Bohol is an amazing island filled with so many beautiful beaches, caves and waterfalls to explore. However, a day of island hopping to the nearby islands is also a great way to spend your time. This beautiful place is known to be one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the Philippines.
If you are booking a vacation to this wonderful island, you should definitely visit the Virgin Island in Panglao.
The island earned its name owing to the fact that it is inhabited and its gets visited rarely even if it has been made available to the public for quite some time now.
During high tide, the island is a marvel to see since only its palm trees remain visible while the rest of the place gets submerged by the sea.
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However, during low tide, not only does its shore become visible but also a long and narrow white sand beach that is around one hectare long. The only way to reach this sea oasis is through motorized outrigger boats which could cost you around P400-P1000. The island offers the best experience you will ever get in this one of a kind tourist destination.
How to get there:
How to get there: Going to Virgin Island is easy. From in Tagbilaran City, you can ride a jeepney going to Panglao or tell a “habal-habal” (motorcycle for hire) to take you to Panglao Beach. Make sure to negotiate the fare first because some drivers ask for higher rates especially to foreigners.
Once in Panglao, you can approach any outrigger boat available on the island and negotiate to bring you and your friends to Virgin Island.
Many resorts and tour operators in Tagbilaran and Panglao Island offer tours around these islands. Boat rental costs from P1500-P2500.
Coconut and fried bananas on stick vendors offer delicious snack on the island! If you’re feeling a little adventurous and wanna try something new, try some raw sea urchins.
If you have more time:
Go on an island-hopping tour and visit Balicasag Island and Pamilacan Island. You can also see dolphins in the wild!
Where to stay:
Unfortunately, there are no available accommodations on Virgin Island. But because it is easily accessible, consider choosing a resort in Panglao Island.