Travelogue: Bohol Diaries Day 1, Paragayo Resort & Alona Beach

Its been 3 months when I visited the white powdery fine shores of Panglao and  believe me getting there was hell lot of fun. The getaway was a treat for myself, as I marked another year old on my age calendar. I remember it was raining moderately when we left Manila, but when the plane touched down at Tagbilaran we were greeted by a sunny fine weather. Surprisingly, it didn’t rain in the entire Bohol for a week even if Manila was badly hit by typhoon Jolina.


Tagbilaran Airport
Taken moments after we landed, located in Bohol's capital state - Tagbilaran City.

I had our accommodation reserved in Panglao Island specifically in Paragayo Resort instead at Tagbilaran. Adventurously speaking for beach bums and party goers like us the island is a good catch, consider as well that it takes another hour just to get to the nearest beach if you are coming from the city.

Anyway, Paragayo is located right in the heart of Brgy. Tawala and would only require 2-3 minutes of walking to the coolest beach strip  of Panglao – the Alona Beach. Basically the resort is way smaller compare to other neighboring resorts, it has no pool, great lounge area, no spacious dining hall and definitely not a beachfront resort. Though the rooms didn’t look so elegant, it was still decent enough to stay. Paragayo is a budget friendly resort, as it is being labeled by most people who visited the place. But what truly swept me off was the garden ambiance that the resort offers.

Paragayo Resort
huts in the garden area
Paragayo Resort
Hanging around the hammock early in the morning is a nice and easy way to get a sunburn.
Paragayo Resort
pathways going to the rooms

Aside from being affordable, they have excellent customer service as well. I admire the whole crew for having a winning customer satisfaction perspective from the management Thelma Kilroy, front desk staffs down to the trusted driver Mang Fred and the room cleaners – they all delivered an excellent working attitude. Kudos to all of you! I forget to mention that I love the moments I used to wonder and sit on their native chairs, it felt really relaxing and so peaceful thinking that the resort was along the main street.

Paragayo Resort
old rocking chair
Paragayo Resort
native bamboo chairs

After we settled our luggage and refreshed ourselves, it was time to hit Alona beach line. It was  nearing 5pm when we arrived and a lot of people mostly foreign tourists who are walking back and forth the shore lines. It was pretty how big and long the shore was,

Alona Beach
along the shoreline

Don’t be surprise if you’ll see a lot of people wearing a 2pc and trunks suits. Just by mere observation Panglao has the greatest number of foreign tourists over the local ones. Bottom line  is when Alona is being talked about it is associated with fun.


Paragayo Resort
Brgy. Tawala Panglao Island Bohol