After visiting the world-famous Chocolate Hills and some other tourist spots of the province of Bohol, it’s time to hit the beach. First stop is Panglao. The only problem is, I need to find a budget-friendly place because my budget is running a bit low and payday is still at least a week away.
My colleague told me to try going to the Dumaluan Beach Resort. Budget-wise, it is reasonably priced and a lot of tourists and locals say high praises about this place. And I’d like to thank my new friends for organizing my mini tour in Dumaluan. I wasn’t expecting it, but it is a welcome surprise.
The locals often call this beach as their Mini Boracay. So, how do I describe the Beach? Clear waters and powdery white sand, although sometimes it looks like “Lahar” in some areas. At more than a few feet away from the shoreline, the water is still waist-high. I almost reached the buoyant balls and the water was still waist-high. There is also a garden of sea-grass which makes it a little bit hard to see at times. If there are sea urchins, I may have almost stepped on it. I enjoyed the beach even if it was raining. I thought of it as an instant bath tub withs wave and shower above. But I shouldn’t have rented a snorkel as I didn’t get to utilize it a lot. Or maybe I was just in the wrong spot.
It’s not yet pay day and I need to stay on my budget. I’ve decided not to stay in any resort just to save money. But if you’re planning to stay and looking for a cheap place to stay, the cheapest accommodation that you can get is at least Php. 850.00. It is a non-aircon room which is good for 2 persons. You can also get an airconditioned room at Php 1,600 in Dumaluan Beach Resort. But if you want to have some premium type of accommodation, one of the resorts at the Bohol Beach Club offers this type of beach-front cabana that will cost you at least Php 12, 000 per night and is good for two persons.
If you just want a day tour, like, me, the Picnic Sheds in Dumaluan will cost you Php 350.00 – 500.00. The entrance fee is Php 25.00 and a parking fee that will depend on how many wheels you have brought.
How to get there?
From Tagbilaran Airport, there are a lot of vans which will offer you a ride around the city of Bohol and Panglao and will do so even if you’re in a tight budget. Panglao Island is just around 15 – 20 minutes away from the airport.