The Best Beaches in Bohol, Philippines

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Yes, Bohol is home to the smallest primates in the world and chocolaty brown hills. But, it’s also got white sands, stunning reefs and crystal-clear waters. If you’re a sun-worshipper, don’t miss out on this Philippine province’s beaches.

1. Alona Beach

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Aerial view of tropica Alona beach on the island Bohol, resort, hotels, Philippines. Beautiful tropical island with sand beach, palm trees. Tropical landscape. Seascape: Ocean, sky, sea. Travel concept.
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The white sands of Alona Beach only span 800m (2,625ft), but it’s won over countless visitors with its snorkelling, kayaking, jet-skiing, kitesurfing and scuba diving opportunities. One of the first things you’ll notice on the beach is the presence of numerous dive boats, and that’s because it has a stunning reef full of clownfish, Moorish idols, angelfishes and more. Alona Beach is also the best place on Panglao Island for you to catch the sunset and is a quiet, romantic place at night.

2. Dumaluan Beach

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bent, soliter tree, growing on the edge of Mindanao sea, on Dumaluan beach on Panglao island, with boat in backround
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Because the water is usually calm and low, Dumaluan Beach is perfect for families with children travelling together. It’s clean and spacious, and there are plenty of places where you can get a good meal or rent out beach cottages. The beach can get busy during the weekends, but you have the option to enter some resorts for a minimal fee and avoid the crowds. Consider staying overnight in a private resort for a more relaxing getaway.

3. Can-uba Beach

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Here, you will find beautiful mountains and crystal-clear waters. Can-uba is a secluded beach with stones so smooth that walking on them feels therapeutic; it’s like having a foot massage while walking. Get the most out of your time here by renting a cottage, or explore nearby Camiguin island, which is only three hours away by boat.

4. Virgin Island

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Pungtud Island, also known as Virgin Island, is essentially a sandbar with palm trees. It’s approximately 15 minutes by boat from Panglao Island, making it a regular stop on island-hopping tours in the region. Although the islet is minuscule, it compensates with unspoilt beaches and shallow blue waters. There are also food stands, where you can enjoy a selection of fresh, delectable seafood.

5. Quinale Beach

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Sand doesn’t get finer than on Quinale Beach, found at the southeastern-most point of the Bohol province. They say it’s so smooth and small that just a light gust of wind will blow a handful from between your fingers. On top of that, the 3km (1.9mi) beach gives you turquoise waters, breathtaking sunset views and wide panoramas.

Matt Mills contributed additional reporting to this article.

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