I’ve been to Bohol in 2007 and 2008. Both trips were spent in the quiet sanctuary of Panglao Island. The first time I went there in 2007, I stayed in Amarela Resort. It’s a newly opened resort in Panglao. You can book a cab to pick you up from the airport (400 Php). Their suites are cozy with wooden floorings, huge wooden bed in white sheets, fascinating paintings on the wall, wooden furniture, big sliding window that faces the pool and the beach front of Panglao. The resort has its own diner which gives you a view of Panglao Beach. They have some hammocks on the beach front where you could enjoy the stillness of the place. A walk on the beach in the morning is awesome, when it’s still low tide. You could see sea shells in different kinds and star fishes in different colors. The sand is as powdery as Boracay and water as clear as Palawan.
If you’re planning to stay in Amarela, I suggest you bring all the stuffs you need. There’s no store in the resort. If you need something, there’s a sari-sari store outside which is a 3 minute walk left from the gate of the resort. I also suggest you bring chips or buy alcoholic drinks early. The diner closes at 10pm and it’s too dark for a walk outside if you plan to buy from the sari-sari store.
My second day was spent discovering the great views and historical places of Chocolate Hills, Loboc River, Baclayon Church, Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary, Blood Compact Monument, and Mahogany Forest.
In my 2008 visit with my parents, we stayed in Dumaluan Beach Resort still in Panglao. The rooms are not as inviting as Amarela, not as expensive too but the beach experience is just the same. They also book transfers from the Tagbilaran airport to the island.
If in case you left out of cash, the nearest ATM is a 15minute drive from Dumaluan to Alona Kew resort (the party place in the island). You can ask the resort driver to bring you there. They charge 400Php. Very expensive. That’s why make sure to bring enough cash or bring along your credit cards.
And as usual, the second day was spent in a country side tour.
Both resorts can book tours for you.