Panglao Island Travel Blog› entry 18 of 31 › view all entries
Ocean Jet had sailed into a rather nice harbour in Tagbilaran City. The whole trip just took an hour and 30 mins.! I love the fastcrafts of the Visayas. Unlike at the Dumaguete pier, the dock we arrived in was rather organized and very clean, and seemed to have been made just for fastcrafts. I was accosted immediately as soon as I left the departure gate by several tricycle drivers. One of them was very young, but aggressive enough to give me a deal. I wanted to get to the bus terminal Dao, but he convinced me instead to let him drive me all the way to Alona Beach on Panglao Island. This turned out to be a good choice, since the beach was at the other end of the island, quite far, and not very accessible to public transportation.
I quickly learned that if one stays in Panglao Island, it's better to organize all your tours from there. That is if there's a whole group of you then it would be more convenient and cost-efficient. Just getting out of there would cost you another PhP 200. Even Boracay is more accessible and cheaper! There is so much choice in transportation: taxi, multi-cab, van, tricycle and motorbike, all ready to give you a deal, but boy are they expensive. They've formed a coop of sorts to keep the price competitive, but I really miss the availability of public commutes elsewhere.
The trike got me as far as the road met the the beach road, which was at the Alona Kew Hotel (again expensive!). Henry, the driver, gave me his cellphone number. That's another thing that they do here, they make it easy for you to contact them just in case you would want a deal for a tour.
I asked at the tourist center where I could find cheap places. The cheapest they could give me was PhP 800 for a room! So I started asking around, past the tourist center I got to Ging-ging's Sari-Sari store, and when I asked there, this little kid quoted me a lower price.
Only after I'd parked my bags, I could finally truly enjoy the beach. The beach was as white as I hoped to expect, though just half as long as Boracay's. My first impression of the place was that it was overpriced, but I started to think I was wrong.