Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines
Panglao island is located in Central Visayas, just southwest of the province of mainland Bohol. It is just across the city capital of Tagbilaran and possesses some of the most finest white sand beaches in the Philippines.
The seas around Balicasag and Pamilacan islands are some of the best diving sites in the world.
Panglao island derived its name from one of the fishermen’s fishing devices “panggaw” way back in the early years of Spanish exploration of the Philippines. Panglao island is made up mostly of Maribojoc limestone, one of the youngest limestone units found in the western area of Bohol. This limestone composition often resulted in some geological features like caves and sinkholes due to the coralline limestone solubility. One of these interesting caves is the Hinagdanan Cave which has a natural pool of water often serving as a source of freshwater for the inhabitants water supply.
Diverse species of animal life can be found around the island prompting the government to include the Panglao under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 426 on July 22, 2003. To date, an estimated 2,500 species of mollusks and 250 species of crustaceans are believed to be found in the waters surrounding Panglao.
More resorts have sprung up over the years to cater to the increasing influx of visitors and tourists to have that unique vacation experience. One such resort is Ananyana, set on Doljo Beach, lined with about 2 miles long of fine white-sand beached kissed by pristine blue waters. We can say, as a cliche, that Panglao island is paradise on earth; but we can describe it aptly as such. One can escape from the hassle of city life here and experience nature in its rural beauty.
If you want to discover more Islands, I would definitely recommend heading to Bali (Indonesia). A girl I met recently absolutely inspired me with her stories to go there and see it by myself!