Alona Beach Bohol has a little something for everyone. If you have ever been to Boracay then Alona beach is just like Boracay Station 2 but quieter. It can be a little expensive… It can be a little touristy.. But it can also be more than you expected… See why…
Alona Beach Bohol
For some people, Alona Beach doesn’t live up to expectations. If you are wanting a quiet area to take your family for a peaceful vacation them maybe this is now what you are looking for.
But, if you want restaurants, bars, soft white sand beaches that slope gently into clear blue water then Alona Beach Bohol has what you are looking for and more.
When we were there we spent 14 days right on the beach at Henaan Resort. I honestly can’t say the noise from the nightclubs and bars was excessive and the area was not overly crowded. It was busy though.
Alona Beach is located on the south western tip of Panglao island about 20 kms from Tagbilaran city. White sand is one of the big attractions of this area, and Alona Beach has plenty of it. Almost a 1km long stretch of white sand beach before meeting some small cliff and rocky outcrops.
Alona Beach Bohol is situated not far from a reef, where coral and vibrantly colored fish can easily be seen even without diving equipment. It is also a popular pick up / drop off point for island hoping, snorkeling and scuba diving and many of the businesses along the beach cater to these needs.
One bad thing about this is that often the boats become so crowded near shore that it makes it hard to swim.
During the day the sand did get a bit hot on the feet so don’t forget your sandals if you decide to go for a walk. When walking along the beach we were not pestered by many people trying to sell us things like you do at other tourist beaches. The only people that did try were the boatmen and tour operators offering us island hopping deals so it wasn’t too bad.
At night there are plenty of restaurants to choose from… Some good and some not so good. The prices were a little expensive but it was to be expected in a tourist location. We did manage to find a lovely Thai restaurant close to Olivia’s bungalows which had good food and a good price so if Thai is your thing you might like to wander down there and try it out for yourself. Most of the time we ate at Henann… The food was good and close to everything we needed. I loved ordering food at the pool… There is nothing like being pampered…
Snorkeling at Alona Beach Bohol
I must admit, this is a very child-friendly beach if you don’t mind swimming around a few boats every now and then. The soft beach sand slopes gently to the water and doesn’t too deep until further out making it very safe for swimming. If the boats do start to bother you just walk further up the beach past all the bars and restaurants you will find an area free from boats where you can swim in freedom.
If you like to snorkel this is a great place to do it so come prepared. We swam out to the end of the reef where it suddenly drops off into deeper water. Just snorkeling around there we were able to see so many beautifully colored fish, coral, starfish and sea urchins. Once I even thought I caught a glimpse of a sea snake. I can’t wait to get my diving certificate.. It is such an amazing world under the sea… Truly beautiful.
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What we liked most about Alona Beach was –
Good cafes, restaurants and eateries
The white sand beach
Safe for children to swim (apart from the boats)
Excellent for snorkeling and scuba diving
Great base for tours and island hopping
Massages on the beach
If you don’t mind being in the open while someone tries to soothe your tired muscle, then go ahead and try a massage on the beach
Well, to be honest, if you are wanting untouched virgin beaches and unspoiled solitude then this is not the place for you. Other bad points are –
- Locals and staff in some areas are not friendly.
- Restaurant Pullers that continually try to get you into their restaurant.
- Slightly expensive in areas so watch the prices.
- Nightlife on the main street can get noisy at night in some areas.
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Hotels and Resorts near Alona Beach
J&R Residence Anda is located in a very quiet area, away from busy tourist beaches. With only 5 rooms it is a small, but exclusive residence… Ideal for anyone wanting something special. Is this just what you have been looking for? Read on to find out…
A breathe of fresh air at Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa. Sometimes we need to travel far away to hear the words “Welcome home!” At Amun Ini, which means “our very own,” we experience home away from home.
The Lost Horizon Beach Dive Resort on Alona Beach Bohol is good if you are looking for a budget-friendly resort hotel. Read our review from our recent stay.
Henann Resort Alona Beach has fast become one of my favorite resort hotels. It is not the cheapest resort on Alona beach but it keeps me coming back… See why…
How to Get to Bohol?
- Plane. AirAsia, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines from Manila fly into Tagbilaran Airport . It is a pleasant flight only taking about an hour.
- Fast ferries from Cebu to Tagbilaran. Ocean Jet (800 pesos), Super Cat (400 pesos), Weesam Express (400 pesos). The first ferry from Cebu departs at 6 am and the last is 6 pm. From Tagbilaran the times are 7 am to 6.30 pm. You can buy round trip tickets, they are cheaper. The trip takes 2 – 3 hours.
- Fast ferries from Dumaguete to Tagbilaran. Ocean Jet (700 pesos) 2-3 hours.
- Regular ferries from Cebu. These ferries are quite slow and rare, but cheap (around 200 pesos).