Panglao

Head to Panglao Island. There’s a white sand beach here for every kind of traveler — from the restaurant-dotted strip of Alona Beach to peaceful Dumaluan Beach to seashell-rich Doljo Beach.

Take your pick from the numerous resorts. They include the luxurious Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa and Amorita Resort with its stunning ocean-view villas.

Hire an outrigger boat to take you beach-hopping, dolphin-watching, or diving. Sites like Napaling boast lush coral gardens and colorful, flittering reef fish; perfect for captivating underwater photography. End your day at one of the many night spots that bring Alona Beach to life after sunset.

Veer away from the shorelines (if you can) to explore other attractions on the island. There are plenty.

Explore Hinagdanan Cave, a naturally sky-lit cavern with a hidden lagoon.

Visit the Bohol Bee Farm, where you can sip local coffee, sample homemade honey and spreads and enjoy dishes like flower-filled garden salads, vegetable lasagna and squash muffins.

Drop by the Nova Shell Museum to view an impressive personal collection — including the one of the world’s smallest shells — before picking up local handicrafts at the souvenir shop.

The charming Tarsier Botanika is a seven-hectare tropical garden and animal sanctuary that showcases over 3,000 species and varieties of tropical plants, as well as an extensive art collection.

Interested in historical architecture? The Our Lady of the Assumption Church combines Byzantine and Romanesque influences and showcases impressive frescoes — and a small well that is believed to hold miraculous healing water.

Another interesting religious structure is the St. Augustine Parish (also known as Panglao Church), a functioning church flanked by a watchtower that dates back to 1851. The five-storey watchtower is known for its distinctive octagonal shape and pitched roof.