Alona Beach Bohol has a little something for everyone. For some people, Alona Beach doesn’t live up to expectations. If you are wanting a quiet area to take your family for a peaceful vacation then maybe this is NOT what you’re looking for. But, if you want restaurants, bars, soft white sand beaches that slope gently into clear blue water then Alona Beach Bohol has what you are looking for and more.
Updates: We visited Alona Beach and again were impressed with the cleanliness of the area. There are several hotels and restaurants on the beachfront from various price points from semi-budget to 5 stars. We stayed at the Henann hotel as we had previously (Yes, we are Henann fans, lol).
But, with this short experience and the memories of our previous trip there, we are able to bring you this article.
Find out all you need to know about Alona Beach Bohol
Alona Beach is located on the southwestern tip of Panglao island about 20 km from Tagbilaran City. It is accessible by a sealed road, by car, motorbike, airport bus, or Jeepney. The white sand is one of the big attractions of this area, and Alona Beach has plenty of it. Almost a 1km long stretch of white sand beach before meeting some small cliff and rocky outcrops.
It is situated not far from a reef, where coral and vibrantly colored fish can easily be seen even without diving equipment. It is also a popular pick-up/drop-off point for island hopping, snorkeling, and scuba diving and many of the businesses along the beach cater to these needs.
One bad thing about this is that often the boats become so crowded near the shore that it makes it hard to swim.
Alona beach has a simple no complicated beach compared to Boracay. It is very accessible from the Panglao Airport it would only take around 7-10 minutes. The beach is not comparable to Boracay but has powdery white sand also. The best time for a swim is in the morning. You can buy cheaper quality food in the area. Love the chilled buko! – Alona Beach
Alona Beach Crowded with Boats
The beach can sometimes be crowded with boats. During the day the sand did get a bit hot on the feet so don’t forget your sandals if you decide to go for a walk. When walking along the beach we were not pestered by many people trying to sell us things as you do at other tourist beaches.
The only people that did try were the boatmen and tour operators offering us island hopping deals so it wasn’t too bad. At night there are plenty of restaurants to choose from… Some good and some not so good.
A wide variety of food choices
Apart from native Filipino dishes being served on the island, food enthusiasts will be happy to know there’s also a strong presence of international cuisine at Alona Beach. Here, you’ll find French, Italian, Swiss, and even exotic international dishes to please your palate. Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilan Roast Italian Restaurant is a favorite culinary destination in Bohol and a must-visit for pizza lovers!
The prices were a little expensive but it was to be expected in a tourist location. We did manage to find a lovely Thai restaurant close to Olivia’s bungalows which had good food and a good price so if Thai is your thing you might like to wander down there and try it out for yourself. Most of the time we ate at Henann…
The food was good and close to everything we needed. I loved ordering food at the pool… There is nothing like being pampered…
We were staying at Hennan Beach resort and we decided to have dinner near Alona Beach. Good BBQ food, a little pricey in comparison to some others around the corner, but happy hour is good, and no problem at all with service. Generous portion sizes. The only negative was the sashimi was a little frozen, but with the outside temperature it thawed quickly and you did get quite a bit for your money.
I must admit, this is a very child-friendly beach if you don’t mind swimming around a few boats every now and then. The soft beach sand slopes gently to the water and don’t too deep until further out making it very safe for swimming. If the boats do start to bother you just walk further up the beach past all the bars and restaurants you will find an area free from boats where you can swim in freedom.
If you like to snorkel this is a great place to do it so come prepared. We swam out to the end of the reef where it suddenly drops off into deeper water. Just snorkeling around there we were able to see so many beautifully colored fish, coral, starfish, and sea urchins. Once I even thought I caught a glimpse of a sea snake. I can’t wait to get my diving certificate… It is such an amazing world under the sea… Truly beautiful. A great place to sit and listen to music.
Dive Shops right on the Beach
If you don’t mind being in the open while someone tries to soothe your tired muscle, then go ahead and try a massage on the beach. Well, to be honest, if you are wanting untouched virgin beaches and unspoiled solitude then this is not the place for you. Other bad points are locals and staff in some areas are not friendly.
- Free cancellation: Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
- Mobile ticketing: Use your phone or print your voucher
- Duration: 1 hour (Check availability to see starting times).
- Driver: Tagalog, English
- Pickup: (optional) Please be ready
- and waiting at least 10 minutes prior to pick-up time
- Includes: Private one-way transfer to and/or from Alona Beach (for a return journey, please book 2 one-ways)
- Wheelchair accessible
There is so much to do and many places to visit to fill up one’s time while on the island. One can also opt to tour the many beautiful sites of Bohol including, of course, the famed Chocolate Hills.
There are caves in Danao, Jagna, Loboc, Candijay, Guindulman, Antequera, Trinidad, and don’t forget Panglao’s pride: the Hinagdanan Cave. Almost all coastal towns have caved. Some are situated inland near to streams and rivers.
Would We Return to Alona Beach? A resounding YES!
This is a “must go to” beach. All the youtube and social media posts say great place and they are not wrong, It’s bloody awesome and it should be on your bucket list.
The beach is great and there are a lot of restaurants along the beach. The sunset is beautiful. But, on the downside is that there are a lot of sellers
How to Get in Alona?
- Alona Beach is located on Panglao Island, about 20 km away from Tagbilaran City. You’ll most probably arrive in Tagbilaran by ferry from Cebu or Siquijor. From there, you can take a taxi (shared or private) or a tricycle to Alona Beach.
- Tagbilaran City is situated on Bohol Island. Panglao and Bohol are connected through two bridges so access from one island to the other is easy.
- If you want to explore more of Panglao and Bohol by yourself, you can rent a motorbike. There are a few motorbike rental shops at Alona Beach or you can simply ask at your accommodation.