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3 Things to Do in Panglao, Bohol that Don’t Involve Swimming

Posted In Quicktake - By The Grand Canyons on Thursday, January 11th, 2018 With No Comments »

Horizon view of a beachPanglao used to be a secret destination for backpackers and luxury travelers, inaccessible to the general traveling public due to high travel costs and few traveling options. Thanks to cheaper airfare and more travel service providers, anyone can now endeavor to go on trips to the island, where white, sugary sand and dolphin sightings are quite commonplace.

Despite being surrounded by numerous pristine beaches, there are other spots on the island that deserve as much attention. Here are some of them:

Dauis Church

Devastated by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in 2013, Dauis Church is now fully restored and open for public viewing. The church is famous for its small well, which is believed to contain water that can “miraculously” heal the sick. It was built in the 19th century to honor the first Spanish missionaries that set foot in the town in 1697.

Hinagdanan Cave

The Hinagdanan Cave is a shallow, underground cave that can be easily accessed with a ladder, hence its name. It features stalactite and stalagmite walls, and a mesmerizing, blue lagoon. According to the local government’s tourism arm, there are around 17 souvenir shops in the area and a number of restaurants that cater to travelers.

Tarsier Center

Located in Tawala, the Philippine Tarsier Recreation Inc. is perhaps one of the largest tarsier sanctuaries in the province, if not the entire country. The area covers about nine hectares and is also home to a bird aviary, a museum, coffee shop, and equestrian center.

Tourists who are based in Cebu can go on a day trip to Panglao and be back by sundown. Those who intend to stay on the island can choose from a number of affordable hotels in Alona, such as Dormitels. If you are traveling Visayas or nearby islands, make sure to include Panglao in your itinerary.

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