Alona Beach / Alona Bech

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General information, holidays in Alona Beach

Alona Beach is a beach and tourist area on Panglao Island (Alona Beach on the map). Without a doubt, this is one of the best resorts in Central Vasayas, and definitely the best in Panglao and Bohol. Moreover, both the beach itself is good here, and the tourist area is well developed.

A holiday in Alona Beach is, of course, a beach, a beach again, and then diving, snorkeling and excursions to the sights of Panglao and Bohol Island. This is one of the few places in the Philippines that offers low-cost group tours, not just individual trips to attractions. The main activities here are snorkeling and diving, which can be practiced in the coastal waters or sent with a boat tour to the islands of Balicasag and Pamilakan. By the way, not far from Alona there are two Russian diving centers, DOFLEINI Dive Center and DCC, so the language barrier is not a problem. Evening entertainment is not very developed, but there are several night bars, a walking area with shops and cafes along the beach, and if desired, it will not be difficult to find a girl or a boy at night. Or you can just sit in one of the restaurants overlooking the ocean and eat only today caught sea delicacies.

Directly the beach of Alona Beach has a length of just under a kilometer, the sand is white, fine and clean (the shore is constantly cleaned). This is one of the few beaches in this region of the country where the influence of the tides is not very strong. Or rather, the tides are felt here, it becomes shallow, but at least there are no ugly driftwood, stones and piles of seaweed on the shore, everything is clean.

On the shore there is a chain of cafes and restaurants, dive centers, massage parlors, there are a couple of shops with souvenirs and goods for tourists, travel agencies. There are no sun loungers and umbrellas for rent (there are only on the eastern tip, belong to the hotel), but you can come with your mattress or towel, sit in the shade under a palm tree. Of the entertainment here offer boat tours to the islands or a walk along the coast, but traditional water entertainment like bananas, jet skis, parachutes, etc.there are few, about them you need to agree in advance. And here you can do a good snorkeling almost at the very shore, or sail further 100 meters to the reef. A mask and snorkel can be rented for 100 pesos.

Alona Beach

But it is impossible not to mention the objective disadvantages of Alona. During high tourist season (January to May) this is a very crowded tourist resort, and not the most comfortable place to stay. A busy Ring Road passes through the entire village, there are no normal sidewalks along it, and therefore it is dangerous to walk along it and cross it. There is also a problem on the beach due to the dense "traffic" of boats that pick up/bring groups of tourists on excursions to the islands in the morning and evening. Well, sometimes, perhaps depending on the season, algae appear in the water. Not happy with the prices, which are higher than the average in the Philippines, even in the 7/11 chain store, not to mention cafes, restaurants, and hotel accommodation. Given this, it makes sense in high season to consider the option of accommodation in a hotel not in the heart of Alona, but a little to the side, for example, on the neighboring beach Dumaluan Beach (Dumaluan Beach) or on other beaches. See for a complete overview of Panglao's beaches.

График приливов и отливов на острове Панглао и Алона Бич
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График приливов и отливов на острове Панглао и Алона Бич подробно ⧉

Infrastructure

Alona is a small village with a center and a landmark point on the turn opposite the McDonald's restaurant, sometimes called Rona's Corner by locals. Here, on the Alona Beach Road leading to the beach, and on the beach itself, travel agencies, shops, currency exchange, motorcycle rental, cafes, restaurants, diving centers, equipment rental for diving and snorkeling are concentrated. There are no shopping centers here, for full shopping you will have to go to the city of Tagbilaran, but you can buy everything you need in one of the small shops. There is a Seven eleven chain supermarket, a Korean supermarket, and many more small grocery stores.

You can exchange cash currency at a fairly decent rate, but you need to go and compare rates. The highest rate we came across in the exchanger right on the beach in the northern part. If you want the rate even higher, go to the city of Tagbilaran, but keep in mind that you will have to spend time and money on travel, so you should go there only to exchange large sums. For example, in one day the rate in Alon is 49.8 pesos per dollar, and in Tagbilaran in the exchange on North road 50.15 pesos. At the same time, the rate in Alon is much higher than in the seaport of Tagbilaran and Cebu airport, so there change at a minimum just to get to the resort. If you use a bank card, then it is not a problem to withdraw cash from any card of the International Visa or Mastercard system, only for the transaction the ATM will keep 250 pesos of commission in addition to the commission of your bank. But to pay for purchases or services with a card is problematic, they are almost never accepted. See more about the Philippine currency here...

Alona beach diving center

You can book a hotel in Panglao on one of these sites or through the search form from Agoda:

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Weather on Alona Beach, tourist seasons

Panglao rainbow

You can relax on Alona Beach all year round, but the high and low seasons stand out:

  • The high tourist season runs from January to May. This is a dry season with moderately high temperatures. There is little rain, the sun almost always shines, and the temperature is comfortable, kept within 28°C. The ideal months are April-May, but this is also the most crowded period: there are a lot of tourists, prices for accommodation and air tickets are increasing.
  • The low tourist season runs from June to December. This is the wet season or rainy season. At this time it is very hot, up to 40°C, frequent rains, high clouds, there may be tropical storms and even typhoons. In fact, at this time, you can also have a great rest, but there is a chance to get into prolonged rains and dense clouds. The weather in the rainy season changes rapidly and there can be both bright sunshine and torrential rains in a single day.

The best time to observe Dolphins and whales is from March to June.

Seasons on Alona Beach by month, when is the best time to go

Jan Feb March Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov. Dec
                       

* best time to visit;
acceptable time to visit;
not recommended time to visit

Current Alona beach weather and forecast

How to get to Alona Beach

Landing on Panglao Island

Alona Beach is located on the southern shore of Panglao Island (Alona Beach on the map). The island is home to the new Panglao International Airport (airport on the map), and the old Tagbilaran Airport in Bohol is no longer valid, all flights have been moved here.

The only international flight from Seoul is currently operated to this airport, and there are no ready-made tickets with transfers from Russia and other CIS countries At Reasonable Prices. Therefore, it is cheaper to buy a ready-made flight to Cebu or Manila, and from there a separate flight of local airlines or by ferry to get here. Cebu Airport is especially convenient, from where you can take a ferry in just a few hours. However, to do this, you first need to get from the airport to the pier by taxi or bus, Read More How to do this in our Guide to Mactan-Cebu Airport.

You can find profitable flights to Cebu or Manila from Russia and other countries using the search form from Aviasales:

Cheap flights from Moscow to Cebu:

ЦЕНАПЕРЕСАДКИАВИАКОМПАНИЯДАТА ВЫЛЕТАДАТА ВОЗВРАЩЕНИЯ
НАЙТИ ОТ 75418 ₽ 1 пересадка Лого авиакомпании 25.05.2022 08.06.2022
НАЙТИ ОТ 64633 ₽ 2 пересадки Лого авиакомпании 20.06.2022 27.06.2022
НАЙТИ ОТ 67914 ₽ 2 пересадки Лого авиакомпании 04.07.2022 25.07.2022
НАЙТИ ОТ 58947 ₽ 2 пересадки Лого авиакомпании 25.08.2022 12.09.2022
НАЙТИ ОТ 60117 ₽ 2 пересадки Лого авиакомпании 09.09.2022 12.09.2022
НАЙТИ ОТ 44888 ₽ 1 пересадка Лого авиакомпании 30.10.2022 12.11.2022

Minimum prices for flights from Russia to Tagbilaran:

ЦЕНАМАРШРУТПЕРЕСАДКИ
НАЙТИ ОТ 71138 ₽ Москва ⇄ Тагбиларан 2
НАЙТИ ОТ 138388 ₽ Владивосток ⇄ Тагбиларан 4

Ferries to Alona Beach can be taken via one of the ports on Bohol, or by the only scheduled tourist boat from Oslob (Cebu island), which arrives at Momo Beach on Panglao. The most convenient port for getting to Panglao is the Port of Tagbilaran Ferry Terminal in Tagbilaran City (port on the map). It has frequent scheduled flights from Cebu City; Dumaguete city to Negros Island; Siquijor Island; Manila; Cagayan de Oro (Cagayan de Oro), Dipolog (Dipolog), Ozamis (Ozami), Iligan (Iligan) on the island of Mindanao.

Learn more about all the ways, how to get to Panglao and Alona Beach here...

Transportation, how to move around Panglao

Motobike in the Philippines

The resort area of Alona Beach is compact, you can move around the center and you can walk to the beach. Transportation may only be needed if you are staying on the outskirts or for self-guided sightseeing trips on Panglao and Bohol.

The simplest and most common way to travel short distances are tricycles, which are used as a taxi. Ordinary car taxis can not be found here, cars can only be ordered in advance through travel agencies and hotels. The real price of a short trip on a tricycle for locals starts from 10 pesos (0.19 USD), tourists are asked for much more, but you need to bargain at least up to 50 pesos per trip (0.95 USD), or at the rate of 20 pesos per kilometer (0.38 USD).

But the most convenient way to move independently is to rent a low-power scooter (Motobike). You can rent them in hotels and rentals on the street. After the auction, you can rent a motorcycle from 250 pesos when renting for several days, for 300 for one day (these are prices in 2021). Hotels ask for 50-100 pesos more. It is also possible to rent a scooter upon arrival on the ferry at the tagblilaran Ferry Terminal in Tagbilaran, and directly take it to the resort.

But keep in mind that in the center of Alon Beach it is problematic to park Transport for a long time, there are prohibiting signs everywhere and even fines are issued. You can leave your motorcycle for free in the parking lot of the McDonalds restaurant, but everything is busy there all the time, and in general parking is only for customers. Plenty of parking space on the side of the alley near Twin Tides Panglao hotel and in other alleys, but it's quite far from the beach. You can also briefly leave the transport near the Seven Eleven store and across the street from it, but this is only for the store's customers, it will not work for a long time. The safest way to leave the transport and calmly go to relax on the beach is paid parking behind the police station for 50 pesos per motorbike.

Learn more about renting transport on Philippines Here...

Attractions, things to see and do in Alona Beach

There are no attractions in Alona Beach, but from here it is easy to visit interesting places on the island of Panglao, Bohol, or make tours to the neighboring islands of Balicasag, Pamilican, Virgin Island. See details:

You can get acquainted with the sights of Alona yourself on a rented transport, hire a tuk-tuk for a trip, buy an individual or group tour, or see some of the sights even with the help of local buses.

Excursions can be purchased in hotels, from distributors on the beach, but we recommend going directly to the Tourist Information Center on the main street in Alona (center on map).There are brochures with a large number of options for excursions, prices and all conditions are immediately indicated. The tour Center works late. You can also find and book tours online on these sites or choose from a banner with photos of the most popular:

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