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Alona Beach on Panglao Island, which is connected by a causeway to Bohol, is the place for divers to stay – peaceful beaches and varied diving.

With good coral gardens near the surface, ideal for snorkelling, and steep walls complete with caves, overhangs and crevices harbouring teeming fish and invertebrate life. Around the small offshore islands (including Balicasag and Cabilao) are strong currents where you can see large schools of fish and big pelagic species such as manta rays and even whale sharks (Pamilacan Island).

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, western clownfish, banded sea krait, giant frogfish

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Sharks & Reefs

This two week itinerary is perfect for divers seeking thresher shark encounters in the clear blue waters at Monad Shoal, and the pristine reefs surrounding Panglao and Balicasag islands.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,145 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Alona Vida Beach Resort

Located directly on the tropical white sandy palm-fringed beach of Panglao Island, Alona Vida Beach Resort is home to a welcoming community and offers some nearby world-class dive sites such as Balicasag.