lots of sea stars, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, corals and a few sea snakes. The area has been a center for the seashell trade, so there are not many shells left.

The best beach is the white-sand aloha beach, a quiet friendly place which the locals and the dive resorts wish to keep that way, so that it remains attractive to families rather than those looking for nightlife.