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Going to Panglao’s Virgin Island for FREE!

Virgin Island in Panglao has always been included on every island hopping tour in Bohol. Who wouldn’t want to see the long stretch of sand bar that is estimated to be a hectare during low tide? We decided to re-visit the place after two years with the same group of friends that I was with on our first visit. The difference was this time, we found a way to check out Virgin island for free!

This is the docking area for the free boats. It’s on the opposite side of the sandbar where the “tour/paid boats” docked. See? Almost like a private tour as well. The only difference is you won’t get the chance to check out the other islands. It’s alright for us, since we already experienced the whole tour during our previous visit.Check out the calendars before visiting. Make sure that it’s low tide — This is the best time to get into the island where you can check the long stretch of pristine sand bar!Upon arrival, you will pass by the golden statue of Padre Pio. You’ll get to check out the mini-museum that holds some religious information alongside with a canteen that serves, again, free snacks! You just get to give a donation for every food that you’ll take. 🙂

Yes, Virgin Island is not just a mere sandbar, a part of it has shades too. Although it remained uninhabited except for religious relics, a small church, and hundreds — maybe thousands of doves freely roaming around the island. You can even see their hatchlings lying around the tree corners.

Fresh sea food is again one of the free perks while roaming. Aside from this, you get to enjoy the view and opportunities to get great photos!

Now let’s go back to the FREE boat topic. I won’t recommend this if you haven’t tried their island hopping because you won’t get to have the whole island hopping experience but this is best for side trips and if you are saving money, again — this is the best route to take.

This is all you need to do:

Assuming you are already in Panglao:

1. Ride a motorcycle to Pangalo Proper. Ask the driver to drop you off to the docking area for free boats to Virgin Island. Locals are already familiar to this place, specially the motorcycle drivers. Fare: 50 php/head (from Dumaluan Beach)

Docking area landmark: It’s just right beside the famous Panglao Church.

2. On the docking area, register your names. Someone will ask you to write all your names down on their registration form – then you’ll just have to wait for your turn to go! Easy as that.

The boats are free however there’s a donation box on each boat that would take you to Virgin Island. It’s up to you if you’ll donate or not. There would still be out of the pocket money but if you’ll compare it to the tour rates, you can save a lot!

3. You can stay as long as boats come and go on that day. If you decided to head back, just ask for a number on the island’s mini-canteen. Wait for your number to be called. Then you are ready to head back to Panglao town proper once another free boat arrives!

I hope the Free boat trip helps! 🙂

 

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35 Comments

  • Reply
    Kareen Liez Datoy
    September 14, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Oh I love your pictures! This is such a lovely place! I have been to Bohol many times but I didn’t have the chance to visit Panglao. Hope I could see the place in the future.

    • Reply
      kris
      September 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      It’s another reason to go back, Kareen! 😉

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    Indrani
    September 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I have been wanting to visit these islands for long. The colors of sand and water is so soothing. And awesome sea life there!
    Isn’t that a sea porcupine?

    • Reply
      kris
      September 14, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks, Indrani! I hope you can visit Palawan. 🙂

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    Teresa
    August 5, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Wow! We missed this part of Virgin Island! Our tour guide did not mention this part. I was wondering where this Padre Pio church was. Gives me another reason to go back to Bohol. 😉

    At least next time, I know where we’d pass to have the free tour. 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      kris
      August 5, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Awwe! Did you stay on the sand bar when you visited Virgin Island? The church was right inside the part where the shades were located. 🙂

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    Clarice of My Metro Lifestyle
    August 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I super love Bohol especially Panglao Island. Like I could practically stay there forever as long as there’s good wifi connection (LOL!)
    This post just made me really excited since we’ll be back in Bohol this December. Will make sure to drop by the virgin island.

    Also, your pictures are really beautiful. 🙂

    • Reply
      kris
      August 5, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks, Clarice! 🙂

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    cieri of thewonderfulkind.com
    August 4, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    I didnt know you can go in one if the islands for free. So this definitely helps! I miss Panglao. It is really still beautiful based from your photos.

    • Reply
      kris
      August 5, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Yeah, they did a great job on preserving the island. 🙂

  • Reply
    Sabine
    July 27, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    wow such a dream island. For free? That is crazy! I love the pictures and this place is just a dream to me! I would love to got here.

  • Reply
    Louisa
    July 25, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Your first image is breathtaking! Absolutely beautiful. I would love to visit one day! Yes please on the free boat rides.

    • Reply
      kris
      July 26, 2017 at 7:04 am

      Thanks, dear!

  • Reply
    Angelie
    July 24, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    We went there last year! It’s such a pretty sight! We rented a motorcycle during our stay in Panglao so we get to actually roam around the town. 🙂 Sad thing is it’s high tide when we visited Virgin Island so we didn’t really get to have the pleasure of walking around. 🙁

    • Reply
      kris
      July 25, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Awwwe! Im sorry to hear about that but I guess that’s still alright. It can be another reason for you to go back to Virgin Island!

  • Reply
    Mumtravels
    July 24, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Beautiful photos! Bohol is just majestic. It is one of the places I would love to visit with my boys. And, yes, for free, I’d leave at a second’s notice for this place! 😀

    • Reply
      kris
      July 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      I hope you can visit soon. Bohol is such a beautiful island. 😉

  • Reply
    Yan
    July 24, 2017 at 8:33 am

    What a beautiful place and the sand is super white ang gandaaaaa! Your photos are amazing too! Lucky you were able to come during low tide! <3

    • Reply
      kris
      July 25, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks, Yan! Yeah, we really picked the time while it’s low tide to see the view. 😍

  • Reply
    theresa
    July 23, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I’ve heard about this from friends but just got to see some photos now. OMG! This place was just beyond stunning. I would love to visit this place myself. Perhaps if my boy is a little older and can travel with us, then I will definitely not miss the chance of going here.

    • Reply
      kris
      July 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Thank you, Theresa! 😘

  • Reply
    Thelittlelai: Beyond limits
    July 19, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Foremost, I would like to inform you that your site is really looking professional if I compare it on how it looks like before. I like the style and everything that’s within it.

    Anyway, I’m glad that you’ve made your second visit on Panglao Island, which I know is truly worth it. I once have visited Panglao Island during my 1 long week of exploring Bohol way back 2013. I never thought of a free trip to the Virgin Island as well, last time during my sojourn, we pay a thousand bucks for the boat rent going to Virgin Island. You have merely made me miss the beautiful Islands of Panglao and Virgin Island. I hope I find the chance to visit again before long.

    • Reply
      kris
      July 19, 2017 at 3:15 am

      Thank you, Lai. We had the same experience 2 yrs. ago when we rented a boat for an island hopping tour. Little did we know..there’s a free route that everyone can take.

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    Milton Coyne
    July 18, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    wow.. first of all, i love your photos. you have captured this paradise wonderfully and it feels like we’re there just by looking at your wonderful photographs
    Panglao has been on my bucket list for a long time but never got the chance to explore this place.. I’m hoping so bad that i can visit the place next summer

    • Reply
      kris
      July 18, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks, Milton. I hope you can explore Panglao real soon. 🙂

  • Reply
    Amila Wickramarachchi
    July 14, 2017 at 9:54 am

    It seems like a beautiful island.The free boat service sounds really interesting.The photos are really beautiful and creates a dreamy world.Sure it is a fantastic trip!

    • Reply
      kris
      July 18, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Thanks,Amila! 😉

  • Reply
    Meera
    July 14, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Wow. Your photos speak louder than your words. 🙂 Great pictures and they are wallpaper worthy. Very blue, dreamy and vivid.. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply
      kris
      July 18, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Thanks, Meera! 🙂

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    Berlin | Momi Berlin
    July 14, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Wow, a way to an island for free. And again, free snacks, too. What a way to island hop and enjoy the tour. And your photos are so beautiful they simply tell the stories themselves. Hope to visit Bohol someday, too.

    • Reply
      kris
      July 18, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Bohol is such a fun place to visit. You you can someday. 🙂

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    Shaira Habon
    July 12, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Wow! Love all your photos. I’ll be in Bohol before the end of the month and this surely is a great side trip! I’m such a beach lover and the sea gives me so much joy! Thanks for sharing this post. Bookmarking for reference 🙂

    • Reply
      kris
      July 12, 2017 at 1:47 am

      Thanks! I hope you can check out the sandbar! 🙂

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    Swayam Tiwari
    July 11, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    It is all blue in your post. More than the words, it is your visual imagery that has done the trick. The photos are vivid, bold and personal. Straight in the eye.

    • Reply
      kris
      July 12, 2017 at 1:47 am

      Thank you! 🙂

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